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Dragon Boats rock

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Marc Belisle of Double Jack brought the rock to the  Dragon Boat races, Sunday. Photo by Richard AmeryThe Rotary Dragon Boat Festival featured a solid three days of local entertainment and a lot of familiar faces to keep the people entertained in between races, June 25-27
 They also had a little something for all tastes.

 Some of the highlights this year included an acoustic pop set, Saturday afternoon with local pop singer Kelliane and her band. Also it was great to see Pow Navarro back on the stage playing his unique brand of funky  acoustic pop music.
 The Ben Brown trio blew away a few eardrums with thunderous bass playing which sounded off.
Sunday started off on a couple religious notes with a couple really good Christian rock bands — Michelle Treleaven followed by Shine, which also featured Ben Brown on guitar.

It was impressive, if you weren’t listening the lyrics, you would have probMatt Robinson played original folk and blues, Sunday afternoon. 
Photo by Richard Ameryably missed the fact that you were getting religion. You were just listening to upbeat, pop/rock music.
 Matt Robinson had an excellent solo set of upbeat folk and blues, tapping away on his suitcase for rhythm.


Sleeping With Tuesday CD release party a success

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Variety was the spice of life at the Blarney Stone for  Sleeping With Tuesday’s CD release party, Friday, June 25 which attracted Dino Scavo of Sleeping with Tuesday. Photo by Richard Amerywell over 250 people.
Most of the Ghostwood Records lineup were on the bill, which was partially sponsored by L.A. Beat,  beginning with Jesse And the Dandelions, who played a brief but energetic set which ended with the audience singing along to their van song.

Local hard rock band  the Living Luca were on fire with a short, tight almost possessed set, featuring singer Bridgette Yarwood unleashing her inner beast on stage.
Mutant blues rock duo Smokestack Jacks also had a solid set with deadly slide guitar. They began with ‘Fat Ass,’ off their new self-titled CD.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 June 2010 13:22 ) Read more...

Ross Neilsen finger-picking rocks

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Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin’ bastards played wicked blues rock, June 23. Photo by Richard AmeryNew Brunswick blues rocker  Ross Neilsen showed he is not only a wicked guitarist, but a fine vocalist as well, during his  June 23 show at the Slice.
 Neilsen and his band , the Sufferin’ Bastards, started a little slow just after 10 p.m., but picked up the tempo almost immediately.

 Their first set included  mostly older rocking material, as well as a new slower song, called ‘For the Last Time,’  which was recorded for his latest  CD ‘Redemption’ but didn’t make the cut.

Neilsen’s playing is all the more impressive, once you realize all of the power is coming directly through his fingers, without a pick of any sort. He was using his thumb and forefinger mostly, adding a few extra up tempo textures with his other fingers.

He ended his first set with ‘Jelly Bean’ and  flipped up his guitar, which had ‘Thanks Eh’ painted on the back.

His second set was worth staying around for though as he donned a beautiful old Resophonic guitar and nailed some sweet slide leads with it beginning with with blues classic ‘Yonder Wall,’ then several tracks off of ‘Redemption,’ including  a couple of my favourites ‘Afflicted’ and ‘Hot Little  Pistol,’ and a slower song called ‘Devil Knows,’ but what blew me away, bearing in mind he is only finger-picking, was a scorching version of AC DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie.’ Impressive.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Dalliance Elixer continues improving

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Jolene Draper  and Dalliance Elixer. Photo by Richard AmeryJolene  Draper and her band Dalliance  Elixer with bassist Bruce Roome, guitarist Murray Nelson and drummer Brad Brouwer played Beaches Pub and Grill, June 26, for approximately 25 people. Draper carried beautiful melodies with her  Macy Gray meets Norah Jones jazz/pop voices.

Though she was holding back. She did an excellent job of several covers including  the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rhiannon’ as well as showed a few country chops which definitely show potential though she does need to project more.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Hannah Georgas plays gorgeous set

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Vancouver singer songwriter Hannah Georgas made her long awaited return to Lethbridge, June 26 at at the Slice. She played Hannah Georgas played a gorgeous set at the Slice, June 25.Photo by Richard Amerymusic from her new CD ‘This Is Good,’ as well as several older tracks and even a newer one inspired by her bassist/ professional dancer called ‘Shorty.’.

The red headed fireball began her set with one of my favourite tracks from the latest CD ‘Bang Bang You’re Dead.’ And took off from there.

She eventually got quite a few people on the floor dancing. She did an excellent job of another one of my favourite tracks ‘Chit Chat,’ but there wasn’t much chit chat coming from the stage, as she preferred to let her music do the talking for her and her  tight band, which included a keyboardist, lead guitarist, drummer and bassist.

Another highlight was ‘Thick Skin’ which was suitably tortured and featured Georgas whistling a solo.

She sounded like No Doubt with more of a jazz pop feel.
After a lot of cheering, just before midnight, she played an encore  of ‘Ode To My Mother,’ which she sent out to her dad who passed away.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 June 2010 11:37 )
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