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Plaid Tongued Devils bring SOAR festival to a sweaty close

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It has been four or five years since Calgary klezmaniacs the  Plaid Tongued Devils came to town, so it might not have been  too much of a surprise that very few people were hear them wind of the SOAR Emerging Artists festival at CASA.

Belly Dancer dance as the Plaid Tongued Devils play Mirsirlou at CASA, June 6. Photo by Richard Amery
 CASA was hot in more ways then one, which is why most of the well dressed audience hung out in the lobby or outside the building. 

But the Plaid Tongued Devils kept the ones dancing inside the CASA community room which sounded great.

By the second set a lot of the people had wandered home or  elsewhere to one of the many other gigs happening in town.


The band featured one fiddle player ( I remember them having two hot fiddle players one of the last times they were in Lethbridge), an eight string acoustic guitarist, bass, drums and charismatic Taber raised frontman Ty Semaka who had boundless energy and a weird sense of humour.

The Plaid Tongued Devils at CASA, June 6. Photo by Richard Amery
Belly dancers weaved seductively in front of the stage  during the Plaid Tongued Devil’s electric fiddle klezmer powered  version of surf classic “Mirsirlou,” which started of slow and built up to a frenetic pace.

The belly dancers kept time in time with all.
 “Bag of Snakes,” was one of many highlights.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:44 )  
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