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Jenny Allen and Pete Loughlin play appealing folk on the Owl patio

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It’s always a pleasure to have Calgary folk musician Jenny Allen back in town.Jenny Allen and Pete Loughlin playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge patio. Photo by Richard Amery
 Allen and bassist/vocalist Pete Loughlin played a sweet set on the Owl Acoustic lounge patio, Saturday, Sept. 5.
 Even though Owl patio shows are 8-10 p.m. right in the middle of my radio show on CKXU, the Hotrock Blues Beat, I cut listening to my show short to go see Allen, who is usually a guest on my show when she plays a Saturday night in Lethbridge.

 I was glad I went. I’d never checked out the Owl’s patio shows, so I was curious to see how it works. They had a string of white lights hanging from the outside of the Owl to the end of the stage and the Owl logo behind the stage was emblazoned with multicoloured Christmas lights.

 I missed George Arsene’s opening set, but by the time I arrived it was standing room only as all of the tables were full of enraptured fans, listened to Allen’s impassioned vocals and upbeat folk songs motorcycles roared by and street people danced the the music. “Save Me From Myself” was a highlight
 As usual Loughlin cracked jokes and added appealing vocal harmonies, laying down a smooth walking bass groove  for s a couple more bluesy numbers. Allen grinned, just happy to be back on the stage as she ran through familiar originals and a couple songs from her folk trio the Fates.
 It was a beautiful, intimate show that was much appreciated.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 07 September 2020 17:03 )

A variety of entertainment from children’s music to western swing happening this week

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There is  lots of live music coming up as we come out of the long weekend. A usual, there is a weekly  comedy open mic on Tuesdays, and a Wednesday night open mic at Beaches and a Thursday open mic at the Slice.Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds return to the Slice, Sept. 12. Photo by Richard Amery

 Live music is back at Honker’s Pub as TJ Waltho and Keenan Pezderic aka Shallow Lilac plan an instrumental show at the popular north side venue, Sept. 11 at  8 p.m.
 Weather permitting it will be on the patio. Admission is $10, with eight dollars going to the band and two dollars being donated to  Lethbridge Firefighters’ charities.

Cat Storm performs at the Slice, Sept. 11 as well.

 For something a little different The Southern Alberta Ethnic Association Features A Taste of Mexico to Go, Sept. 11. Tickets are $20 to get special Mexican meals to take home.
And roast battles return to Good Times, Sept. 11 as defending champion  Brian Dawydiuk will be taking on contenders  Jordi Bott, Faris Hytia, Liam Connel and Nicooooo. Admission is $20 for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 September 2020 08:23 ) Read more...

Back to school week features laughter and punk music

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There is a lot of stress in the air with back to school and Covid. There’s also a lot of laughter this in the air and  who couldn’t use laughs this year.Local punk band Sessions return to the Slice, Sept. 5. Photo by Richard Amery
 ImpromptOu, sets sail with  their new  improvised soap opera, the Gommorrah Love Boat at a special outdoor show on , Saturday, Sept. 5.

 But you have to buy a ticket for $11 (Including service fees) through the Theatre Outré website to find out the location.
 Good Times features well known comedian Noor Kidwai  all weekend. Toronto based Kidwai, who has been featured on Sirius XM and CBC, performs two shows each night, Sept. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.. Tickets are $15.

It is also a good weekend to rock at the Slice.

 Local emo trio the Pomeranian Fight Club hit the Slice stage, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 September 2020 18:15 ) Read more...

Raymond Music festival features lots of rock and pop

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Raymond and area musicians got together at the Victoria Park Sports park in Raymond on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Aug. 22 for what organizers hope will become an annual event.Saints and Sinners playing original blues rock at the Raymond Music Festival, Aug.22. Photo By Richard Amery

 The socially distant Raymond Music Festival music festival featured the three headlining bands CODA, Between Skies and Saints and Sinners playing throughout the day interspersed with a variety of local acts.

 Approximately 30 people sat in the stands, sitting apart from each other, watching the bands play on a small stage set up on the edge of the Victoria Park football/ soccer field.

Coda supplied the backline to lead to a quick turnover for numerous bands and special guests showing off a range of influences as they played a variety of music from p modern pop to classic rock and blues rock inspired original music.

Ben Lamb singing with Coda at the Raymond Music Festival, Aug. 22. Photo By Richard Amery
 Things were running late by the time I arrived, so the three main bands played abbreviated sets of three songs apiece..

 Raymond classic rock band Saints and Sinners played a solid set of original blues rock and southern rock inspired music, beginning with a song about a John Deere tractor, which was reminiscent of the rock and roll classic, Memphis, Tennessee.

Between Skies playing pop hits at the Raymond Music Festival, Aug.22. Photo By Richard Amery
Between Skies’ set was familiar contemporary pop rock and soul tinged music. They played a tight and enjoyable three  song set including  Qveen Herby’s “Mint.”

 Blues rock band Coda, with a new line up, focused on classic rock classics.

They began with Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” followed by a keyboard powered version of the Beatles’ “ Ticket To Ride.” featuring new keyboardist Cory Rasmussen.

Ben Lamb sang Bad Company’s “ Can’t Get Enough’ to end their set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2020 15:16 )

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald going back to the farm with Greenbriar tour in support of new Cd

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Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is going back to the farm on his unique new “ Greenbriar” tour, which officially kicks off in Lethbridge, Sept. 2.

 He will be playing shows across the country in a 20x40 foot tent, he dubbed the Greenbriar outside a variety of cities for audiences of 20 people, in cohorts of four to six.
“It’s a cool way to do it. I’ve played most Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is playing a farm tour in support of his new CD. Photo by Richard Ameryof the cities before, though I’ve never played Pincher Creek or Lloydminster before. It’s interesting to see these new places,” said Fitzgerald.

“We’ll be setting up the tent on open pieces of farmland. When people buy their tickets, they’ll get directions to a location 45 minutes from the city so they can plan ahead,” he said.

“I’ve written a lot of songs about my past, but this time, seeing as I’ll be singing these songs thousands of times, I thought I’d write about a vision I’d like to see,” said Fitzgerald, who grew up on a farm near Guelph with his mom before moving  to Calgary.

He earmarked 2019 to write new music with the result being “Love Valley,” a sparse album focusing on his whispery voice and tender guitar picking with subtle saxophone, kick drum, keyboards, Moog organ and ghostly harmonies sung by long standing collaborators Katie Stanton and Jessica Ritchie.“ I’ve spent so much time writing in Nashville, in studios, that I thought I’d write this album in my kitchen,” he said.
“ Usually I add a lot of different things and  take them out. This time, i wrote the songs and added the rest of the instruments where they are needed,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 September 2020 08:01 ) Read more...
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