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Lots of laughs to open February as January ends on a rocking note

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February opens with a lot of laughs as January ends on a rock and roll note. One Bad Son rock out January, Jan 20 at Average Joes. Tickets for the make up show for their cancelled December show, cost $25.One Bad Son return to Average Joes this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 It’s a busy Thursday because Makiisma host the open mic at the Slice as well. And the Sean Burns duo with Skinny Dyck wind up a busy week of Southern Alberta shows at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Admission is by donation. Aaron Landry hosts Honker‘s Pub’s Friday night open mic while The Trippy Hippys host a special Saturday open mic at Honker’s Pub on Feb. 1.
Just out of town, The Geomatic Attic presents blues/rock duo Whitehorse at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod, Jan. 29.
Ryland Moranz opens the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 on the main floor and $39.50 in the balcony. Later on, the Geomatic Attic features Levon Helm’s daughter Amy Helm at the Attic, Feb. 4. As usual the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 members, $45 non-members.

There is something for everyone on the weekend.
 American Gommorrah: Hotel, the improvised soap opera returns to Didi’s Playhaus, Feb. 1.

 Friday features the Herb Hicks Quartet with Sheena Lawson  playing jazz music at the Mocha Cabana.
 The University of Lethbridge Opera Society and Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra’s annual collaboration is Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 as they present two evenings of comic operettas in Gilbert and Sullivan’s the Gondoliers at Southminster United Church. Tickets range from $25-$75. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

If your sense of humour is to more modern tastes, the Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to the Yates Theatre, Jan. 31 with Debra DiGiovanni, Pete Zedlacher, Dan Quinn and Paul Myrehaug performing beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 for students, $38 for seniors and $48 for adults. Jim Gaffigan will be making you laugh  as he brings his The Pale Tourist tour to the Enmax Centre, Feb. 1. Tickets range from $61.50-$97.50 for the show which begins at 8 p.m.

Old School are playing your favourite ’80s hits at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The Casino is hosting a Superbowl party on Sunday, Feb. 2. If you aren’t a football fan, casa features Play your ukulele in public day, from 2-3 p.m.,Feb. 2. Reid and Writes play the Bavura Brunch at the old firehall beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 January 2020 00:35 ) Read more...

Junkman's Quire celebrate Robbie Burns Day with music

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 Local jazz/ folk / world music band The Junkman’s Quire celebrated  Robbie Burns Day at the Owl Acoustic lounge without  playing one single Scottish song or reciting a single Robbie Burns poem. At least not in the set I saw, Jan. 25.

Junkman’s Quire celebrated Robbie Burns Day, Jan. 25 at the Owl. photo by Richard Amery
  The trimmed down band including  upright bassist Steve Martin, bekilted frontman/ cellist/guitarist George Fowler, drummer Isaac neufeld and fiddler/ guitarist/vocalist Megan Brown played a variety of original songs and  popular covers.

 Brown added her song “Work For the Devil” to the set and was singing most of the lead vocals for  the second set, jumping between guitar and fiddle.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Petunia tries out more new songs with Nathan M Godfrey

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 Petunia shows are always strange, surreal  kind of events, especially when he is trying out new material with long time collaborator Nathan M Godfrey, who he was playing with at the Slice, Jan 25.

Nathan M Godfrey and Petunia playing the Slice, Jan. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
The duo played a gripping set of unusual jazz tinged classic country sounding like Hank Williams busking for dimes on Tin Pan Alley.

 They didn’t have a big an audience as they usually have but it was a respectful size and they sat enraptured throughout the set.
 Petunia showed off his unique warble, often breaking out into yodelling .

 For extra quirkiness, he broke out his kazoo for a solo. Meanwhile Godfrey sat and played tasteful slide guitar solos straight out of the delta.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2020 18:17 )

Hyperia and Illyrian deliver hot slabs of metal

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 It was a headbanging good time in the back room of Average Joes for a big, well attended night of face melting Calgary metal, Jan. 25.

Hyperia’s Marlee Rylee at Average Joes, Jan. 25. Photo bY Richard Amery
 Due to being on the air as usual on Saturdays, I missed local band Gepetto’s opening set and just caught the end of late addition Illyrian’s set.
 Illyrian played a relative laid back set of big riffs and hot solos featuring some sweet dual guitar leads.

 I was hoping to make it back for  Balrogath’s Lethbridge debut, but wasn’t able to .Illyrian at Average Joes, Jan 25. photo bY Richard Amery
 I caught an ear bleeding set from  Calgary’s Hyperia. featuring the ear bleeding vocals of Marlee Ryley who formed the band with Colin Rylee in 2018.

 She looked completely possessed, yelling and howling and growling over the  fast riffs and hot solos of thundering drummer Jordan Maguire and bassist Scott DeGruyter and  lead guitarists Colin Ryley and David Kupisz who also played some hot twin leads.

 That all come together on a blistering cover of Iron Maiden’s “Two Minutes to Midnight.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2020 18:08 )

Sean Burns brings the twang to Casino Lethbridge again

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Sean Burns always puts on a good show when he comes to Lethbridge, which happens every few months.

 He played a successful weekend at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 24 and 25. So I made a point of catching his last set on Friday, Jan 24.

 He was Sean Burns returned to Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 24 and 25. Photo by Richard Amerybacked by a crack team of hired guns, Skinny Dyck on pedal steel guitar, drummer Tyler Bird and upright bassist Paul Holden.

 He has a solid catalogue of original music, but was sticking to popular country classics by folks like Porter Wagoner to get the two steppers out on the floor.

He was also digging deep as I didn’t recognize a couple of them. But there was a lot of twang, and Skinny Dyck played plenty of twangy leads on steel guitar.

 Burns wound things down  by breaking out the harp for an impassioned version of Bob Dylan”s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2020 17:39 )
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