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Ghost Woman get psychedelic

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Ghost Woman returned to play a packed Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 28. I only caught the last couple  songs of delay laden, psychedelic , spooky music played by frontman Evan Uschenko, bassist Aaron Trozzo, drummer Clayton Smith and guitarist Thomas Woodman.

Ghost Woman returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 As usual, they didn’t turn on any lights for their set, so it was tough to see anything.

They played a tight set of music that resonated with the audience.

— by Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 December 2019 14:53 )
 

Sean Brewer returns to join Rancho Deluxe

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Edmonton musician Sean Brewer of bands including Tallest to Shortest and the Uncas, made a long awaited return to Lethbridge to play a solo acoustic set at the Slice, opening for Rancho Deluxe, Dec. 28.Sean Brewer returned the Slice, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 I caught the end of his set, but fortunately he was called back for a couple of encores.
 He strummed acoustic guitar and blew some heartfelt harp.


 It was great to see him playing a more stripped down, acoustic set as I usually see him backed by loud rock bands.
 This time he played more folk and country music. He played a couple of new songs and brought back an old Uncas song “Foot.”


 Rancho Deluxe including frontman George Arsene, Tyler Bird on lead guitar, drummer Brad Brouwer and bassist Paul Holden plus Skinny Dyck on steel guitar, played a strong set mostly focusing on music form their debut CD “Lucky Stars.” “Whiskey I Owe,” was a highlight.

George Arsene of Rancho Deluxe, Dec. 28 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 Arsene sang impassioned versions of “Buckeroo,” and “Hard Cards” to name a few of  his more serious songs. Tyler Bird sang a song I didn’t recognize and added accordion to a couple of songs.


 They also added a few covers from songwriters like John Prine in one of the tightest sets I’ve seen them play.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Amery
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 December 2019 14:38 )
 

Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset play psychedelic blues

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 Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset  played a couple of  shows in the past couple weeks. I caught part of their Dec 21 show at the Slice.

As expected they played a variety of blues classics like“ Hoochie Coochie Man.”Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset played two shows over the past couple weeks. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught a couple of those but caught some more of their Dec. 28 show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

This  one was a lot more psychedelic with  eye straining , flashing strobes.


 Taylor Ackerman sang lead vocals and played lead guitar backed by bassist Pat Ackerman and drummer Dustin Gergel, played tight and energetic sets.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 December 2019 14:36 )
 

A Charlie Brown Christmas and Mwansa Mwansa make a nice Christmas present

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Keyboardist TJ Waltho’s Charlie Brown Christmas Show has expanded since he started it last year. He has been playing it a lot more frequently this Christmas season.
 But I finally caught some of it at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 21.


 As usual  for the Charlie Brown show, it was packed with TJ Waltho and friends play A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard AmeryChristmas revellers and people home for the holidays looking to catch up.
 Waltho, plus drummer Brad Brouwer and bassist Paul Holden had the groove down.


 As usual, while  ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ played in the background, the trio simultaneously provided the jazzy soundtrack.
They were winding things up  by  the time I arrived. They were a little fast so repeated  the well known theme for the closing  credits.


 There was a genuine unicorn show after that— a unicorn being a local performer who doesn’t perform live very often. In this case, beloved local singer and vocal instructor Mwansa Mwansa, backed by Waltho, Holden, Brouwer and lead guitarist James Oldenburg, crooned her way through a lovely set of R and B and pop music.


 She has been back in Lethbridge for a year, But I haven’t seen her perform. It ended up being her last show here fMwansa Mwansa returned to the OwlAcoustic Lounge, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Ameryor a while as she is moving back to Toronto.
The quartet exuded joy and smiles as Mwansa Mwansa sang with tear jerking soul.
Some of the highlights included a beautiful cover of Tracy Chapan’s “ Fast Car,” and a Michael Jackson hit. She ended with her usual gorgeous version of  the Zutons/ Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.”

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 December 2019 14:19 )
 

Super shows scheduled for 2020

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 It’s a brand new year and a brand new decade. So my the best thing that happened to you last year be the worst thing  that happens to you this year.Fawns play a special Bands as bands Toronto 2005 show, Jan. 4. Photo by Richard Amery
It is already looking like a great year for live entertainment.
 If you haven’t planned your New Year’s Eve, there is plenty happening for everyone.
 Adequate plays their annual New Year’s Eve party at the Owl, Dec. 31. So get ready to get funky. There is no cover for the show.
 The Slice embraces the ’80s with local musicians including Bridgette Yarwood, Candee Burke, James Swinney, Raz Bruce, Mark Hall, Braeden Rouse, Keilan Hakstol, Sarah Wright, Ian Morrice, Tyler Vanden Dool revisiting the  ’80s.


 Pop’s Pub West welcomes Ali Hawkins back home to play New Year’s Eve with ’90s rock and pop quartet Uncovered. There is no cover for that show either.
Local blues rock band the Steve Keenan band play the Average Joes, for New Year’s Eve beginning around 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.
 Local rock band Band of Brothers  will be performing at the 1010 Pub. There is a $10 cover for that show.
On the west side, Cal Toth  presents his Duelling Pianos show at Mojos Pub at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show are $25.
He will be all warmed up because he is also be playing dinner music at the Coast , one of many pricier shows featuring a banquet. Toth is at the Coast during a five course LA Chefs custom menu beginning at 6 p.m.
 After that winds up, the Chevelles will rock you into the new year. Tickets are $85.
 It seems obvious to bring back swing music for the ’20s, so that is exactly what Swing Bridge Dance club are doing at their home 18 13th St N.  , Dance the night away with the Lethbridge Little Big Band. If you don’t know how to swing dance, this is an excellent opportunity to learn how.  There will be a dance lesson at 8  p.m.. The live music is at 9 and there will be food and drink and all sorts of fun winding up with a champagne lunch at midnight. Admission is $50 per person or a VIP bundle at $65.


If you’re feeling in the mood for Italian, the Italian Canadian Club features lots of food and music by the Bamboo Guppies. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50.
Hippodrome holds court for new year’s Eve again at Casino Lethbridge. There will be a dinner buffet at 7 p.m. with the band beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $74.95.
 The major hotels have more expensive events.
 Go country with Trevor Panczak and Rough Stock at the Signature Sandman downtown.
 There will be a prime rib buffet at 7:30 p.m., with the music beginning at 9:30 p.m. A midnight lunch and champagne will follow at midnight . Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $99.99.
Didi’s Playhaus features a New Year’s Eve Panti Raid beginning at 10 p.m. if you just want to dance. There is no cover though you have to be a member to attend.


 There are also a lot of big concerts already scheduled.
 Fred Eaglesmith  returns to Lethbridge to wind up the Geomatic Attic’s impressive spring  line up at  at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, June 23. Their Spring also included Steve Dawson and  The Black Hen Roadshow on June 3, Shayne Koyczan April 9, Ray Bonneville, March 12, Reuban and the Dark, Feb. 29 , Amy Helm, Feb. 4 and  Whitehorse opening the season at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod,  Jan 29.

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