TRAVIS Reviews: Cuff the Duke and Huron

Cuff the Duke with little Wayne Petti gracing Lee's Palace on Saturday night.

Wayne Petti is the cutest ectomorph there is. As a little guy, he really handles Oshawa hecklers with wit and style. Not planning to write here, but I have found myself at Lee’s Palace four times in the past month. I’m OK with that, because I heart the intimate environ that is the Palace. Anyway, to business: Huron, the country-stomping, typical alternative band was solid with their set, although lead singer, Aaron Goldstein, was diagnosed with laryngitis. In lieu, fully big bearded back-up and guitarist, Adam Melnick took to the mic. With an impressive light show to boot, the audience quietly shuffled back and forth to the pop guitars and easy-to-listen to tunes.

Cuff the Duke is that local band that was tight from Day 1, but never got huge. Although little Petti aptly plays with Blue Rodeo’s traveling band, his own band still hasn’t hit such an echeleon — maybe for the better. They are alt-country to a finely-rounded T. With a strong cult-but-everyone-knows-this-band feel, Cuff the Duke was celebrating last night. Why? Well, they just grabbed a nod from the team over at the Juno’s. Playing a solid hour show — and yes, they had pretty lights, too — the audience was happy with the boys from Oshawa. Both Max and Dan from the Arkells showed up to show some support as the guys from Huron also reign from Hamilton. Max let us know that the Arkells are about to have a mini tour with Metric before they head to the Juno’s themselves. The Arkells, who graced the cover of our Music Issue, are also planning on releasing an EP this summer. Get excited, the boss is coming.

Here are a couple more pics from the Cuff the Duke show.

Huron, Cuff the Duke's opener, hails from Steel City (Hamilton).

More Wayne Petti!

–R.B.

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