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RiverJacks excited to tour this Spring and Summer

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Calgary Celtic punks the RiverJacks are excited to kick off a big tour in support of their most recent album “Strange Adventures, ” which stops by the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Monday, May 28, where they will be the unofficial hosts of their regular Monday open mic.

The River Jacks return to Lethbridge next week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Bassist Tyler Burton, although he has been with the band for two years still considers himself  to be the new guy, but  is excited to be part of the band of seasoned Calgary music scene veterans, frontman Spencer Jo, drummer Mikey Blotto, accordion player Mandrill Shannon and guitarist Jordan Barrett.

 They considering touring to be a vacation.

“We like to get out at least once a year.This time we‘re going out for two weeks which is a bigger tour,” said Burton from an outdoor festival on the Siksika Nation.
“ We all have day jobs. So we do a lot of weekend playing. I’m an electrician, and Spencer Jo works at CJSW, the radio station at the University of Calgary. So we‘re all pretty busy,” he said.
“ Lethbridge shows always go well. We always love to play the Owl. We have a great relationship with Steve Foord,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:50 ) Read more...

MonkeyJunk cap off tenth anniversary by winning Juno for “Time To Roll”

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Ottawa based blues/ swamp rock trio MonkeyJunk are pleased to celebrate their tenth year, by not only playing some of their favourite rooms including the Geomatic Attic, May 24, but to win their second Juno Award for their most recent  album  “Time To Roll.”MonkeyJunk return to the Geomatic Attic this week. Photo by Richard Amery
“I haven’t spent much time at home,” admitted baritone guitarist/ vocalist/ harmonica player Steve Marriner, waiting for a sound check to start in Dauphin, Manitoba. He was pleasantly surprised to see the new album won the Juno award.

“I don’t think we expected it. It was a pleasant surprise. It‘s our second one. We also won one in 2 012.  But this one caps off a great tenth anniversary run,”  he said, adding the trio, including drummer Doug Sobb and lead guitarist Tony Diteodoro are visiting some of their favourite places. While the band calls Ottawa home, Marinner has lived in Toronto  for the past two years, Diteodoro splits his time between Edmonton where his girlfriend lives and Ottawa and Sobb lives in Ottawa full time.

“We’ve had a lot of sold out shows on this tour. We sold out a hometown show in Ottawa the National Arts Centre, which is a great feeling because 10 years ago , we were playing small clubs for about 60 people,” he said, adding the trio is celebrating their tenth anniversary by visiting some of their favourite places to play and playing with some of their favourite musicians.

“ In Winnipeg we played with Joey Landreth of the Bros. Landreth, Big Dave McLean, who is a big influence of mine and in Hamilton, we played with Steve Strongman,” he said.
 The tour has featured some of the biggest crowds they have played for.

 In Sault Sté Marie, we played for 200 people, which is more people we have played before,“he said adding they also have some big festivals booked for the summer including the Salmon Arm Blues and Roots Festival, The Harvest Jazz and blues Festival in Fredericton, and the Edmonton Blues Festival.

 In addition to touring cross Canada with MonkeyJunk, he also just completed a tour with Colin James which stopped by the Enmax Centre for the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival, which was the last time he was in Lethbridge.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:39 ) Read more...

Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds play hot show of country

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I was looking forward to the return of  Boots and the Hoots guitarist Tyler Allen and his band the Red Hot Hayseeds at the Slice for the May edition of the Windy City Opry, May 9.Tyler Allen and the Red hot hayseeds at the Slice, May 9. photo by Richard Amery

Unfortunately I only caught the last song of what appeared to be a fun set as several of the audience were dancing to their old country and folk stylings with plenty of steel guitar, and thumping upright bass and lots of fiddle playing.

The Red deer based quartet ended their show with a Bob Wills cover and were called back for an encore of another Bob Wills tune.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2018 23:15 )

Weaves entertain intimate audience with ambience and weirdness

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Considering the impression they made at CKXU’s Love and Records festival in September, I expected Weaves’ show at the Geomatic Attic to be packed, Tuesday, May 8.

It was not. approximately 40 people sat at tables set up at the back of the room and in a couple rows of people seated in front of the dimly lit stage.  They had several familiar faces from CKXU in the audience as well as a handful of Geomatic Attic  regulars.The Toronto based quartet Weaves played a solid set of psychedelic pop and indie rock which got weird really fast.

Weaves entertained at the Geomatic Attic, May 8. photo by Richard Amery
 Lead singer Jasmyn Burke’s high, adenoidal voice sounded like  mix of Poly Strene, vocalist of ’70s British punk band X Ray Spex and ’90s one hit wonders Aqua, who charted with “Barbie Girl.” back in 1997.
The guitarist did his best Jimi Hendrix impersonation , playing his guitar with his teeth.

They alternated between tightly crafted pop to weirder, more experimental almost  jazzy jams.

A discussion about visiting the country music hall of fame museum in Nashville and seeing E one of Elvis‘s gold painted cars, inspired them to play a few bars of  of Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel like A Woman,” but cut it short as Burke giggled she didn’t know the words.
The second set was even more experimental.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2018 19:57 )

Royal Wood inspired by diverse life events for new music

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Toronto multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Royal Wood is excited to make a long awaited return to Lethbridge, when he plays two shows at the Geomatic Attic with his band, May 22 and 23.Royal Wood returns to the Geomatic Attic this week. Photo submitted
“It’s been a while. So when we had a hole in the schedule, I knew where I wanted to play,” said Royal Wood, who is embarking on a touring in support of his new CD“ Ever After the Farewell.”

 Two monumental events inspired the music — the death of his father from Alzheimer‘s and meeting and marrying the love of his life.

“It really is a paradigm shift,” Royal Wood said, noting he wrote the CD  pretty much  on the spot in a London studio with producer Jamie Scott, who has worked with  Rag n’ Bone Man and Ed Sheeran.

“I never planned to do it this way. I’ve recorded CDs on my own and with my band, but I got hold of Jamie and he cleared his schedule and I cleared mine. I got up in the morning, and had the basics of a song done by noon and filled it it out by the end of the day. Then we did it again the next day,” he described, adding he played most of the instruments himself, except for the horns and string sections on the catchy new single “California Nights.”

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2018 20:13 ) Read more...
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