Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω
Graham Clark w/ Kevin Banner and Joey Jack – March 8 and 9
The Dirty Jersey, show at 8:30 p.m., $10
With a successful podcast called “Stop Podcasting Yourself,” beard painting and some T.V. credits, Graham Clark is all over comedy. Really, he’s all over the place. YouTube and Twitter too. With fellow Vancouverite Kevin Banner and local comedian/CFBX radio host extraordinaire Joey Jack on the bill as well, word from hosts Kammerce Productions is that tickets are going quickly.
Acres of Lions w/ Van Damsel – March 16
Bailey’s Pub, show at 8 p.m., $8
Kamloopsian band Van Damsel is opening for one of Vancouver Island’s favourite pop-indie rock acts. Acres of Lions set lists are full of up-tempo, bouncy, fun songs in the same genre as Hey Ocean! and Said the Whale.
Swollen Members w/Immaculate, James Hughes, DJ Virtue – March 20
Cactus Jacks, doors at 9 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door
No, they aren’t dead. They’re back and are bringing the battle-axes with them again. And rappers Mad Child and Prevail will again lead the charge. Well known for their on-stage physicality, these guys are veterans now with hits and new material. Don’t count them out yet.
Slynk w/Nouveau and Hunter – March 21
Cactus Jacks, doors at 9 p.m., $5
Australian Slynk will be bringing the funky beats to Kamloops’s dance floors. He’ll be playing at the electronic super-fest Shambhala this year, but the Tournament Capital gets an early preview.
Dope Soda w/Voodusa – March 23
The Dirty Jersey, show at 10 p.m., $10
Ska-punk can be a divisive genre, but for those on the side of high-tempo, fun music, Dope Soda is the wasp’s shins, or however that phrase goes. Trumpets and trombones round out a traditional punk lineup. Voodusa are starting the night out with some heavier tones.
The Stanfields – March 27
Blue Grotto, doors at 9 p.m., $10
Haligonians The Stanfields will be coming to town just as the crunch before the end of semester hits. For the students looking for a more physical experience with their music, this would be a good chance to blow off some steam. It’s going to be punk, but with that Maritime flavor.