A little bit Austin; a little bit Kemptville, a lot of a good time!
Enjoy some of the best live music, well, anywhere at the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill. Come on out and be entertained with tunes & songs, to listen close or to sing along at one of our popular open mic or Birthday Tribute events: it all sounds as good as the real Texas BBQ, Tex-Mex, Cajun or Southern food favourites tastes... Our entertainment line up ranges from local talent to some big name headliners...watch this page to see what's coming up!
+++ A Special Note About Music +++
A shocking week for us all - Gord Downie is a hero for many aspiring poets and musicians. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. Read more about The Tragically Hip's history in the Ottawa area in this article by Aedan Helmer. Our unofficial national poet laureate continues to create and inspire, stubbornly refusing to explain anything away - The Hip have even announced a cross-country tour for Gord, whose doctor says, despite his fatigue and all, will still be able to sing his lyrics as well as ever...
"...Terry's gift is forever green
it got me up, back on the scene."
He's not just a role model for Canadian musicians - he reminds us that music transcends identities and realities, that the real connecting threads between humans are more than just our country or our political persuasions. "Don't let your nationalism get in anyone else's way," he said once, a reference to the physical obstruction caused by fanatics waving Canadian flags at Hip concerts overseas...
Unfortunately, he will not be making a stop at The Branch... but we can sing his songs for him - stay tuned for details about a Gord Downie Tribute Night coming soon!
Thanks to you, Gord, for all the worlds you have created with your words... We'll be with you all the way through the fight.
"...your finger starts to wiggle
And landscapes emerge."
Thursday night, the Branch presents live music with Annie Sumi + Rose-Erin Stokes (8pm, $5 suggested). Annie Sumi released her debut album, Reflections, last spring, earning airplay on CBC radio and charting on college radio for 10 straight weeks. She supported the release with more than 50 shows, from Hamilton to Halifax, and received a Best Singer-Songwriter nomination at the Toronto Independent Music Awards.
Sumi was introduced to Rose-Erin Stokes through the musical community in North Bay. Presently, Rose-Erin Stokes and Annie Sumi play together in a band called Hidden Roots Collective as they share in this journey of being a female singer-songwriter. Stokes was a nominee for "Best Solo Album" and the recipient of "Best Vocals on a Recording" at the 2015 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards. This spring tour will be their first appearance as solo and collaborative musicians!
Saturday night, come and join Kemptville's own Carey + Polly for a night of harmonies and love (8pm, pay-what-you-can). They will be playing an eclectic mix of covers (a little bit of everything from Lana Del Rey to Jefferson Airplane - and definitely some Tragically Hip), with an original song or two in there somewhere.
Call us at 613.258.3737 to reserve your seats!
Sunday is also the Branch Open Stage, hosted this Sunday by Peter Johnson! Come out anytime between 3pm and 6pm to play, or listen, or drink, or whatever you feel like...
...and don't forget, every Wednesday and Thursday night it's Burger Bonanza!!! That means, from 5pm until 8pm, Branchburgers are only 11.99, with only 99 cents for additional toppings!!!
BRANCH SPRING HOURS:
Grill open 5:00pm - 8:00pm (bar service until 9pm)
Grill open 5:00pm - 9:00pm (bar service until 11pm)
Grill open 2:00pm - 8:00pm
(CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS)
Thanks for eating, drinking, and being local.
~ the folks at the Branch
MUSIC THIS WEEK:
~ Thursday May 26th ~ Annie Sumi + Rose-Erin Stokes, 8pm, pay-what-you-can
~ Saturday May 28th ~ Carey Graham + Paulina Hrebacka, 8pm, pay-what-you-can
~ Sunday May 29th ~ Open Stage with Peter Johnson, 3pm-6pm
~ Thursday June 2nd ~ Angela Saini + Amanda Giles, 8pm, $10
~ Friday June 3rd ~ Pat Maloney + Doug Wallace, 9pm, $10
~ Saturday June 4th ~ Greg Kelly + Jim Robinson, 9pm, $10
~ Wednesday June 8th ~ Roger Roger + Logan McKillop, 8pm, pay-what-you-can
~ Thursday June 9th ~ Morgan Davis, 8pm, $15 ($10 advance)
~ Friday June 10th ~ George Buys, 8pm, pay-what-you-can
~ Saturday June 11th ~ Ben Kunder
~ Friday June 17th ~ The Bristol Hum, 9pm
~ Saturday June 18th ~ The Ramblin' Valley Band, 8pm, pay-what-you-can
~ Friday June 24th ~ Lucas Haneman + Megan Laurence, 9pm, $10
~ Saturday June 25th ~ The Pie Plates, 9pm, $10
~ Saturday July 2nd ~ Phil Morotti + Friends, 8pm