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Christmas shows and then some this week

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It should be a fun week as the Christmas season kicks into high gear.TJ Waltho brings his Charlie Brown Christmas show back to The Stoketown Cafe this week. Photo by Richard Amery

But first, Keith Woodrow hosts the Slice of Blues jam on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Slice beginning at around 8:30 p.m.

 Also on Tuesday, Write For Rights at the Owl Acoustic lounge features performances by Stephanie Brave Rock & Olivia Tailfeathers, Will Big Bull
Mandy Fox, Katie Jo Rabbit and more. There will be a silent auction and more. Admission is free.  It begins at 6 p.m.

Next, the Geomatic Attic  finishes the year with southern Saskatchewan duo Kacy and Clayton, performing, Dec. 11 with Ellen Froese. They are touring in support of their latest CD “ Carrying On.”

Wednesday is a big night for roots music as local roots collective Dark Wrangler play the Slice. Dark Wrangler includes Don Cassell, Dil Jopp, Tyler Bird, Megan and Mel will be performing with Makiisma and Corduroy Brown. Megan Brown, Corduroy Brown plus Chris Drew and Wendy Cee will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday, Dec. 13.
 The Slice has a big week as they help the Windy City Opry celebrate their third anniversary with a big show on Friday, Dec. 13 featuring Lethbridge favourites Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves and Calgary country musician Amy Nelson. There are more prizes and giveaways for this show, so tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
 The Decadent Phase play the Slice on Saturday.
 And Jaymz Joseph hosts the open mic at the Slice on Thursday.

Of course, there are a lot of Christmas shows coming up.
 Bridgette Yarwood’s vocal students will be performing “Voices of Winter” at a rescheduled show at Cité Des Prairies, Dec. 11. Another prominent vocal teacher, Andi Roberts, will feature some of her students performing at City Hall for “Sounds of the Season,” at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 20.
But before that, TJ. Waltho brings back his Charlie Brown Christmas show to Stoketown on Dec. 12.  He plus bassist Paul Holden and drummer Brad Brouwer were also  performing it at the handmade market and at the Bavura Brunch at the old firehall on the weekend.

Another sign of Christmas is the CP Holiday Train, a cross country cavalcade of stories and song that raises money for  local food banks.
 The Holiday Train stops by Save On Foods at 7 p.m, Tuesday, Dec. 10. Country stars Terri Clark and Dallas Smith are the featured performers. Donations will be accepted for local food banks. The train arrives at 7 p.m., with the music happening from 7:15- 7:45 p.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 December 2019 15:54 ) Read more...

Kacy and Clayton making long awaited return to Lethbridge

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Southern Saskatchewan duo Kacy And Clayton are “Carrying on” with their fifth CD, the ensuing tour carries on to the Geomatic Attic, Dec. 11.Kacy and Clayton play the Geomatic Attic, Dec. 11. Photo submitted

 “It reflects a lot of our influences we’ve been listening to lately,” said Clayton Linthicum taking a breather in between tours from his home in Glentworth, Saskatchewan.

“ We listen to a lot of country music from the late ’60s like  Gene Clark and Lee Hazelwood and a lot of  psychedelic music mixed with country music,” he said.
 He and compatriot Kacy Anderson will be joined  by their rhythm section of drummer Mike Silverman and bassist Andy Basil for this tour.

“ We’ve been playing a lot as a duo, so it is really exciting to  play with the band,” said Linthicum, who also plays with Deep Dark Woods when scheduling permits.
 “Kacy and Clayton are so busy. Most of our time is spent touring. But we still play with them. We’re on their latest album,” he continued.

“ The songs are shorter in Kacy and Clayton and there are fewer members than the Deep Dark Woods. We have similar influences,” he noted.

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 December 2019 07:39 ) Read more...

Homeless In Hawaii return to rock and roll

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 The Slice had a dismal turnout for Calgary rockers Homeless in Hawaii, Saturday, Nov. 30. Homeless in Hawaii returned to the Slice, Nov. 30 Photo by richard amery

Everybody was there for the opening bands, but had left by the time I arrived. And I only caught the very end of the set.

 But they played a lot of  upbeat indie rock/ pop and punk music with lots of flanger drenched guitar.

 They played a tight and entertaining set of  catchy music.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Richard Inman and Markus Sommer trade stories and songs

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It is always a treat to see Winnipeg born songwriter Richard Inman. He had a good sized crowd listening intently at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30 as he was joined by Markus Sommer.Markus Sommer and Richard Inman at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30. Photo by Richard Amery
I caught them at the end of a two hour set, but stuck around for the second.

Inman is a talented songwriter and guitarist with a big baritone  voice. He played a couple of familiar songs I hear on CKUA  from time to time.

Ponoka songwriter Markus Sommer also sang in a beautiful baritone, cranking a out a waltz while complaining about people not listening, but inviting people to sing along anyway.

 They duo took turns  singing their own songs though Inman noted he and Sommer had several songs they wrote together and promised to play them later. Inman played a pretty new song called “Lilac” about being on the road.

 Instead they traded  country roots classics as Sommer busted out some Guy Clark, while  Inman  upped the ante with a Townes Van Zandt song.
 I left that early because I didn’t want to miss an excellent show from Calgary rock band  Homeless in Hawaii at the Slice.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2019 15:09 )

Jon Martin and the Lovers play laid back songs

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Jon Martin  is in love. So he formed a new Lethbridge supergroup including members of the Utilities, Mormon Girls, Hippodrome and several other bands,  to play nothing but tender love songs.Jon Martin and the Lovers at the Owl Acoustic lounge. photo by Richard Amery
 I finally caught Jon Martin and the lovers at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Nov. 29 where a full house was enjoying the good vibes. The Lovers included Martin playing keyboards and singing backed by crack rhythm section of Bassist Paul Holden and drummer Kyle Harmon with Jason Oakes adding extra guitar and Joel Grey adding even more guitar.

 Martin sang in a plaintive, heartfelt voice, playing pretty keyboards. His bandmates were rock solid  as well, keeping pace during a couple of brand new songs Martin brought out.

 He kicked things up a notch for the last couple of songs by play, taking up the guitar and belting out the last couple of songs.
Starpainter, a rebranded and revamped Utilities, were up next, but I wasn’t able to catch that set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2019 15:00 )
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