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CKXU Loves their listeners on Valentine’s Day

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 If CKXU loves you as is their catch phrase, their audience loves the University of Lethbridge based community radio station even more. Especially during their pre- Valentine’s Day bash, Feb. 13 at the Slice.

Pzeudo perform at CKXU Loves You 2015. photo by Richard Amery
 The show was sold out by 9:30 p.m. as the first act Jolene Draper and Steve Martin playing under the monicker Cupid’s Got a Gun took the stage.Jolene Draper and Steve martin perform at CKXU Loves You 2015. photo by Richard Amery
 In between bands, Carisa Jayne performed her sexy burlesque  routine while  people from Sexxy Kitty plus Amberlea Parker hosted a sex trivia competition with prizes.

They played  along set of mostly acoustic versions of  a variety of love songs  from the era of Buddy Holly to today.
 Steve Martin alternated between bass and guitar while adding vocal harmonies to Jolene Draper’s pretty voice
 They played a little bit of everything from 50 rock to more modern love songs.

 Local rapper Pzeudo was up next. While I’ve only seen her a couple of times and even though I’m not a big rap fan, with her bright red hair and rapid fire delivery, she definitely showed her  unique personality as she jumped around the stage, grinning and smiling for her whole set.

Her set was upbeat rap which seemed to me to be mostly original material with prerecorded beats which had a good sized crowd cheering.

The ’80s part of the night was up next courtesy of Griffon Sword.
 This was either throwback heaven or ’80s hell depending on  your opinion of cheesy ’80s hair metal music.

Griffon Sword plays  CKXU Loves You 2015. Photo by Richard Amery
Griffon Sword dressed in their ’80s best spandex,  did an impressive  job performing some challenging songs, especially  considering  the high register the vocals of bands like Journey are. They opened with some Journey’s  “Separate Ways” and continued with a variety of ’80s metal including Ratt’s “Round and Round”, Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” and I think some Judas Priest.

 They were an immediate hit with the crowd who were singing along. So they were called back for an encore of Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer.”
I missed alternative rockers Fox Eyes and the Ruby Plumes.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:07 )  
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