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Masters of Justice Play Metallica's hits

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Vancouver based Metallica tribute Masters of Justice stopped by Average Joes, Saturday, Sept. 21. I arrived a little late to join a pretty intimate audience  for the show.

Tribute acts usually have a much better turnout.Metallica tribute Masters of Justice playing Average Joes, Sept. 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 They were solid, they knew the music, they even resembled Metallica, but something was missing.

Their bassist had apparently just joined the band and put on the best show, even wandering onto the mostly empty dance floor. On stage, they showed a lot of energy and for set pieces, added a “Metal Up Your Ass” Toilet  with a dagger sticking out of it on the right hand side of the stage and what looked like an electric chair on the other side of the stage.

 They played some deep cuts and a lot of familiar tracks like “ Master of Puppets,” got the audience to shout along with “ Seek and Destroy,” and they played the radio hits like “Unforgiven II” “One” and their cover of Bob Seger’s “ Turn The Page,” featuring the lead guitarist playing slide guitar with a beer bottle.

 They were called back for an encore of Judas Priest’s “You Got Another Thing Coming” and Black Sabbath’s “ Paranoid.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:59 )

Biloxi Parish entertain with brand new material at Owl

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Local rock band Biloxi Parish continue to be impressive. They continue to pack houses as they did at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 20.Biloxi Parish entertaining a full house at the owlAcoustic Lounge, Sept. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
 While I missed Free the Cynics and the Northern Coast, the room was packed wall to wall mostly  for Biloxi Parish.

They entertained their enthusiastic  audience with a lot of loud, sweaty, high octane energy. Frontman Zach Passey looked pretty much possessed, when he wasn’t grinning at the crowd in between songs.

 They delivered a whole lot of brand new original material, which fit right in with the balls to the wall rock they’ve been playing so well for the past couple years.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:48 )

Bridgette Yarwood back to show off beautiful voice

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Bridgette Yarwood has been keeping a low profile over the past three years, focusing on teaching singing, so it was great to see and hear her back on stage at the Watertower Grill, Sept. 2Bridgette Yarwood was playing the Watertower, Sept. 20 and 21. Photo byn Richard Amery0. where she was performing Sept. 20 and 21 with her new guitarist Mel.

 She sat crouched behind a set of keyboards, strumming an acoustic guitar and belting out blues, jazz and classic rock covers, which really showed off her magnificent vocal range. For his part, her lead guitarist  played tasteful leads on acoustic guitar.

 Yarwood sounded gorgeous as usual and delivered her typically huge vocals.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:36 )

Jill Barber dedicating latest tour to you

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Jill Barber dedicates her new tour to you, her fans, as she kicks off a busy October at the Geomatic Attic, Saturday, Oct. 5 when she plays the Yates TheaJill Barber returns to Lethbridge, Oct. 5. Photo by Rachel Picktre.
The Juno Award Winner and multiple East Coast Music Award winner last played a Geomatic Attic show in 2014, but she swears she has been back since then.
“I was there with my son. But I know I came back with my daughter. Of course now they’re three and six, so they stay home. They’re retired and my husband holds down the fort,” she chuckled from her Vancouver home, where she is on a 10 day break in between touring legs.

“I just toured Ontario. Now I’m on a 10 day break. And then I’ll start again in Regina. That’s my reality now, so I don’t have to be away for a month at a time, she said. She isn’t wasting time at home, she is busy at work on a new all original French language album, which his a contrast from her straight ahead pop album 2018 “ Metaphora” which produced the number one hit “Girl’s Gotta Do.”

“Whenever I record a new album, I think a lot about what kind of record I want to make. I don’t just go ahead and do it, she said.
“Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of pop music and I think there are a lot of really exciting things happening in pop music. So it just felt right” said Barber, who is best known for playing piano and crooning sultry jazz music, though she sings pop just as well as jazz.
 She completed a full band tour of the new album when it was released last year, but will be playing this tour with her trio, drummer Morgan Doctor and pianist Johnny Spence, freeing her up to sing and play guitar.

“Only when needed though. I’m in the audience a lot,” she said.
The current tour, called “Dedicated to You,”  has  been a hit with audiences, who have an opportunity to share their stories about how Barber’s songs have affected them.
 “They have a chance to request their favourite songs, tell me their stories and have the opportunity to tell them over the mic at the show. though there is no pressure,” she said.
“It has been really meaningful and career affirming. We’ve had a lot of really special moments,” Barber continued.

“I’ve been playing for 16 or 18 years. It has been a lot of fun to play these songs and hearing what they mean to people,” she said, adding it is a lot of work, contacting people with their stories.

“I make a spreadsheet of the stories and songs and have a pretty idea of what the set will look like,” she continued, adding she technically takes requests right up until the day of the show.
“Some Lethbridge people have already contacted me,” she said. Fans can contact her through her website to request a song and make a dedication.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 September 2019 11:58 ) Read more...

ArtsDays and Oktoberfest this week

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ArtsDays provides most of the live entertainment this week.
 It kicked off as always, with Word on The Street on Saturday, Sept, 21. But there is a lot more happening.
 The always popular SOAR Cabarets have been moved  from May to coincide with ArtsDays and to accommodate students, who have usually left by May. TKaren Romanchuk plays several times this week for ArtsDays. Photo by Richard Ameryhey are Wednesday Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 at casa.

 Soar Cabaret 1, Sept. 25 features Michael Bartz, Austin Caller, David Gabert, Garrett Mallory Scott, Integra Contemporary and Acoustics (ICE), local rock band Marigold, opera singer Megan Wittig.

 Soar Cabaret 2, Sept. 26 features Michael Bartz, Sydney Murdoch, Zach Polis and Ashley Thomson who is bring back her one woman production of Elise Forier Edie’s 2011 play the Pink Unicorn, which she performed at SAAG  in June for Pridefest.

There is no cover charge this year. But donations will be accepted. The cabarets run from 7-9 p.m.
ArtsDays ends with A Family Affair on the Square, Sunday, Sept. 29. The event, which begins at 11 a.m.,  features performances from The Lethbridge Ukulele Jam, Southern Alberta Trombone Collective, Jon Martin and the Karen Romanchuk 3.
Karen Romanchuk has a busy week. She is also playing solo shows at Casa at 4 p.m., Sept. 28 and next door at Mortar and Brick at 7 p.m.

It’s hard to believe how fast September has flown by. That means there are a lot of end of the month events including  The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s stand up comedy open mic, Wednesday, Sept. 25.
 The Owl’s monthly poetry open mic with Terri Petz is Sept. 26.
 And Devin Gergel Hosts the Slice’s open mic on Thursday.

And get in the mood for Oktoberfest at Good Times, Where Polkaholix  play a pre-Oktoberfest party beginning at 8 p.m.
Oktoberfest takes over Exhibition Park, Sept. 27 and 29. There will be plenty of oom pah pah , German flavoured fun with Alpen Scatz getting you dancing. Admission is $10. Oktoberfest begins at 4 p.m each day.

Gabe Thaine has a busy week. He is playing with his folk/country trio Prairie Huckster, Sept. 24 at Theoretically  Brewing with alt folk musician Rory Taillon. On the weekend, Thaine releases his lates CD “Monster ” at the Slice, Sept. 28 with Fredericton musician Colin Fowlie. Admission to that show is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Friday features an eclectic array of  entertainment. The Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens  and Little Lethbridge Opera Company bring a performance of madame  Butterfly to the stage. The event will be outside, but will be moved to the Galt Museum if the weather is bad. Tickets are $30. Dr. Carly Adams will speak about Nikka Yuko’s current exhibit at 6 p.m. followed by Madame Butterfly.

 Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer will be playing country and pop music at Casino Lethbridge this weekend. Rydell will beat the Watertower Grill for the weekend as well.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge is buzzing this weekend. They have a big rock show on Sept. 27 with Winnipeg rock band Alone i Walk opening the night at 9:30 p.m., Calgary‘s Homeless In Hawaii following and local rock band the Cayley at 11:15. Admission is by donation.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 September 2019 20:12 ) Read more...
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