Thanks to some creative planning by local musicians (and all around great guys) Pat Robitaille and Ryan Fields, FM Lounge (the Venue Formerly Known as The Fish Market, 156 Chatham St. West) will be hosting a creative and exciting showcase of local music each and every Tuesday night, beginning tonight!
The idea is showcase a variety of musicians and singer/songwriters from Windsor's vibrant music scene, of varying levels of success. Some artists may just be starting out, while others may be battled hardened touring pros. Each artist will showcase material in a small set amidst the intimacy of the FM Lounge's four walls. Pat Robitaille will be hosting the events at first as the night grows, with special guests joining him for each great session.
Between each "classic format" performer (i.e. guitar and voice) will be some electronic artists playing music as the next performer is setting up. This is a great way to see/hear some local electronic performers do their stuff outside of a sweaty dance club or late night party and in doses that those who don't generally like the genre can absorb and hopefully appreciate the intricacies involved in assembling electronic sounds and beats.
There are some great perks to attending these showcases (which will directly follow the already existing Last Trio Sessions lead by Alan Penner, where you can see some live jazz performed by Penner and his co-horts - absolutely free - from 7pm until approximately 10pm), apart from witnessing some great music from a wide array of local talents.
First off, the entire showcase night is free. That's right. There is no cover for this Tuesday night event. And let me tell you, you're getting a bargain.
Also, there will be weekly giveaways to the patrons who come and hang out at the FM Lounge each Tuesday to experience these showcases. These will usually be tickets to area shows and such, and they are top dollar tickets!
Here's the line-up for tonight's showcase (Tuesday May 19th).
10:00 - 10:30pm - Jackie Robitaille
10:45 - 11:15pm - Adam Ridout-Arkell (of Yellow Wood)
11:30 - 12:15pm - Pat Robitaille
Between artist music will be provided by (wh)y.m.e.(??), who will also close out the night following Pat Robitaille's set.
The giveaways for tonight's show include:
- Two (2) tickets to Bedouin Soundclash with The Stills at Shores of Erie Wine Festival, September 10, 2009
- Two (2) tickets to Edgefest 2009 in Toronto, June 20, 2009 (featuring Metric, The Stills, K-os, Alexisonfire, AFI, and more)
- Two (2) passes to Media City 15 Film Festival in Windsor, May 20-23, 2009
- Two (2) tickets to Michou, Pat Robitaille and StereoGoesStellar at The Blind Dog in Windsor, May 29th, 2009
Next week's edition (May 26th) will feature the following:
10:00 - 10:30pm - Efan!
10:45 - 11:15pm - Michael Hargreaves (of Michou)
11:30 - 12:15am - Pat Robitaille
Between artist music provided by ST. AMRA (the electronic duo featuring Stefan from Michou and Efan! and Adam from Yellow Wood) and there will be great giveaways again, including more tix for Bedouin Soundclash and the Michou/SGS/Pat Robitaille show at the Blind Dog.