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Adequate bring the funk out of the house for Halloween

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 Halloween is for  dancing, so local funk rock duo Adequate got  a good sized crowd primed for Halloween by doing both at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Oct. 30.


Adequate get funky for Halloween at the Owl, Oct. 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 Keenan Pezderic, Scott Mezei and Josh Thorlakson, dressed as space billionaires Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and  Richard Branson, opened up their second set with the theme from Shaft which segued into a plethora of funk fused favourites including  the theme from the TV show“ The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire.

Pezderic sang the falsetto vocals from behind his drum kit as usual .


 Thorlakson took lead vocals fro a great cover of Lou Reed’s “Take A Walk on the Wild Side, with Mezei really making the audience feel the sleazy bass line.

They stepped out of the ’70 for a second by covering Lizzo’s “ Juice”

— By Richard Amey, L.A. Beat

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 November 2021 16:53 )

Bailey Kate releases debut CD Within/Without

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Bailey Kate had  a good sized crowd for her CD release party for her new CD “Within / Without.”


Bailey Kate playing her CD release party at the Owl, Oct. 29. Photo by Richard Amery

 They had a couple of opening acts. I caught the last couple songs from Max and the Minimums. Max Hopkins, dressed up in zombie ghost  make up wound up the set on keyboards.


 Calgary’s Wyatt  C Lewis was happy to take the stage after with a sedate set of mellow acoustic guitarpowered singer songwriter material.


Max Hopkins playing Bailey Kate’s CD release party at the Owl, Oct. 29. Photo by Richard Amery

He was reminiscent of James Taylor with a bit of the R and B  and soul of James Blunt.


 As usual Bailey Kate and her band played a mellow set of appealing dream pop and ambient indie rock.


  But they switched gears and picked up the tempo for a ’50s doo wop feel for another song.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 November 2021 16:14 )

Doc MacLean warms up audience for Paul Kype and Texas Flood

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Never, never, believe everything you read on a Facebook event.



Steve Keenan and Paul Kype play together in Texas Flood, Oct. 29 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

I was looking forward to seeing Doc MacLean’s return to the Slice, Oct.29, but the event said Texas Flood would be opening  the show.


It’s never a good idea for a solo acoustic performer for follow an electrifying blues rock act like Paul Kype and Texas Flood, so I missed most of MacLean’s show.


 I caught the last few songs from the Toronto/ South Africa based Delta bluesman. But was in time to be captivated by his growl and part spoked word, part gutterral singing.


He told a few stories and made way for Paul Kype and Texas Flood’s usual hot set of blues rock music.


Paul Kype and lead guitarist Steve Keenan seamlessly traded lead vocals and solos on a set of mostly well worn blues rock covers. Bassist Tyson Maiko and drummer Brady Valgardson held down the rhythm.


Doc MacLean playing a solo set, Oct. 29 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

 They played their usual spirited version of Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” and of course some Stevie Ray Vaughan.


 They worked through their set of blues infused rock and roll which had an enthusiastic crowd dancing.

 One of many highlights was the Allman Brothers’ “Rambling Man,” which featured Keenan and Kype playing some sweet harmonized guitar leads.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 November 2021 16:56 )

Western Canadian musicians Rise Up! for reality television in Lethbridge

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The Slice was packed on a Tuesday for a special filming of a new reality TV show called Rise Up ! for Hoku TV, Tuesday, Oct. 26.

 A nice cross section of western Alberta talent and one from Mexico were on the bill to entertain a packed house.


Revolution Engine at the Slice, Oct. 26 for the  Rise Up! TV shoot. photo by Richard Amery

 As expected a couple of acoustic artists opened the show beginning with Kyley Styles. He was winding up his set with  an acoustic version of “Teenage Dirtbag,” and one of his own  before making way for Tim Steinruck, who was also doing double duty as second camera man.


and also fronts the band the Mighty One, but he was playing solo acoustic sets for this tour.

 He opened with a cover of “Rocky Mountain Way” and noted  how excited he was to be back on the road playing music.


 He played a couple acoustic versions of a few A Mighty One songs.

 He wound up his set with an obscure Johnny Cash cover which drew a huge round of applause.


Things got a lot louder after that.

 Edmonton’s Sun of Man brought a more metal feel to the stage. They had a lot of energy, playing a set full of dark, heavy music with snarling vocals and grinding riffs.

The spirit of Rage Against the Machine was strong in Edmonton rap rockers Revolution Engine, who brought a the enthusiastic audience back to the  late’90s.

 There was a lot of stabbing, jarring riffs and shouted, rap vocals on songs like “Juggernaut Generation”which was one of several songs that  sounded like beat poetry performed over a bed of vicious riffs.

Puerto Vallarta's the B34st at the Slice, Oct. 26 for the  Rise Up! TV shoot. photo by Richard Amery


It seemed like everybody was waiting for Puerto Vallarta metal band the B34st, which ran the gamut of the past 30 years of metal music.

They gave a nod to the ’80s with their first couple of songs which featured polished riffs and some Eddie Van Halen style fretboard tapping.

 They also had the sleazy ’70s energy of Black Oak Arkansas on others.

 They slowed things down for the more ’90s detuned numbers. They featured, big, brash background vocals.



The drummer’s arms were a blur throughout as he bounced around and spun his drumsticks and caught them.


 Makiisma wound up the shoot with their usual set of  spooky, dark folk and country.


 They brought out the big guns first with Lead singer Megan Brown doubling on vocals and violin which special guest James Swinney   played guitar for the first couple of songs. 


Drummer Keenan Pezderic, keyboardist TJ Waltho and bassist Kieran Swinney laid down the solid bedrock of alt country goodness. 

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 November 2021 16:58 )

Lots of jazz music and Oktoberfest this week

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November opens with a whole lot of jazz music.

But first, the Slice celebrates 16 years as Lethbridge’s go to venues for original live music with a 16th anniversary jam on Tuesday. Everybody is welcome to get up and play beginning at 9 p.m.


Peter and the Wolves return to Lethbridge, Nov. 6. Photo by Richard Amery

If you didn’t get enough playing, as usual, the Owl Acoustic Lounge has their weekly open mic on Tuesday as well.

 And if you think you’re funny, Good Times’ weekly comedy open mic is also on Tuesday.


The Watertower has turned Wednesday nights into  jazz night with host Don Robb.

 There will be live jazz music from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday.

Jazz jams are back at the Owl Acoustic Lounge this week.

 HBO3 hosts the jazz jam from  8-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4.


The Geomatic Attic opens up a new downtown space next to Bread, Milk and Money (427 – 5 Street South) with ES:MO aka Montreal pianist/singer Elizabeth Shepherd and Toronto guitarist Michael Occhipinti plus drummer Tony Ferraro. Tickets are $45. The show begins at 8 p.m.


There is more comedy on Thursday with  the Canadian Brewhouse’s comedy club night.

 And the Slice has their usual Thursday night open mic.


 It may be a week late, but Oktoberfest returns to Exhibition Park, Nov. 5-7. The Pogo Brothers and Alpen Schatz will be providing the entertainment in the North Pavilion. Tickets are $11.62 through  Eventbrite. Doors open at 4 p.m. on Friday

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