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Applefest among this week’s highlights

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It is a short week due to the long weekend, yet there still a lot going on.Gabriel Thaine, playing Bigwood 10 on the weekend, plays Applefest this weekend. photo by Richard Amery
It is an excellent week for loud, local rock and roll.

 Chief Mountain plays for Paint and sip at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug.  8.
it will be a super night for music,” because after that, local ’90s rock trio the Supervoid will be joined by Seattle musician Mark Palm’s pop-rock project  Supercrush. He used to play in a variety of punk and hard core bands including  shoegaze band Modern Charms.

This month’s edition of the Windy City Opry at the Slice features an all local line Up on Wednesday, Aug. 8 with local roots band Rancho Deluxe and a songwriting circle including Megan Brown and Victoria Officinalis. The music begins at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

The Slice features a super special guest to host the Thursday night jam— Kansas City blues musician Amanda Fish and her drummer Glen James. She has Fish, the sister of fellow blues musician Samantha Fish, just released her sophomore CD “Free.”

It will be a fantastic weekend as well.
The Slice slow things down on Friday, Aug. 10 with Toronto folk duo Piper and Carson performing featuring Piper Hayes and her partner Carson Ritcey-Thorpe
 The Slice turns things up with a big metal show, Saturday Aug. 11 with Calgary’s King Mammoth and local metal band Extrados. There is a $10 cover for that show.
The Owl Acoustic lounge slows things down on the weekend with a couple of excellent folk shows.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 August 2018 06:41 ) Read more...

Amanda Fish to host superjam this week

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Kansas City based blues musician Amanda Fish is taking advantage of her first visit  to Canada.Amanda Fish is in Lethbridge, on Thursday. Photo submitted
 She and her drummer will be stopping by the Slice to host a superjam on Thursday, Aug. 9.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been in Canada and o even out of my own country, so I’m  doing everything I can that is Canadian. I’m drinking  Labatts and eating poutine,” said Fish, upon being pleasantly surprised by a ride on an indoor roller coaster in the West Edmonton mall.
 She is enjoying a rare multi-day gig , this time at Blues on Whyte in Edmonton.

“That never happens at all, so it is really cool,” she said, adding the tour has been going well.
“I’m really digging Canada. Audiences have been great. We’ve had a great reception,” she said , noting  they aren’t mixing her up with her well known  sister Samantha Fish, who is also an excellent blues musician.
“They definitely know about Sam,”she said, adding their styles are different.
Amanda Fish just released her brand new, sophomore CD “Free,” but she won’t have on this tour.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 August 2018 06:30 ) Read more...

Music, magic and Shakespeare at Coutts arts Festival

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I was performing at the Coutts Arts Festival, Sunday, July 22, so wasn’t able to catch a lot of the other entertainment on the sunny Sunday afternoon at the Coutts Centre just outside of Nanton.

Ben Price magic at  the Coutts Arts Centre, July 22. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Groove Apostles played some sweet, groovy instrumental jazz  music.

 Ben Price entertained after that with a lot of humour as he got an audience member to help him with his uncuttable cutting rope trick.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:46 )

Montreal siblings, the Castagne’s, shake up the Slice

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Montreal brother and sister duo the Castagne’s played their hearts out for a handful of people at the Slice, Wednesday, July 25.

The Castagne’s playing the Slice, July 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 You’ve got to appreciate the duo not being subdued by a lack of numbers. I wasn’t sure  what to expect as I arrived as they opened their second set , with Marjo  Castagne  singing laid back indie pop and wandering in front of the Slice stage while her brother Phil played laid back tender melodies on electric guitar.

 The show took an abrupt turn for the louder and more energetic  as Marjo took her seat behind the drum kit for most of the tight, noisy set full of blues tinged punk rock and alternative rock. Her arms were a blur as she pounded the skins, grabbing and stopping the cymbals and seamlessly keeping up with her brother’s abrupt tempo changes. he sang in a high pitched, melodic voice.

 Together they sounded like a blend of the White Stripes and the Pixies thanks to Marjo’s haunting vocal harmonies sung from behind her kit. Her bother’s voice reminded me of Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner in their early more punkier days.

 They slowed down abruptly mid set as Marjo took centre stage for another more mellow, introspective number allowing Phil to show off his more melodic, bluesy side, before picking up the pace again behind the kit.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:37 )

Bigwood 10 has all local lineup this year

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The big event of the week is Bigwood 10, Friday, Aug. 3, an annual celebration of local music, which takes place on Research Centre Road.

Shaela Miller performing at the South Country Fair, July 21. She is also at Bigwood 10  on Aug. 3. Photo by Richard Amery
 While the organizers took a break last year, they are back in force this year with an all star line up of local musicians who have accomplished a lot this year.
“We took a year off to reorganize. This year we‘re excited to have an all local line up,” said one of the organizers, Todd Carter, who sings in the host band the Dirti Speshuls who, along with landowner Tom Glover, put on the event every year.

Usually the event takes place during Whoop up Days, this year, it has been moved so Leeroy Stagger can perform at it.

“The landowner Tom Glover has been a long time friend of Leeroy Stagger. Leeroy brought in Dave McCann and John Wort Hannam because they tour as the Highway 3 Revue every year,” Carter  continued, adding they will all be bringing their bands for this show.
  They will be joined by Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset, Shaela Miller and a newer band Hoverkraft. Adequate will end the night on a funky note.

Leeroy Stagger‘s latest CD ‘Love Versus’ has been nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards forRecording of the year and Roots Solo artist of the year.

“John has a new album coming out in August and Shaela is doing well in the WILD competition and was number one on the Earshot roots music charts,” Carter observed.
Bigwood began as an all local festival so members of the music community could get together and socialize when they’d usually be playing gigs and unable to see each other.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 July 2018 09:20 ) Read more...
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