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Live music rings in Canada Day

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Living Luca singer Bridgette Yarwood handed out Canadian flags for Canada Day. Photo by Richard AmeryThere was a lot of live music on Canada Day at Galt Gardens and Henderson Lake.
Because I spent most of the day at Fort Whoop Up  promoting  the Drama Nutz production of “Siege at Fort Whoop Up,”  I only managed to catch  a few acts.

I caught excellent sets from Double Jack at the Galt Gardens, part of Stan Ashbee’s acoustic set  and another superb set by the Living Luca who closed off the afternoon. 

In between playing a variety of crowd favourites, lead singer Bridgette Yarwood handed out Canadian flags and got doused with water by her brother Brendon.

They introduced the audience, including a lot of kids dancing in front of the stage, to a new  song which was reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Berserker goes berserk on stage

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Berserker at the Slice, June 30. Photo by Richard Amery

Jon Vornbrock’s new band , Berserker, helped rock June to a close, on June 30. Local psychobilly/punk band  the Phantom Creeps, who are back as a trio,  opened up the show with a tight set of crowd favourites.

 The aptly named Berserker, who includes former members of Atrophy Manuscript,  had a packed house on the floor jumping around to a quick set of  triple guitar  powered screamo style music  which sounded like Alexisonfire meets the Foo Fighters. They had a lot of energy and a lot of dissonant chords. Vornbrock started off on just vocals , thee grabbed his guitar  to  create a triple guitar aural bludgeoning.

They were tight and have a lot of potential for those who want to rock, or just scream, or just work off some excess aggression.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Shaela Miller plays super ‘last show’

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Pregnancy didn’t stop local singer-songwriter  Shaela Miller from playing at the top of her game, Sunday Shaela Miller played the 1010 Pub July 4. Photo by Richard Ameryduring what was billed as her last show until fall at the 1010 Pub, July 4 for one of the best shows I’ve seen her perform.

She ran through two upbeat, energetic sets of crowd favourites from her EP and this year’s  full length CD ‘Love is Brave.’

She started her show  to a packed house with “Halfway in Love,” and ran through her repertoire including ‘Station’  as well as several covers of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams country classics. She got most of the audience dancing almost immediately.

Her second set was even better, including  a couple of my favourites “Manchester,’  ‘Loving Me,’ and ‘Lonely.’
 She sang a few more Johnny Cash songs including an excellent duet with lap steel guitarist Taylor Ackerman of Johnny Cash’s ‘Long legged Guitar Picking Man.’
She brought Jeremy Floyd up on stage to sing ‘Vicious Bitches, ’ with her as well.

She is playing Original Joes tonight (July  7) with Greg Gomola as well. She is also playing with a  new classic rock cover band, Hot Pie, July 10 at Coyote Joes.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 July 2010 10:35 )

Rockabilly blows grey skies away

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Though the skies were grey for the fourth of July, some high energy Canadian  rockabilly helped blow thoseEve and Mike Hell made their Lethbridge debut, July 4 at the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard Amery clouds away during the rockabilly riot in  the Geomatic Attic parking lot.

 Unfortunately Hurricane Felix canceled due to injury, but local rockabilly trio Bent 8 featuring Dean Wilson on drums as well as  Dino Caravaggio and Pat Ackerman helped warm up the  a crowd of approximately 125 with a variety of originals and a few Elvis  hits.

Calgary rockabilly trio Eve Hell and the Razors were an immediate highlight in their Lethbridge debut.

Eve beamed ear to ear as she thumped away on the stand up bass while her husband Mike Hell knocked off the rockabilly licks on his big Gretsch. They played a variety of upbeat rockabilly originals as well as a few Johnny Cash songs including  ‘Big River’ and ‘Get Rhythm.’


Harlequin rocks on newer material

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As much as I love hearing a classic rock band play the hits I grew up with, I love hearing them play new Harlequin’s George Belanger and  Darren Moore at Coyote Joes, July 3. Photo by Richard Amerymaterial even more. And judging by the audience at Coyote Joes, July 3 for Canadian classic  rockers Harlequin, a lot of others felt the same way.

They played a lot of music from their  latest CD, 2007’s ‘Waking The Jester,’ and frontman George Belanger let  band mates bassist Nik Rivers, lead guitarist Derrick Gottfried and keyboardist / guitarist  Darren Moore take lead vocals an some of the newer songs.

Gottfried sang a slower number called ‘How Long’ which was reminiscent of an early Harlequin hit, Thinking of You.”

Moore took the lead on a  more modern, detuned grunge/nü metal styled song ‘Inbound Train’ which showed how the band has evolved from their classic rock roots. All the while Belanger played air guitar and belted out the hits.
Bassist Nik Rivers sang a definite highlight , ‘She’s My Girl.’

Moore switched effortlessly between keyboards and rhythm guitar whenever Gottfried took a solo.
And of course there were plenty of beloved hits like “Sweet Things in Life,”“Innocence”  and “Superstitious Feeling.“

The last song featured a surreal moment on the dance floor as a guy stripped of his shirt and most of his pants and started dancing.
They were called back for an encore of Led Zeppelin hits including a dual guitar attack on “Whole Lotta Love and “Rock and Roll.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 July 2010 08:50 )
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