Montreal Music Shows This Week: Les Ismore, Ellen Doty, Sweet Roger, Rick Astley and More

Did you hear the birds chirping early this morning? Did you notice the dewy grass thawing? Winter if FINALLY over!

The cool breeze this morning confirmed what we’ve been all waiting for. Spring is here for real. And we’ve got some great live bands to celebrate the good times ahead.

A Night Of Rock N Roll Decadence

Les Ismore bring their their grungy classic folk rock to the stage with tinges of LA glam metal and reggae to boot.

They will be sharing the stage with Naghmeh and the Southern Shores who will rock out their folk rockin’ tunes with middle eastern influences and lyrics dripping with sass.

Sharing the spotlight that evening will be Broke Diplomates who’ll showcase some fine 70s psychedelic and British Invasion influences.

Opening act Sella will display some witchcraft influenced dark vibey music drenched with blues soul and dark cabaret.

To top off the list, second opening act Jason Allman, will also appear on stage. With no presence online, who is this mystery musician? Is he one of the Allman brothers?

Les Ismore Montreal, Naghmeh and the Southern Shores, Broke Diplomates and Sella perform at Crobar, 1221 Crescent Street, Saturday, April 14, 9pm, $7-PWYC at the door

Pop Jazz With A World Class Voice

“With an honesty and warmth that sets her apart from so many artists, Doty is an emerging Canadian talent who is clearly one to watch for 2017 and beyond.” CBC Music

Ellen Doty. She’s got a one in a million voice. She’s a real road warrior; her last cross-Canada tour included 42 show that she booked herself.

She will be in town to display her latest album which is all about pop, jazz, soul, folk, and indie music. Yet, instead of the usual instrumentation, this album has no bass, background vocals, horns or layers. Just piano, voice, and drums showing off a raw and spacious sound.

Come see her soulful act, a show you won’t regret.

Ellen Doty performs at Casa del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Tuesday, April 17, 8pm. Tickets are $14.30 and available through Indie Montreal

From YouTube Pranks to the Stage in Montreal

It’s not important that he’s sold 40 million records worldwide. It doesn’t matter that his 80s single Never Gonna Give You Up was a huge hit.

What’s really important here is that Rick Astley, yes THAT Rick Astley is performing here in our hometown.

Not familiar with his work? Sure you are (if you’ve ever been Ric-Rolled).

It’s great to share this video without making it part of a prank:

Rick Astley performs at Theatre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame Ouest, Saturday, April 14, 8pm. Tickets through Evenko (Currently SOLD OUT) 

An Evening Of Musical Revelrie

Sweet Roger brings his genuine performance to the stage fueled by the sounds of folk, Americana, and alternative.

Also performing that evening is vocalist, guitarist/composer Nolan Hubbard who brings his evocative acoustic-pop songs from his first album recorded in Nashville by recording industry heavyweights.

Also sharing the stage will be passionate singer songwriter Cinzia who, along with The Eclipse, will showcase her rock pop songs with stellar vocals.

To top off the list, Americana country rocker Greg Mcevoy blows in from Toronto.

Sweet Roger, Nolan Hubbard, Cinzia and the Eclipse and Greg McEvoy perform at Barfly, 4062A St Laurent, Friday, April 13, 8pm.

From Ballads To Bangers
Scenic Route To Alaska will be in town to spread their contagious pop sound. They are already a a hit in Australia and Europe, and their unique brand of pop actually has substance. To find out more about this band check out our contest post for details.

Scenic Route To Alaska perform at Quai Des Brumes, 4481 St Denis St, Wednesday April 18, 9pm. If you don’t win the contest, tickets are $11.85 and available through Indie Montreal

* Featured image of Les Ismore via Facebook

* Know a band or an artist that should be featured in Shows This Week? Maybe a show FTB should cover, too? Let us know at music@forgetthebox.net. Our week goes from Thursday to Wednesday, so let us know by the preceding Sunday, though not too much in advance, or you may get lost in the shuffle. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

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