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Manzik and band beam ear to ear while singing the blues

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Billy Manzik beams ear to ear. Photo by Richard AmeryThunder Bay based folk/ bluesman Billy Manzik  returned to the Slice, April 15 to introduce people to some of the music from his latest CD ‘All Together Now’. He beamed ear to ear as he played a few originals and some unusual arrangements of covers for approximately 30 people.

He borrowed  a couple of musicians who usually play with Dave McCann and the Firehearts. Wicked pedal steel player Charlie Hase, who looked like he couldn’t have been happier anywhere else and drummer Tim Williams completely rocked it country style.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:52 ) Read more...

Spoon River and Rodney Decroo add rock feel to original country music

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The Slice  was also in a folk/country mood, April 16, with Spoon River and Rodney Decroo.Spoon River vocalist Tavis Eachan Triance. Photo by Richard Amery
 Vancouver country tinged rock band Spoon River was superb, they sounded similar to Blue Rodeo with quite a bit of the band. Unfortunately there were only  about 30 people there.
 They  brought back the spirit of the ’60s and ’70s with tortured yet soulful vocals and  catchy riffs some mournful lap steel guitar plus some excellent vocal harmonies.They played quite a bit of music off their debut CD “Kingdom of  the Burned” as well as some newer songs  including  a touching one called ‘I Miss My Friend.’Rodney DeCroo and his band rock the country. Photo by Richard 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:24 ) Read more...

Forbidden Dimension play music for rock lovers

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Henotic showed it’s contrasts,  April 16, with several Calgary rock bands including the Von Zippers and Forbidden Forbidden Dimension guitarist Jackson Phibes. Photo by Richard AmeryDimension playing in the GCBC Lounge for approximately 40 people. They were jumping up and down in front of the stage. The Von Zippers had a strong early ’70s New York Dolls garage rock/ punk energetic feel to their set.
Forbidden Dimension’s shows have been the stuff of Calgary legend for many years, so I was looking forward to  this one a lot.

The trio played rock and roll for everyone combining elements of punk, metal, southern rock and blues. The longstanding Calgary trio was a tour de force of energy and a blur of crazy  guitar playing and impressive rock vocals.

They weren’t even perturbed by people running off with the mic stand or singing along into the mic with them.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 12:51 ) Read more...

Fundraisers and a lot more this week

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There are quite a few big shows this weekend including a couple big fundraisers at Henotic.Fist City plays a fundraiser for  the movie Roger’s Pass, April 24. Photo by Richard Amery
Several musicians including Leeroy Stagger will  be helping raise money for a Lethbridge dodgeball team, April 23 at Henotic. The team has several tournaments set up during the summer including one on May 7. On the bill are Leeroy Stagger, Indio Saravanja, Jenn Pellerin, Jesse Northey, Woodland Telegraph, Jared Klok, Matt Robinson and the Necessities. There will also be DJs performing upstairs. Admission is $10
 Local rock band Fist City will be  raising funds to help complete a fantastic new independent film called Roger’s Pass, April 24  at Henotic. In addition to  the music, there will be a silent auction of original artwork from the film. Check out the trailer at WWW.ROGERSPASSMOVIE.COM. The event begins at 7 p.m.
 Another cool event is the  record release party  for  local band the Record Holder, April 23 at the Slice.
there will be a hypnotizing show at the Blarney Stone, April 24 with Asad the Uncensored hypnotist performing. Tickets are $20.


Music for Deathbridge Derby Dames roller derby

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The Deathbridge Derby Dames  roller derby team hosted a  very successful fundraiser featuring several local acts and a silent auction upstairs,  10 at Henotic. The event attracted 160 people who helped the newly minted roller derby team raise money for equipment and more importantly larger practice space. For now they practice at the Boys and Girls Club who are helping the 18 girls step up their skills.

Lustre Creame plays to a backdrop of Roller Derby at the Deathbridge Derby Dames fundraiser, April 17 at Henotic. Photo by Richard Amery“We almost have enough for the team and have started practicing, said Derby Dame Marina Ragan, who goes by the name Riff Raff, adding the money raised goes toward a variety of expenses including merchandise, equipment and roller derby clinics.

“ We need to get uniforms and equipment and we need 20 girls. But most importantly we need practice space. The boards are coming up on the edges, where we are practicing,” she continued  adding the Dames appreciate the Boys and Girls Club’s assistance. In addition to live music and the silent auction, the event featured the girls on skates and brand new calendars which were being sold at the door.

““I just like the fact that it is so physical. It (the roller derby team) is something really different. Lethbridge is the last city to have a roller derby team,” she said adding once everything is together, they will be  competing against teams in Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and Medicine Hat.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 April 2010 09:50 ) Read more...
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