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Derek Hintz helps heat up Windy City Opry

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Attendance has been down a little for the last couple Windy City Oprys at the Slice, so I was pleased to see a packed house on a Wednesday night, Aug. 9.Derek Hintz and the Dust Bowl Dynamos playing the Windy City Opry, Aug. 9. Photo by Richard Amery
 A lot of people were there to visit with Edmonton based musician Andrew Scott, who lived in Lethbridge for awhile.

 Unfortunately I missed that, but I caught the tail end of an excellent set from Medicine Hat’s Derek Hintz and  the Dustbowl  Dynamos, which included guitarist Brady Enslen, upright bassist Matt Coldwell, steel guitarist Tim Herman and banjo player Tyler Allen, who played a wicked set of energetic, upbeat, freewheeling, country and roots music featuring plenty of banjo, upright bass and steel guitar which pretty much set the night on fire. The harmonies and laid back quirky feel reminded me  of the more country side of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.

 He had his following as well as his parents . He invited his mother on stage to sing harmonies on “Shit Goes Down.”

 That drew rousing cheers and host Shaela Miller invited them back to play an encore.
Dave McCann plays the September edition of Windy City Opry at the Slice.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:24 )

Celeigh Cardinal trio sing harmony filled blues and folk music

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Edmonton folk/ pop songstress Celeigh Cardinal brought her hot band,  guitarist Ben Tassell and violinist/ percussionist/ cajon player Matt Harrison, to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 4.

Celeigh Cardinal, guitarist Ben Tassell and violinist/ percussionist/ cajon player Matt Harrison. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played a sweet set of folk/pop music featuring lovely vocal harmonies and excellent playing, especially Matt Harrison doing double duty on box drum, guitar, violin and vocals.
 Cardinal sang with a resonant bluesy voice that was reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt with a touch of Sheryl Crow and Amanda Marshall.

 To reflect the Bonnie Raitt influence, she sang an excellent version of John Prines “Angel From Montgomery, which Raitt also covers.
 It also allowed her band mates to show off their vocal harmonies.
A cover of bob Dylan You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” also showed off their harmonies.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:25 )

Puttin’ on the Foil putting on a good time

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A long weekend crowd of approximately 40 people stopped by the slice to party with Calgary country/ punk band Puttin On The Foil.

Kevin Rowland aka Train Rekk of Puttin’ on the Foil enjoying a show at the Slice, Aug. 4.Photo by Richard Amery
A caught the end of  an open set by  blues rock band The 425s who wound things up with a cover of Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s “Blue on Black.”
 Puttin’ On the Foil always equal a good time.

 They played an excellent show of loud, raucous, ribald rock and roll tinged with country.

 The opened with the rollicking “Shitshow,” and followed up with plenty of hilarious, rough edged humour and songs like “ I Want to Get Drunk and Naked With you” and “Beer and Weed,” and the always popular  cover of “ The Rodeo Song.”

They played music from their two CDs as well as a few from an upcoming CD including“ Who I Am.”
 They also covered “Simple Man.”

 While their music is wild, straight ahead, politically incorrect rock and roll, on the more normal side of things, they played  “The Fishing song“ and “ Sweet Prairie Vixen.”

Musically, the trio played a real tight set featuring some solid rock and roll chops, with a touch of metal and punk energy.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:14 )

FLIPfest features female and gender non-conforming artists

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 The week FLIPfest is offering a voice and venues for female and gender -non-conforming  musicians and artists.

Kristen  Krein is excited about FLIPfest this week. Photo by By Richard Amery
“It is a music festival geared to performers  and artists who are  female or gender non-conforming,” said Kristen Krein, one of the organizers of the event, which began Monday with a seminar on sexual assault and bystander intervention at the University of Lethbridge.

Most of the festival is Saturday, Aug. 19, beginning with a free brunch at the Gate from 11 a.m.-3 p.m..

 After brunch there will be there will be seminars and workshops happening at the Gate including anti-oppression training with CKXU and Tseten Tseten and a panel discussion of women of colour in music featuring Manuela Baila Zarzuelza from Saskatoon garage rock/ punk/ Riot Grrrl band the Babyfats, Mandy Fox from local alternative rock band Fox Eyes and Blood Rez Crew’s Jessy Blackwater plus Edmonton indie rock violinist Foonyap.

The evening will be filled with performances at several downtown venues including an all ages show at Blueprint beginnings  at 7 p.m., all ages show at the owl Acoustic lounge from 8-10 a.m., with the show continuing until close, the Slice at 8:30 and there is even an all ages “dry ” show in the Petit Trianon, the basement of the Trianon Gallery, from 9-midnight.

 A variety of acts will be coming to perform including  local  musicians Shaela Miller band, Brenna Lowrie, Mom Bod and W.I.T.S. They will be joined by an array of musicians coming everywhere from Edmonton to Toronto and Montreal. Some of the highlights are sure to be Foonyap, Calgary  band the Shiverettes, Jess Tollestrup and Toronto musician Lacey Hill, to name a few.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:06 ) Read more...

Whoop Up Days books bands in all stages of their careers for 2017

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Whoop Up Days takes over Lethbridge, Aug. 22-26 at Exhibition Park.

 As usual, Exhibition Park will be alive with the sound of music all week long, with an eclectic range of genres from bands who are in  all stages of their careers from breakout stars to semi-retired. Country star Jess Moskaluke started out as a Youtube star and has since won a Juno Award , to classic rockers  April Wine who only play a few shows a year, will be playing with  .38 Special. Established Canadian rockers like the Trews and there is plenty of ’90s rock from Theory of a Deadman and Finger Eleven. While up and coming pub rockers the Glorious Sons were nominated for a Juno Award.

Glorious Sons lead singer Brett Emmons playing Average joes, returns with his band to open Whoop Up Days, Aug. 22 with the the Steve Keenan Band, Aug. 25 Photo by Richard Amery
Theory of a Deadman are excited to open Whoop Up Days  on Aug. 22 with the Trews.
“We’ve definitely played Lethbridge before, but it has been a long time. So we’re excited about it. And it’s Aug. 22 so it’s my birthday too,” enthused Theory of A Deadman bassist Dean Back from his home  in Vancouver.

Theory of a Deadman just finished  the second video from their upcoming new CD “ Wake up Call, which is due out in October. They have already released a video for the first single “Rx”—a slow, mournful, dark song about opiate addiction.

 The next video and song will be completely different from that.
“It‘s a party scene in a frat house. Then song lends itself to a party scene. It’s an upbeat song. So we got an old house and played in it so it looks like we‘re playing in a frat house. It should be out by the time we play Lethbridge,” he said, adding fans can expect to hear  the new songs as well as plenty of old favourites like “ Bad Girlfriend,”Hate my Life “ So Happy” “Since You’ve been Gone” and “Blow.”

 He said the new CD reflects a slight change in musical direction for the band,

“It’s a lot different, but it is also something we’ve wanted to  do for a while,” he said.

“It’s definitely changed but it is still rock and roll,” he continued.
“Tyler (Connolly, frontman) had a birthday and decided to treat himself to a grand piano,” he said. Guitarist David Brenner and drummer Joe Dandeneau complete the band’s line-up.

 The band decided to  shake things up a little, not only sonically, but geographically to record the new album.
“We flew to London and spent six or seven weeks there,” he said.
Theory of a Deadman have been playing together for 15 years.
“We still love to do play and we’re all friends. We’ve played Lethbridge, but it has been many years. We got to play the Calgary Stampede this year,” so it was  good to be back in Alberta,” he continued.

April Wine guitarist/ vocalist Brian Greenway is clean, sober, and ready to rock and roll.
“I’ve been clean and sober for the past two years,” said Greenway, turning off his vacuum robot, at home in Montreal.
 April Wine plays Whoop Up Days,Wednesday Aug. 23, opening for Southern rockers .38 Special.
 April Wine last played Whoop Up Days in 2010 and played the Yates Theatre in 2012.
“All my friends now don’t drink, smoke or do drugs anymore,” he said.

“I want to be able to remember the next 30 years,” he continued.
 The Halifax born, Montreal based rock band, who scored numerous hits in the 1970s and ”80s including “ Weeping Widow,” “ Sign of the Gypsy Queen,” “ Tonight is a Wonderful Night To Fall in Love,” “Roller,” “ I Like to Rock” and You Could Have Been a Lady,” to name a few, doesn’t play more than 50 concert dates a year.

“ We do about 25-30 shows a year, I’d like to do more, but Myles Goodwin, frontman) wanted to retire and only wants to do that many,” Greenway observed, adding many of their shows are bigger outdoor festivals like Whoop up Days.
“ We probably won’t be playing arenas and stadiums again. But I do enjoy playing larger clubs,” he observed, noting they just played a festival for 12,000 people.
April Wine formed in 1969 in Halifax, but Greenway is happy to be celebrating he 40th year with the band, having joined in 1977. Drummer Roy ‘Nip” Nichol joined the band in 2012 and bassist Richard Lanthier joined in 2010. Longtime bassist  and songwriter Jim Clench quit April Wine in 2007 and passed away in 2010, while long time drummer Jerry Mercer retired in 2008.

Finger Eleven and local band Uncovered play the Gas King Stage, Aug. 24.

Kingston based rock band The Glorious Sons have come a long way in a short time, so frontman  Brett Emmons, took some time to  reflect on things before  getting work on their sophomore CD “ Young Beauties and Fools” , due out in October. They take a quick break from a mostly sold out U.S tour with up and coming American rockers Greta Van Fleet, to play Whoop Up Days again, Friday, Aug. 25 with local blues band the Steve Keenan Band. They also played Whoop Up Days in 2015.
“It’s  great, but I don’t know if it‘s because of us or because of them. They’re a great young rock band and we’re a rock band so it will be good to take them on the road with us,” said Emmons, relaxing on his deck, home in Kingston before  hitting the road with band mates, guitarist Jay Emmons and Chris Koster, drummer Adam Paquette and bassist Chris Huot.

 He is excited to return to Whoop Up Days.
““You’re going to be hearing everything. It will be a fun rock and roll show,” Emmons promised.
“You’ll be hearing the old stuff, the new stuff and stuff you might not hear again. It’s going to be a  big party,” he continued.
The new CD is a slight departure for the band, known for hard edged rockers like the title track of their debut full length CD  “ The Union,”White Noise,” “Mama ,” the Contender” and “Heavy.”
 They released a single “ Kill the Lights” in February.
The Glorious Songs play Whoop Up Days, Friday, Aug, 25 at 9 p.m. The Steve Keenan band open the show at 7 p.m. on the Gas King Stage.
Saskatchewan pop /country singer Jess Moskaluke has come  a long way from releasing her music on youtube to winning a Juno award for her last CD “Kiss Me Quiet,” which spawned several hit singles including the title track and “Take Me Home.”

Her new single, “Kill Your Love” a preview of her upcoming third album, due out in October, is currently shooting up the charts.
Moskaluke, who plays Whoop Up Days on, Saturday, Aug. 26, never expected she’d win a Juno award so quickly.
“The music business is so unpredictable. I started writing songs with a woman Tiffany Vartanyan and we decided to put them up on Youtube. I wanted to work with Tyler Ward and ended up doing so. I set a list of goals and winning a Juno was on the list, but I never expected to achieve it so soon,” Moskaluke said from her Saskatchewan home.
“I actually went to university for two years. I was planning on becoming a parole officer. Music was just a hobby, but it took over,” she said.

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