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Rafter's Pub in Sudbury
Additional Acts: none
Ticket Price: free show
Set List: Two Tales / New Reggae Song / Nejuan / Little Ditty / Kousharee / Static / Meet Moot --> Moot / Swimming In Chlorine / Sitting On The Couch Sipping Lemonade / Saturn / C / Fast Funk / Sublime's "Santeria" / Sting / Father / Girl Next Door / Weather
Set Length: 1.5 hours from 11:15 - 12:45am
Rough Attendance: about 50
Caught on tape? Nada.
Poster: Not this time...

Notes: A road gig in Sudbury, which was a 4.5-hour drive through a Class 5 Kill-storm. We had to push the van out of deep snow twice. One time my fault, one time Shlag's. Not a bad little trip though. We pulled into Rafter's right on time, to learn that the opening act, who was FROM Sudbury, had bailed on the gig because of the snowstorm. Sweet. Ran a brief and unencouraging sound check, (Me: "How's the sound system in here?" Sound Man: "Oh, the sound in here sucks shit."), and peeled out for a quick bite to eat at a restaurant I'm sure we're not allowed back in. Returned to the venue to find that the crowd had swelled to a mighty 50 people. Maybe. I LOVE playing gigs during blizzards 450 kliks away from home on nights when Team Canada is playing Finland in an elimination round.

Aaaanyway, that's all the bad stuff. There is actually some good stuff, so keep reading. First, Rafter's treated us like gold. Very accomodating, very friendly, they draw a crowd who is actually there to see a band, we'd love to play there again. The sound system isn't great but their sound man (despite his appraisal of the house gear) was very responsive to my suggestions and was able to wrangle things into a tolerable state by a few songs into the set.

The show itself was actually good. Very good. It took Zygote about three songs to fully win over the entire audience, and from there it was a solid progression of funky entertaining music with tons of creativity and ad-libbing all around. Bonus points to Amir for upping the ante and really cutting loose on an impromptu non-song called "Sitting On The Couch Sipping Lemonade" which was actually made up on the spot. It featured the band roiling through rumbling atmospherics while Amir overlaid intense wailing vocals, until Jer signalled an unplanned surge into the pounding outro of Ladies. Awesome. It all came together. Even though the band had been playing well up to that point, from then on it got punched into overdrive on all counts. Every song from then on was explosive and tight, stage presence was way way up there, and a roomful of people who had never heard these songs before were completely diggin' on it. The new reggae song was great, Fast Funk was amazing, the Santeria cover got a standing ovation, and although we had planned a "lighter" set, the audience was clearly ready for the hard stuff once things got near the end, and Zygote brought out the big guns in the guise of Girl Next Door and Weather. We sold a bunch of CDs, made some new fans, and had a great time. Bad shows should always be this good.

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Friday, March 15th, 2002 : The Rivoli

Friday, March 1st, 2002 : Havoc in Hamilton VI at The Hudson

Wednesday, February 20th, 2002 : Rafter's Pub in Sudbury

Friday, February 8th, 2002 : Feel The Love: Pre-Valentine's Day Bash at The Opera House

Saturday, December 8th, 2001 : Call The Office in London

Friday, December 7th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Saturday, November 24th, 2001 : Kool HaĆ¼s with Big Sugar

Friday, November 23rd, 2001 : The Trasheteria in Peterborough

Thursday, November 22nd, 2001 : The Foundation in Barrie

Thursday, November 8th, 2001 : The Shot in Kingston

Friday, November 2nd, 2001 : The Opera House with Choclair

Saturday, October 27th, 2001 : The Cage in Oakville

Friday, October 26th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Friday, October 19th, 2001 : The Capitol Theatre

Saturday, September 8th, 2001 : The Opera House

Friday, August 10th, 2001 : Molson Amphitheatre with Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, July 28th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Thursday, July 26th, 2001 : Club Abstract in Kitchener with See Spot Run

Saturday, July 21st, 2001 : Lees Palace

Friday, July 13th, 2001 : Woodstick Festival at Kee to Bala

Friday, July 6th, 2001 : Two Tales II at the Comfort Zone

Friday, June 8th, 2001 : NXNE at The Reverb

Friday, May 4th, 2001 : In Concert at The Warehouse

Friday, April 6th, 2001 : Federation Hall at U o f Waterloo

Saturday, February 17th, 2001 : Lees Palace

Friday, January 19th, 2001 : The Opera House

Saturday, January 13th, 2001 : The Embassy in London

Friday, January 12th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Friday, November 17th, 2000 : Zygote Into The Fray at The Rivoli

Saturday, November 11th, 2000 : The Haunt in Ithaca NY

Friday, October 6th, 2000 : In Concert at The Opera House

Saturday, September 2nd, 2000 : Two Tales at The Rivoli

Saturday, July 29th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Sunday, July 16th, 2000 : Molson Indy

Saturday, June 17th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Thursday, June 8th, 2000 : NXNE 2000 at Clintons Tavern

Saturday, May 20th, 2000 : All Ages at The Comfort Zone

Thursday, May 18th, 2000 : Rock Search 2000 at Front 54 in Thorold

Friday, April 21st, 2000 : The Rivoli

Friday, April 21st, 2000 : La Luna in Hamilton

Sunday, March 26th, 2000 : Whiskey Joes in Hamilton with The Headstones

Friday, March 17th, 2000 : St Patricks Day Bash at The Rivoli

Thursday, March 2nd, 2000 : Canadian Music Week at The 360

Saturday, February 12th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Saturday, January 22nd, 2000 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Saturday, November 6th, 1999 : The Opera House with Wide Mouth Mason

Saturday, October 16th, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, September 3rd, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, July 23rd, 1999 : The Reverb

Saturday, June 26th, 1999 : The Rivoli CD Release

Friday, May 21st, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, April 30th, 1999 : The Rivoli

Thursday, April 15th, 1999 : The Reverb

Saturday, December 5th, 1998 : The Rivoli

Thursday, November 19th, 1998 : The Gordon Best Theatre Peterborough

Friday, October 9th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Friday, October 2nd, 1998 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, September 5th, 1998 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, July 11th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, May 30th, 1998 : The Regency Hotel

Friday, May 29th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, May 23rd, 1998 : The Opera House with The Headstones

Saturday, May 23rd, 1998 : The Big Bop

Thursday, May 14th, 1998 : Lees Palace with Humphat

Saturday, May 2nd, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, April 18th, 1998 : El Mocambo Upstairs

Thursday, April 16th, 1998 : Unplugged at The Silver Dollar with Brian Gladstone

Friday, March 20th, 1998 : The Big Bop

Friday, February 6th, 1998 : The 360

Saturday, January 31st, 1998 : Call The Office London with Zuuls Evil Disco

Friday, October 31st, 1997 : Halloween at The Original Six Sports Bar

Friday, October 17th, 1997 : El Mocambo

Friday, June 6th, 1997 : The Generator w Ron Hawkins of Lowest of the Low

Friday, May 23rd, 1997 : The Comfort Zone

Friday, April 25th, 1997 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, March 29th, 1997 : The 360 with Black Cabbage

Saturday, March 15th, 1997 : AE Pi Frat Party at The Reverb

Friday, January 31st, 1997 : The Comfort Zone with Andru Branch

Saturday, January 25th, 1997 : The Warehouse with Fishbone

Thursday, January 23rd, 1997 : Red Dog Tavern Peterborough with Tied To The Tracks

Monday, November 4th, 1996 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, September 27th, 1996 : The Generator

Saturday, July 27th, 1996 : The Honey Pot

Saturday, June 8th, 1996 : El Mocambo

Friday, April 5th, 1996 : El Mocambo

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Thursday, June 23rd, 1994 : Classic Studios

Friday, June 10th, 1994 : The Shamrock

Saturday, May 8th, 1993 : Rock n Roll Challenge II at The Spectrum