You are here: Home Music Beat
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Search

L.A. Beat

The News

Brock Zeman is the man with upbeat show

E-mail Print PDF

Brock Zeman is the man, and so is his band. The Slice was pretty vacant, Monday save for a couple tables of chess players. They didn’t know what to expect  as the Carleton Place, Ontario based  Brock Zeman, Blair Hogan and Brad Brouwer, May 17. Photo by Richard Amerysongwriter Zeman, and lead guitarist/ mandolinist Blair Hogan along with special guest drummer Brad Brouwer launched into an upbeat set of heavily Steve Earle influenced, no holds barred country rock music, which sent the chess players packing.

The trio didn’t  let up as more people trickled in.
 Zeman  didn’t do much talking in  between songs, preferring some of his funky  riffs, his deep southern Texas rhythms and  Hogan’s mind and finger-bending solos plus  Brouwer’s unstoppable beat, do the talking for him.
 He sang about the hooker of Carelton place, lost loves, getting drunk and ‘Blood on the Hardwood Floor.’

His lyrics were heart felt, gritty yet poetic,  entertaining  with a southern drawl and the music upbeat and energetic.
Hogan’s guitar solos were inspiring, containing elements of country, flamenco, bluegrass and what sounded like a couple of banjo licks. Plus he had some excellent vocal harmonies as well.

Share
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 May 2010 12:01 ) Read more...
 

Lots of good music for good causes this week

E-mail Print PDF
This week, there are a lot of concerts for good causes.
 In addition to Country for a Country in Need at the Yates Centre, May 21, with Sean Hogan, Duane Big Daddy Weave plays  Victory Church for World Vision this week. photo from bigdaddyweave.comSteele, Trevor Panczac and  Alyssa McQuaid, there is another concert for a good cause on May 20 as well.
Popular Christian rock acts  Big Daddy Weave and  Building 429 will be performing at the Victory Church at 7 p.m., May 20 to help raise money for World Vision Canada. World Vision Canada is is a development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
 Big Daddy Weave is a contemporary Christian band composed of Mike Weaver (lead singer), Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon, Jeff Jones and Joe Shirk.
Share
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 May 2010 11:55 ) Read more...
 

Crimson Roots set for a pscychedelic freak out in Lethbridge

E-mail Print PDF
Remember the good old debauchery filled and riff ridden days and nights of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath? The days when you could be bludgeoned into deafness by a Marshall amp turned up to 11? And a guitar solo could raise the hair on the back of your neck?
 Vancouver stoner rock/psychedelic power trio Crimson Roots do. They will be bringing psychedelic instrumental group TroCrimson Roots plays 
the Slice, May 19 with Lustre Creame and Trophy Wife. Photo submittedphy Wife to play a gig with local progressive rockers Lustre Creame at the Slice, May 19.
“It’s a big stew pot of  funk, progressive rock and jazz, but I just like to call it rock and roll,” said drummer, Aaron  Marsh, calling during his coffee break from his day job in construction.
The Vancouver duo includes Marsh and fellow New Brunswicker, guitarist William Duplain who had been playing in bands together since high school and who relocated to Vancouver within months of each other and then met bassist Dustin Toth in 2007.
“We met Dustan and Crimson Roots was born after only one night of jamming,” he enthused adding the band released their debut CD ‘Callous’ in March.
Share
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 May 2010 10:53 ) Read more...
 

South Country Fair Songwriting contest packed to the rafters

E-mail Print PDF

People packed the Slice to the rafters for the finals of the second annual South Country Fair Songwriting  contest, May 15.
 St. Albert singer-songwriter Robert Mulder won the first prize of $400, two passes to the fair July 16-18, the chance to play his song on the main stage and a bag full of swag for his song ‘ One of Steven Foord singing ‘Death to the Sun,’ Photo by Richard AmeryThose Days’  which was an up beat  jazz tinged, blues /pop number which had an excellent vocal melody and some catchy guitar chords.

The runner up was Necessities frontman Steven Foord with his song  ‘Death the The Sun (The Cricket Song)’ which featured fellow Necessities member Devin Gergel and gang vocals from a handful of Foord’s friends shouting along with the chorus. Foord won $200, two passes to the fair and a bag of swag. Honourable mentions went to  Roy Sternhagen and Rick Mogg as well as Treeline bassist Ryan Dyck for their songs ‘Cowboy’s Dream’ and  ‘Four White Walls’ (Hospice Blues) Robert Mulder claims his prize. Photo by Richard Ameryrespectively.
Local musicians Tyler Bird, Bruce Roome and Jolene Draper had exceptional performances especially  Draper who’s dusky jazz pipes were especially enjoyable.

“This contest isn’t about winning,” said South Country Fair organizer Maureen Chambers, in between the break between the experienced and beginners category, adding organizers received 37 submissions and chose their favourite eight in each category to perform at the finals.
“It’s about getting up on stage and performing your song for people. It’s about getting the music out there,” she said praising the attentive audience for paying attention and not talking during the first set.

Share
Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 May 2010 12:13 ) Read more...
 

Shawna Romolliwa Band continue improving

E-mail Print PDF
Shawna Romolliwa’s new band has come into their own as an energetic,  more blues based band Jan Jelly and Shawna Romolliwa  grin in between songs. Photo by Richard Ameryduring their show at the Slice on May 7. Romolliwa is usually seen on stage as one of Hippodrome’s  usual back up singers, but makes an excellent frontwowman as well  along with co- lead singer Jan Jelly.
 They had a few dancers and oozed talent from every pore. They played a variety of blues standards, obscurities like Rita Chiarelli’s ‘I Can Change For You’ and hits like the Rolling Stones’ ‘Miss You.’
 They pulled off the energetic, foot tapping blues as well as smooth, sultry, jazz tinged blues as well.
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
{jcomments on} 
Share
 
Page 802 of 875
The ONLY Gig Guide that matters

Departments

Music Beat

ART ATTACK
Lights. Camera. Action.
Inside L.A. Inside

CD Reviews





Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner


Music Beat News

Art Beat News

Drama Beat News

Museum Beat News