Live music is back! If you’ve been waiting to get out and catch a band, Tommy McGrory has your guide to which gigs you can see this weekend.
“For the first time in a year and a half I will not be mentioning the ‘C’ word. I have prattled on about it for far too long and at times I was beginning to sound like Professor Jason Leitch. I am absolutely over the moon to tell you that live music is hurtling its way back into your lives like it never went away.
“Music venues are brushing away the cobwebs from their mixing desks and PA stacks ready to welcome you and the bands back to once more and not before time. I’m as happy as a drummer with two snares!
“First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that “The move beyond level 0 will entail the lifting of most of the remaining legally imposed restrictions – most notably, on physical distancing and limits to the size of social gatherings.
“It also means that from August 9, no venues will be legally required to close.
“This change is significant and hard-earned. The sacrifices everyone has made over the past year and a half can never be overstated.
Music venues have to wait until next week before they can operate at full capacity but, before that happens, there is plenty going on this week, and with reduced numbers it may be better to book a table or buy a ticket.
The Bungalow has Skaledonia – a 9 piece Ska and 2Tone tribute band – playing tonight and special guests are The Bikini Bottoms. The Bikini Bottoms are an out and out rockabilly to wild psychobilly/horror punk band who have a tinge of surf and garage rock thrown in. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are from Eventbrite.
Outside on Shuttle Street tomorrow, Leana Zaccarini and the Moonlighters will be playing from 4pm. It’s all free so have a stroll into the street beer garden for a fun afternoon filled with laid back Latin, smooth Swing, ballsy Blues and fabulous Funk. I saw this popular outfit play just before lockdown and they were superb.
After Leana (another free gig indoors), The Previously Unheard take to the stage at 8pm. The band played their debut gig in way back in May 2014 and have worked over the years to build a solid set of good time cover songs that you can sing and dance along to.
I’m so pleased that The Old Swan, one of Paisley’s favourite live music bars and one of mine, kicks off live music this week starting with Stephen Henry. I met Stephen a long time ago when he was a young lead vocalist in the band Casino City. These days he describes himself as singer songwriter but I think he forgot to mention he’s still a great frontman. Catch him tonight at 6pm. Tomorrow from 4pm Cammy Miller will be kicking off the long awaited ‘Shoppers Slot’ session from 4pm.
Nothing on at The Cave this week but it’s good news for next week and The Cave faithful will be delighted. Jen Sloan posted this up on Facebook. “We are absolutely delighted to welcome live music back into our wee pub! Guys we can’t tell you how much we have missed you all. So to kick start our weekend of bands on the Friday 13th of August we have the fantastic Blackout from 9pm. Get yourselves along and support live music once again”
To all the Paisley music venues and bars, well done for getting through this last year and a half. You all deserve a medal and after this week is done, I hope to see you all soon.