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Mason Rack comes back to drum up a storm

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Like the proverbial cat in the song, the Mason Rack Band  came back to the Slice and tore up the place, Aug. 4 for approximately 40 people with their special blend of Tom Waits tinged blues/rock Mason Rack came back to the Slice, Aug. 4. Photo by Richard Ameryspiced with wah wah soaked Weissenborn guitar and crazy drum solos.
Australian based Mason Rack put on his usual intense show, told stories in his gravelly Tom Waits voice and played a lot of deadly slide guitar.
 But he  stood aside and let his band show they had a few tricks up their sleeves, such as letting Joel Purkess take the first drum solo while Rack and new bassist Kris Stangeland stepped outside for a smoke.

 He told most of the stories and played all of the music featured on his latest live CD “Live in Canada.” One highlight was an uptempo blues rocker called “Deep Wholly Woman.”
They came back and Rack  and the band did “the old switcheroo” by trading instruments during “Baby Please Don’t Go,” with Rack getting behind the drum kit, Stangland picking up Rack’s Gretsch and Purkess grabbing the bass.

 Then they switched back and lit into  a gospel tinged rave up about the five things you want to do before you die  called “Five Things.” Then it was time for Rack to do his patented drum solo on the kit as well on a beer keg which he rolled through the audience whilst rapping on tables, chairs , the floor and everything else in the bar during “ Who Do You Love?”

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 September 2010 14:33 ) Read more...

Sean Ashby moves beyond Sarah McLachlan

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He played with Sarah McLachlan for 12 years  at the peak of her career, played with  the Wild Strawberries, Ginger featuring members of the Grapes of Wrath for three albums, and even played with D from Run DMC, not to mention Delerium which features former members of Skinny Puppy, but what Sean Ashby has always wanted to do was be a roots/ Americana singer/ songwriter.
 Sean Ashby plays Lethbridge, Thursday, Aug. 12 at the Mocha Cabana. Photo submitted“I’m doing this old school. I’m not just sitting in my living room trying on costumes, my clothes are dirty, I can’t get to a dry-cleaner. I’m on the road,” said the Vancouver raised, Toronto based singer/songwriter Ashby, on his way to Swift Current  for a  gig on his latest tour which comes to the Mocha Cabana in Lethbridge on Thursday. 

He has logged 230 shows in the past 18 months, crossed Canada five times dipped down into the U.S. in addition to  taking some time off to surf and write in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

He released his second solo Cd “24 Hours of Daylight” back in March and has barely stopped to take a breath.
He is touring with bassist Rob Chursinosf and drummer Al Boudreau.

“I don’t have a band of my own yet, I have bands in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto,” he said adding while he had a lot of success with  Sarah McLachlan, including Diamond and Platinum selling albums, not to mention his songs appearing in films and movies,  and three Lilith Fairs, he has been concentrating on his solo career for the past three years.
“I did that for 12 years, when we started it was pretty open but as it became more successful, it became more fixed.

“It turned into a job, we toured a lot and it was $4,000 a week to play music, so I could pay my rent.  It would be that or moving furniture,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 August 2010 16:36 ) Read more...

Wax Mannequin back to rock it folk style

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A small but mighty crowd sang along with every word of Wax Mannequin’s show at the Slice, Aug. 9.Wax Mannequin returned to the Slice, Aug. 9. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Hamilton based singer/ songwriter was a bundle of energy.

He always stands out from the crowd and this show as no exception as he complemented his  unique lyrics with a drum machine,  and vocal effects, which fit right in with his sound. He was just performing solo this time, so he had to be his own one man band.

The entire audience was clustered in front of the stage , cheering and singing along with every word and calling out requests.
 He even sang a credible version of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown,” much to the audience‘s appreciation.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 August 2010 10:48 )

Cancer Bats blow Lethbridge audience away

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Lethbridge audiences don’t tend to get excited at the drop of the hat, but the metal/punk community Cancer bats frontman Liam Cormier plays to the audience. Photo by Richard Amery  sure showed their appreciation for a great show like the one the Living Luca, Randy Graves and Cancer Bats  put on , Aug. 9 at Scores North.

It took a couple of songs, but a typically strong set by local rock band  the Living Luca drew a few people to the front of the stage at the urging of consummate frontwoman Bridgette Yarwood who sang up a storm.

They played mostly newer material and only a couple from  their  first CD, but had the makings of a mosh pit during “Stick It Out.”
Edmonton rock band Randy Graves‘s singer James Gravies  asked the crowd, most of whom were now right in front of the stage banging their heads,  how he had never been to Lethbridge before and proclaimed his admiration for “the chick with the voice.”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 August 2010 10:21 ) Read more...

Lethbridge to bid adieu to the Record Holder this week

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Say farewell to popular local jazz tinged indie-rock/ pop band the Record Holder this week. They are playing the Slice for their last show in  a long time, Aug. 13 as frontmen Mike and Jon Granzow are both leaving Lethbridge to pursue other opportunities. Mike Granzow, Nicole Hembroff and Jon Granzow from the Record Holder. Photo by Richard Amery

Jon is beginning  his  doctorate at Stanford on a full scholarship while Mike leaves shortly after this show to go to McGill in Montreal with his girlfriend.

 It is sure to be a fantastic show as Jesse and the Dandelions are also performing.
 This is an excellent week for local music, with local country/pop musician Alyssa McQuaid performing at the Front Row Pub, Aug. 13-14 and James Oldenburg at the Mocha Cabana, Aug. 13-14 as well.

Plus local country duo Tom and Curt play Casino Lethbridge this weekend.
Progressive rock trio Lustre Creame have a Sunday night show at the Slice with  Toronto progressive metal band the  Isosceles Project.

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 August 2010 15:37 ) Read more...
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