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Paul Kype and Texas Flood help celebrate fans’ birthdays

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It is always a party  with Paul Kype and Texas Flood.Jenn Kype sings with her husband  Paul Kype during a March 11 show. Photo by Richard Amery

 I arrived at their packed, March 11 show at the Slice, just in time for them to take an extended set break.

 The Slice was full  with the patrons of two birthday parties for which the popular blues rockers were pleased to provide the soundtrack.

 Paul Kype and Texas Flood including  Kype on guitar and vocals, Greg Gomola trading guitar leads as well as lead vocals with him, drummer Brad Valgardson and bassist Craig Erdmann, played a solid second set which opened with  a cover of the Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy.”

 Kype’s wife Jenn Pellerin joined the band on stage to sing “I Just Want to Make Love To You,” and a haunting cover of Four Non Blonde’s “What‘s Going On.”

—By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 March 2017 09:01 )

Big Little Lions warm up the Owl with big sound and upbeat pop

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 Big Little Lions heated up the Owl Acoustic Lounge on a  chilly , snowy Saturday night, March 11 with agreeable, peppy, CBC radio friendly folk/ pop music. I just caught the end of their show, but enjoyed the Cincinnati/ Vancouver Island duo’s melding of different sounds.

Big Little Lions’ Helen Austin and Paul Otten entertain. Photo by Richard Amery
 England born, Vancouver based Helen Austin strummed guitar and sang beautifully while chatting engagingly with the rapt audience. Her Cincinnati based compatriot, multi-instrumentalist Paul Otten played everything else. He sang harmonies which thumping away at both his drums and keyboards.

 Together they made beautiful music , including a couple that CBC played,featuring plenty of pleasant melodies and an exotic Icelandic feel in places. Austin promised to “take it Up to 11,” for the next couple songs, and while  it wasn’t quite up to 11, the next few songs were definitely more perky and upbeat rather than the melancholic feel of  the part of the set I heard.

A highlight was “In Spite of it All,” for which Austin got the audience to clap along.
 They were called back to play an encore, which was a slow and pretty, sexy number called “Loved Up.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 March 2017 08:55 )

Local shows and comedy mark slower week

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After a crazy St. Patrick’s Day week, things slow down a lot this week.

 A lot of this week’s live music is local.Outrun the arrow play Casino Lethbridge, March 24. Photo bY Richard Amery
 One of the highlights is the wind up show for CKXU’s annual FUNDrive at the Slice.

 All week long, the local University of Lethbridge based community radio station has been hosting events and taking pledges to reach their $30,000 goal. The fun culminates at the Slice, March 24 with several local bands playing “banned” songs or songs that have been banned. Admission is $10 advance, $15 at the door.

 It is  great weekend for comedy as well.

 Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham returns to the Enmax Centre, March 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $54 and $70.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:59 ) Read more...

Devon Coyote bringing some blues back to Lethbridge

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Kelowna based blues rock trio Devon Coyote are  excited to be back on the road after staying close to home for a year.Devon Coyote returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo By Richard Amery

They return to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 23.

“We’ve been playing a lot. But we’ve been playing  close to home because D’Arcy (Booth), our bass player had a baby with his wife,” said lead singer/ lead guitarist Devon  Bjarnason. Drummer Rod Anderson completes the trio.

“We’ve  also been writing new material, but we’re in no rush to release anything,” he continued, adding they have had  a busy winter  playing ski hills and private parties.

“So we’ve been doing a lot of practicing and playing. There’s a lot of ski hills around here, so we’ve had a busy winter,” he said, adding it has been nice to spend some time with family and friends at home.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 March 2017 09:30 ) Read more...

Ben Caplan expanding music to include band

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Halifax based songwriter Ben Caplan is excited to bring his latest CD and a full band back to Lethbridge, Tuesday, March 21 for a sold out show at the Geomatic Attic.Ben Caplan and Taryn Kawaja play piano together. Photo by Richard Amery

Caplan, who plays piano and guitar, will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Taryn Kawaja playing melodica, keyboards, flute  and vocals, upright bassist Anna Ruddick and new drummer Jamie Kronick, who joined the band six months ago.
“Jamie started out playing fill in gigs. he must o have played 200 or 300  shows. Then he joined the band officially six months ago,” he said.

“And Taryn started touring with us selling our merch until we discovered her latent musical skills kept popping up. She plays like seven or eight instruments. And Anna, out bassist came highly recommended through  really good friends” he continued.

“This line up has been together for about six months. It’s exciting,” said Caplan from a tour stop in Grande Prairie, which is a part of a quick Alberta and B.C. tour which will eventually end up in the northern United States. they are still touring in support of their CD “Birds With Broken Wings.”

“Things are going great. The tour has been beautiful. We’ve had sold out shows 10 out of 10 so far,” Caplan continued, adding he is pleased with how well his band are playing.
“We should we’ve been playing a lot and we’re feeding off the energy of the crowd,” he said.

The last time Caplan played Lethbridge was in 2013 which was quickly followed by a hit appearance at the South Country Fair.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 March 2017 09:29 ) Read more...
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