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TJ Waltho tackles A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack

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The one Christmas show I was looking forward to was a live rendition of A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Dec. 14, performed by keyboardist  TJ Waltho, bassist Paul Holden and drummer Brad Brouwer.

Keyboardist TJ Waltho playing a Charlie Brown Christmas At the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec.14. he will also be performing New Year‘s Eve as part of Doors Tribute the Morrison Phase. Photo by Richard Amery
 But first Mosrite Holiday started the show late, doing double duty at the owl as well as at the Slice for CKXU’s Christmas party
  Mosrite Holiday, including guitarist Aaron Trozzo, bassist Paul Holden and drummer Clayton Smith played  instrumental version of popular Christmas carols along the lines of the Ventures.

Keyboardist TJ Waltho playing a Charlie Brown Christmas At the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec.14. he will also be performing New Year‘s Eve as part of Doors Tribute the Morrison Phase. Photo by Richard AmerySo it was a veritable  name that tune of  Christmas classics featuring plenty of perky upbeat instrumentals, and twang as they warmed up for their later gig at the Slice.

 TJ Waltho and his trio were as impressive as expected with that line-up.
A Charlie Brown Christmas played on the back wall complete with captions as Waltho flexed his fingers and tore up the  piano heavy soundtrack with aplomb.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2018 16:41 )

CKXU celebrates Christmas by rocking the carols

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U of L based radio station CKXU celebrated Christmas with live music at the Slice, Friday, Dec. 14.

Rainbow Patrol playing  at CKXU's Christmas party at the Slice, Dec. 14. Photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived in the middle of a set of rockified Christmas carols courtesy of local Rainbow Patrol,  all decked out in their ugliest Christmas  sweaters.

Sil Campus and Aaron Trozzo of betterhalf playing the CKXU Christmas party, Dec. 14 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 After that, betterhalf, aka bassist /vocalist Sil Campus and drummer Aaron Trozzo busted out the Kinks “ Father Christmas,” before  Mosrite Holiday finished off the night with instrumental, Ventures style Christmas melodies.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2018 16:32 )

Lots of live music and food for New Year’s Eve

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Christmas is over, so let‘s get ready for New Year’s. As expected, there are plenty of things happening this week, particularly for New Year’s Eve, which falls on a Monday night this year.

 But there are plenty of pre New Year’s Eve parties happening on the weekend.Scott Mezei is doing double duty on New Year’s Eve with New West Theatre and Adequate. Photo by Richard Amery
 But first, laugh along with the last comedy open mic of the year at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 26. Michael Moses is the host this week. There is more comedy at Club Didi on Friday, Dec. 28 with Drunk Improv happening at Club Didi beginning at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

The Owl Acoustic Lounge hosts a New Year’s Eve Eve Eve party, Dec, 29 with local alternative rock bands Mombod and the Supervoid plus Calgary queer and feminist band Harsh. As usual, admission is by donation.

 The Decadent Phase and Chris Drew play the Owl Acoustic lounge, Dec. 28.  Honker’s Pub also has a New Year’s Eve Eve party and jam hosted by Frankie G, beginning at 6 p.m.
 The Watertower has live music as well.

 Local folk/country singer Karen Romanchuk performs at the Watertower Grill beginning at 8 p.m., Dec. 29.
 Just down the road, Jenn and Paul Kype will be performing and McLennan’s pub in Coaldale for the Kinsmen Club of Coaldale’s 28th annual Harley raffle.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 December 2018 22:12 ) Read more...

New West Theatre brings revamped Munsch-o-Rama to Casa

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The more things stay  the same, the more things change. So New West theatre is excited to revisit Munsch-o-Rama, their annual New Year’s Theatre for Young People exploration of the stories of Robert Munsch.

Don't miss Munsch-o-Rama. Camille Pavlenko and Ryan Reese are looking forward to it. photo by Richard Amery
  Jeremy Mason returns to direct the production, which includes popular Munsch stories “50 Below Zero,” “Something Good,” “Pigs” and “Thomas’s Snowsuit,” Dec. 26- Jan 5 at Casa.
“I wrote this interpretation of Munsch stories,” said Mason, who is excited to work with New West again. He is also directing  the next music revue shoe Rockers Gone Country.

“We’ve done these stories before in 2013, but  this production feels a lot different. There’s more audience interaction and  a lot of additional physical comedy,” he said.
“When it’s live theatre, every show is different,” he said.
After the run is done at Casa, the cast, consisting of Camille Pavlenko, Kelly Malcolm and Ryan Reese are taking the show to local schools.

“ We do that every year,” said New West Artistic Director Sharon Peat.
“It’s always very popular and  on a larger level it’s always a lot of fun,” she continued adding working in the schools is a good way to give back to the community. After the show closes, they will be at the General Steward  School on Jan. 7.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 22 December 2018 12:32 ) Read more...

Windy City Opry celebrates two years with Peter and the Wolves’ rockabilly

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It is great to see Shaela Miller’s monthly Windy City Opry doing so well. They almost always have great crowds, especially for a Wednesday night. I would have expected no less for this month’s show, Wednesday, Dec. 12, because it featured Calgary rockabilly trio Peter and the Wolves, who are always a good draw in Lethbridge no matter what day.Peter Cormier stands on Pedro  Lopez’s bass during Peter and the Wolves’ second anniversary Windy City Opry show, Dec. 12 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 Eve Hell on the Razors were also supposed to be on the bill, but they missed them and didn’t even see Eve Hell, who I was looking forward to saying hello to.

 Peter and the Wolves  were amazing as usual, especially as frontman  Peter Cormier had injured his hand during load in.
 I caught the end of their set, fortunately they stuck around for a second and most of the audience stayed with them despite the long set break.

 Their first set ended with a couple of tracks from their third  CD “Howlin and Prowlin,” including a couple of my favourites, “Jailbird Josephine” and “Sundae Monday Blues,” which ended the set. They also played their usual strong version of blues classic “St. James Infirmary.”

 As expected, they played straight ahead guitar/upright bass/drum driven rockabilly music, which got toes tapping and couples trying out their best ’50s dance moves. I missed the keyboard powered rock and roll potion of the show, which came earlier.

 After a long set break, the trio returned to the stage at 11:15 to knock off a hot version of Hank Williams“ Long Gone Lonesome Blues.”

 A highlight after that was “Ain’t Nobody going to Love Me like the Devil Do.”
 Cormier and company took advantage of their second set to try out a few new songs and some deep cuts from Chuck Berry.

 They also welcomed Windy City Opry host Shaela Miller on stage to play country classic “Thanks A Lot” with them.

They ended their spirited second set  with Cormier performing at a popular old school rockabilly trick, by playing guitar while standing on the end of Pedro Lowe’s upright bass.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 December 2018 10:42 )
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