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Columbia Jones and Erin Ross play the blues, folk and a didgeridoo too

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It was a good night for the blues with very few people to hear it at the the Slice on Friday, Aug. 25.

Erin Ross playing a solo set at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 I always look forward to Calgary songstress EriColumbia Jones at the Slice, Aug. 25. Photo by Richard Ameryn Ross, so I cut Whoop Up Days a little short so I wouldn’t miss her.
 I didn’t and, as a bonus , was lucky enough to catch Murray, Utah blues/roots / Americana musician Columbia Jones.
 Jones, backed by lead guitarist / didgeridoo player Brandon and a bassist.

 The audience was treated to a didgeridoo solo to begin the set from Brandon.

 Jones, strumming an old resonator guitar, and his trio reminded me of Elliott Brood, but without the banjo.

 They played a gritty set of old school Delta blues with folk leanings before playing a few original songs from his CD “Blue Collar Blues.”

 A couple of highlights were a song about plans falling apart called “25, ” a slower train song “Cold, Cold Desert Night” and “Trouble.” He stomped out a rhythm on the stage as his bandmates added extra flavours and textures to his music.Columbia Jones featured his lead guitarist on didgeridoo. Photo by Richard Amery

Erin Ross is always a pleasure to see and hear.
 she accompanied herself on electric guitar singing impassioned folk and roots  influenced originals but showed she has a way with a guitar on a couple of instrumentals. “Steel Touch.”
She invited the Columbia Jones trio on stage with her to end the night by jamming on some JJ Cale.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 September 2017 15:21 )

Clayton and Joelle sing well together

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 Cranbrook folk duo Clayton Parsons and Joelle Winkle from the Good Ol’ Goats stopped by the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Aug. 25 to sing a few songs for an appreciative audience. Clayton and Joelle singing well together. photo by Richard Amery

While I only caught the end of their set, I could tell their vocal harmonies ring true through the room for this show.

They were just perfectly placed. Clayton Parsons strummed guitar and sang, while Joelle Winkle added the beautiful harmonies on a set of originals including “Fresh Cotton”, “Hallelujah” and  the upbeat set ender “Little Moments” about appreciating all of the simple little pleasures of life.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 September 2017 15:06 )

CKXU Love and Records 6 features a few changes

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CKXU’s Love And Records is back for a big sixth  year of family fun in Galt Gardens, Sept. 16.CKXU station manager Aaron Trozzo is excited about the sixth annual Love and Records music festival in Galt Gardens, Sept. 16. Photo by Richard Amery
 There will be a couple of noticeable changes this year.

“We’ve got a good connection with the folks at South Country Fair, so we‘re using their stage instead of the amphitheatre,” said CKXU  station manager Aaron Trozzo.
“It will be set up right in the middle of the park and they are going to help set it up,” Trozzo continued, noting the beer gardens, sponsored by Coulee Brew, has also been expanded for this year.
“We‘re going to reduce the environmental footprint of the festival,” he continued noting there will be no water bottles, but there will be refillable water stations. Vendors are also being asked to use compostable take-away food containers.

“And we’re focussing on a ride your bike down here message this year,” he said.

“ We have volunteers responsible for proper allocation of waste,” he said.

As usual  there will be food trucks, a Kidzone plus plenty of record vendors.
“We’re using the amphitheatre as a wind and weather sheltered market for the vendors,” he continued, estimating there will be close to 40 record vendors this year, plus vendors selling trinkets and other paraphernalia.
“And in the basin of the amphitheatre, there will be a skate demonstration,” he continued.
There will also be a bigger art presence at this year’s Love and Records.

“We have our art market as usual, but there will also be two  art installations Tyler Stewart and Jane Edmundson are setting up. They include a solar flare public art installation by Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett and live analog video projections by Ghost House.

“The solar flare is a psychedelic light installation on a big LED screen so we can also show our sponsors’ logos which will look pretty awesome when the sun goes down,” he described.
As usual with Love and records, there will be a lot of live music at the free festival.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 September 2017 09:06 ) Read more...

All kinds of live music for beginning of September

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The first week of September cooks with lots of live music.

Scotch Whiskey Limousine are among the bands playing Freshfest this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 Tonight is open mic night there are two open mics happening. The Smokehouse features a open mic on the first Tuesday and third Friday of every month, so Daylan Deaney hosts an open mic tonight at 8 p.m.

 Club Didi also has an open mic at 8 p.m. tonight.

The big event at the University of Lethbridge is Freshfest, where an array of musicians will be performing, Sept 9 in the grove outside of the student’s union building. There are a variety of Freshfest activities this week, but the annual jamboree part of Freshfest will be a highlight, especially if you are a fan of EDM, electronic music as Haywyre and Walshy Fire will be headlining. Another EDM act, Halifax based duo Neon Dreams are also on the bill.

But Vancouver indie rockers Said the Whale return for Freshfest also with Juno nominee Scott Helman and local rock band Scotch Whiskey Liimousine plus local rapper Treymark. Letterkenny’s Dylan Playfair will be on hand to host the day. Unfortunately you have to be a university student or the special guest of a student to attend the event.

 But there are a lot of other things happening in Lethbridge this week.
 Jazz jams return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Sept. 6 as HBO3 and Josh Davies host this open jam beginning at 9 p.m.

Blueprint records celebrates their 11th anniversary at the Slice, Sept. 6 with an exceptional show featuring Vancouver pop musician Jay Arner, local rock band Open Channels and a new band called Fast Colours. Tickets are five dollars in advance, eight dollars at the door.

 The Slice rocks Sept. 8 with Calgary stoner rock band Woodhawk who bring their Woodhawk Strikes back tour to town with local alternative rock trio the Supervoid and  Cope. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Local alternative rock band Fox Eyes rock the Owl Acoustic lounge, Sept. 8.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 September 2017 06:32 ) Read more...

Greg Rekus balances work life and extensive touring

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Winnipeg based folk punk Greg Rekus is used to doing things his way, writing his own music and booking his own tours.

 Greg Rekus returns to Lethbridge, Sept. 11. Photo by Richard AmerySo he was delighted to get a Sept. 11 tour date at the Owl Acoustic Lounge in support of his new CD. “ Greg Rekus and the inside Job Sibling Cities.”
“I’ve done a lot since I was last in Lethbridge last January in January,” he said.

“ I just released ‘Sibling Cities”, so I’m touring a lot in the United States and I’ll be going to Europe for six weeks,” he said, adding he enjoyed playing  a big punk festival, Pouzzafest in Montreal back in May.
“It had a lot of punk bands from the ’90s and 2000s,” he recalled.

“ So it’s been great,” he said.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 September 2017 18:34 ) Read more...
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