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Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar and Steve Marriner bring the soul to Southminster United Church

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Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar brought the blues, a lot of soul and a heap of good vibes to Southminster United Church for a decent sized crowd, Thursday, Nov. 17 for a Geomatic Attic/Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Society co-production.

The Alberta born Toronto based Martin finally got to play the Lethbridge show for her latest CD “ The Reckless One,” which had been cancelled because of Covid a few months ago, so she was overjoyed to be back on stage, especially backed by a crack nine-piece band.

Samantha Martin with Steve Marriner at Southminster United Church, Nov. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 As a bonus, Steve Marriner was also on the bill , supporting his latest solo CD “ Hope Dies Last.”


 He played  solo with an acoustic guitar, which was a change from his usual loud blues infused rock he plays with MonkeyJunk.

 But he added  extra percussion by stomping on a slab of wood set at his feet.

Marriner played a few solo tracks, He opened with “ Trouble” but focused on the new CD. One of the highlights was “Coal Mine,” a co-write with Blackie and  the Rodeo Kings’ Tom Wilson.


Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar at Southminster United Church, Nov. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 He also played “Enough” which features Samantha Martin, so I halfway expected her to make an early appearance on stage, but she didn’t. Marriner observed both “The Reckless One” an “ 

Hope Dies Last” were nominated for Juno awards, but they lost out to Colin James.


 He played a tribute he wrote for John Prine. He talked about the pandemic, noting  “It‘s okay not to be okay” and sang a song about that before ending with “Long Way Down” from the solo CD.


Samantha Martin bounced around the stage, despite being pregnant, and howled soul into her microphone. She launched into an uplifting set with  the apt “ Love Is All Around,”  the first track from the Reckless One”bringing a little gospel to the church.


The ’50s flavoured “ All That I Am” featured a sweet  piano solo.

She welcomed Steve Marriner back  to the stage to sing a beautiful duet.

The Edmonton born, Toronto based singer talked about being pregnant and bringing her partner on tour with her to help her pull on the thigh high leather boots she was wearing.


 She sang  in a huge, raspy, voice  that oozed soul, reminiscent of Amanda Marshall, Alannah Myles and Sass Jordan with a touch of Janis Joplin. 


Martin talked about  looking for “Mr. Right Now” and sang about that.


 She delved back into the last CD “ Run To Me” for  the exceptional “Good Trouble,” then slowed things down with “ I’ve Got a Feeling.”



Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar’s horn section at Southminster United Church, Nov. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

The band was fantastic, with the three piece horn section which added just the right amount of brass, never overpowering the songs , tasteful guitar and keyboard solos.

 She introduced their revamped  funk fuelled cover of Bob Dylan’s “ Meet Me In the Morning,” which allowed everyone to solo.


They wound down the set with “ I’ve got a Feeling and played another song about working hard.


 She introduced the band as they vamped on a few bars of R and B classic “ Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” before  ending the set with “Loving You Is Easy.”

 They were called back for an encore.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 November 2022 16:16 )

Christmas, country, classical, comedy and Celtic music this week

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November winds down with a mix of classical music and country roots music.The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra kicks the week off on Monday, Nov. 21 with one of three concerts.

There is a triple play at Southminster United Church as The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and Opus 3 ( Airdrie Ignas, violin; Christine Bootland, cello; John-Paul Ksiazek, piano) perform Schultz - The Path to Grace (7'); Beethoven - Triple Concerto (35') and Brahms - Symphony No. 3 (35').


 The music begins at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$80. The Symphony features Kids Choir, Nov. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. each night.

 Also for classical music, the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra are performing  at the University Theatre, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. 

The Red Hot Hayseeds return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 Across the coulee, Luke James Bruce hosts  the Monday night open mic at Mojo’s Pub, Nov. 21.


The Owl Acoustic lounge features the first of many roots shows as Amy Nelson and  Ryan McNally host their Tuesday night open mic, Nov. 22.

Explore  Toronto’s  early ’80s roots and punk scene with  John Borra and special guest Emily Triggs playing the Slice on Tuesday,  Nov. 22. Borra has just released   a new CD “Cassettes’ in Common” featuring some obscurities from the scene.


Teri Petz hosts the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s monthly poetry open mic on Wednesday

The Slice has their open mic on Wednesday as well.


The Mark Hall band return to Honkers Pub to host their open mic on Friday, Nov. 25. the John and Scott Band host the Saturday afternoon open mic beginning at 5 p.m.


For country music, the Red Hot Hayseeds are swinging on the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage, Nov. 25 with their unique blend of Western Swing, folk and country music. Will Burghardt will be opening the show at 8 p.m.


There are a couple of big blues and folk shows on Saturday.


The Lethbridge Folk Club welcomes Calgary Celtic band My Son Ted,  formerly known as Tir na n’Og to the Lethbridge College Cave. The six-piece band play a variety of original and traditional Celtic - folk songs. Local classical guitarist  Dale Ketcheson will be opening the show.

Tickets are $35. Members get a five dollar rebate at the door. Student tickets are $10 at the door.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 November 2022 15:37 ) Read more...

Rebel Angels bring the spirit of the ’50s to Casino Lethbridge

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Rebel Angels made their debut at Casino Lethbridge to bring back the spirit of the ’50s for the weekend.

I caught one of their sets on Saturday, Nov. 12.


They played a variety of’50s pop music and a little bit of rock and roll that had  a people showing off their best ’50s dance moves.


Rebel Angels playing Casino Lethbridge, Nov. 12. Photo by Richard Amery

I arrived in the middle of “Yakety Yak (Don’t Talk Back) and stayed with the kitschy part of the ’50s with  “Splish Splash.”


Ben Lamb showed of his best ’50s lounge singer voice, crooning a couple famous ’50s ballads like “The Great Pretende.r”


 The band, dressed ’50a style including white t-shirts and greased back hair, included Ben Lamb lead vocals ; Keith lamb guitar/vocals ; Rod Cahoon/bass vocals ; Mitch Rassmesen drums  and Gary Drayton keys/vocals.


They  showed some sweet multi-part vocal harmonies.


 They  got people moving with their version of the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and Sam Cooke’s “Twisting The Night Away” and got toes tapping with “Bee bop a Lula.”


 I left as they were kicking into a more punk version of “I Fought the Law.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 November 2022 10:45 )

Pomeranian Fight Club pass the progressive emo torch to Alec Arms at Owl

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It is fun watching new bands form, evolve then disband due to other interests or moving. Local progressive metal  trio Pomeranian Fight Club has been one of them. But guitarist  Eric Trotter is keeping the emo/ progressive rock burning in a new band Alec Arms, who opened for the Mahones, Oct. 27.


 They played their own show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Nov. 12.

Alec Arms at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 12. Photo by Richard Amery

They had that sound down, with plenty of loud guitars and experimental noises and strongly emo influenced vocals.


 They showed their usual stellar musicianship.


The show turned into a farewell show for Pomeranian Fight Club after Alec Arms’ set, with Lincoln Shriner on drums and singing a few songs and Chris Dyer on guitar and vocals and Erik Trotter playing bass for most of the set .


 They are always impressive to watching with constant instrument swicheroos and Chris Dyer singing over two-handed tapping.

 They ended with a song about Lethbridge to rousing cheers.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 November 2022 17:46 )

Slice packed for Skinny Dyck’s CD release and Aladean Kheroufi

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 The Slice was packed, Thursday, Nov. 10 for Skinny Dyck’s Cd release party for his new album “Palace Waiting.”


But first the audience got a strong dose of soul and R and B with a touch of funk from Aladean  Kheroufi.


Skinny Dyck playing his CD release party at the Slice, Nov. 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught most of his set. Backed by a tight band, Kheroufi bared his soul with  velvety vocals and a whole lot of groove.


Skinny Dyck stepped  up from behind his steel guitar to take centre stage for the beginning of his set. He’s usually found in the background playing with a lot of local country  acts, but got to show his own, original country music style.


He had his steel guitar set up but plucked his Telecaster and concentrated on singing lead vocals for first  the part of the set that I saw.


 It was pretty much the new EP “Palace Waiting” in order, beginning with “Hey Who’s Counting,” followed by “Jackson Hole” and the highlight “TV Blue.”


Skinny Dyck, backed by a crack band including  drummer Clayton Smith, sang heartfelt, laid back vocals with plenty of twang.


 “Jackson Hole” and “TV Blue” were immediate highlights of what he was setting up to be a pretty mellow evening of country music.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Aladean Kheroufi playing the Slice, Nov. 10. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 November 2022 17:29 )
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