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Johnnie Ninety-Nine impresses crowd in Lethbridge debut

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Vancouver based roots quartet Johnnie Ninety-Nine brought a mainly sedate set of roots music to the Slice, Aug. Johnnie-Ninety -Nine  and her band entertained a good crowd at the Slice, Aug. 14. Photo by Richard Amery14.

The band, which has only been together for a few weeks (though Johnnie and fiddle player Ariel have been playing together for several years) started on an upbeat note playing several up-tempo originals which featured fiddle, stand-up bass and vocal harmonies.


Stand-up bassist  James Green took a turn on guitar for a couple covers including “Highway Song” by a mystery Saskatoon band and Bruce Springsteen‘s “Atlantic City,” as well as one of his own which sounded like a Ridley Bent song.


They ended up playing a pretty sedate set and even had  a couple slow dancers but played an impressive first show for Lethbridge.

The band features members from all over Canada including a couple members of the Buffaloswans including Johnnie Ninety-Nine.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 11:07 )
 

Farewell to the Record Holder

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A sold out Slice said so long to popular local indie rock/ pop/ folk and jazz tinged band the Record Holder, Aug. 13.The Record Holder hypnotized a sold out crowd at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

Jon and Mike Granzow alternated between bass and guitar and sang some immediately appealing melodies as they worked their way through the laid back, hypnotic music from their debut CD  in addition to  several other original songs.

Sadly, my favourite, “Amsterdam” wasn’t on the set list, but they had most of the crowd dancing/ swaying in front  of the stage in time to some pretty intricately played and mellow songs with a laid back groove.
 Violinist Nicole Hembroff added the jazz influence as well as some classically inspired violin playing.

She danced and also sang a couple  excellent jazz tinged songs.


Both Jon And Mike Granzow are leaving Lethbridge to pursue other opportunities at Stanford University and McGill respectively.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:48 )
 

2 Cubic Feet entertains enthusiastic crowd with ’90s hits

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2 Cubic Feet lead guitarist Jeff Ainscough dancing on the table at Scores. Photo by Richard AmeryScores North welcomed Dave Brown to their management team by  having a party with local hard rock band 2 Cubic Feet, Aug. 13.


The band rocked a crowd of approximately 50 people by playing a variety of popular covers including “Sex is On Fire” by the Kings of Leon and Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” as well as the Counting Crows’ “Mr. Jones,” which had a couple people dancing.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:43 )
 

Becky Johnston entertains with Tarot cards and the ukulele

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Local singer/ songwriter/ Tarot Card reader/ fire spinner Becky Johnston  entertained an almost full house at the Becky Johnston entertains at the Owl. Photo by Richard AmeryOwl Acoustic Lounge for Friday the thirteenth, last week.

In between readings, she took the stage and sang sweet jazz tinged melodies accompanying herself on acoustic guitar and ukulele.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:57 )
 

Willy Blizzard plays rootsy originals and covers

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The Slice featured an excellent roots trio, Aug. 12 with Vancouver’s Willy Blizzard.Willy Blizzard played to a sparse crowd at the Slice, Aug. 12. Photo by Richard Amery


 They played several originals including a really cool gospel tinged song called “Rolling that Rock,” as well as covers of Neil Young, Van Morrison and Tom Russell.

They sounded like a more rootsy Gordon Lightfoot, featured stand-up bass and superb three part vocal harmonies.


 They began their second set with an excellent version of bluegrass standard “Fox on the Run.“ which had another handful of people enjoying themselves.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:29 )
 
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