Just west of Steeltown lies the fertile ground of Haldimand County and the city of Brantford – a place that punches far above its weight musically speaking. In that zone of influence between there and the town of Paris (not France 😉 live the lads who comprise the makings of tonight’s guests, Checkerboard Floors. Comprised of Derek Palagano, Tyler Wilson, Matt Outerson and Rob Shorney perform in every wing shack and mall bar they can book with their cover band, gaining the precious experience and chops along the way to invest in their vehicle of original music, making compelling and legitimate art in an environment that is often barren of the nourishment that steady gigs and regular praise brings. Steady progress, absolute conviction and a faith in the results bore fruit and when it became time to retreat to the boutique studio of guitarist Wilson’s creation led to the further creation of their debut album ART PROJECT in 2014, a 10 song, full length CD that showcases the slick arrangements and crafty vocal interplay within the band, the vexing voice of Palango strong yet plaintive atop the mix with Wilson’s fretboard flourishes and Outerson’s hinge evident in his harmonies and low passes, each instrument and voice both pushing and pulling the others effortlessly, creating just the right tension to make the heartstrings sing. Yup, these lads are both nothing special and the next best thing all at once. You’d be forgiven if you overlooked Checkerboard Floors whole going about your daily tasks – but you should definitely go back for a closer look – it’s well worth the time and effort. This fine night, the last night of August, we welcome our western neighbors with open arms, lending a hand and an ear as yet another great band you’ll likely never get to hear or see without this little glimpse – who knows, you might just fall in love all over again.