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Klezmania with Geoff Berner

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It was klezmania at Henotic, Feb. 4.
If squeaky voiced comedian Emo Phillips played accordion and rubbed the audience‘s faces in his politics, the result would be Vancouver accordion player Geoff Berner.Wayne Adams, Geoff Berner and fiddler Bridgette Dajczer. Photo by  Richard Amery
 Berner opened his show at Henotic, Feb. 4 with a low key political rant and tried to get the audience of approximately 50 dancing. Berner grinned with elf like mischief and is probably the only character who could get away with a smiling after delivering a line about children’s  corpses rising through the snow during a song called ‘All the Dead Children Were Worth It’ (The Official Theme Song for the 1010 Vancouver Whistler Olympic Games,)” which is about the B.C. government cutting a program to investigate children’s deaths. He played one of my favourites, ‘Half German Girlfriend’ as well as crowd favourites including ‘Whisky Rabbi,’ ‘King of the Gangsters,’ ‘Song Written in a Romanian Hospital’ plus ‘Clown and Bard.’
Berner and Wayne Adams and Montreal based fiddler Bridgette Dajczer finally got the audience dancing  at the end of the show after repeating a more upbeat danceable songs
They were called back for an encore — an upbeat version of  Maginot Line.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 February 2010 13:19 )
 

Open mics and much more this week

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While there is a fair amount going on this weekend, this week is all about open mics.
Darcy Cornelisse hosts Henotic’s open mic tonight (Feb. 10), in the GCBC Lounge, there are two open mics on Thursday — local country duo Tom and Curt are back at the Front Row Pub for the weekend and will also the Record Holder plays a couple times  this week.be hosting an open mic  on Thursday. The Beaches Pub open mic is also on Thursday night. The Folk Club has their open mic beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. Everybody is welcome to perform at any of these.
Downstairs, on Feb. 10 at Henotic, it is Afro-Carribean night with Dr. Zoo aka Newfoundland’s Randal Arsenault.
Henotic has an Amnesty International  fashion show and live music including Jesse and the Dandelions and Jaime Vederes on Thursday.
 The Slice is also going exotic this week on Thursday with Victoria latin and reggae band Buena Buya. the Slice also has a couple really cool shows this week.

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Attack in Black tear up Henotic

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Attack in Black, an up beat Welland, Ontario  country rock quartet tore up Henotic, Jan. 27. Attack in Black at Henotic. Photo by Richard Amery

They sounded like a mix of  Cross Canadian Ragweed, Blue Rodeo, Tom Cochrane, and even the Pet Shop Boys in a few places, tinged with a touch of punk and a few Neil Young inspired solos.

They earned their punk cred with a  cover of the Ramones’ ‘Teenage Lobotomy,’ then a  few more  punk flavoured numbers.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 February 2010 17:12 )
 

Rapacious Raptors rock with the Dudes

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Henotic was packed to the rafters, Jan. 30 with a  sold out crowd who danced and raved to  the rock and roll of Edmonton rock trio the Raptors. They played a lot of energetic rock and roll, added a bit of detuned grunge which had the crowd dancing and The Raptors rocked henotic, Jan. 30. Photo  by Richard Ameryshouting along and even added some scorching solos.The Dudes brought  the spirit of Weezer. Photo by Richard Amery

Calgary rock band the Dudes played to the sold out crowd with some superb vocal harmonies and energetic Weezer like radio friendly guitar pop rock.

There were some excellent solos a few cool riffs, a lot of energy and even a bit of crowd surfing in the audience, many of whom were singing along.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
 
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 February 2010 17:15 )
 

Under the White Dime rock with Lustre Creame

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Aaron Trozzo of Lustre Creame. Photo by Richard AmeryAt the Slice, Jan 29, an energetic new hard rock/ metal band called Under the White Dime who opened for progressive rock trio Lustre Creame.

Under the White Dime, including Alex Webster on guitar and voice, who sounded quite a bit like his cousin Tyson Wiebe (Planet Telex), as well as drummer Cameron Prince and bassist Colton Johasz were a blur of energy which had a good chunk of audience jumping in front of the stage. They incorporated elements of punk, metal, screamo and hard rock.

Lustre Creame had a solid set of innovative progressive rock with lots of intricate guitar and bassUnder the White Dime ”s Alex Webster. Photo by Richard Amery lines and some impressive drumming. Some impressive numbers were “Finger Exercise” which singer/guitarist Aaron Trozzo used his double necked Ibanez guitar.

Several big Tool influenced originals and impressive covers of ‘Whipping Post’ and ‘Aqualung,” were highlights of their set.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 February 2010 17:17 )
 
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