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!
As well, we've got live music for you this weekend, starting on Friday night with @Lucas Haneman + Megan Laurence (June 24th, 9pm, $10). Multi-Instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Lucas Haneman has long been widely regarded for his distinctive and explosive guitar work. His one of a kind sound lends itself to styles as diverse as blues, funk, jazz, folk, reggae, rock and world music. At the age of 6, Lucas Haneman started playing the guitar, originally focusing on grass roots styles such as folk and blues, but began delving into jazz and alternative rock as a teenager. Today all of these influences still make up the fabric of his sound on the range of stringed instruments he plays (including all types of guitar, mandolin and banjo). While in high school he performed in many national jazz bands and received a CBC Galaxy Rising star Award at the 2005 Ottawa International Jazz festival. In 2010 he graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in Jazz Studies (where he received the prestigious Oscar Peterson scholarship in 2008. Most recently Lucas has been focusing on writing and recording original music with his new project (a funk/blues jam band) called "The Lucas Haneman Express" in which Lucas performs as a guitarist and singer alongside Jeff Asselin (drums and Martin Newman (bass). The band will be releasing their debut full length album "Welcome Aboard" this April. An active teacher and performer since the age of 16, Haneman was a faculty member alongside many internationally renowned guitarists including the likes of Canadian finger style legend Don Ross and American jazz guitarist Ben Monder at a large festival called Guitar Now (held at Carleton University in 2013). Over the years he has toured Canada twice with different projects, and has opened for or performed with musicians in a range of styles including Curtis Fuller, David Newman, Guido Basso, Jeff Healy, James Cotton, Sloan, Don Ross, and singer songwriters Terry Kelly and David Usher (just to name a few). This March Haneman is honoured to be making a trip overseas to perform in London England at the international "Visually Impaired Musicians Live" conference.
On Saturday night, The Branch welcomes back Nellie Holmes and @The Pie Plates (June 25th, 9pm, $10). The Pie Plates are a dynamic and energetic band. They have been together for over 3 years, but members have played in various bands for 30+ years. Their eclectic set list includes a nice mix of roots, country and bluegrass - definitely something for all ages, and includes original tunes as well as covers. Their vocal harmonies are excellent. They have fiddle, dobro, mandolin, banjo, upright bass and guitar. Members are Nellie Holmes, Bob Webb, Lucien Giroux, Gary Barr, Ray Desjardins, and Rick Hare. One member is a full time professional musician and two are songwriters. Nellie has one solo CD Dancing in the Kitchen of original material released with airplay on many radio stations. One of her songs was selected for Acoustic Rainbow’s Sampler. The Pie Plates are currently working on their first CD - Another Slice Please with much of the CD consisting of original material.
Reservations are always welcome, and encouraged, especially on Friday and Saturday - call us at 613.258.3737!
Sunday is also the Branch Open Stage, hosted by Peter Johnson! Come out anytime between 3pm and 6pm to play, listen, eat, and drink!
Thanks for eating, drinking, and being local.
~ the folks at the Branch
MUSIC THIS WEEK:
~ Friday June 24th ~ Lucas Haneman + Megan Laurence, 9pm, $10
LISTEN TO LUCAS HANEMAN.
“Haneman, a guitarist with an almost
frighteningly broad stylistic reach and tone
that ranged from clean and warm to distorted
- John Kelman, All About Jazz Magazine
"It is fundamental that a great performer
approaches every performance as if it is their
last. Lucas Haneman absolutely does that.
He always leaves a part of himself on that stage.”
- Farley Flex, Canadian Idol judge
~ Saturday June 25th ~ The Pie Plates, 9pm, $10
LISTEN TO THE PIE PLATES.
~ Sunday June 26th ~ Open Stage with Peter Johnson, 3pm-6pm
~ Thursday June 30th ~ Manitoba Hal, 8pm, $10
LISTEN TO MANITOBA HAL.
~ Saturday July 2nd ~ Phil Morotti + Friends, 8pm
LISTEN TO PHIL MOROTTI.
~ Sunday July 3rd ~ Open Stage with Carey Graham, 3pm-6pm
~ Friday July 8th ~ Alex Leggett, 9pm, $10
~ Saturday July 9th ~ Low Country Hill, 9pm, $10
~ Sunday July 10th ~ Open Stage with Peter Johnson, 3pm-6pm
~ Friday July 15th ~ Carlo, 9pm, $10
~ Saturday July 16th ~ Chris Cotta, 9pm, $5
~ Sunday July 17th ~ SloCan Ramblers, 6pm, $25
~ Friday July 29th ~ Garnet Rogers, 9pm, $25