The growth of Westman’s music scene has been increasing rapidly over the past few years. Almost any given night you can find good music playing here in good ol’ B-Town as more and more venues are opening up their doors to the burgeoning music scene.
As a result, all things musically speaking are becoming more and more interesting. Genres bend and collide while textures and patterns shift as our music community witnesses the birth of so many great acts.
Many of these new artists only have a few performances under their collective belts, while some are looking for their first gig.
Locals Only, the new component on the KX96 website designed to showcase the local music scene, and Houstons nightclub at the Royal Oak Inn and Suites, have recognized this and have combined forces to create an opportunity to support Westman’s growing music scene.
Houstons is happy to sponsor a new contest that will rely on web-based votes to decide the winner. Essentially the public will have the final say, so bands will need to rely on their musical talent as well as some marketing savvy.
Your band could win the right to command the stage at Houstons for a full-on paid performance!
How to enter:
Simply fill out an entry form and send it in before the Feb. 29 deadline. Spots are filling up fast! Visit KX96Online.com to access the entry form. The contest is open to all genres of music.
How do you win?
If your band is selected for the band battle, we’ll schedule you in for a Friday night support act set at Houstons. Minimum set length is 30 minutes. Maximum set time is 45 minutes.
We’ll video tape a portion of your set then post it on "Locals Only" for the opportunity to increase your band’s following. Plus, a voting system will be set up to determine who wins the full three-set paid performance at Houstons. Visitors to the Locals Only section of the KX96 website will have the option to vote for your band. Each band will have their performance posted for one week in order to garner votes. Ability to flex your marketing muscles via all the available social networking sites your band utilizes is paramount here, as the band with the most votes within that time frame will win.
Bands that play support-act sets will have the option of dispensing show passes to their fan base. Houstons will pay $3 for each pass that is handed in at the door the night of your performance. Each band is allowed up to 300 passes which Houstons will provide. 300 x $3 = a potential of $900 for an opening slot gig!
The winning band will be scheduled to play a full evening show at Houstons — three 45-minute sets, starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 31.
Plus a taped video interview segment for Locals Only in which you can further promote your band.
The Friday night support-act dates are: March 1 and 15, April 5, 12 and 26, and May 10 and 24.
The winning band will have the stage to themselves for three 45 minute sets on Friday, May 31.
Rules and regulations:
The contest is open to all bands — whether it’s your first gig or your next one — of any music genre, that are based in the western Manitoba or southeastern Saskatchewan.
All band members must be at least 18 years of age (proper ID must be provided upon entering the contest).
No entry fee is required. Simply fill out an entry form and send it in before the entry deadline. When your band is selected, we will schedule you in for one of the available dates. If your band can’t make the performance date, you will be forfeited from the contest. Entry forms are available at www.KX96Online.com
@04.4 Brief Hed:Extra Happenings:
Friday, Feb. 15, 10:30 p.m. — Local musicians Cody Iwasiuk (drums) and John Baron (bass) will join Vancouver blues and jazz artist Beth Arrison (pictured). Get ready for a great night of entertainment as this group serves up everything from smoky torch singer jazz to upbeat funky jazz numbers. You’ll want to get up and dance to, ya dig?
Saturday, Feb. 16 — Brandon’s own Midlife Crisis brings the classic rock to the Decker stage.
Friday, Feb. 22 — Blues rockers Against The Grain perform starting at 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23 — Kieran West & His Buffalo Band comes a bit west with their acoustic-folk-blues-rock act.
Friday, Feb. 15 — Jherrad Cumming
Friday, Feb. 22 — Dylan MacDonald
Friday, March 1 — A Purposeful Grimace
Friday, Feb. 15 — Friday and Saturday night features Yuk Yuk’s comedy show starting at 8:30 p.m. Only 100 tickets per show and are available at the Royal Oak Inn. Stay and party the night away both nights following the comedians.
Friday, Feb. 22 — Jason Kirkness band plus trip to Las Vegas giveaway
Friday, March 1 — Mother Groove
Lady of the Lake:
Thursday, Feb. 14 — The Continentals (’50s and ’60s band); show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16 — Dylan MacDonald (jazz trio); show starts at 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 — Songwriters Circle (showcasing various original local artists); show starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 — Tow Dowden (romantic dinner music); from 6-8 p.m.)
Friday, Feb. 15 — Honeymoon Suite
Saturday, Feb. 16 — Alice in Blunderland
Sunday, Feb. 17 — Touch 4 Entertainment presents Orbit X (live DJs mixing up a dancing sensation); doors open at 9 p.m.; $10 cover.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23 — country rockers Day After Nashville
Thursday, Feb. 28 — Platinum Blonde
Friday, March 15 — Rock Hall of Famers Heart are set to perform at Brandon’s Westman Place. California-born, Seattle-bred sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson are behind some of rock’s most iconic hits, from the wild call of "Barracuda" to the epic lilt of "Magic Man" to the deranged shriek of "Crazy On You." Nancy’s guitar and Ann’s wail are practically part of the national archive, indelible elements of American pop culture. Listen to KX96 throughout Heart Month (February) for chances to win tickets.
Friday, March 1 — Old Time Dance in Lenore from 8 to 11 p.m.; orchestra is Ed Clayton and Friends; admission is $7, which includes a pot-luck lunch; for more information, call Louise at 204-748-3891.
Frank McGwire is a radio personality and booster of the music scene in Brandon and Westman.