(Blac Rabbit co-frontmen and twin brothers Amiri (left) and Rahiem Taylor performing at The Windsor Beer Exchange in Windsor, Ontario, on Oct. 28, 2018. Photo above by Kevin Blondin / Eyes On Windsor.)
After 5 years, The Windsor Beer Exchange (TBX Windsor) is closing their doors with only a few live shows left through November and Brooklyn’s Blac Rabbit with special guests The Brandy Alexanders rocked the house on Friday, October 26, 2018.
Blac Rabbit, co-fronted by twin brothers Amiri and Rahiem Taylor brought their psychedelic rock band to Windsor as part of their 2018 Seize The Day Fall Tour.
Growing up surrounded by hip hop culture and all it’s glory, the Taylor brothers had more exposure in their house to pop, funk and soul music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. When they began writing songs in high school, they taught themselves how to play guitar and write songs based off of the Beatles. After high school they formed Blac Rabbit, bringing in former metal and church drummer Patrick Jones, followed by resident shredder Josh Lugo on bass (and sometimes guitar) to play their original psychedelic rock tunes.
In order to make some pocket money, Rah and Amiri decided to start performing music on the NYC subway. They soon discovered that people really enjoy hearing them sing Beatles songs, so they kept doing that, slowly building a reputation around the city while also performing their original material at some of New York’s best venues for up and coming acts. They maintain that sort of dual life to this day.
On December 23rd, 2017, the band release their debut self-titled six song EP, which was also self recorded and self mixed. On January 26th, 2018, they were filmed performing Beatles songs on the train by New York Nico, the self proclaimed “Unofficial talent scout of New York City,” who posted the video to his 121K followers on Instagram.
Since then, the band has seen their fan base increase significantly and will be releasing a new full length album in the new year. They’be been in the studio recently, recording a couple of singles. The new material, as the Broward Palm Beach New Times says, “is a continuation of the EP, which is to say it’s richly textured ’60s psych-pop loaded with fuzzy guitar riffs.”
For more information about the band, their upcoming music and shows visit https://www.blacrabbit.com
Windsor based psychedelic pop rockers, The Brandy Alexanders, opened the show. Band members Alexander Dick, Shawn Dawson, Daniel Dick, Derek Impens, and Sean Shepherd have been jamming together for over six years.
In a Facebook post the band said they were excited to open for Blac Rabbit and thanked Happy Little Crowd Productions for hooking them up with the opening slot.
For more information about The Brandy Alexanders visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thebrandyalexanders/
Recently, Josh Olsen, owner of the Windsor Beer Exchanged announced the popular live music venue will be closing their doors. The venue has been a true advocate of local and live music for the past five years.
Final shows at The Windsor Beer Exchange include The Monowhales with special guests The Royal Foundry and The Universe Featuring Ray on November 5th. On November 16th the venue will kick off their final weekend with their “Almost 5 Year Anniversary Bash” with a fantastic line up of local bands. In a Facebook post Olsen says, “Its been a great time booking and running a venue for the Windsor music scene. Lets kick the final weekend off right.” The line up of bands include The Nefidovs, Of the Pack, Border Patrol, Ron Leary, Leighton Bain, Trenchlung, Bobby Sproat, Reckless Upstarts, Marshall C, Mush The Hippy, and Water/Heart. The night will also include the official release of Craft Heads Brewing Co.’s TBXPA Beer.
Sending The Windsor Beer Exchange off for the venue’s final show ever are The Hypnotics, James O-L and The Villains, and Years of Ernest.
Photos by Kevin Blondin
Kevin Blondin is an aspiring photographer studying public relations at the St. Clair College Mediaplex. He is dedicated to promoting artists, entertainment and events in the Windsor-Detroit area. Kevin has recently launched Sound & City Photography which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.