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Rob Lamonica and Johnny O play Mexico inspired blues

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The Slice had a whole lot of blues on Friday, Sept. 20 with  Colorado bluesman Johnny Ohnmacht plus phenomenal Mexican born keyboardist Rob Lamonica and lead guitarist Igancio Nacho Chavez.

Rob Lamonica playing the Slice, Soet. 20. he has two other shows this weekend. Photo By Richard Amery
 Lamonica has several other shows this weekend, at the Stoketown Cafe, Sept. 21 from 11:30-2:30 p.m. with host Keith Woodrow and a special Sunday night  show at Telegraph Taphouse, Sept. 22. The trio played an intimate evening for an enraptured audience of  approximately 50 people at the Slice.

 Ohnmacht held centre stage, holding down the rhythm, but stepped back to watch Lamonica’s fingers fly over the old 88s.
 I arrived at the end of their first set, but was glad I stayed for the second.

 They opened with an extended jam on blues classic “Stormy Monday blues,” on which each of the three soloed soulfully and drew applause for their prowess.

 Ohnmacht played a couple of his own including  “ If the Phone Doesn't”t Ring, It’s Probably Me,” which drew grins, a  couple of dancers and more solos.

Johnny O playing the Slice, Spet. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
He also played a laid back, exotic tinged  , more mellow song he noted he wrote while living in Mexico.

He sang another pretty original “ Whiskey Drinking Woman,”    which was beautiful. I had to look twice at a wah wah pedal solo, I thought was being played by Chavez, however Lamonica had hooked up a wah wah to his keyboard for a more rock and roll experience.

 The three were completely locked in with each other, respectfully stepping back to let the other solo.
 Lamonica was impressive, his fingers a blur as he tickled the ivories. They invited Keith Catfish Woodrow on stage to sing another blues classic with the band.
 Johnny O will be bringing his trio back to the Slice for another show, Oct. 19.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 September 2019 12:34 )

B.A Johnston brings back the funny

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When life gets you down, Mrs. Brown, just let B.A. Johnston take you to town. If his well tried antics don’t make you at least smile, you probably don’t  have a soul or a sense of humour.B.A. Johnston jumps off the bar at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Sept. 16. Photo by Richard Amery
 So even though I probably should have been studying, instead I went to  see him at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Monday, Sept. 16. I was glad I did, his 40 some minute ling celebration  of the strange and unconventionally, definitely put me in a better from of mind for school.

 But first, I finally caught  local rap duo Bomb Hugg’s goofy take on rap music  proved to be an excellent choice for an opener.
 2PUCK AKA Jon Vornbrock and 2Nicecube aka Tony Rosaine rapped about hockey and racism and forgetting where they parked their car. They even dedicated a rap to old friend mr. Personal. 2NiceCube even added a couple of trumpet solo over pre-recorded beats.
 Their goofy take on a well wBA Johnstoon at the Owl Acoustic lounge, sept. 16. photo by Richard Ameryorn genre took me back to the ’80s when you had  goofball acts like the Fresh Prince and Morris Minor and the Majors.
 They don’t take themselves too seriously and neither does B.A Johnston.

 As usual he opened his show with a recording of “Werewolves of London,” and wandered through the audience with a  sparkler in each hand, cracking jokes about Medicine Hat, laughing “ Don’t applaud that.” as he played a newer song “In Love With Geddy Lee.”. He noted he has a new album coming out in 2021 called “Werewolves of London, Ontario.”

 Most of the audience had seen B.A. before and knew most of his songs by heart, gleefully singing along with old favourites like “Jesus Is From Hamilton”  “Deep Fryer In My Bedroom,”  and “ My Heart is a Blinking Nintendo” as he wandered through the crowd like a demented leprechaun, fed people their own drinks,  jumping off chairs, rolled around on the floor, wandered behind the bar to feed bartender Braeden a bottle, and later even jumped off the bar.
As usual, he stripped off identical “What Are You Looking at Dickhead sweatshirts,” chortling “ I’ll be you saw that coming,” adding you can get them in Hamilton for a buck apiece or six for a dollar.
 He played  quite a few new songs from his latest CDs “ The Skid is Hot Tonight ” and “ Gremlins III.”
 “Drive Through Beef” was a highlight and he added a new twist to the wandering through the crowd, feeding them their own drinks bit, by jumping off a chair with a  pitcher full of cheezies and wandered through the crowd, feeding them to the audience while playing a new song called “Cheezie Dust.”

Bomb Hugg at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 16. Photo by Richard Amery
 He bashed a battered acoustic guitar, pounded at a couple of keyboards and had other beats  playing through a Discman, he called an IPod original, which allowed him to weave through the audience trailing a long mic cord which people patiently stepped around.
I was glad to hear “A Day Off is a Day off,” which has become a crowd favourite as  is the new single “We’re All Going To Jail, Except for Pete , He’s Gonna Die.”
he wound down his set with another favourite “My Roommate is a Couche Tard,” before playing a request for “ I Want to Punch A Squirrel.”
He ended with “McDonalds Coupon Day,” and ended up standing in the bathroom sink for an encore of “ i Want To Drink in a Bar Filled With Aliens.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 September 2019 15:57 )

Word On The Street and jazz this week

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Arts Days kicks off  this week with the Word On the Street Festival, Sept. 21. The annual celebration of all things reading and writing features  a lot of authors, First Nations  history, fun for the family, poetry, comics and more.
 It also features an excellent line-up of music performing throughout the day.Fred Penner returns to Lethbridge for Word on the Street this week. Photo by Richard Amery

Fred  Penner , known for his big hit “the Cat Came Back,” finishes off an excellent afternoon of music beginning at 11 a.m. with Calgary blues band the Eric Braun Band.
 Local country musician Tyra Whitson follows them. There will be more blues with the Steve Keenan Band at 1:35. Then local folk/ roots/ blues band In Cahoots take the stage. Willy Big Bull will tell stories and sing songs inspired by the Blackfoot people. And Fred Penner will entertain kids and adults alike at  4 p.m. Admission is free to attend the vent, outside the Lethbridge Public library.

 But that isn’t all.
 The week starts with laughs as a Tina Randell’s “Oh Me Nerves’” Newfoundland comedy show rolls into town at the Lethbridge Legion, Sept. 18. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.
And Kingston’s Tom Savage returns to Lethbridge in support of his new solos CD “Great Beyond.”

 The Slice continues to rock the rest of the week.
 Instead of their usual open mic on Thursday, The Slice has a big rock show, Sept. 19. Kelowna based rock band The Carbons , fresh off recording their new CD with the Trews, play the Slice with Regina based blues rockers Dead Levee and new local alternative rock band the Cayley.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 September 2019 12:16 ) Read more...

Local musicans play impromptu open mic after Steve Hillis cancellation

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Steve Hillis was supposed to bring his Garth Brooks tribute to the Slice, Friday, Sept.6, but cancelled. So that meant a surprise open mic with several local musicians.Emily Rose playing the Slice, Sept. 6. photo by Richard Amery

 I arrived in the middle of a set by local country singer Emily Rose and a drummer who played an array of modern country including a version of Carrie Underwood’s “Before he Cheats.”

 She also added a some classic folk including Kris Kristofferson’s   “Me And Bobby McGee”  and “House of the Rising Sun.” For variety she played some White Stripes.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2019 18:25 )

Doggone Brothers sing country harmonies

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 The Owl Acoustic Lounge was packed  for an entertaining show from Fernie folk duo the Doggone Brothers, Sept. 6.

The Doggone Brothers entertain at the Owl. Photo by Richard Amery
 Featuring Clayton Parsons, formerly of the Good Ol’ Goats and of Clayton and Joelle and Michael Hepher, the duo played a lot of classic country music and  original music which sounded like classic country.

 As usual, most of the crowd was chattering amongst themselves, but the duo soldiered on, attempting to get them sing along.

 They played a lot of traditional country music and  a few originals including “Fishing With you,” from their debut Ep.

 Parsons played some pleasant guitar picking before switching to banjo for a few songs. Together they sang sweet harmonies.

 They called it a night with  a rousing version of “6 Days on the Road.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2019 18:15 )
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