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Chicks With Picks raise money for YWCA with full house

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One of the other big shows on Oct. 21was the latest edition of Chicks with Picks, a group of Lethbridge’s finest female musicians who packed The Black Jespas Brenna Lowrie, Dil Blackmore, Katie Striebel and Kelsey Jesperson. Photo by Richard Amerythe Owl Acoustic Lounge. It was also a successful fundraiser for the YWCA.

 I arrived midway through the show just in time to see a tassel- spinning contest hosted by  local burlesque trio the Horrorshow Groodies, in which they invited several audience member to try spinning tassels on their chests.

 Several of our finest female musicians including  Katie Striebel,  Kelsey Jesperson  plus Brenna Lowrie and  bassist Dil Blackmore , got together as the Black Jespas to play a variety of innovative covers beginning with a  unique, mandolin powered version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Karen Romanchuk plays Chicks With Picks. Photo by Richard AmeryThey incorporated mandolin, guitar and violin and switched up the instruments. They included Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” and a violin powered version of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”

  Karen Romanchuk followed them with a solid set of originals music, much from her new CD “Dance,” and a Steve Earl request from host and organizer Shaela Miller.

 After a quick routine from the Horrorshow Groodies, Shaela Miller brought the show to a close with a suitable set of laid back acoustic originals including  favourites like “Loving Me,” “Half Way In Love” a couple  old school country covers plus several new songs including one of my new favourites called “Problems” and  Sentimental Cowboy.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 October 2011 14:38 )  
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