All hail the new Sidetrack Cafe!

Whoa, talk about high expectations for the new Needle Vinyl Tavern, which makes its grand opening in the old CKUA building on Jasper Avenue this weekend. The spiffed up space promises to deliver the best in both local and touring indie bands in a comfortable environment – and give the long-suffering Edmonton music scene a kick in the ass in the process.

Breaking the place in on Thursday night is a catch: The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, a hip folk fester’s favourite. Friday’s headliner is Joel Plaskett, and Saturday sees the hometown dance-punk heroes Shout Out Out Out Out (pictured). Coming soon are the Elwins on March 31, The Wet Secrets on 9, and the Canadian college heroes Sloan – sold out already – on April 15.

There’s going to be live music every night in a roomy room (400+ capacity) that people might actually want to hang out in on a regular basis, enjoying the sumptuous decor, good food and clean bathrooms – while knowing they’re almost always guaranteed to get decent live music. Like the Sidetrack Cafe. Anyone remember the Sidetrack Cafe? Doesn’t really matter. Every generation of club-goers has its favourite music hangout, and this one is offered the Needle, among other new places popping up all over the place. There’s your Live Music Initiative.

All show information can be found on the Needle’s website.


Mike Ross
Published on: March 9, 2016