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Coda plays blues classics for St. Patrick’s Day

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I caught part of the third set of local blues rock quartet Coda at Legends.

Coda playing Legends, March 17. photo by Richard Amery
 They had a busy March 17 as they were playing Honker’s 21st birthday bash earlier in the night as well. I caught them on two breaks before finally catching part of their last set at Legends.

Frontman/ lead guitarist Sheldon Shukaliak, bassist Rick Maddeaux plus a drummer and a keyboardist, played a tight set of blues and blues rock music including “She Caught the Katy” and “Before You Accuse Me.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:33 )

March ends with laughs and rock and roll

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It seems like March has flown by.
There are several fun shows winding up a snowy March and Easter weekend.

One Bad Son play the Enmax Centre with Shinedown and in This Moment, April 4. Photo by Richarcd Amery
 As usual, The Owl Acoustic Lounge features lots of laughs with the monthly comedy open mic, March 28.

 For something a little more cultural,  the U of L Jazz Ensemble performs a concert at the University Theatre, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 30.
 And Easter comes early this year. As Honker’s Pub is closed for Good Friday, March 30, they have moved their weekly open mic to Thursday, March 29. Kelly Klimchuk is the host for the week. Jolene Draper hosts the afternoon open mic on Saturday at 4 p.m., March 31.

 As usual  the Slice also has their open mic on Thursday.
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has a special ticketed event on Thursday, March 29 with Vancouver accordion powered pun Geoff Berner who is touring in support of his latest CD Canadiana Grotesquica. He will be joined by Richard Inman. Tickets are $12.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:27 ) Read more...

Ten Minute Detour inspired by recording with Cage the Elephant's Lincoln Parish

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Calgary rock band Ten Minute Detour return to Lethbridge to play the Slice, March 31.

Ten Minute Detour return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 They made their Lethbridge debut in 2016 at Whoop Up Days opening for the Standstills.

 Now they are supporting their second CD “Common Pleasure,” which they recorded in Nashville in seven days last February with producer Lincoln Parish, former guitarist for Cage the Elephant.

“He joined them when he was like 14. He’s already done the rock star thing which is what we want to do and he’s our age — 26. But for him it’s been there, done that,” said 10 Minute Detour frontman Andrew Shier, who is joined by bandmates, bassist Mike Stokes, guitarist Jordan MacNeil and drummer Ross Watson.

“He’s produced some huge songs. So he was able to help is trim a little of the fat,” he continued.

“He‘s a lot more knowledgeable,” he said adding they went in to record a song a day and stayed around to write three more because they were so inspired.
They have already released three singles from it including “Betty,” “Woodshed,” and “Poli-Shore”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:17 ) Read more...

Geoff Berner records crowd favourites for new CD

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Due to audience demand, Vancouver musician Geoff Berner  is taking a slight departure from his usual accordion powered klezmer punk muse on his new album “Canadiana Grotesquica.”Geoff Berner Sings Phony Drawl last year. Photo by Richard Amery
Though there is still his usual blend of humour and serious issues, there is also plenty of accordion, except placed in a more country rock context.
 Berner plays a special ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 29 with songwriter Richard Inman.

“These are songs people have asked if they are on a CD. And I felt just terrible that they weren’t so I put them on a CD,” Berner said.

As usual he combines razor sharp wit with serious issues and songs he has just always wanted to play like his ode to Vancouver Canucks enforcer, Gino Odjick.
“ The Algonquin Assassin’s job was to protect the Russian Rocket Pavel Bure. But off the ice he was a fan favourite and a real gentleman. He carried himself with a certain dignity. Even after a fight, he’d be a gentleman,” Berner said.

“Super Subtle Folk Song” is anything but. But it also draws attention to issues with Berner’s unique humour.

“It‘s a fun song,” he deadpanned.
 There is even Alberta content on “Never Play Cards for money With Corby Lund.”

“ I‘ve never played cards with Corb, but I’ve watched him enough to know that I don’t want to because he’s way too good,” Berner said.
“Rule of the Road” is inspired by Dick Montana of the Beat Farmers.

Berner takes a shot at modern country music on “Phony Drawl.”
“ It’s about country singers from Vancouver and Ontario who sing with a drawl and it sounds a lot different than how they talk.”
Other than recording the new CD, Berner has written another book and toured  Europe with Rae Spoon.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:00 ) Read more...

Real McKenzies provide a beer fueled good night of Celtic punk

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The Real McKenzies’s annual pre-St. Patrick’s day party in Lethbridge is something I look forward to every year. I arrive late and missed the Lethbridge Firefighters  Pipes and Drums and just missed Edmonton horn powered punks the Raygun Cowboys.The Real McKenzies’ Paul McKenzie at Bully’s Entertainment Centre, March 15. Photo by Richard Amery

I usually rate live shows in terms of how many beers I drink during their set, the better the the band, the more beer I drink. The Real McKenzies are usually a four beer band, this time, they were five beers, even if one of them was a light beer.

The Real mcKenzies playing all of their favourites at Bully’s Entertainmnet Centre. Photo by Richard Amery
 This year they were a force of nature,  March 15 at Bully’s Entertainment Centre.

Bagpipes wailed and echoed through the room over a wall of power from three guitarists and a thundering bassist and drummer who shouted out harmonies as frontman Paul McKenzie bestrode the stage bellowing out music from throughout the McKenzies’ 25 plus year career, but mostly from their most recent CD “Two Devils Will Talk.”

 The singles “Due West,” “Seafarers” and “One Day” came early on in the set  and they went back to their Westwinds album” for one of my favourites “ I Do What I Want.”

“Scots Wh Ha’e” had most of the 100 or so people there shouting along and sparked a frenetic mosh pit.
 They dug deep into their catalogue, though because the room was so echoey, so it was difficult to tell which song was which.

 The McKenzies were super tight and played super fast as usual.

Paul McKenzie talked about Scotland and the Loch Ness monster, which segued into “Nessie.”
Another of my favourites “Drink Some More, was midway through the set, which  McKenzie introduced by talking about the dangers of fentanyl and observed his drug of choice was, of course, beer.

 McKenzie talked about all of the fantastic musicians who passed on in the past couple of years lead the band in a musical tribute to them.
 They ended their show with  the sassy “Fuck the Real McKenzies,” but were called back for an encore, of course.

They showed off just how talented of vocalists they are on a gorgeous a capella The real mcKenzies at Bully’s Entertainment Centre. photo by Richard Ameryversion of Stan Rogers’ “Barrett’s Privateers.”
 They  turned things up for the fast paced punk of a Turbonegro cover and called it a night with one more song just before 11 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 March 2018 13:58 )
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