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Old Man Luedecke entertains appreciative Lethbridge crowd with songs and stories

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I’m glad Halifax folk musician Old Man (Chris) Luedecke gave Lethbrdge another chance, because he had a good sized, attentively listening audience for an exceptional show full of stories and song at the Slice, March 8. The last time he played Lethbridge a couple years ago, he had aOld Man Luedecke and Joel Hunt play for a good crowd at the Slice, March 8. Photo by Richard Amery dismal turnout.

But people were there in force on a chilly Wednesday night this time.

 I caught the end of his early starting show.

Luedecke accompanied by mandolinist Joel Hunt were playing an upbeat set of music from his most recent CD “Domestic Eccentric,” which has done well for him. A sweet song about parenting called “The Early Days” was an early highlight.

 He played a Grammy award winning song and talked about the artist getting banjo whiz Bela Fleck to play on it.

“I wasn’t available. I was busy at home raising kids. He can play it better than me anyway,” he quipped.

 He played some impressive clawhammer banjo on that song before playing a request from the crowd for an older highlight “I Quit My Job.”
He switched from banjo to guitar for a couple of songs including “ Year of the Dragon,” a highlight from his new CD which was a highlight of the set as he wound things down for the appreciative crowd.
 He was called back for an encore.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:07 )

Dany Laj and the Looks rock a Tuesday with the Dirti Speshuls

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 A very cool Tuesday rock show drew decent crowd on an off night to the Slice, March 7.

 While I missed a hot opening set from local alternative rockers Fox Eyes, I was just in time for Montreal’s  Dany Laj and the Looks.

Dany Laj and the Looks rock a Tuesday. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played scrappy ’60s style garage rock to begin a tight set of songs mostly from their new CD “Alive & Kicking.”

They switched into a more ’90s power pop mode, with plenty of crunchy, catchy jangling upbeat guitar which reminded me a little of Sloan, a touch of the Replacements , a tad Tom Petty and more modern bands like the Dudes, especially due to Dany Laj’s voice which was eerily reminiscent of the High Kicks/The Dudes’ Danny Vacon.

 Bassist Jeanette Dowling played with a lot of groove, laying down some catchy bass licks.

It is great to see local hard rock/ power pop band the Dirti Speshuls playing more often. They closed off a Tuesday night with some energetic ’90s style power pop music along the lines of Treble Charger.

They opened with a couple of up tempo rockers from their debut CD.The Dirti Speshuls’ Todd Carter at the Slice, March 7. photo by Richard Amery
They moved on to some newer material featuring plenty of crunchy guitar and a relentless rhythm plus some melodic solos.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:39 )

Misery Mountain boys add a lot of jazz to bluegrass for Lethbridge Folk Club

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 The Lethbridge Folk club featured a fantastic non-traditional bluegrass Edmonton based band the Misery Mountain Boys, March 4 in the Lethbridge College Cave.

The Misery Mountain Boys mandolinist Dom Golec and clarinetist Sam Tom play the Lethbridge College Cave for the Lethbridge Folk Club, March 4. Photo by Richard Amery
 The band, including  members  who live  in Edmonton, Saskatchewan and northern Alberta. played a tight an upbeat set which was more jazz than traditional bluegrass, mostly due to Sam Toms’ clarinet  standing out among Lindsay Bueckert’s upright bass, mandolinist Dom Golec, percussionist/drummer Eric Redekopp and frontman’s Steven Gevenich’s guitar.

 So while they had one foot firmly planted in the roots of roots and bluegrass music, the unique instrumentation gave them a unique sound which transcended jazz, gypsy music , country and a touch of traditional blues.
Some excellent playing was enhanced by multi-part vocal harmonies.

 A song about playing “old Whyte Avenue” was a highlight. They even included a jam on the Star Wars Cantina theme, enhanced by the clarinet. Gevenich’s tenor voice was immediately appealing throughout songs and stories for example about how the band is named after a peace River Ski hill.

And Bueckert provided groovy basslines and harmony vocals.

 Everybody got to solo throughout as they embraced each other’s musical talents.

 A bluesy highlight was  song about a  the local corn mill breaking down, so the locals couldn’t make their corn bread.the band got a crowd of  approximately 70  to sing “ the mill done broke down” for that song.

 A peppy instrumental “Tipsy Gypsy” was a crowd favourite which allowed an effortless trading of clarinet and mandolin licks. That segued into another jazzy instrumental featuring multiple time changes  and explored  jazz, reggae and country all in the same tune.
They wound down their show with an upbeat jazz song “Everybody Wants to Be  A Cat.”
 They thanked Folk Club president Morris Soenen for asking the band to play Lethbridge after seeing them playing the Shady Grove Music Festival, where they made an impression with their different sound.
 They were called back for an encore of  a classic jazz song “ It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Don’t Got that Swing.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:19 )

Hurtin’ play plenty of hurting country for PBR bull riding weekend

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 PBR bull riding took over the Enmax Centre, so country music was the order  of the weekend.

 There was a line up outside Coyote Joes for the second show from country musician Julian Austin on Saturday, March 4, so I went to the Slice to check out some local country talent- Hurtin’.

Hurtin’ bringing the country spirit to the Slice, March 4. Photo by Richard Amery
Vocalist/ Guitarist Shael Pezderic, bassist/vocalist Keenan Pezderic, drummer Dustin Gergel and steel guitarist Danny Dyck always put on a good show. There was plenty of twang, sighing steel guitar and a lot of energy.

 They were in a ’70s and ’80s country mood, playing “9 to 5“ pretty much as soon as I arrived. They also added some George Strait, classic country like “White line Fever, ” the Band’s “ The Night they Drove old Dixie Down” which showed off their vocal harmonies.
The Pezderic  brothers took turn singing lead vocals and harmonies.

I enjoyed a Marty Stuart song called “Tempted” as well as “Driving My Life Away.”

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:23 )

Lots of fun for St. Patrick’s Day week

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Happy St. Patrick‘s day week. I plethora  of events are planned to get you  into the St. Patrick’s Days spirit this week.Scott Mezei of Adequate, who are playing  St. Patrick’s Day. Photo by Richard Amery
 But first, the Windy City Opry returns to the Slice on Wednesday with Calgary singer songwriter Brooke Wylie and Tin and the Toad, who are officially releasing their new sophomore CD  “Out of the Wind” The show begins at 8 pm. sharp, so don’t be fashionable late. Admission is $10.

 There are two big shows on March 16.
If you are in the mood for jazz, Andrea Superstein jazz trio plays the Geomatic Attic, March 16 at 8 p.m. The Geomatic Attic is doing  something a little different for the show as they are setting up round tables to sit around to create a jazz club feel. Only 50 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $30 advance, $32.50 online, $35 door including appetizers and  a glass of wine or beer.

 The big party is at Average Joes where Vancouver Celtic punks the Real McKenzies tear things up in support of their new CD “Two Devils Will Talk”  with their annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day party. Baseball punks the isotopes will be opening the show at 8:30 p.m. The Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums are also on the bill.

Things cook for St. Patricks Day with a variety of shows featuring live music happening.

Local musician Bruce Roome is at the Mocha Cabana, March 17 from 6-9 p.m.. up the street at the Owl Acoustic Lounge The Junkman‘s Quire will be playing a variety of folk, jazz and possibly some Celtic music. Calgary musician Mr. Tuesday plays the Slice for St. Patrick’s Day. And Coyote Joes will rock with the sounds of funk rock band Adequate.

Last but not least, local rock band Susie and the Homewreckers, who just opened for Honeymoon Suite, will be playing Soundgarden.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:07 ) Read more...
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