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Sessions release new EP for sold out audience

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Local punk pop trio Sessions  premiered their new third EP “Reach Around the World” to a full house at the Slice, Sept. 5. I missed opening acts The Oi Street Scoundrels and Berzerker, but caught most of Sessions’ set.

Sessions rocking the Slice  for their EP release party, Sept. 5. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played catchy ’90s style pop punk along the lines of  Blink -182 with a touch of Generation X. I recognized a few of the songs from the new EP including  “Already Burned.”

 I was wondering how a punk show would look with both singers stuck behind sheets of plexiglass , but it sounded okay as the vocals were a little muffled. Sessions played a tight and energetic set.

 The sold out audience we having a good time and Sessions supplied the soundtrack by playing plenty of upbeat songs full of catchy guitar hooks and shout along gang vocals.

 They had songs about everyday things like not being able to get a date and more political material including a song about Donald Trump called “Sheeto in Charge” which was their last encore to end their show.

 They were called back for an encore and called back up members of the Oi Street Scoundrels to sing and Jon Vornbrock to sing another.

– by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 07 September 2020 17:16 )

Jenny Allen and Pete Loughlin play appealing folk on the Owl patio

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It’s always a pleasure to have Calgary folk musician Jenny Allen back in town.Jenny Allen and Pete Loughlin playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge patio. Photo by Richard Amery
 Allen and bassist/vocalist Pete Loughlin played a sweet set on the Owl Acoustic lounge patio, Saturday, Sept. 5.
 Even though Owl patio shows are 8-10 p.m. right in the middle of my radio show on CKXU, the Hotrock Blues Beat, I cut listening to my show short to go see Allen, who is usually a guest on my show when she plays a Saturday night in Lethbridge.

 I was glad I went. I’d never checked out the Owl’s patio shows, so I was curious to see how it works. They had a string of white lights hanging from the outside of the Owl to the end of the stage and the Owl logo behind the stage was emblazoned with multicoloured Christmas lights.

 I missed George Arsene’s opening set, but by the time I arrived it was standing room only as all of the tables were full of enraptured fans, listened to Allen’s impassioned vocals and upbeat folk songs motorcycles roared by and street people danced the the music. “Save Me From Myself” was a highlight
 As usual Loughlin cracked jokes and added appealing vocal harmonies, laying down a smooth walking bass groove  for s a couple more bluesy numbers. Allen grinned, just happy to be back on the stage as she ran through familiar originals and a couple songs from her folk trio the Fates.
 It was a beautiful, intimate show that was much appreciated.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 07 September 2020 17:03 )

A variety of entertainment from children’s music to western swing happening this week

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There is  lots of live music coming up as we come out of the long weekend. A usual, there is a weekly  comedy open mic on Tuesdays, and a Wednesday night open mic at Beaches and a Thursday open mic at the Slice.Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds return to the Slice, Sept. 12. Photo by Richard Amery

 Live music is back at Honker’s Pub as TJ Waltho and Keenan Pezderic aka Shallow Lilac plan an instrumental show at the popular north side venue, Sept. 11 at  8 p.m.
 Weather permitting it will be on the patio. Admission is $10, with eight dollars going to the band and two dollars being donated to  Lethbridge Firefighters’ charities.

Cat Storm performs at the Slice, Sept. 11 as well.

 For something a little different The Southern Alberta Ethnic Association Features A Taste of Mexico to Go, Sept. 11. Tickets are $20 to get special Mexican meals to take home.
And roast battles return to Good Times, Sept. 11 as defending champion  Brian Dawydiuk will be taking on contenders  Jordi Bott, Faris Hytia, Liam Connel and Nicooooo. Admission is $20 for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 September 2020 08:23 ) Read more...

Back to school week features laughter and punk music

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There is a lot of stress in the air with back to school and Covid. There’s also a lot of laughter this in the air and  who couldn’t use laughs this year.Local punk band Sessions return to the Slice, Sept. 5. Photo by Richard Amery
 ImpromptOu, sets sail with  their new  improvised soap opera, the Gommorrah Love Boat at a special outdoor show on , Saturday, Sept. 5.

 But you have to buy a ticket for $11 (Including service fees) through the Theatre Outré website to find out the location.
 Good Times features well known comedian Noor Kidwai  all weekend. Toronto based Kidwai, who has been featured on Sirius XM and CBC, performs two shows each night, Sept. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.. Tickets are $15.

It is also a good weekend to rock at the Slice.

 Local emo trio the Pomeranian Fight Club hit the Slice stage, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 September 2020 18:15 ) Read more...

Raymond Music festival features lots of rock and pop

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Raymond and area musicians got together at the Victoria Park Sports park in Raymond on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Aug. 22 for what organizers hope will become an annual event.Saints and Sinners playing original blues rock at the Raymond Music Festival, Aug.22. Photo By Richard Amery

 The socially distant Raymond Music Festival music festival featured the three headlining bands CODA, Between Skies and Saints and Sinners playing throughout the day interspersed with a variety of local acts.

 Approximately 30 people sat in the stands, sitting apart from each other, watching the bands play on a small stage set up on the edge of the Victoria Park football/ soccer field.

Coda supplied the backline to lead to a quick turnover for numerous bands and special guests showing off a range of influences as they played a variety of music from p modern pop to classic rock and blues rock inspired original music.

Ben Lamb singing with Coda at the Raymond Music Festival, Aug. 22. Photo By Richard Amery
 Things were running late by the time I arrived, so the three main bands played abbreviated sets of three songs apiece..

 Raymond classic rock band Saints and Sinners played a solid set of original blues rock and southern rock inspired music, beginning with a song about a John Deere tractor, which was reminiscent of the rock and roll classic, Memphis, Tennessee.

Between Skies playing pop hits at the Raymond Music Festival, Aug.22. Photo By Richard Amery
Between Skies’ set was familiar contemporary pop rock and soul tinged music. They played a tight and enjoyable three  song set including  Qveen Herby’s “Mint.”

 Blues rock band Coda, with a new line up, focused on classic rock classics.

They began with Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” followed by a keyboard powered version of the Beatles’ “ Ticket To Ride.” featuring new keyboardist Cory Rasmussen.

Ben Lamb sang Bad Company’s “ Can’t Get Enough’ to end their set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2020 15:16 )
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