The Hamilton Spectator
GRAHAM’S BEST BETS
Twenty-five years ago, Sven Gali’s self-titled debut album sold more than 50,000 copies and earned the group two Juno nominations. The Hamilton heavy rock band disbanded in 1996 but three of the original members — Dan Wanless, Andy Frank and Sean Minden — have reunited to release a new single, “Killed the Lies,” with help from newcomers Sean Williamson and Dan Fila. Sven Gali performs Saturday, July 21, 9 p.m., with Blacken’d Red at This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N. $25 in advance.
Astral Witch plays doomsday rock that originates from somewhere deep beneath the surface of the planet, ominous and foreboding. The Hamilton trio is releasing a new self-titled album Saturday, July 21, at Doors Taco Joint and Metal Bar, 58 Hess St., with The White Swan and The Electric Dead. 8 p.m. $10 advance or $13 at the door.
SUN RA ARKESTRA
The Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of 94-year-old alto sax player Marshall Allen, will play two headlining sets Saturday, July 21, at the Strangewaves Music and Art Festival at the Paris Fairgrounds in Paris, Ont. The legendary 11-piece experimental American jazz ensemble joins a lineup that includes ambient musician Laraaji, Pender Street Steppers, Pharmakon, RAMZi and John Oswald. The three-day festival gets underway Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. Complete schedule and tickets, including camping packages, available on strangewaves.ca.
Four masters of harmony — Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford and Gwen Swick — combine their folksinging talents in Quartette. This critically acclaimed Juno-nominated group performs Sunday, July 22, 7 p.m., on the bandstand behind the Fieldcote Museum in Ancaster, 64 Sulphur Springs Rd. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
Raised on the southern shore of the Avalon Peninsula, the Ennis Sisters have been singing the traditional songs of Newfoundland. Now they blend that sound with contemporary folk and an Irish twist. The Ennis Sisters perform Tuesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m., at Hendrie Park in the Royal Botanical Gardens. The show is included in your RBG general admission or membership.