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Zolas and We are the City blast Henotic with waves of sonic ambience

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We are the City joined the Zolas on stage, Feb. 3. Photo by Richard AmeryThe Zolas, with their organ powered ’60s rock sound were excellent, Feb. 3 at Henotic.

They reflected  the sounds of the Who and  the Kinks while touching on a few modern influences like Incubus.

They had a lot of energy and  excellent vocal melodies as well as catchy hooks.

Openers We Are the City , who dominated both levels of Henotic with waves of shrieking ambiance and feedback during their set, joined the Zolas on stage during their last number, adding additional vocals, percussion and a lot of drums.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 21:08 )
 

Grabow back in town

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Mike Grabow and Ben Brown. Photo by Richard Amery Singer songwriter Mike Grabow was back in Lethbridge for a packed show at Mood with the Ben Brown Trio, Feb. 6. Grabow, back in Lethbridge after a few months in Mexico,  joined the Ben Brown Trio on stage for a version of Collective Soul’s ‘Shine.’ 

Then did a solo set of own material backed by a band.

Ben Brown did a pretty cool version of ‘Careless Whisper’ and Collective Soul’s ‘Gell’ as well as a couple slower originals.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 21:07 )
 

Papa King and Daryll Düus born to boogie

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Daryll  Düus and Papa King ended their first set with an electrifying version of blues classic of ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ which was a lot more up tempo, though something is lacking without their drummer former drummer.

The two bluesmen aptly named themselves theDarryl Düus and Papa King. Photo by Richard Amery ‘Boogie Brothers,’ were both seated and playing.

Papa King was playing some sweet acoustic guitar and singing like Dr. John.

Düus was dancing in his seat whole playing scorching leads through several originals and blues standards including ‘Baby Please Don’t Go.’ and pretty cool version of Johnny Johnson’s  ‘That’ll Work.’

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 January 2019 14:35 )
 

Bridgette a born frontwoman for the Living Luca

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Local rock band The Living Luca, a revamped version of popular rock band NSR had an enthusiastic crowd at Henotic, Feb. 5. It was an even bigger crowd than  the Plaid Tongued Devils playing downstairs, as the Living Luca were playing a packed GCBC Lounge.Bridgette Yarwood and  Ivan DeReina of the Living Luca. Photo by Richard Amery


 Singer Bridgette Yarwood  showed she continues to be a born frontwoman, smiling and chatting with the audience in between dancing all over the stage and belting out uptempo modern rock with those golden pipes of hers.

She showed immense vocal range and didn’t miss a note, proving  she was born to be on stage.

Her band, including brother Brendon on drums who was equally engaging with the crowd as well as new guitarist Ivan DeReina and bassist Mason Schaffer played together like seasoned pros instead of a band who were playing together for just three weeks (as Schaffer only joined three weeks ago.)

They played several old NSR songs as well as some new originals. Excellent.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 21:05 )
 

Plaid Tongued Devils klezmania

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Calgary klezmaniacs the Plaid Tongued Devils brought  some more upbeat klezmer music featuring  dueling electric violins, and an eight stringed guitar to Henotic Feb. 5.Ty Semaka of the Plaid Tongued Devils. Photo by Richard Amery
Lead signer Ty Semaka has a distinctive voice which makes his band sound like System of the Down playing klezmer music.
 The two violinists, Roxanne Young and  especially Jonathan Lewis were a marvel, with their instruments hooked up to a variety of guitar effects and playing some impressive solos, both alone and  harmonizing with each other.  They had dancers almost immediately who stayed on the floor. They dancers multiplied during the second set  which included  crowd favourites like ‘Help, I’m a Logo,’ as well as an intense drum solo, a bass solo and a couple more impressive violin solos.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 February 2010 16:52 )
 
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