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Low Flying Penguins take off with set of Beatles

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It is always fun to see a new band playing around the city.The Low Flying Penguins played an eveningof Beatles covers at the Slice Aug. 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 I caught a new band called the Low Flying Penguins at the Slice, twice, on Wednesday as well as Aug. 21.


I don’t know what this band’s vision is yet, but it includes several familiar faces including bassist Paul Holden, Brad Brouwer on djembe, and Jon Martin, and in the case of Saturday’s show, James Oldenburg on guitar  as well as Jason Oakes, gtr/vocals and Anthony Pittarelli , drums and percussion.

They played a set full of early Beatles  hits including “Help,”  “Hard Days Night” and  “Back In The USSR ” to name a few. Jon Martin has a heck of a voice and together, they had the ’60s pop sound nailed as well as the vocal harmonies. They definitely have potential.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Friday, 27 August 2010 08:23 )
 

Owl offers diverse acoustic music

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Tim Mulgrew playing classsical music at Owl. Photo By Richard AmeryOwl Acoustic Lounge had a diverse set of acoustic performers, Aug. 22.
Matt Robinson played his original folk and blues, and though I only caught the last couple  songs, the audience was into it and his set was tight.


 A surprise was Tim Mulgrew who borrowed Robinson’s guitar  for some upbeat and impressive instrumental classical style fingerpicking featuring intricate playing and chiming harmonics.


 Devin Gergel and Steven Foord of the necessities were up next  to play a couple tracks from their new Cd then acoustic renditions of a  variety of covers including Blue Rodeo’s “Five Days in July”,  Pink Floyd’s “Mother and ending with a superb version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Leeroy Stagger’s last stand with current band

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If you’re going to leave, you might as well be on high note.


 An Aug. 21Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers. Photo by Richard Amery performance at the Slice was likely the last for the current lineup of Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers as bassist Tyson Maiko and drummer Kyle Harmon are more than likely moving on to other pursuits.


While Leeroy Stagger can play it mellow, this definitely wasn’t the case as they came on full bore and didn’t stop for the entire show. Some of the highlights were upbeat country numbers like “Hell of a Life, ” “I Believe In Love,” and one that sounded like “Count Me Out.”

They ended their upbeat first set with “Stormy” off of his CD “Everything is Real.” And I haven’t heard them play a tighter show.


The second set featured several special guests including  Matt Robinson who sang a decent rendition of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer.”  Paul Kype also joined  the band on stage to add some excellent guitar, while Stagger’s new guitarist played lap steel.


The band played an impressively tight and upbeat set. Stagger is back at the Slice with the Highway 3 Roots Revue, Dec. 19 with Dave McCann and John Wort Hannam.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 August 2010 10:54 )
 

Cheyne Kohl shows guitar and computer co-exist on stage

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Saskatchewan’s Cheyne Kohl showed an acoustic guitar and a computer could co-exist on stage without overshadowing each other much, Aug. 21 at  Cheyne Kohl at the Slice, Aug.21. Photo By Richard Amerythe Owl Acoustic Lounge. Kohl played upbeat folk and acoustic music  for a good sized crowd.


 He had his computer playing keyboard and piano lines and  sometimes drums while he played acoustic guitar over it. It sounded great together so sometimes his guitar was drowned out by the keys and the  vocals at times. He had a pleasant tenor voice reminiscent of  the Grapes of Wrath’s Kevin Kane.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 August 2010 10:47 )
 

Bocephus King lays down laid back groove

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There  were several really intense shows this week.
Vancouver’s barefooted Bocephus King laid down a solid groove and didn’t let up through a good hour of hypnotic jamming at the Slice, Aug. 19.Bocephus King mezmerized the Slice, Aug. 19. Photo by Richard Amery
 They basically mesmerized the 10 people in the audience, but more trickled in.


They started the show with a djembe powered groove -fueled version of blues classic “I Got My Mojo Working,” then  moved on to a reggae vibe. He had a full band behind him this time including Dave McCann’s steel guitarist Charlie Hase who grooved along no matter what the beat.


The launched into a reggae vibe while Bocephus King tuned into his inner Los Lobos and didn’t interrupt  his entrancing jam with much chit chat.
He got plenty of applause especially after on track called “That’s How the Story Goes.” Then he added a variety of other influences including some jazz and even a little gospel.


 The second set was a little more electric as Bocephus King switched to  a Gibson Firebird while his stand up bass switched to an  electric bass, but they  kept the laid back feel throughout as  he showed a little more of an Elvis Costello influence.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 August 2010 10:05 )
 
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