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Jodi King brings upbeat pop

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Winnipeg pop musician Jodi King was back in Lethbridge to play for an enthusiastic crowd of about 30 people at the

Jodi King returned to the Slice, Sept. 2. Photo by Richard Amery

 Slice, Sept. 2.


 She is touring in support of her new full length CD,“Little Smile.”  Her beautiful vocal melodies shone through as she accompanied herself on the piano.

Her band, drummer Jay Tooke, who also added a few vocal harmonies,  and guitarist/ bassist Chris Rademaker, helped fill out her sound just about perfectly.

She played several originals as well as  a couple choice covers including an excellent version of Tom Petty’s “Freefalling,” which had the enthusiastic audience shouting along.


She cracked jokes about her height and high heeled shoes, but mostly her set was all about very pretty, upbeat pop music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2010 11:53 )

Jesse and the Dandelions play for Dilemma film

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Jesse and the Dandelions at Average Joes, Sept. 2. Photo by Richard Amery

Jesse Northey and the Dandelions played a fun-filled, but sparsely attended fund-raiser at Average Joes, Sept. 2  for a new local 15-minute short film called “Dilemma.” Dilemma finished shooting, at Average Joes, Sept. 6.


Northey began with an joke filled, set of solo acoustic music including some new originals and a couple covers including Radiohead’s “Creep.”


The band joined him to play their last show with bassist Chris Banman who is heading west for school. They played most of the music from their new CD “Lion’s Tooth” then ended with  a cool cover of the Violent Femmes’ “Blister In The Sun,” as well as crowd favourite “The Van Song” and a cover of disco classic “I Will Survive,” which was  a lot of fun.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Undersigned Band’s first show of laid back jazz tinged rock

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The Undersigned Band made their debut at the Slice, Sept. 3. Photo by Richard Amery.

A good sized crowd came out for  the debut of new local rock/ jazz/ pop trio The Undersigned Band, Sept.4 at the Slice.


 The laid-back jazz tinged pop trio played a lot of songs featuring their singing drummer and  covers of “Zed Zed Top’s”  “Cheap Sunglasses” as well as a credible cover of an old Taj Mahal  song plus INXS’s “Elegant;y Wasted.”


They demonstrated complex. R and B influenced bass lines and some catchy guitar.


 It is always to see another band on the scene that is playing something a little different. They are another band with much potential.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2010 11:10 )

Unknown Culprits add Simpsons’ wit to set

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You have to love a band that will add Simpsons  songs to their set. That was one of many highlights of sparsely attended showThe Unknown Culprits. Photo by Richard Amery from B.C. born, Toronto based blues/rock/ pop band the Unknown Culprits who returned to Average Joes, Sept. 3.

 They didn’t have a lot of people, but the ones there enjoyed an uptempo,  hyperactive version of “Roadhouse Blues,” which ended their first set as well as a  catchy ’60s pop tinged original “Daze,” the title track of their new CD.

 Their last set of the night included an upbeat, bluesy version of Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” as well as a decent version of Tom Petty’s “You’re So Bad,”  but just for kicks they played an amped up, country rock  version of Lurleen Lumpkin’s “Your Wife Ddon’t Understand You, But I Do,” from the Simpsons, which they followed with “Homer at Bat.”

 They played several originals, added some talk box effect and ended with a hyperactive version of “Highway To Hell.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2010 11:06 )

Trevor Panczak CD release party to be a highlight of a busy week

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There are a couple big shows this week.
Local country singer Trevor Panczak is holding his official CD release party, Sept. 9 at Average Joes.Trecor Panczak premieres his new CD at Average Joes this Thursday. Photo by Richard Amery
 “She’s Everything You Want,” the first single from the CD “Another Day, Another Dollar” is already getting local radio airplay. Tickets are available at Average Joes for $15  which include a copy of the CD. The CD was recorded at the University of Lethbridge recording studio. The show begins at 8 p.m.

The Lethbridge Folk Club also opens their new season this Saturday, Sept. 11 with Leeroy Stagger performing a solo show at the Wolf’s Den. Karen Romanchuk opens the show at 8 p.m. The Lethbridge Folk Club also has an open mic  on Friday.

As always everybody is welcome to play.
Speaking of open mics, there is as a lot of news on that front. Jimmy’s Pub and Brasserie on the South Side next to Future Shop has stared a new Friday open mic which begins at 8 p.m. Everybody is welcome to play. Darryl Düus will be alternating hosting duties with several other musicians. The first one featuring a full house and lots of music.
 The 1010 Pub Monday open mic is now being hosted by Double Jack, while the Wednesday open mic at  Bar One, is now finished. Average Joes is starting their Thursday night open mic again  this week as well.
The Turncoats host an open jam at the Slice, tonight (Sept. 7.) Admission is free.

This Wednesday, there is a big punk/metal show at the Vent in Coaldale with the Mentors, Mr. Plow and Parapsychotic. It begins at 9 p.m. The cover is $10.

A couple other big shows this weekend are Fresh Fest this Saturday. Fresh fest is an all day party for university students featuring a variety of bands  including Said the Whale, The Dudes, The Wassabi Collective, Maurice, Small Town DJs and Keys N Krates as well as numerous local acts including Jesse and the Dandelions, Fist City and Matt Robinson.

Also on Sept. 11, the Deathbridge Derby Dames Roller Dearby team are holding a fundraiser at Bo Diddly’s featuring live bands including Type Monkey Type and the Smokestack Jacks.There will also be a 50/50 draw with some crazy prizes, a Photo Booth starring Stuart Mueller Photography, and a Karaoke contest.
$8.00 advanced tickets are available at Bo's or  $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Local independent record store Blueprint celebrates  their  fourth year anniversary this week as well with a cool show on Sept 12 featuring Greg MacPherson and the Darby and Joan Club.

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