April concert previews

Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω

Brett Martin w/ Mike Greenwood and Joey Jack – April 11 and 12
The Dirty Jersey, show 8:30 p.m., $10
Headliner Brett Martin from Calgary tackles a wide array of subjects, from Hitler’s mother to how much winter sucks, so prepare for a variety of punch lines. Vancouverite Mike Greenwood and local Joey Jack will be around for some laughs as well.

Shaun Verreault w/ Wildwood McRae and Ray Gibson – April 13
The Dirty Jersey, show at 8 p.m., $20
Shaun Verrault may not be a name that leaps directly to mind, but most have heard some of his music. As lead singer and guitarist of Wide Mouth Mason, one of Canada’s premier rock/blues outfits, he’s toured the country for more than 15 years. Now with some solo material (he’s got two albums of his own work), he’s got some young man blues to share.

Classified – April 15
Cactus Jacks, doors at 9 p.m., $22 in advance, $28 at the door
The East Coast has produced a few rappers of note lately and possibly the biggest name is Classified. Active since 1995 in Nova Scotia, he’s made it a long way and is now a national name in the hip-hop game and seems to be at the top of his game. He’s touring with fresh material from his Jan. 23 self-titled release.

Daniel Wesley w/ Joshua Hyslop – April 17
The Blue Grotto, doors at 9 p.m., $15
If Vancouver had its personality put into music there’s a good chance it’d sound like a Daniel Wesley song. His 2007 single “Ooo Ohh” pushed him into the limelight and while he hasn’t had the same success since then he’s got a new album coming out April 9, so maybe the Kamloops show will have a new breakout hit in its midst.

Simon Walls – April 27
The Art We Are, show at 8 p.m., $5
Simon Walls walked across Canada. All the way. If that’s not a reason to shake this Montrealer’s hand, then perhaps his hard-earned acoustic folksy-styled music will. With an acoustic guitar style akin to Jack Johnson this will do well to alleviate students’ post-exam nerves.

Beauty and the Beast – April 30
Interior Savings Centre, doors at 7 p.m., $68.75 – $78.75
Disney may have animated the traditional French fairy tale first, but they’ve now produced a Broadway musical version, which will be our guest in Kamloops for a night of show tunes and people dressed as dishes.