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The Almost Famous Package is Back!

Since our venue is normally first come, first served, this is your only chance to reserve a table at one of our upcoming shows for you you and three of your friends. The package is $200 and guarantees you four tickets to a show of your choice up until the end of February (that’s when the next cycle starts!), a reserved table for four with a great view of the stage, four drink tickets and sharable snacks during the show!

One of the biggest bonuses that comes with the Almost Famous package is the chance to win tickets to Gob on Sunday, November 19th.

The first 10 people who purchase the package will be given a pair of tickets to the Gob show!

To make your purchase, give us a call at 780-756-9045 and ask for a manager OR ask your server or bartender at the venue. We look forward to hooking you up with a sweet show experience!

Interview – The Dreadnoughts

With a brand new album out this past Saturday, Vancouver’s polka punks The Dreadnoughts are rolling through Edmonton with a spring in their collective steps! Foreign Skies is a slightly serious move for the band, who typically write songs about drinking, being miscreants and general fun. As the band mentions in the interview below, they wanted to do something slightly more poetic than previous efforts. If you’ve heard Foreign Skies, you can pick those moments out, although the record doesn’t really lose any of its spunk or attitude.

Also, you’ll notice one of the questions is from our friend Erik, who won our Facebook contest for a pair of tickets to the show on Friday! He submitted his question in the Facebook event for the show with several other amazing questions, some funny, some odd… some kinda bad. We loved reading them all! Congratulations Erik!

Your bio mentions you’ve drank in some of the roughest dive bars in Vancouver. Whether it’s Vancouver or elsewhere, where would you say the roughest dive bar in the world is, according to your experience?

Grand Union Hotel, Vancouver, hands down.  Don’t know how “rough” it is, I guess, but you’ll never see a crazier bunch of folks in your life.  We recently crashed a a wedding reception there and a super-drunk couple literally tried to have sex on the dance floor as the band played Stompin’ Tom Connors.  That’s something you’ll only see once in your life.

It’s been about 6 years since you’re last official release. Why now release this ode to WWI now?

Honestly, it just seemed like a fun idea to make a new album, then we slowly realized that we wanted to do something a little more interesting than we’d done before. Then it kinda took on a life of its own.

If the last question didn’t offer a chance to talk about the new album in great detail, what does it mean for the group to put out an album like this?

Well, it’s a historical concept album, a tribute to one of the most turbulent and tragic eras in western history.  As the songs go along, the themes move from hope and confidence to tragedy and suffering.   We are happy to be able to put out something a little meaningful and poetic.  That said, it’s pretty exhausting, and we’ll probably go back to singing about poutine and cider pretty soon.

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While the Needle isn’t a super rough place to play, Edmonton has its fair share of colourful places to spend one’s time. What are one or two of your favourite places to eat, drink or hang out in Dirt City when you play here?

Last time we played myself and the violinist (Wormley) prepared for the gig by hanging out and drinking at the hotel bar at the Comfort Inn, which magically morphed into the Karaoke experience of a lifetime.  The waitress ruthlessly hit on both of us and I ended up singing Springsteen songs ’till midnight and we almost missed our set.

If anyone coming to your show on Friday has never been to a Dreadnoughts show before, how can they mentally prepare themselves for this spectacle?

This is impossible.  It literally cannot be done.  Physically, however, there is preparation that might help: wear a full suit of chain mail, take 4 Tylenol 3s just before the set,  and bring lots of smokes for the band.

Erik’s Winning Question:What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen while playing one of your live shows?

This is an easy one.  Once, we drunkenly broke into Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” at this crazy hardcore venue in Switzerland.  So this crowd of eight guys with huge coloured mohawks, facial tats and nasal studs just walked past the stage and out of the bar, each with their middle fingers pointed directly at us.  SO FUNNY.  Fashion punks, f*ck off!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Fans of our genre should check out the Surfin’ Turnips, Black Water County, Smokey Bastard and Roughneck Riot, if they haven’t already.

Buy your tickets to this raucous, fun show here: 

Happy Hour Artists: November 14th – November 17th

Join us for Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 4-7pm including live music from 5:30-6:30pm. Our happy hours are all ages events up until 9pm and all are welcome. Ask your server or bartender about our daily food and drink specials!


Tuesday November 14th: Giselle Boehm and Toni Foote

Giselle is an established Edmonton based vocalist and pianist, and is rapidly developing her reputation as an singer/songwriter. Her sound has repeatedly been compared to musicians such as Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Feist, and Nora Jones – comparisons that reference her stylistically smooth vocals, thought-provoking lyrics, and her charming indie-pop appeal.

Toni Foote is an emerging songwriter from Edmonton who has recently started a solo project that weaves intricate finger picking stylings with thoughtful lyrics and honey-smooth vocals. Inspired by artists like Norah Jones and the Staves, Toni is quickly finding her own unique sound and is an up and coming talent to be watched.


 Wednesday November 15th: Winnie Brave

A soulful composite of roots and folk, a two-man-band of epic sonic proportions. This husband and wife, internationally-touring duo travel in their 1976 Winnebago playing over 150 shows a year.


Thursday November 16th: The James Band

The James Band is a blues/rock/funk group based in Edmonton, AB featuring Tyler Johnson (guitar/vocals), Ryan Holmes (bass/vocals), and Sean Casey (drums).


Friday November 17th: El Niven and the Alibi

Blues/ Folk/ Country

 


  **No cover is charged for our Happy Hour performances, but we do pass a hat around the audience to collect donations for the performer. There is never any pressure to donate, but it is appreciated as every penny goes to the performer(s). Thank you for supporting the local music scene!

Happy Hour Artists: November 6th – 10th

Join us for Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 4-7pm including live music from 5:30-6:30pm. Our happy hours are all ages events up until 9pm and all are welcome. Ask your server or bartender about our daily food and drink specials!


Monday, November 6th: The Raven and the Fox

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Love-inspired mountain music by Canadian singer/songwriters Julie Chang and Sean Isaac.


Tuesday, November 7th: Rising Star Tuesdays with Robin Cisek, Homemade Psycho and Matthew Baba

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Robin is a 19-year-old talented vocalist, songwriter and performer in the pop-alternative genre. Robin is excited to be releasing two new originals this month that she recorded with six-time Grammy award winning producer, Alex Houton in New York City.

Homemade Psycho was created after Ty Calder and Brodie and Cooper Walsh met at a one week Rock Band Camp at Visionary Centre for Performing Arts in 2015. Once September came they began meeting weekly, under the irreplaceable tutelage of Sean Presiloski, in the Band Factory program, to create original music and learn how to be rock stars! They have been meeting every week since then! Ty, 12 years old, is on drums, Brodie, 14 years old, is on guitar and Cooper, 11 years old, is on bass and vocals.

Matthew Baba is a 12 year old singer from St. Albert, Alberta. He has been taking music lessons at Visionary College in St. Albert since he was 18 months old.
He has performed in music videos for the Lurana Shelter Society and the United Way. He sang the national anthem at local hockey games and at the Edmonton Prospects baseball games at Telus Field. He has performed his own concert at K-Days. He has sung at the St. Albert Pride festival, the St. Albert Childrens’ Festival and the Snowflake Festival to name just a few.


Wednesday, November 8th: Grace Miazga

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Grace Miazga is a folk singer/songwriter from Edmonton. Grace’s background in fiddling, musical theatre and the performing arts led her to the guitar a few summers ago.


Thursday, November 9th: NO HAPPY HOUR

Our upstairs neighbours aren’t huge fans of afternoon sound checks, so to keep them happy, we’re cancelling happy hour ahead of the Silverstein show. If you’re unfamiliar, they’re pretty loud! Thanks for understanding. We’ll be back with….


Friday, November 10th: The Silkstones

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The Silkstones are an indie-rock group from the Lethbridge and Calgary area. Consisting of core members Ryan Phillips and Dylan Jerome Wagner, the two developed an honest and focused song writing relationship by becoming great friends not only in the band, but being supportive in their personal lives as well. Together, they push each other’s in their song writing limits farther and farther which matures the band’s sound. Their outlook on music has always been to take the art seriously and to have depth and thoughtfulness while songwriting.


   **No cover is charged for our Happy Hour performances, but we do pass a hat around the audience to collect donations for the performer. There is never any pressure to donate, but it is appreciated as every penny goes to the performer(s). Thank you for supporting the local music scene!

Album Review – The Creepshow

Luckily for us, this is the second Halloween weekend in a row where we’ve had the pleasure of hosting Montréal’s The Creepshow. Bombastic psychobilly with raunchy sex appeal, huge sound and an infectiously fun stage presence, The Creepshow are always fun to see perform, no matter the setting. The band released their th album in their 12 year run, “Death at my Door.” A hilarious title for a band who has been around so long they could potentially drop dead at any moment.

The album is as you would expect: raucous, sexy and aggressive, just as horror punk should be. The titular, opening track explodes in a fury of organ, gang vocals and guitars reminiscent of early Motorhead. The next couple of tracks are only slightly more subdued, with ardently placed vocals and marching drum style hits.

Although this is the first album with new vocalist Kenda Legaspi (the bands third throughout its lifespan) there is still much of the same fire and consistency found in the band’s earlier works. No doubt with a hint extra polish.

Catch The Creepshow Sunday, October 29th with Sammy Kay and locals The Devil’s Sons with Electric Audrey II. 

Tickets available here: https://yeglive.ca/events/the-creepshow/oct-29-2017/the-needle

Jam Space OTM: Apollo Suns

Winnipeg’s Apollo Suns are rolling through town to serenade our brunch crowd Saturday, October 28th. The instrumental jazz trio are currently on tour through the prairies and we’re super excited to host them as our featured brunch act. With a touch of rock, they are the perfect group to ease us through Halloween weekend. Remember our brunches are all ages and free of charge to enjoy with your friends and family. If you’re out and about that night and want to see them again OR you may have missed them, they’re playing at Bohemia down the street with Windigo and Upsidedowntown. 

Apollo Suns were kind enough to show us around their jam space in their hometown of Winnipeg. Therefore making them The Jam Space of the Month! 


 


 

It’s a lovely jam space. Really creative! Got some really nice
lighting atmosphere effects in there.

Catch Apollo Suns Saturday, October 28th at noon during our brunch service! It’s FREE and ALL AGES! 

Happy Hour Artists: October 23rd – 27th

Join us for Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 4-7pm including live music from 5:30-6:30pm. Our happy hours are all ages events up until 9pm and all are welcome. Ask your server or bartender about our daily food and drink specials!


Monday October 23rd: Quality Control

A Grant MacEwan special serving up tasty jams and sweet tunes for your ears. A diverse fusion band with hot licks, groovin’ kicks, with a killer mix.

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Tuesday October 24th: Rising Star Tuesday Fundraiser for Resonate Music School & Studio

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Emily Svekla is an aspiring 14 year old artist from Edmonton, Alberta. She discovered her passion for singing at a young age, and since then has taken any opportunity that she can get to be on stage. Her unique sound has been inspired by artists such as Halsey, twenty one pilots and Julia Michaels.

Hannah Scott is 16 year old from Edmonton, Alberta. She attends Victoria School of the Arts where she continues to grow and develop the skills as a well-rounded artist. She is a singer/songwriter practicing the genres of R & B, Soul and Pop. Her favourite musical inspirations are: Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Adele and Beyoncé. She thanks Resonate Music School for believing in her voice and allowing her the opportunity to showcase her love for music. Hannah’s dream one day is to share her music to the world and someday be that inspiration for an artist.

Amanda Penner is a fifteen year old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from St. Albert, Alberta. Amanda is an emerging artist in the music industry, who has been described as an old soul. In the past year, she has advanced to the finals in St. Albert’s Got Talent as well as the semifinals Talent Search at Big Valley Jamboree. She has performed in city arts festivals such as the Amplify Youth festival, and Kaleidoscope Family Arts Festival. Amanda has also performed several solo shows in different venues. She has played at open mics, performed in multiple garage bands, and has recorded six original songs through her music school in the past year. Amanda had also performed at multiple fundraisers, events, and festivals. She was a recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor Distinguished Young Arts Award and a top 5 finalist in the Canada 150 songwriters competition.


Wednesday October 25th: Will Scott Band

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I like band bios that start with “from the ashes of (another shitty band) comes the best new (shitty) band to hit you in the dick since neu metal made you put on the addidas.” cool. right on.

Will Scott also plays in Pigeon Breeders. He previously played in Brazilian Money, MS DOS, DAD, The Mitts, Wicked Awesomes!, and The Fails.


Thursday October 26th: the Vidos

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THE V!DOS (Vancouver BC). The band, whose average age is 20 years old, collaborate with producer Danny Craig (One Bad Son, Whale and the Wolf, The Classy Chassys) to create a new wave of energetic, fuzzy rock and roll.

So far in 2017 the band has played two opening slots at The Commodore Ballroom, for Live Nation Presents Age of Electric, and Live Nation Presents Daniel Wesley. In between these two shows the group played a direct support slot, opening for The Pack A.D at CJ’s in Kamloops. Currently the band is in the studio recording a new record, which puts them on course to drop the first single towards the end of the summer.

The Vidos had a number of noteworthy shows in 2016, including a few performances at CMW and opening slots with bands like Pop Evil, JPNSGRLS, and PRISM. They dropped the single “CAR TROUBLE” to radio in early October, featuring spins at CIFM Kamloops, POWER 104 Kelowna, C-JAY 92 Calgary, X-92 Calgary, THE BEAR Edmonton, THE DRIVE Red Deer, KRZQ Reno, & several others. They also scored regular rotation at THE WOLF Regina. At the same time “Car Trouble” hit the airwaves, they released the music video, directed by Dave Benedict (Square Egg). The release was well-recieved, resulting in the band independently charting to #39 on the Canadian active-rock charts.


Friday October 27th: HAPPY HOUR CANCELLED

Because of the July Talk show the evening of the 27th, we’ll be cancelling happy hour to accommodate their sound check keep our upstairs neighbours happy. Thanks for your understanding! We’ll be back Monday, November 30th with our regularly scheduled happy hour performances.


 **No cover is charged for our Happy Hour performances, but we do pass a hat around the audience to collect donations for the performer. There is never any pressure to donate, but it is appreciated as every penny goes to the performer(s). Thank you for supporting the local music scene!

Almost Famous – What is it?

If you still haven’t heard about our fabulous Almost Famous package, which rock have you been hiding under?! Since our venue is normally first come, first served, this is your only chance to reserve a table at one of our upcoming shows for you you and three of your friends. The package is $200 and guarantees you four tickets to a show of your choice up until November 30th (that’s when the next cycle starts!), a reserved table for four with a great view of the stage, four drink tickets and sharable snacks during the show! 

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One of the biggest bonuses that comes with the Almost Famous package is the chance to win tickets to July Talk on Friday, October 27th. We’ve been giving away a pair of tickets every Saturday at noon MST live on our Instagram story. With only one weekend left to go, chances are severely diminishing to win your tickets. 

To make your purchase, give us a call at 780-756-9045 and ask for a manager OR ask your server or bartender at the venue. We look forward to hooking you up with a sweet show experience! 

Happy Hour Artists: October 16th – 20th

Join us for Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 4-7pm including live music from 5:30-6:30pm. Our happy hours are all ages events up until 9pm and all are welcome. Ask your server or bartender about our daily food and drink specials!


Monday October 16th: Stan Anderson

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Stan Anderson is a veteran entertainer and songwriter who has played every type of club gig from single to 5-piece, has done some recording, some concerts, and some live TV and radio over his years in the music industry. Although his favorite music has always been Country, he can do songs from almost any genre except Rap. He varies his performances according to the age bracket of his audience, and has a huge repertoire of both original and cover tunes.
His career highlights include touring with Marg Osburne and Becki Bluefield, occasionally playing guitar for concerts by such artists as Jack Greene and Penny DeHaven, and even opening one show years ago for Merle Haggard. Stan still writes and records occasionally, and plans to continue entertaining as long as he lives.


Tuesday October 17th: Rising Star Tuesday with Brenda Dirk, Mark Norris and Katelyn Gariepy

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Brenda Dirk was born and raised in the town of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. Brenda’s love of singing and performing Country Music evokes a passionate, Rockier edge to her songwriting and depicts a strong sense of conviction to tell a story in each of her songs. For the past year, Brenda has worked tirelessly on her debut album with Producer Bobby Cameron and is extremely excited about her musical future with the release of her first single in September 2017.

Mark Norris is a 22 year old tenor who began his musical career in high school as a member of the Bow Valley Highschool choir. After graduating, he looked to Ambrose University (then Ambrose University College) and their College Singers choir. After a year with the College Singers he was accepted into the Ambrose Chamber Choir, where he began his training in classical technique with Director Dr. Donald Quantz PhD. Three years later, he is back in his hometown of Edmonton, where he continues to work with various vocal coaches and seeks out like minded musicians to form a band with.

Katelyn is a 13 year old vocalist who loves to perform. She is an experienced performer and a high achieving honours student in school. Katelyn has been taking vocal lessons for almost two years and has participated in vocal recordings. She has recently begun to play the ukulele and spends most of her spare time playing the uke and singing. Katelyn was a leader in the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree’s Children’s choir this past December. She also appeared in the Trinity Players spring production of The Music Man. Katelyn’s first love is singing and she looks forward to being able to perform onstage.


Wednesday October 18th: Lynett McKell

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Driven to write from an early age, Lynett McKell weaves tales from her life’s truth and sends them our way, wrapped in melody from deep within. A self taught musician, her music carries a raw light, inviting listeners to reflect, relate and enjoy.


Thursday October 19th: The Yonghy-Bonghy Bos

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Edmonton rock/blues/funk band, available for parties, weddings, pig roasts, business meetings, luaus… or just your good old-fashioned live gig!


Friday October 20th: Tallest to Shortest

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Tallest to Shortest surfs genres and bends rules with unpredictable, reckless precision. This power trio turns heads at every show. Made up of members of The Uncas, Red Ram, Switchmen and The Fails – Sean Brewer, Mark Feduk and Corey Motz never fail to sway the crowd.

Tallest To Shortest is about getting back to basics and simply writing catchy, crafty tunes and then belting them out in a fresh way that almost anyone can get behind. On one tune you may hear grungy rock mixed with hip-hop beats and then they will blindside you with a pop-punk ditty that breaks into a metal bridge. This band doesn’t have an identity crisis though – there is a consistent theme of mayhem and catchiness that runs throughout their repertoire.


**No cover is charged for our Happy Hour performances, but we do pass a hat around the audience to collect donations for the performer. There is never any pressure to donate, but it is appreciated as every penny goes to the performer(s). Thank you for supporting the local music scene!

Interview – Krystle Dos Santos

One of our favourite local performers to host on stage is the incredible Krystle Dos Santos. Her voice is so powerful we’ve been moved to tears and she’s generally one of the nicest humans on the planet. We’re looking forward to her show with the newly minted Saint and the Full 100 Band and thought it’d be nice to check in with her. The last show she played was in July and the fantastic Melisizwe Brothers joined her on stage. We caught up with Dos Santos briefly before her upcoming show to see what she’s been up to and why you might be hearing her voice in a cartoon in the near future! 

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NVT: First, I want to throwback to your last show here in July when the Melisizwe Brothers joined you on stage for part of your set. That was incredible. What was it like sharing the stage with them?

KDS: Oh man, those guys are so incredible! I couldn’t believe how professional, yet completely normal and down to earth they were. Their dad was so cool and thats exactly why they had such balance! Their stage presence is so phenomenal- they’ll definitely be superstars in a few years – I heard Stevie Wonder wanted to help with their development!! I hope I can share the stage again with them before they blow up!!

NVT: So you’ve played some extremely successful shows here and around the area in the past year, I noticed you got married as well… what does the year ahead look like for you?

KDS: Yes, this year has been my best ever in the entertainment world – I’ve been doing some commercials and tv/film acting in Vancouver as well, so next year will be lots of training and hopefully as a result, more work 🙂 I’m started to take some voice over classes, so fingers crossed you’ll hear me on a cartoon in the next year or 2. I’m also writing a bunch of new music, so I’ll be hitting the studio sometime next year as well.  I probably won’t have another wedding though, one was enough for a lifetime, lol!

NVT: Your show is on Friday the 13th! Spooky! Do you have any superstitions or rituals before you hit the stage or in general?

KDS: Lol, I actually didn’t even realize that!! I don’t really have any superstitions, I kinda wish I did, I think they would make me more disciplined! But I always have to do a solid vocal warm up before a show, which sounds like im a goul or a crazy person! Ooohhh!

NVT: If you could play a show with any musician living or dead, who would it be and why?

KDS: I’d love to get on stage with the late great Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston – probably just to watch and take it in, more than actually singing. I’d die to get on stage with stevie wonder again or maybe play with the Roots and Jill Scott….I could go on forever.

NVT: Anything else you’d like to add to this?

KDS: So happy to be playing at The Needle again! Edmonton has the most amazing crowds and people – i feel so lucky to come home and play here as often as I do!!

Join Krystle and Saint & the Full 100 Band Friday the 13th for a night of amazing soul, dancing and good vibes! 

Advance tickets are still available here: https://yeglive.ca/events/krystle-dos-santos/oct-13-2017/the-needle

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