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Pop up concerts coming up this week

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It’s great to have enough happening in Lethbridge to warrant a week’s preview.
 There are some very cool things happening this week as musicians and venues adapt to a post-Covid world.
 A couple of them involve porch, curb side, pop up or truck side concerts.

 The Lethbridge Folk Club presents a pop up concert with multi-instrumentalists Megan Brown and George Fowler from the Junkman’s Quire who will be performing Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in front of 1210 7 ave S.Megan Brown and George Fowler perform this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 And Calgary folk/ pop musician Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is kicking off his Farm Tour in Lethbridge, Sept. 2.  Fitzgerald is supporting is new CD “ Love Valley V3.2.

Purchase tickets through his website and  you will be e-mailed the address to a location within 45 minute of each tour stop.

This tour takes him all over Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and back to B.C by the time to tour ends in Vancouver on Halloween.
 Good Times has been  bringing back live comedy for quite some time. This week, they feature Good Times founder Johnny Pogo, Aug. 28 and Sam Benty, Aug. 29. They perform shows at 7 .m. and 9:30 p.m.The Slice is starting to regularly feature live music again.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 August 2020 16:06 ) Read more...

Fawns brings new music for acoustic set

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A trimmed down Fawns played  a fabulous acoustic set at the Slice, Friday, Aug. 21.
 Lead guitarist  Richard Charlton, Lead singer/ guitarist Mercedes Fawns and  drummer Chris Morden played a spirited set of original  acoustic alternative rock and folk pop music.
 I was just in time for their second set of the night.

Mercedes Fawns playing the Slice, Aug. 21. photo by Richard Amery
Fawns has been hard at work during the pandemic writing  songs and took the opportunity to share them with an intimate audience.
 Fawns danced, writhed and passionately sang behind a plexiglass shield, while Charlton got lost in  beautiful acoustic guitar licks.
 They began their set with an intense new number called I’m Trying.”

 Fawns channelled   some Alanis Morissette on another new song “ Just Like A Lover” as she left the guitar playing to Charlton while she added some extra percussion. Morden was playing an assortment of acoustic drums  including a cajon box drum for the set.

 As always Fawns showed off her appealing, emotive, vibrant voice. on another new song “Melody In the Night.”

 After the new songs, they delved into her back catalogue, belting out a slower, more sultry version of the first single from her last album, “I Grew Up Here.”

 Charlton’’s guitar playing came to the fore in the funk fuelled last song of the set.

Though they were called back for a couple of encores which they were happy to deliver.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 22 August 2020 20:31 )

Laughs and live music in Raymond this week

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Things are starting to happen in Lethbridge again.
 This week, Good Times brings some of their favourite comedians to the Theoretically Brewing patio from 8-11 p.m.. Performers include Brian Dawdiuk, Ainsley McPhail and Jordi Bott Johnny Pogo, who has his own show at Good Times on Aug. 28.

Tickets are $15.Coda are among the bands playing the Raymond Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery
Good Times features the roast of  Victor Iyliade, On Friday, Aug. 21 beginning at 9 p.m.. Tickets are $20.

 Good Times features Charles Haycock on Saturday, Aug. 21 for two shows, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

 Comedy open mics return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Aug. 16. The yuks begin at 8 p.m. on the patio.

For live music, Beaches has a Wednesday open mic and the Slice has their open mic on Thursdays.

 Mercedes Fawns and a trimmed down line up of her band will be playing an acoustic show at the Slice, Friday, Aug. 21.

Just down the road, local bands will be playing a mini-music festival in Raymond at the Victoria Sports Park, Saturday, Aug. 22.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 August 2020 15:16 ) Read more...

Mark Hall band play eclectic show at Slice

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The Mark Hall band got a double date at the Slice, last weekend, Aug. 7 and 8Mark Hall at the Slice, Aug. 8. Photo by Richard Amery.
 They will be back at the Slice this weekend, Aug. 14 and 15 with special guest guitarist Braeden Rouse.

 I caught an eclectic set of classic rock, country and even some Ramones, Aug. 8 while I was enjoying my King Richard pizza.

 They had a decent sized crowd , cheering and enjoying a socially distanced night out. And even a couple dancers.

 The trio, including guitarist/vocalist, mark Hall, drummer Raz and a bassist Ian Morrice,  ran the gamut of classic rock and country hits.
 Mark Hall and the bassist traded lead vocals, each singing behind their own plexiglass box.

 They performed an excellent version of “Tulsa Time” and followed it up with the Georgia Satellites’  “Keep your hands To Yourself.” They switched gears for Def Leppard’s ’80s power ballad hit “Hysteria.”
 They switched gears again with Mark Hall taking lead vocals for a cover of the Ramones “ I Wanna Be Sedated.”

 They showed off dual vocal harmonies on some Beatles before going country again. They even went lounge with a sweet cover of “Hot Hot Hot” which Buster Poindexter made popular in the ’80s.
 They wound up their set with a version of Cheap Trick‘s “ I Want You To Want Me.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 August 2020 08:20 )

Brenna Lowrie creates winning combination of classical music and folk with “Loss Leader”

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Local musician/ songwriter Brenna Lowrie keeps a pretty low profile, online as well as in person, but she is pleased the attention her new classical and folk music inspired Ep “Loss Leader” is receiving from fans, media as well as radio stations like CKUA.

Click here to Hear Loss Leader
“Who know where these ideas come from? said Lowrie.

“ But I decided I wanted this collection to feature classical guitar and voices and maybe a little folk music. I wanted it to be very sparse,” she continued, adding she recorded most of her six song EP at home. She also added a few subtle keyboard sounds.

 “I also recorded some of the voices in a space I rent because I wanted to eliminate background noise,” she continued.

The result is a beautiful 16 minute platter of tender fingerpicking highlighting, but never overwhelming Lowrie’s hauntingly beautiful voice.
 It is a departure from her more Joni Mitchell inspired folk music.

“ It’s a very honest artistic statement,” she summarized.

“ If I can record an EP at home, then anyone can,” said the ever humble Lowrie.
“She approached lyrics from an emotional point of view.

“Some of them are true, some of them are made up. A lot of them are about the loneliness of the human condition. None of them are black and white, but emotions are part of the human condition,” she continued. Loss Leader is her second EP. She also has released two full length albums. She is only going to release the music online. through Bandcamp as well as streaming services like Spotify, iTunes, Googleplay and Apple.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 August 2020 17:31 ) Read more...
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