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Flawed hearts and the Waiting Room play multi-layered indie rock

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 I missed Calgary singer,/ songwriter Tara Warburton at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, but caught the end of an early show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Victoria ambient  indie rock / folk band Flawed Hearts and the Waiting Room.

Flawed Hearts and the waiting Room at the Owl Acoustic lounge. Photo By Richard Amery.They were powered by siblings Sam Britton and Lindsay  Britton, who danced  and weaved in place behind a backdrop of smooth, multi-layered textures and hippyish groove.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 April 2019 08:46 )

Steve Keenan adds keyboards for Casino gig

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Steve Keenan  returned to Casino Lethbridge, March 22 and 23 to play a couple of bights full of blues music. I only caught  a part of the first set on March 22 set. Steve Keenan playing Casino Lethbridge, March 22. photo by Richard Amery

Keenan added keyboardist Gary Drayton  to his band including drummer Darwin Romanchuk and bassist David Popovich.

Drayton added a whole other dimension to Keenan’s exploration of blues and blues rock. And the band was very tight.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 April 2019 08:38 )

Hotel California bring the Eagles back to life

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 Eagles Tribute Hotel California, pulled out all the stops  for a show at Average Joes, March 22.

Eagles Tribute Hotel California playing Average Joes, March 22. Photo by Richard Amery
I  was in time for their second set of Eagles hits and solo hits and in time to bring one woman on stage for a birthday shot and another on the  sign and strum one of their guitars.

 The Toronto based band has been together longer than the actual Eagles, with their newest member, guitarist Mike Dimoulas joining them in 1986.
 Drummer Kevin O’Donnell sang  several of the Don Henley written hits note perfectly like “ Best of Your Love,” “ In the Long Run” as well as a solid version of  Henley’s solo hit “Dirty Laundry.

 But most of the set focused on their more country rock sounding early hits like “Tequila Sunrise, and my favourite “Take It Easy.”

 Mike  Dimoulas  switched to his double neck guitar for “Hotel California,” and played note perfect harmonized guitar solos with Rick Spyder.

He also traded his guitar for saxophone mid song for a couple of songs. All four members also including bassist/ lead vocalist Andy Lapointe, who also sang lead for a couple of songs, nailed the Eagles’ signature vocal harmonies.

 They played in front of  a massive screen featuring images including the song titles and  images relating to them like a sunrise for “Tequila  Sunrise,” and the photo of Winslow, Arizona signpost.

— By Richard Amery, L..A Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 April 2019 08:20 )

F&M play beautiful music for chattering crowd

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It is always great to see Edmonton folk duo F&M. They were competing with a lot on March 22, so didn’t have a good a turnout, but husband and wife duo  Rebecca and Ryan Anderson made the best of it, playing a sweet, sometimes exotic music powered by the Anderson’s vocal harmonies, Rebecca Anderson’s keyboards, accordion and guitar and Ryan”s guitar and vocals.

F & M returned to The Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 22. Photo by Richard Amery
 As usual at the Owl, people were chattering during the duo’s set, which Ryan Anderson didn’t take kindly to, pointing out “there’s a band playing on stage.”

 They always play an appealing set of laid back , hauntingly beautiful music which reminded me of Twilight Hotel Rebecca Anderson sang almost operatically and spine chillingly.

 Rebecca Anderson’s accordion  added a French cabaret jazz feel to a few of the songs.

 They wound down their set with the last single form their sixth and latest CD “Lessons From Losers.”
 They ended their show by wandering onto the floor to play one last song acoustically with Rebecca on accordion and her husband on guitar.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 April 2019 12:28 )

Makiisma returns with original diverse alt rock

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Megan Brown is back in town and starting to play a lot.

Megan Brown  and makiisma at the Slice, March 22. Photo by Richard Amery
 She was with Junkman’s Quire for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day party at the Owl, March 16, but brought her own band, Makiisma to the Slice, March 22.

Brown, keyboardist TJ Waltho   and rhythm section of Drummer Keenan Pezderic and bassist Steve  Martin played a set of Brown’s unusual original alternative folk and even a bit of soul.

- by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 April 2019 08:11 )
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