Bill Durst was a member of the 1970s London, Ontario rock outfit Thundermug (remember "Africa"?), and in recent years he has made a pretty solid career for himself as a guitar-slinging blues-rocker. At some point in between, Durst was also a member of a ZZ Top tribute act called Tres Hombres. That explains the man's beard, which is epic. Really, Durst's whiskers put all these young beard-cultivating hipsters to shame.

And he can probably play guitar better than any of them, too:

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed classic American hip-hop duo Blackalicious at the Biltmore. Leah Crockford was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Blackalicious at the Biltmore Cabaret on August 19, 2014. Thanks Leah.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, B.C.'s award-winning Quails' Gate Winery is holding a weekend-long event at its estate vineyards in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.

As part of the festivities, acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood will perform an anniversary harvest concert on an open grass area overlooking the Okanagan Lake on Saturday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are priced at $60, but concert-goers can upgrade their tickets to include a canapé and wine reception ($100) or a pre-concert dinner at the winery's Old Vines Restaurant ($170). 

Live Nation has announced that Canadian guitar-rock group Sloan will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, October 18, in support of its upcoming studio album, Commonwealth

Consisting of Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott, Sloan has released 10 albums and more than 30 singles throughout its two-decade-plus career.

With Commonwealth, the group has taken an exceedingly democratic approach—the double album will see each member stake out a single side as his own.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed landmark punk legends Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the PNE Amphitheatre. Jesse Conn was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the PNE Amphitheatre on August 17, 2014. Thanks Jesse.

As I post this it’s been over 20 hours since Slash left the stage at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, and my ears are still ringing loudly.

It sounds like rock ‘n’ roll.

Holy crap was that an awesome show! I’ve been reviewing rock gigs for nearly 35 years, and I can honestly say that last night’s performance has rocketed into my Top 20 of All Time.

If the setlist from Slash‘s show in San Francisco two nights ago is any indication, his Vancouver fans are in for a whole lotta GN’R action tonight.

During his show at the Fillmore the top-hatted guitar hero led his group the Conspirators, featuring vocalist Myles Kennedy, in no less than six Guns N’ Roses numbers, including one of my personal faves, “You Could Be Mine”, which you may recall from that kick-ass 1991 action flick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Atlanta band the Coathangers, scheduled to perform at Come Friday at the Cobalt tonight (August 15) will not be appearing. After a show in Portland, Oregon, last night, the group discovered that its tour van had been burglarized. Thieves broke the van's locks and stole personal items, including the band members' passports.

From the Coathangers' Facebook page:

Local band Phoenix Thunderbird will play at the Cobalt tonight instead.

The Mosaic Music Series at the Fair at the PNE starts Saturday (August 16) and runs until the Fair’s closure on September 1. The live musical performances take place nightly at the Chevrolet Performance Stage.

The Mosaic Music Series features local, cultural, and iconic acts, including Dal Richards, Spirit of the West, Hey Ocean!, and more.

Even though he's been one of my fave rockers since the '70s, Tom Petty didn't offer the likes of me an interview in advance of his gig in Vancouver tonight.

But that's okay. I love the guy so much I'm not gonna hold it against him.

And one of the reasons I love him so much is because his songs have such freakin' awesome guitar bits. Every time I listen to a tune like "Refugee" or "Breakdown" or "You Got Lucky" I marvel at how every note of every guitar lick or solo seems absolutely perfect. The craftsmanship is impeccable.

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