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Get jazzed this week

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Get jazzed this week with plenty of jazz gigs happening in Lethbridge.  It begins tonight  with Dave Renter hosting a jazz jam at the Slice.
Also on Jan. 7, the Mocha Cabana has a special jazz flavoured  gig with Jessica Heine, Tim Smith and Sarah Cole will be playing  from 6-9 p.m.
 And Heather Blush will be  playing at the Slice, Jan. 7The Myelin Sheaths release their new 7 inch single, Jan. 9.
The Herb Hicks  Jazz Quartet has a  double date at the Mocha Cabana, Jan. 8 and 9.
The Lethbridge Casino is bringing in  Antoine “Baby” Harry who adds a bit of jazz and R and B and a lot of other influences into his blues  music. He’ll be playing  Friday and Saturday.
 For something a little ‘crooked,” a hot new alt country band out of Winnipeg called the Crooked Brothers plays the Slice, Jan. 7 with Three Chord Truth.
Garage rockers will want to be at Henotic, Jan. 9 for the Myelin Sheaths’s  7 Inch record release party.  Several energetic Edmonton bands are on the bill including  the Famines and Wicked Awesomes along with Lethbridge’s Fist City and The Myelin  Sheaths.
The Lethbridge Folk Club starts 2010 this week with the very last tour  of the Highwater Jug Band at the Wolf’s Den, Jan. 9, which features some of Calgary’s  most talented roots musicians including bluesman Tim Williams who is a Lethbridge Folk Club regular. That show starts at 8 p.m.
Henotic also has a pretty cool Sunday  reggae/ R and B gig with Calgary’s Cranston Foundation, Jan. 10.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 January 2010 17:30 )

Blush explores the positive slide of life

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Calgary jazz/blues duo Heather Blush and the Uppercuts hit the Slice, Jan. 7 as part of a quick tour of Alberta and B.C. in support of her  2009 CD, Versus, which is the “antithesis” of her CD from the year before, ‘Vices.”
Heather Blush plays the Slice, Jan. 7“It’s more about the positive side of life,”  the Manitoba born and raised, Calgary based Blush said from the road. The last CD, “Vices” was  based on just that, vices.
adding the new CD is more upbeat, as  one of the songs, ‘Papaya, Papaya’ indicates.
“That’s a strange one. I write really differently, not like most songwriters who have  a particular style or formula,” she said
“It’s something that was really different. I was practicing scatting  vocalizing and  instead of scatting , came up with papaya, papaya. And  thought that was kind  of neat. So I  wrote a song about a girl in a market who didn’t speak the language and meets a guy who doesn’t speak the language either, so that’s how they communicate, and they get married and have 20 kids. Well not really, but it’s a fun song, ” laughed Blush adding one of the new songs , ‘Restless’ is getting radio play on CBC 2 as well as  lots of play on college radio stations across the country. She got into jazz music while studying  classical music as part of her music therapy program at Brandon University.
“I studied classical music then started listening to a lot of jazz vocalization. I just liked the melodies and the feel, ” she said adding she won’t be recording a new CD fora couple of  years as ‘Vice’ and ‘Versa’ which came out  a year apart.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 January 2010 11:50 ) Read more...

Lots to do on New Year’s Eve

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It’s the last night of the ‘nought’ so spend the last day of 2009  and the decade out on the town checking out  some fantastic live music.  If you want to dance, check out Hippodrome at  the Lethbridge Casino. They had a couple fantastic shows over the past couple weeks.
 For country music fans, Trevor Panczak and Rough Stock are at Average Joes. The $30 tickets include appetizers. Richard Doerksen has a mellow set at the Mocha Cabana beginning at  7 p.m., for those looking for a laid back and early New Year’s Eve. The Ben Brown Trio will also be playing at Ric’s Grill in Paul Kype and Texas Flood are only one of several New Year’s Eve gigs. Photo by Richard Amerythe water tower for a special masquerade ball. There is no cover for the show which begins at 10 p.m.
There are also lots of options  for those who want to rock. The Chevelles are playing Bully’s, plus both Scores North and South have live music, with 2 Cubic Feet at Scores North and  Dated Delay at Scores South. The $15 cover gets you into both shows.
 For blues fans, Paul Kype and Texas Flood  will be playing with some of their friends, who will be jamming at the Slice.
Also in the blues vein, Generation Landslide will be playing a special steak and lobster dinner at Beaches Pub and grill for New Year’s Eve. Tickets cost $30
 And for something  a little bit Elvis, Elvis impersonator  Robin Kelly is at HBs Lounge. The $40 tickets  include a buffet and champagne.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 December 2009 23:01 ) Read more...

Treeline goes country then brings the rock with Queen of the Worms

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Boxing Day at the Slice featured the return of Treeline with Queen of the Worms.
Treeline played an energeTyler Bird playing with Treeline and Queen of the Worms. Photo by Richard Amerytic couple sets of old school original country music.
Taylor Ackerman  showed he is adept at  playing twangy country licks as he is at playing wicked blues licks. Bassist/vocalist Ryan Dyck also displayed an adept alt-country voice. Their set was upbeat and had a good crowd dancing.
 Queen of the Worms’ Tyler Bird joined them on stage for their last song.
Queen of the Worms were next with a tight set of Tyler Bird’s original and catchy modern rock, which had the audience hopping. They were backed by Treeline who again showed their musical diversity.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

James Nishima is more than a DJ

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James Nishima, aka DJ Booda has been a fixture on the Lethbridge rap and hip hop scene for many years but he doesn’t want to be known as  “that hip hop guy.” Nishima is spreading his wings and putting on several different hats.
“I enjoy all music. I’ve always enjoyed all kinds of music. My mom raised me on the Beatles and Nina Simone, but my passion lies with hip hop,” he said.James Nishima wearing his DJ Booda hat. Photo by Richard Amery
“But I want people  to know we don’t just do hip hop or urban music,” said  the 28-year-old Taber man.
Nishima, who started out as the house DJ at north side bar Tommy G’s, four or five years ago, dabbled in his first  concert promotions by bringing in DJs from Calgary like Deezuz and Politic Live, who he met along with many other  members of that scene through myspace as well as frequent visits to the city.
“I had been going up to Calgary to network and meet people and had people say ‘can you set up some shows for us in Lethbridge?’ So I thought ‘What the hell.’ They’d come and play for the door,” Nisihma recalled.
 Now, he not only promotes concerts with Blarney Stone owner Chris Meilleur, ranging from classic rock (Dr. Hook) to Celtic (Shanneyganock) but also modern rock (State of Shock, Buck Cherry, Bif Naked)  and of course a lot of hip hop but he has expanded his duties to include booking agent, tour manager and tour DJ among other things.
His first major show he fronted his own money for was popular rapper Classified which he fronted his own money for.
“That was my first entry into that world of contracts and artist guarantees and artist deposits,” he said adding that made him concentrate on learning more about that end of the business and less on that of being a performing MC and DJ.
“Slowly DJing went to the side and I got into promotion and the promotions kept getting bigger and bigger,” he said, noting his biggest show to date was a sold out Method Man and Red Man show at Suede  two years ago.

“It’s all about networking and building relationships with everybody,” he said.
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