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Torchettes and Bad Buddy embraces ’60s garage rock and harmonies

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A late addition to the best show nobody saw this year was at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Dec. 14. Calgary based “witch soul” band the Torchettes plus EBad Buddy at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 14. Photo by Richard Amerydmonton garage rock band Bad Buddy.

I missed a late addition, The Quivers.


But I was very impressed for the scrappy garage rock and ’60s rock of the Torchettes, which featured spine tingling  the part vocal harmonies from the three lead singers including their newest member Ainsley Christine, Deicha Carter and Sidney Zadravec.


 Musically they played a lot of ’60s psychedelic rock, garage rock and a touch of surf. They sang gorgeous three part vocal harmonies, sounding like a more filled out Miss Quincy with a touch of Heart, which they sang with a whole lot of heart.


They wound down their set with  a psychedelic jam that evolved into  a hot cover of Van Morrison’s “Gloria.”


I was waiting for Edmonton’s Bad Buddy featuring Alex Vissia, taking a break from her solo pop/ country  career to play bass and sing with her sister guitarist/ vocalist Andrea plus guitarist/vocalist Emily Bachynski and drummer Geoffrey O’Brien.

The Torchettes at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 14. Photo by Richard Amery
 They still had a strong ’60s garage rock feel, but had more of a punk edge along the line of Vancouver pop punk trio Cub  and with a  touch of ’90s pop punk band Veruca Salt. They also sang beautiful, soulful vocal harmonies.

by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 December 2019 14:58 )
 

Peter and the Wolves and Amy Nelson celebrate Windy City Opry third anniversasry

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 The Slice was sold out for the third anniversary of Shaela Miller’s Windy City Opry, Friday, Dec. 13.
I expected it would be as Peter and the Wolves was headlining and they always play a good show.
 Shaela Miller opened with a few songs including Roger Miller’s “Doo Wacka Do.”

Peter Cormier playing keyboard swith Peter and the Wolves at the Slice, Dec. 13. Photo by Richard Amery
 Calgary country singer Amy Nelson, celebrating her 27th birthday, played a surprisingly blues filled set a lot due to an impressive steel  guitarist and slide guitarist. Nelson strummed a hollow body guitar and had a drummer  holding down the rhythm.
Peter and the Wolves had trimmed back  to a trio for this show. The last time I saw them, they had  three back up dancers/ singers and multi-instrumentalists.


 But they stripped things back to the bare bones, with the bulk of the set focusing on  piano for the first part of the set.Amy Nelson and her band playing the Windy City opry third anniversary, Dec. 13. Photo by Richard Amery
Frontman  Peter Cormier channeled his inner Jerry Lee Lewis for the first part of the set, playing classic rock and roll from the likes of Little Richard, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis.

He also went way back for some 1920s ragtime. They played several highlights including “Travelling Light” as was his beautiful cover of blues classic St. James Infirmary as well as  a great cover of “ I’ve Been Everywhere.”


 He picked up his guitar as Shaela Miller joined him  in a duet of Ernest Tubb’s “Thanks A Lot.”


 Cormier played a couple of new songs like  “Smoking in the Kitchen,”as well as crowd favourites, like “Jailbird Josephine,” which had a good part of the audience showing their best rock and roll moves on the dance floor.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 December 2019 14:50 )
 

Ellen Froese plays solo set for Kacy and Clayton

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There was a decent  crowd on a chilly, snowy Wednesday, Dec. 11 for The Geomatic Attic’s last show of the season. I missed Southern Saskatchewan duo Kacy and Clayton due to my radio show, but I really enjoyed a solo set from Saskatoon area musician Ellen Froese.

Ellen Froese opening for Kacy and Clayton at the Geomatic Attic, Dec. 11. Photo by Richard Amery
 Froese, who was just here a few weeks ago with her band, was just as adorable and talented on her own. She grinned as she told stories and sang a variety of music from her two records including the latest “Fighting Words,” noting Clayton Linthicum from Kacy and Clayton produced one of them.


 A highlight was Charlie the Horse about a horse which died in the Frank Slide.


She sang in an appealing voice which reminded me of folk icon Joan Baez or Keri Latimer from Nathan and Leaf Rapids.


 She looked about ready to play all night until she asked the time. The enthusiastic audience asked her to to play one more, which ended up being a crowd favourite “I Wish I had a Food Long Cigarette,” which drew a  fun filled half hour to a close.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 December 2019 14:41 )
 

Tin and the Toad make long awaited return to Lethbridge

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 Tin and the Toad returned to the Slice, Saturday, Dec. 7.

Tin and the Toad's Justin Smith at the Slice, Dec. 8. Photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived in time for them to take a break but didn’t want to miss them, so stuck around for a their second set.
 It has been around a year since they played here so had a good sized appreciative crowd hanging out, some of whom came from out of town for the show.


 They played a solid set of authentic, heartfelt country/roots/rock music. Justin Smith added  fleet fingered mandolin and alternated lead vocals with Cody Shearer, bassist Pete Loughlin and steel guitarist/ lead guitarist Steve Loree. They sang impressive five part vocal harmonies. They played several songs from their two CDs as well as covers from people like Townes Van Zandt.


 They second set started slow with “Going West,” but they quickly picked up the tempo. As usual they played a fantastic show for an appreciative audience.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Monday, 16 December 2019 13:56 )
 

Plenty of theatre and New Year’s Eve gigs coming up

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This week is all about theatre.The Mark Hall band plays Casino Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 There are two big theatrical productions happening this week.
 New West Theatre celebrates their thirtieth anniversary with  their new music comedy revue, “Celebrate”. It features cast members from the past three decades performing all your favourite musical numbers and comedy bits.
 It runs at the Yates Theatre, Dec. 18-Jan. 4.
 And though smaller in scale, but no less important, the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society  is excited about the fourth annual Shakespeare meets Dickens celebration, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Casa.
 It is coming down to the wire for Christmas concerts.
 If you missed the multiple performances of TJ Waltho and Friends’ Charlie Brown Christmas, so fare, there are two more chance to catch it. They are at the Mocha Cabana, Dec. 19. The family friendly event features food and TJ Waltho, Brad Brouwer and Paul Holden playing the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas  with the show playing behind them. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children.  The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Then they will be at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Dec. 21. Admission is by donation.


If you are out and about downtown in the afternoon on Friday, Dec. 20, Sounds of the Season, featuring local singing instructor Andi Roberts‘ students, will be happening at city hall.
Another fun Christmas event, Tuba Christmas takes place at casa at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21. If you want to play,  bring your horn (tuba, baritone, sousaphone and euphonium) and sign up at 10 a.m., rehearse at 11 and take the stage at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
 Casa has another fun family friendly event on Dec. 22 with the interactive stage show Snow Sisters Christmas sing-along with everyone’s favourite snow sisters. Children are invited to dress up as their favourite princesses and sing and dance. Admission is $10 and there is a VIP meet and greet for the kids for $20. The show runs from 1:30-2:30 p.m.


 The other big Christmas party is the C21 Gold Christmas party and fundraiser for Youth one.
 Tickets begin at $110. Dinner is included. It begins at the Coast Hotel at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails. Dinner is at 7:15. There will be door prizes at 8 p.m. and Santa will visit at 8:30 p.m.


 Old School will be playing all your favourite ’80s hits after that. All proceeds go to Youth One.
 If you want to escape Christmas, you have options as well.

tomorrow, gewt up and show off as Gabe Thaine]s  monthly High Level Variety show  returns to the Slice, Dec. 17.

The Mark Hall band rock Casino Lethbridge country style on the weekend.
 Calgary indie rock band 36? return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Laura Hickli, Dec. 20.


 The Slice is all about rock and roll this weekend.
Local rock bands Quick Draw and Vessel play the Slice, Dec. 20. And Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset return to the Slice with a bit of the blues on Dec. 21.
Bridgette Yarwood returns to the old Firehall on Sunday for the Bavura Brunch.

As expected most things are closed for Christmas, so take some time and celebrate with your families.
 Then get ready to party again with a couple big local shows.
 Tyler Bird’s local alternative rock/alt country band Queen of the Worms usually play right after the holidays.
 This time they are releasing a new CD at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 27. Dark Wrangler will be opening.


Fawns plays the Slice in a big local show, Dec. 27 . The Cayley and Biloxi Parish are also on the bill. So don’t miss three of Lethbridge’s best up and coming new bands.
Local rock band The Bamboo Guppies return to  Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 27 and 28.
 Get ready to celebrate the dawn of 2020 with a couple of pre-New year‘s Eve parties.

Rancho Deluxe play the Slice, Dec. 28 as well.
Just down the road at McLennans in Coaldale, local rock band Good Time Charlie  will be playing for the Kinsman Harley raffle announcement, Dec. 28.
New years is in the middle of the week, so Teri Petz’s monthly poetry open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge has been moved to Monday, Dec. 30.
 That clears the way for a plethora of New Year’s Eve Parties. There is music for everyone on Tuesday.

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