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FLIPfest features furious feminist rock with the Shiverettes

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 FLIPFest held a big show for a packed house at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, April 19.Kaely Cormack of the Shiverettes at the Owl Acoustic lounge, April 19. Photo by Richard Amery
 I caught the end of Ware’s intense set of noisy alternative rock. Their lead singer reminded me of  The Pack A.D.’s Becky Black in both  appearance and voice.

 Calgary feminist punk band tore the roof of the Owl with a lot of high energy punk music, mostly from their brand new CD, “Real Shrill Bitches,” referencing that, the three  primary musicians   Haley Muir, Kaely Cormack and  Cecilia Schlemm sported custom  “bitch” T Shirts,  with Haley wearing a “Loud Bitch” shirt, Kaely wearing a “Shrill bitch” shirt and Cecilia wearing a “hard bitch” shirt. Drummer Steve Richter didn’t get a custom shirt and just held down a thunderous beat.

Wares at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 19. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played a really tight, energetic set, with Muir singing most of the lead vocals, but Kaely Cormack sang a couple of the highlights including Abort.

 Her ferocious guitar attack on  “Bumblebee” was a highlight of the show as Muir howled the chorus “Are you listening?”
They had a solid attack reminding me of ’90s feminist punk bands like L7, and played a rock solid set on the poorly lit stage, which had  plenty of people listening and dancing.
 They wound things down with a couple of high notes “Scorpio” and a newer song “Trust.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 May 2019 08:40 )

Ace of Wands add fiddle and much more to peppy pop

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The Slice also had a big, show, but not quite as many people on Friday, April 19.

Ace of Wands’ Lee Rose. Photo by Richard AmeryMegan Brown playing with Makiisma, April 19 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery I missed J Blissette and the Orchard and caught a few songs from Makiisma featuring TJ Waltho on keyboards, Keenan Pezderic on drums and Steve Martin on bass.

Megan Brown, plucking her electric guitar, started of slowly with a jazz tinged alternative rock number and announced they were recording a new album later this year.
 Toronto’s Ace of Wands didn’t get on stage until close to midnight for approximately 20 people, but were well worth the wait, if only to see multi-tasking lead singer Lee Rose stomping on bass pedals, strumming guitar and plucking a bass guitar for the past couple more punk flavoured songs.

But she impressively simultaneously sang and played violin near the end of their show.Ace of Wands at the Slice, April 19. Photo by Richard Amery

The trio, also including guitarist Anna Mernieks and drummer Jody Brumell played a hauntingly beautiful set of indie rock, pop and alternative rock, mostly from their “Lioness” CD.

 The title track stood out in an intense and tight set, which reminded my of Colleen Brown and Major love, thanks to lee‘s vocals.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 May 2019 08:32 )

May begins with comedy, tributes and psychics

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May means more music and psychics. There are a couple shows to look forward to beginning, May 1 with a sold out show at the Yates Theatre with The Tea Party and Winnipeg band  The Proud Sons Thursday, May 2 as local post punk band Body Lens kicks off their latest  tour at Theoretically Brewing. It will be the last tour with guitarist Quinn Lee who is moving to Montreal. They will be joined by Vancouver post punk band band Co-Op. The show begins at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover.The Decandent Phase play tributes to CCR, ZZ Top and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
It is Celtic punk  and folk night at the Smokehouse the same night, with The RiverJacks’  Spencer Jo playing a solo show with Vancouver indie-punk Joshua Wood, formerly of  Devil in the Wood Shack. Ruiner is also on the bill as is Crooked Creek Warblers, Admission is $10.

 Local band the Decadent Phase celebrates Slice owner Derek Hoyle‘s birthday by transforming into three bands on May 3. They will be Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and ZZ Top. The show begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.

For something a little mystical, there are two opportunities to consort with psychics.
The Italian Canadian Club host a dinner with Calgary Psychic Medium Judy. She has 40 years experience in mediumship, life coaching and Tarot Card reading, she is also a  therapist, life coach and Reiki practitioner and  hypnotherapist.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Sisters Pub hosts psychic medium and comedian Jennie Ogilvie, Saturday, May 3 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $40.

As usual there is a lot of comedy this week. Good Times has their amateur night, May 2 and  hosts some of the best up and comers the next day, May 3 with their up and comers showcase featuring  Brian Dawyduik, roast battle winner Lakshjit Gill, Cole Howg and host Johnny Pogo.  There are performances at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are five dollars in advance, $10 at the door.
 Ken Hicks performs one show at Good Times, May 4 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

 YukYuks Comedy has a special Tuesday show at Average Joes, May 7 with Jasen Fredricksen and opening act Brent Hall. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The laughs begin at 8:30 p.m.
Average Joes hosts a Cinco De Mayo party on May 4 with Dos Tierras playing 8-9:30 p.m. and  DJ Tizio on the decks after 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 including a buffet.
 Between Skies is at the Watertower Grill, Friday and Saturday.
Local folk/ country singer songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom will be at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday. He will be joined by Kevin Giron, Friday, May 3. As usual, admission is by donation.
 The Owl stays in a folk vein with a tribute to Cat Stevens, Janis Joplin and James Taylor on Saturday.
 But get ready to bang your head at the Slice on Saturday, May 4 as local metal band Tyrants of Chaos and Saskatoon hard rock band Despite the Reverence will be shaking the walls down in support of their new CD “Plethora.”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 April 2019 08:48 ) Read more...

Wide Skies Music festival features east meets western music

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Wide Skies Music Festival is completely outside this year, July 30 and 31. Mike Spencer and Don Robb announce thew Wide Skies And Lethbridge Blues and Jazz Festival lineups. Photo by Richard Amery
The Geomatic Attic’s Mike Spencer is pleased to present a line up with a Western Canadian flair and a strong Latin flavour.
“We have a lot of western Canadian musicians this year,” Spencer said, adding Vancouver rockabilly trio Cousin Harley, Danny Michel and Eastern bluesman Harry Manx have previously played the Geomatic Attic. they are also  grabbing a couple of people who are also playing the Calgary Folk Festival like Sofia Viola.
“She’s from Argentina and tours all over Central America and South America. She sings in Spanish,which is amazing,” Spencer said.

Vancouver Island’s Carmanah are also on the bill.
“And we‘re still working on a local line up for the second stage,” Spencer said.

 As usual they will block off 11th Street to 4th Avenue next to Southminster United Church, put up two stages, feature a beer gardens, food trucks and artisans.
“The Geomatic Attic has been putting on shows for 11 years, but three years ago in 2017, we got the opportunity to put on a show outside. People like to go to places  they haven’t been before. how often do you get to sit in the middle of a road and see a concert,” he said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 April 2019 14:41 ) Read more...

Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival announces excellent line up for 2019

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The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival has announced an outstanding lineup for their ninth year.
“We have all sorts of Juno Award winners and Grammy Award winners,” summarized Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival president Don Robb adding they have collaborated  with with local organizations including the Geomatic Attic, Lethbridge Folk Club and Nikka Yuko Japanese Centre
 The Lethbridge Jazz Festival is excited to present an outstanding lineup for their ninth year.

Don Robb announces the line Up for this year]s Lethbridge Jazz and blues festival. Photo by Richard Amery
Lethbridge Jazz and Blues festival president Don Robb is pleased with the festival’s steady growth.
“We were under the banner of the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival for two years before that and we had 800 to 1,000 people over two days. Last year we had over 5,000. So We’re pretty pleased with our growth ” Robb said, adding they are excited to be back at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre.

“It was under renovation last year, so it wasn’t available to us ,but we’re back this year,” he said
 The Festival begins with the Young Lions concert at the Gate, Friday, June 7 at 12:45 p.m..
“It’s one of the cornerstone events of  the festival. It’s called the young lions because the older  generation of jazz musicians would say these young lions are going to take over from us and they will. So we have over a dozen bands and choirs from local schools participating,” he said.

 After that, they are trying out a new venue — the City Hall foyer, where Kayley Kinjo and the Hypocrites will be playing for  special collaboration with the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens.
“We’re experimenting with it as a venue. It‘s wide open and music sounds great there,” Robb said.
Tickets for that show are $45 in advance $50 at the door. Tickets for this show and all of the others  are only available online

 the other cornerstone event is Saturday, June 8 with the free event Jazz In the Park, which features  touring acts Rondell Roberts, Montuno West, Velle Weitman and the Dirty Catfish Brass Band performing from noon to 5 p.m.

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