NeXT festival w/ Zoobombs
Comfort Zone (480 Spadina), Thursday-Saturday (March 8-10)
Old-fashioned-donut fiend Don Matsuo and his funkified Zoobombs heat up the Comfort Zone for Dan Burke's renegade three-night rock fest. See feature, page 58.
United Steelworkers of Montreal, Sunparlour Players, Barmitzvah Brothers, Ox, Barzin, Two-Minute Miracles
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (March 9)
It's banjos, fiddles, accordions and suitcase percussion night at the Silver Dollar as Weewerk and Galaxie join forces for a righteously rootsy hoedown.
Besnard Lakes, Pop Levi, We Are Wolves, Rock Plaza Central, Baby Eagle, Woolly Leaves, Wayne Petti
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (March 9)
Has anyone else noticed the uncanny resemblance Steve Baby Eagle Lambke, Will Woolly Leaves Kidman and Wayne Petti bear to Horseshoe booker Craig Laskey? Coincidence or cleverly comical Outside Music conspiracy? Hmm. See cover story, page 54, and Local Player, page 70.
Public Enemy, Grand Daddy I.U.
Docks (11 Polson), Friday (March 9)
He may be pushing 50, but politically outspoken hiphop kingpin Chuck D isn't ready to put down the microphone yet. See feature, page 75.
Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips
Mod Club (722 College), Monday (March 12)
If you've been jonesing for a Wareham fix since Luna split at the end of 04, and your local video store doesn't carry copies of Piggie on DVD, Dean & Britta's triumphant return to the stage is up your alley. See feature, page 62.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Wednesday (March 14)
If you're in New York, seeing the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's no great shakes. But a Massey Hall show here in Toronto is a big deal. Don't miss it.