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Gaye Delorme plays world wide styles and the Rodeo Song too

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Mike Spencer always brings wicked guitar players to the Geomatic Attic. So the April 24 show featuring Gaye Delorme was no exception.
The Albertan born Delorme cracked jokes and played a lot of finger bleeding guitar licks traversing all styles and continents.
Gaye Delorme played some impressive acoustic guitar, April 24 at the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard AmeryHe played his first set on the acoustic guitar, concentrating on some mindblowing Spanish and flamenco influenced music which featured fast runs, crazy harmonics and beat some pretty impressive percussion out of his poor old battered acoustic.
 He cracked crazy jokes about selling the tunings he was using and spoke of hanging out in Los Angeles with Cheech and Chong, played quite a few instrumentals and sang a couple numbers.

One of the most impressive numbers was three different versions of an old Chet Atkins’ song  “Wind and Walking’ which has been performed by numerous different people including Paul Simon.
 One of his stories about traveling around Alberta in -40 weather, lead him to segue into a couple different versions of the his infamous ‘Rodeo Song’ (made famous by Showdown) including a lounge version of it replete with ‘cheesy’ reverb which had the crowd howling in their seats.

 Then he played an extended version of an old Mississippi John Hurt standard ‘Candyman’ which the audience absolutely loved then switched tunings to take them on an instrumental musical journey from Ireland to Japan and back to Canada.
His second set was played on electric guitar and was  mesmerizing. It began with an extended blues jam which included the classic ‘Who Do You Love’ and a lot of other really sweet licks. But he soon expanded into an instrumental medley of French, Creole and swampy New Orleans blues.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:33 )

Record Holder celebrate CD release

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Local band the Record Holder introduced a packed house at the Slice to their new CD, April 23.Jon Granzow and Nicole Hembroff  from the Record Holder. Photo by 
Richard Amery

They rocked the packed joint with a tight set of original music featuring a variety of influences, great vocals from Nicole Hembroff superb vocal harmonies from Jon and Mike Granzow and up beat beats which got the audience moving. Hembroff also sang a Weakerthans cover. There was a strong Dave Matthews acoustic rock influence with some pretty cool violin playing  underlying most of the songs.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:17 )

Good music for new dodgeball league

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A good sized crowd of approximately 50  at Henotic, Friday , April 23, helped kickstart a new Dodgeball league being started by Leeroy Stagger and Indio Saravanja. Photo by Richard AmeryTodd Lacharite.
“We have seven teams already signed up but we need 16,” Lacharite said.
Several performers started at 8 p.m. They already have a couple tournaments lined up. The first one will be  May 29 and 30 at a location to be determined.
 Matt Robinson was on the bill with a set of some of his more folky material.
 But the highlight was  a laid back set from Leeroy Stagger, who was playing with Indio Saravanja. They took turns playing their songs and helping each other out on them with guitar and the occasional harmonica solos
Stagger played a couple newer acoustic songs, and his minor hit ’Just In Case’ while Saravanja played a couple dedicated and inspired by his wife.
 Several acts were on the bill including Jenn Pellerin, Woodland Telegraph Jared Klok and The Necessities who ended the night with an upbeat set featuring the entire band.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:25 )

Arctic ambience and a fist full of pop

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Vancouver’s Arctic brought a little bit of ambient pop and a lot of energy to the Slice, April 22. They started their first set slowly, drawing a Arctic’s Kirsten Starcher. Photo by Richard Ameryhandful of excited fans into their music and up on the dance floor by the end.
Frontman Marcus Martin ended the first set with some weird sound effects he created by holding up a mini- tape recorder to the microphone.
The trio carried on the hypnotic and entrancing groove in the second set added a few different influences and got people on the floor. Bassist/keyboardist Kirsten  Starcher simultaneously played groovy bass lines and catchy keyboard parts.
They ran out of songs before midnight, but had the crowd calling for more , so the band held a contest allowing them to choose which one to redo. They played it reggae style and still had the crowd calling for more.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:43 )

Big fun at Mammoth Cave Fest 2

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There will be ‘mammoth’ sized fun at Henotic, May 2  with 35 bands including numerous local acts playing  Mammoth Cave Fest 2.The  Moby Dicks are among  the many acts playing Mammoth Cave Fest 2. Photo by Richard Amery
“I thought the first one last year was pretty successful, but more than that it was a lot of fun,” said organizer Paul Lawton adding this year was slightly different as  several bands playing Mammoth Cave Fest 2 will be touring as part of the Wyrd Alberta Traveling Music Festival including Women, Cosmetics, Shearing Pinx, Nü Sensae, the Famines,  the Sharp Ends, Topless Mongos, JAZZ, Omon Ra II, Krang and D’eon plus local acts Fist City and the Myelin Sheaths as well as the last show ever from Edmonton’s the Wicked Awesomes.
“We’re expecting it to sell out,” said Lawton, who was panicking a little bit over ticket sales when he first started out on this venture
“We‘re not losing sleep over it anymore. Advance ticket sales are showing we can do interesting things in this city,” Lawton said adding he was inspired to start Mammoth Cave Fest last year after being inspired to start a similar idea to Calgary’s Sled Island music festival and wanting to start a similar idea here.

“The first 100 advance tickets have been sold, but there are lots of $25 tickets left. It’s still a really good deal. That’s  70 cents per band,” Lawton said.
This year Lawton and his record label Mammoth Cave Recordings linked up with both Sled Island and Weird Canada.
“Weird Canada is a website that reviews music from bands that fly below the radar for most people, but which still have an audience,”  Lawton said adding Mammoth Cave shares that ideal.

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