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Jazz vespers combines music with religion and honours Evelyn Beattie

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Lethbridge saxophonist  David Renter has been pleasantly surprised by the response to Jazz Vespers, which combines music with religion. The jazz vespers concert series has been happening for the past two weeks at the Southminster Church.Dave Renter playing a benefit for Haiti at the Slice, Feb. 27. Photo by Richard Amery
“This is an interesting performance featuring my quartet. We play three or four jazz pieces, so it is a focus on jazz music ,” said Renter, just before going on stage for a well attended fundraiser for Haiti at the Slice, Feb. 26.
Jazz Vespers also features a gospel  choir  formed by one of Renter’s students, Mwansa Mwansa.
“We thought that was a great idea, so we thought we’d have them perform a couple of times.”
Jazz vespers is also a tribute to  Renter’s grandmother, Evelyn Beattie, who passed away in 2008 and who was a huge contributor to music at the Southminster Church.
“She loved music and played organ at Southminster. It is a tribute to her,” Renter said adding Lottie Austin approached him with this idea.

Nestibo plays sedate country folk for folks

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 Trina Nestibo at Henotic. Photo by Richard AmeryCalgary based, Manitoba born singer songwriter Trina Nestibo was playing a more sedate, country folk flavoured set at Henotic, Feb. 26. It included some accordion, and some excellent countrified playing on the part of her accompanist Bryan Bayley. I enjoyed her song  ‘Hit The Road,’ near the beginning of the set which featured her on accordion. Bayley added a lot of different instruments and textures to Nestibo’s music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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Blues at Henotic

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At Henotic, Feb.27 there were two big shows. Papa King, Darryl Düus and Tyler Bird brought the blues for a tight couple of set which were being recorded.Papa King digging the blues. Photo by Richard Amery
Papa King played my favourite original of his ‘Beale Street Blues,’ as well as numerous originals and blues standards. Düus played restrained solos, but was let loose for a couple including a couple on which he sang.
Upstairs, The Pine Tarts, Miesha and The Spanks, the Jeremy Clarkson  and Amelia Earhart brought the garage rock scene out. I only caught part of the first band and  a fraction of local drums and bass duo Amelia Earhart’s set.
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Prism still has the ’70s rock chops

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 Prism’s Al Harlow blazes away on a slide guitar solo. Photo by Richard AmeryLone original member of Canadian ’70s rockers Prism, Al Harlow is a monster of a talent. They have always been one of my favourite ’70s  rock bands. Espeically because of a strong  Who influence which was evident in Prism’s Feb. 27 show at Average Joes. Judging by an almost full house, they’re  a favourite of a lot of other people too.
 I arrived at the tail end of one of the band’s newer songs, just in time to catch Harlow, who also  handles lead vocal duties, launch into his trademark screeching blues based slide guitar solo. I’m always impressed by that every time I see him play it. This time he wandered into the audience, borrowed a beer bottle and played slide with it then jumped on a table then off again, playing all the while. He grinned ear to ear while doing Pete Townshend windmills and chords
there were some superb newer songs like the exotic ‘Tangiers,’ for which he played a sitar line on his guitar as well as plenty of Prism hits like ‘Young and Restless,’ which had the crowd dancing and singing along, as well as ‘See Forever Eyes,’  plus original  singer Ron Tabak’s favourite ‘Take Me Away,’ on which  Harlow did his dearly departed friend’s memory justice by hitting all of his high notes almost note perfect and lighter-worthy ballad ‘Night to Remember.’ My favourites ‘See Forever Eyes,’ Take Me To The Captain,’ and the talk box solo on ‘Mirror Man’ stood out for me. Of course they ended with ‘Armageddon’ and were called back for an encore of ‘Trouble,’ and crowd pleaser ‘Spaceship Superstar.’

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:27 )

Kobra and the Lotus melt the metal

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Brittany Paige rocks with Kobra and the Lotus. Photo by Richard AmeryA deafening show at the Slice, Feb. 27 saw Lustre Creame tearing up the place with a typically strong set of finger bleeding progressive rock. Calgary power metal band  Kobra and the Lotus brought back the spirit of the ’80s  by starting their second set with a very cool version of Christmas carol, ‘ Silver Bells.’ as well as some Metallica and a few of their high energy, riff heavy originals.
 Singer Brittany Paige is a pint sized powerhouse  who constantly  had me wondering how this classically trained vocalist could emit such a huge voice from such a tiny frame.  She had the crowd banging their heads in front of the stage as the guitarists kept the metal riffs coming.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor

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