ROCKY’S BEST BETS
Victoria-native Leeroy Stagger spins an appealing blend of roots-rock and indie-pop that is starting to pay off. His new album “Love Versus” (on Waterdown’s True North label) hitting the Spotify Viral Top 50 in Canada this month. It’s Stagger’s best album to date and his “I Want It All” video has garnered more than 140,000 views. Stagger performs Thursday, June 1, at Mills Hardware with local blues duo Frankie and Jimmy. Show starts at 9 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
TINY BILL CODY
Tiny Bill Cody is a big guy with an even bigger voice. A storytelling musical troubadour quite unlike any other in Hamilton, Tiny Bill (Tor Lukasik-Foss) is ready to recount his incredible “true story” of seeing the devil and then writing lots of songs about it. A modern-day Robert Johnson, perhaps? He performs his solo show “Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil” Friday, June 2, 9 p.m., at the Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. at James North. $10 at the door.
The Minotaurs are an eight-piece collective from Guelph that specializes in psychedelic-tinged folk rock. Led by ex-Royal City member Nathan Lawr, the Minotaurs have a new album called “Aum” that features Sarah Harmer on backing vocals. “Aum” is a collaboration with Stuart Bogie of the Brooklyn-based Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas. The Minotaurs perform Friday, June 2, at The Casbah (Queen at King West). With The Astromen and Milkrun. 9 p.m. $10.
SGT. PEPPER AT 50
“It Was 50 Years Ago Today” is the name of the one-man show performed by local Beatles’ fan Christopher Clause to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most important pop albums of all time, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” With the help of a couple of looping pedals, Clause plans to recreate the entire album on stage at the Zoetic Theatre, 526 Concession St. at Wentworth, on Friday June 2 at 8 p.m. Audience participation will be encouraged. $20 or $18 for seniors and children under 12.
BLUES WITH A FEELING
The 15th annual Blues With A Feeling tribute to King Biscuit Boy features a rare reunion of iconic Canadian band Crowbar Saturday, June 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Dr., on Hamilton’s waterfront. Also on the bill are Josh Miller and the Kent Hartley Playboys. Tickets are $25, available now at Dr. Disc, Chedoke Flowers, Picks and Sticks, Looney Tunes (Burlington) and Stardust Records. Proceeds go to the Richard Newell scholarship fund at Mohawk College.