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Don Cassell and Dil Jopp introduce new music to Owl

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Musicians and music fans are understandable getting antsy being unable to partake in live music.

Don Cassell and Dil Jopp at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 But it has also given them a chance to  write new music and learn a few new covers.

 Don Cassell and  Dil Jopp  from Dark Wrangler got to show off  new music on an almost completely full patio and another dozen people listening inside to their loose set at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Sept. 18.

 Cassell played and sang a couple new originals in his ragged voice, reminiscent of John Fogerty , one inspired by Covid, while Jopp added bass and harmony vocals.

 She took the lead on a Frazey Ford cover of “Blue Streak Mama.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 September 2020 11:56 )

Coda back at Honker’s Pub with blues and classic rock favourites

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 Live music was back pretty much everywhere this weekend. it gave me a chance to see how different  venues are coping with new Covid protocols.
 Local blues rock band made a long awaited return to Honker’s Pub, Friday, Sept. 18.Coda playing Honker’s Pub, Sept. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 Every venue is required to  have bands playing behind  sheets of  plexiglass, which gives the effect of bands playing in a giant terrarium, but as long  we have  live music again, it’s worth putting up with.

 Honker‘s has three sheets  of plexiglass  hanging from the ceiling to almost the floor.

 I caught Coda’s second set.

  The vocals were a little  echoey and muffled.
 But they played a fun set of classic rock and blues with guitarist Sheldon Shukaliak, keyboardist Cory Rasmussen and bassist taking turns singing lead vocals and adding harmonies. Ben Lamb  kept the rhythm behind them on drums.

They opened with Shukaliak singing  an immediate highlight of David Wilcox’s “Riverboat Fantasy.”

 Rasmussen, whose keyboard was front and centre on the small stage flanked by Shukaliak and Maddeaux followed that up by leading the band through Van Morrison’s bar room favourite ‘Brown Eyed Girl.”

 Maddeaux brought them back to the blues with blues classic “ Hold On I’m Coming.”

 They showed off  their vocal harmonies on the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride.” which also included a Cory Rasmussen keyboard solo and a Shukaliak guitar solo.
 He also sang an excellent version of another blues classic “ She Caught the Katy” as well as “Sweet Home Alabama” before Ben Lamb got the spotlight to sing  Bad Company”s “Can’t Get Enough.”
I left during a hot version of  “The House is Rocking” to catch a few other gigs.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 September 2020 11:46 )

Karen, Lewis and Pam have fun with kids and animal songs

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Local Sharon , Lois and Bram tribute Karen , Lewis and Pam tested out a new outdoor stage at Legacy park, Saturday, Sept. 12.

Ashley Thomson performing with Karen, Lewis and Pam at Legacy Park, Sept. 12. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Geomatic Attic is using the stage for a local music showcase this Saturday beginning at noon with the Gabe Thaine band.

For this show, Thaine, plus Ashley Thomson, Jillian Bracken plus upright bassist Steve Martin and always grinning drummer Keenan Pezderic, played a fun couple of sets of upbeat cheerful children’s music for an appreciative crowd of cohorts sitting in chalk marked circles, properly socially distanced.

 Bracken played keyboards and recorder, Thaine sang and played guitar and Thomson sang beautifully and added much of the show’s humour especially while trying to get the audience to imitate monkeys during “Five Little Monkeys.” They harmonized prettily together.

They sang a veritable menagerie of animal  themed songs about blue whales, spiders and a quick version of “ Turkey In the Straw.”

Karen, Lewis and Pam at Legacy Park, Sept. 12. Photo by Richard Amery
 They did their best to get the audience to sing along, especially on a round involving heads, shoulders and knees.

Thaine even sang a song in French and recited a poem.

 They played two hour long sets, to accommodate social distancing, but, as I left during the last song, it looked like everyone was getting comfortable for the afternoon.

 The Geomatic Attic Show at Legacy park begins at noon with the Gabe Thaine band. the easiest way to get to the stage is to follow 13th Street north rather than hiking all the way across the park.

— by Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 September 2020 22:04 )

Live music all over Lethbridge this week

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Live music is going full bore this music.Peter and the Wolves play the Slice, Sept. 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 Honker’s Pub has reopened their stage.
 Coda plays Honker’s Pub, Friday from 7-10 p.m . There is a $10 cover, with eight dollars of that going to the musicians and  the other two going to Lethbridge Firefighters charities.

The Trippy Hippys host Honker’s Pub’s afternoon jam, Saturday, Sept. 19.

Also on Sept. 19, the Geomatic Attic hosts a free local music showcase over on the North side at Legacy Park from noon to 6 p.m. The Gabriel Thaine Band open the show at noon, followed by John Wort Hannam at 1 p.m., Bailey Kate at 2 p.m., Shaela Miller at 3 p.m., fawns at 4 p.m. and Starpainter winding things up at 5 p.m.

If you want to rock and roll, Calgary based rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves make a long awaited return to the Slice, on Friday, Sept. 18.
 There is a $15 cover for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.
The Slice has another big local show and open jam on Sept. 19.
Fractures of Etalon begin the night at 9:30 p.m., followed by newly formed local Volbeat tribute Rebel Angels at 10 p.m..

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 September 2020 15:33 ) Read more...

Sessions release new EP for sold out audience

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Local punk pop trio Sessions  premiered their new third EP “Reach Around the World” to a full house at the Slice, Sept. 5. I missed opening acts The Oi Street Scoundrels and Berzerker, but caught most of Sessions’ set.

Sessions rocking the Slice  for their EP release party, Sept. 5. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played catchy ’90s style pop punk along the lines of  Blink -182 with a touch of Generation X. I recognized a few of the songs from the new EP including  “Already Burned.”

 I was wondering how a punk show would look with both singers stuck behind sheets of plexiglass , but it sounded okay as the vocals were a little muffled. Sessions played a tight and energetic set.

 The sold out audience we having a good time and Sessions supplied the soundtrack by playing plenty of upbeat songs full of catchy guitar hooks and shout along gang vocals.

 They had songs about everyday things like not being able to get a date and more political material including a song about Donald Trump called “Sheeto in Charge” which was their last encore to end their show.

 They were called back for an encore and called back up members of the Oi Street Scoundrels to sing and Jon Vornbrock to sing another.

– by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 07 September 2020 17:16 )
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