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Fun folk and funny folks to rock Lethbridge this week

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There will be a whole lot of laughter happening this week and with winter back in force, we’ll need them.

 But first, blow those winter blues away with a blues jam at the Slice hosted by Keith Catfish Woodrow, tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 9.

21st Avenue return to the Slice this Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery

 Down the street , it is open mic night at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.


As always, Wednesday is jazz night at the Watertower Grill with local musicians performing from 6-9 p.m. Don Robb and Randy Epp are performing this Wednesday.


 The Slice has an open mic on Wednesday, Jan. 10 as well .


 Wednesday night is all about  the laughs with  Lakshjit Gill and Cole Howg hosting pro -Amateur night at Good Times.


Around the corner the Owl Acoustic lounge has  their monthly comedy open mic. Spencer Adamnus brings the funny to Good Times for the weekend.

There is a lot happening on the weekend, as usual.


 The Memphis Mafia return to rock Casino Lethbridge  on Friday and Saturday.


 The Plaid Ramblers’ Luke Jame Bruce  plays a  solo show at Honkers Pub, Friday, Jan. 12.

 Jenn and Paul Kype play a show at Honkers Pub on Jan. 13.  

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 January 2024 16:35 ) Read more...

Queen of the Worms play new music to finish 2003

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 I only caught a little bit of Queen of the Worms’ show at the Slice, Dec. 30. They usually  wind up the year at the Slice, and are always a pleasure to watch.


Queen of the Worms Tyler Bird at the Slice, Dec. 30 Photo By Richard Amery

Vocalist/ rhythm guitarist  Tyler Bird, bassist Paul Holden, drummer Jon Vornbrock and guitarist Nick Overton were playing  mostly new  original accessible alternative rock songs.

T Bird was playing acoustic guitar before switching to electric.


The multi talented multi instrumentalist wound up the set promising to play electronic music in the next set, but I couldn’t stay for that .

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 January 2024 17:32 )

Kevin Peters winds up the year at the Owl

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Local country musician Kevin Peters wound up 2023 with a hot and laid back show at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Saturday, Dec. 30. He had a trimmed down band including drummer Brad Brouwer and bassist Kurtis Koop.

Kevin Peters at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Dec. 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 Peters was cracking jokes and played  his great cover of Luke Bell’s “the Bullfighter.”


  He shone on a cover of “Louisiana Saturday Night,” advising the audience to imagine the fiddle.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 January 2024 17:20 )

Ringing ears and local music ring in 2024

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The best way to celebrate a new year is to leave great local shows with ears ringing.

Uncovered’s Alison Hawkins-Fehr ringing in the new year at Pop’s Pub South. Photo by Richard Amery

I caught a handful of fantastic gigs ringing in the  New Year, Sunday, Dec. 31.

I stopped by Pop’s Pub first to catch the end of Uncovered’s first New year’s eve set.

Lead singer Allison Hawkins -Fehr was belting out a great cover of Tina Turner’s “ Simply the Best,” while Juno, doing double duty on sound and percussion and vocals plus Kelly Klimchuk and Danny Douglas sang harmony, holding down the rhythm on guitar and bass.


The Plaid Ramblers were getting the Place warmed up for the evening’s festivities with  an assortment of country hits and classic rock.

 They opened  aptly with Eric Church’s hit  “ Drink In My Hand,”

 They switched gears for the Pearl Jam version of “ Last Kiss,” and stayed in the ’90s with Lit’ s ’90s hit “ My Own Worst Enemy.”

The Plaid Ramblers rocking in the new year country style at the Place. Photo By Richard Amery

Frontman Luke James Bruce  tried to get the crowd involved with by asking them if they felt like making love, but got little response, so they played the Bad Company hit anyway. They showed their classic rock chops with an array of classics like a solid version of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” and CCR’s “ Have You Ever Seen the Rain.”

 They went back to ’90s country for a couple songs including Brooks and Dunn’s “Brand New Man,”   Tracy Byrd’s  “ Watermelon Crawl.”

 They wound s down their first set with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and  Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.


 After that It was time to get the funk down the road at the Owl Acoustic Lounge where Adequate was holding court.

 Guitarist Josh Thorlakson has the crowd warmed up by the time band mates drummer/ vocalist  Keenan Pezderic and bassist/ vocalist Scott Mezei had rushed over from closing night of New  West Theatre/ Enmax Centre’s  presentation of “ Elf: The Musical” to ring in the new year at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

 They began  with their always fun cover of “Shaft,” which they turned into a mish mash of ’90s rap including the Fresh Prince of bel Air theme.

Adequate getting funky for New Year’s Eve at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Photo by Richard Amery

 From there it was high energy, non stop, hot, sweaty and just a little big filthy ’70s  funk and disco  including some Rick James,  James Brown, Chic’s  “Le Freak” which got the audience  shimmying and shaking all over the dance floor.

 They snuck in my favourite Adequate original “ Easy Peasy,” and that’s what they made it look like.

 They played a fun cover of Rick James unsubtle ode to “ Mary Jane.”“ 

Mezei lead the trio into another apt cover “ Celebration,” with a bass solo and then added one more original “ Bike Shorts ”before taking a quick break before the midnight countdown.


Two Minutes to Midnight with 664 The Neighbour of the Beast at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

 All the metalheads were out in force for local Iron Maiden Tribute 664: The Neighbour of the beast, who were tearing up the Slice, Dec. 31.


  I didn’t see Iron  Maiden mascot Eddie, or devils on stilts like last year but they had  an audience rocking and moshing to their Maiden favourites.


 The band celebrating their year’s anniversary rocked in the new year with the darkly apt “Two Minutes To Midnight.”


Happy new year. May the best thing that happened to you last year be the worst thing that happens in the next. My it be filled with peace, love and great music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 January 2024 17:09 )

Winnipeg folk punk Greg Rekus opens 2024 with new music

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Winnipeg based folk punk Greg Rekus observed he likely hold the record for out of town musicians hosting the Owl Acoustic lounge open mic, or at least, Winnipeg folk punk musicians.

 It is always a pleasure to see him perform, of only for a few  songs, and for  a few people as he did Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Greg Rekus returned to the Owl Acoustic lounge, jan. 2 to host the open mike night with Tim Holhouse. Photo by Richard Amery

 UK musician Tim Holhouse was winding down his set as I arrived.

 Holhouse, perched on Rekus’s  stomping board  adorned with tambourines  and percussion instruments, played a frenetic, fast paced, heavy hitting acoustic set of  folk music similar to Rekus.


 He added a little bit of blues for one song  before making way for Rekus.


 Though Rekus has a new album “Sinners Go To Church, Saints Go To Jail,” out, he only played two songs from it including a hot cover of   “Children Play With Matches.” by Philadelphia band  Mischief Brew.


He also played a cover of tour mate Tim Holhouse’s “ Worst Year Ever.”


  As usual he had a lot of energy, taking quick break from leaping around and stomping on his percussion box to play wild kazoo solos.

“ Rule Us,” was a highlight.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 January 2024 16:50 )
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