Loose Ends: The Cowbell Hits The Touring Trail

We've been yammering on about the official Chart drinking band, White Cowbell Oklahoma, for at least a year now, but have also been sensitive to the pain of the rest of the country, who have been deprived of the White Cowbell experience.

- Jun 13, 2002

We've been yammering on about the official Chart drinking band, White Cowbell Oklahoma, for at least a year now, but have also been sensitive to the pain of the rest of the country, who have been deprived of the White Cowbell experience. The prospect of touring is a little complicated for the Toronto-based band/entertainment extravaganza — not only do they have up to 22 musicians on stage, but they also rope in a colourful cast of character players, props (giant ejaculating penis!) and strippers. That's a hard show to take on the road, but dammit, the Cowbell have set out on the tour trail anyway. There's only a few precious dates, but it's better than nothing. White Cowbell are driving up to the Maritimes for a trio of shows and then back into Ontario for the "Crawfish ’n' Port Harlots" and "Middle Earth Debauchery" tours. Check ’em on the following dates: June 14 Yarmouth, NS @ The Red KnightJune 15 Halifax, NS @ The MarqueeJune 16 Fredericton, NB @ The Upper DeckJune 19 Kingston, ON @ AJ's HangarJuly 27 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe TavernFor another different slice of down-home fun — much cleaner, less explicitly X-rated down-home fun — we recently received a press release from the people behind Saskatchewan country singer Brad Johner. Johner, who, like a lot of people in the prairies, knows that times have been tough for Canadian farmers as of late and he's decided to record a song about it — and he's aiming to recruit about 20,000 back-up singers. Tomorrow night (June 14), Johner will show up at the Saskatchewan Roughriders' game in Saskatoon to record the song during halftime. The football fans will have to chant "They can't break the farmer's back" while Johner croons the lyrics to his new song, titled, surprisingly enough, "The Farmer's Back." The song will ultimately appear on Johner's upcoming album. For those of you in the bigger cities who can't make it out to Johner's gig, there are plenty of things going on in Toronto and Vancouver this summer. This week it was announced that Beth Orton, who played a successful Toronto show this weekend, will return to town on August 5 for a show at the Phoenix. Other upcoming T.O. shows include The Shining on July 9 at Lee's Palace, Fu Manchu with Brand New Sin and Speedealer at the Opera House on July 17 and Sonic Youth, who'll be playing a big show at the Kool Haus on August 15. As for Vancouver announcements, the mightily hyped Australian bandThe Vines will be heading out to Vancouver on August 5 for a date at Richard's On Richards. Also up, singer-songwriter/piano-player Norah Jones will be at Sonar on August 10. Finally, the Blackalicious show for June 17 at the Commodore has been cancelled. Hang onto your ticket, as a rescheduled date will be announced soon.

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