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Couple cool shows this week

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 Lethbridge already feels the hit from losing a major venue like Henotic, but there are still a couple really cool shows tShawna Romolliwa Band play the Slice, May 7. Photo by Richard 
Ameryhis week.
There is no open mic at the Slice tonight as former Blue Rodeo keyboardist and all round interesting character Bob Wiseman is in town to rock the joint. Wiseman is a composer, musician, film maker and actor who has recorded with many groups including the Bare Naked Ladies, Ron Sexsmith and of course, Blue Rodeo. He has performed live with The Wallflowers, Feist and Wilco. HIs multi-media show  includes comedy, music and a lot of laughs. Tickets cost $10.
The Slice is hosting a jazz jam with David Renter on Wednesday as well.
 The Geomatic Attic winds up their season with Steve Coffee and the Lokels returning, May 7. The show begins at 8 p.m.
 The Lethbridge Folk Club also winds down their season with Phyllis Sinclair on April 8. Cathy Hawley is opening the show which begins at 8 p.m.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 May 2010 12:59 ) Read more...

Madison Violet celebrating a successful year

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It’s been 10 years on the road, but  all of the hard work is starting to pay off for Toronto based folk duo Madison Violet, who play the Slice with Ottawa roots rock band the John Henrys, May 6.
This year the girls, Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern  not only received a Juno nomination for their latest CD ‘No Fool For Trying,’ (which they lost to the Good Lovelies) but won the John Lennon Songwriting competition for the CDs first trMadison Violet play the Slice with the John Henrys, May 6ack ‘The Ransom.’
“We’d never entered anything  before, but Yoko Ono started the competition so it is reputable and besides, our friend Gordie Sampson, who’s a Billboard chart topper entered it too and if Gordie gets involved with it we thought maybe we should too,” said Lisa MacIsaac.
“We started getting feedback from people about songs like ‘Ransom,’ ‘Small of My Heart’ and ‘Lauralee and decided to enter  ‘Ransom,’” added Brenley MacEachern.
“There’s a lot of heartache and loneliness on this CD, but those were the songs that spoke to us the most. We entered into the contest and  then forgot about it, ” she continued.

“Which is strange because  arts and music is pretty subjective,” MacIsaac added.
“And I just got an e-mail from Jimmy Rankin, lead singer of the Rankin Family, who said  ‘The Ransom’ should be the theme song for all traveling musicians,” she continued adding response to the new CD has been great, receiving accolades all over the world including  reviews in Mojo Magazine, and Penguin Eggs Magazine.
“Mojo Magazine said ‘Small of My Heart’ was the third best song in December, even above Bob Dylan,” MacIsaac enthused.

The Juno nomination was a bit of a shock as they had never entered the competition before.
“There’s a big submission process and we had never submitted before. But the Good Lovelies, who won,  are friends of ours. It was a tough category this year,” MacIsaac said adding they flew in on Friday to play a couple shows and to attend the awards dinner where most of the awards were presented.
“We saw a lot of great performances by musicians we had never heard of. I think we’re going to have to fly back and find my liver,” she laughed.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:21 ) Read more...

Who Made Who bring back AC DC’s rock and roll spirit

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It is always interesting to see how bands approach an AC DC tribute act. Some  just play the music and dress up in crazy costumes. Others, Who Made Who brought back AC DC's spirit, April 24. Photo by Richard Amerylike Who Made Who, who played a Friday and Saturday at Average Joes, not only sounded the part, but looked it too.

 “Angus” did duck walks across the stage playing his Gibson SG in Angus’s  trademark schoolboy uniform and pulled off all his moves, April 24. Meanwhile “Brian” sported a black beret and sounded uncannily like AC DC frontman Brian Johnson.

 their second set on Saturday April 24 included familiar standards including pretty much note perfect versions of ‘Shoot To Thrill,’ and ‘Back in Black,’ and older hits like  ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,’, ‘Jailbreak,’ ‘Highway to Hell,’ and ‘TNT’ as well as relative obscurities like ‘Touched Too Much.’

 Their enthusiasm and love for the music carried into the packed house and had them dancing and singing along.

The drummer was a sight to see, spinning his sticks and grinning ear to ear. It was a bigger crowd than Friday  and Who Made Who was happy to party with them.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:15 )

Tod Robinson and the Gleu have a blast on the weekend

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Tod Robinson and the Gleu played to a good sized crowd at the Slice, April 24. The band, including guitarist  Tyson Wiebe, drummer Brad Tod Robinson and The Gleu with Shawna Romolliwa. Photo By Richard AmeryBrouwer and bassist Jason Schultchen plus special guest vocalist Shawna Romolliwa, played an array or original music  spanning several genres from country rock to pop and ended their last set of the night with a  credible version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ and a country version of Britney Spears’ ‘Baby Hit Me One More Time.’ Robinson  did double duty on guitar as well as keyboards, singing throughout and joking with the audience.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:49 )

Gaye Delorme plays world wide styles and the Rodeo Song too

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Mike Spencer always brings wicked guitar players to the Geomatic Attic. So the April 24 show featuring Gaye Delorme was no exception.
The Albertan born Delorme cracked jokes and played a lot of finger bleeding guitar licks traversing all styles and continents.
Gaye Delorme played some impressive acoustic guitar, April 24 at the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard AmeryHe played his first set on the acoustic guitar, concentrating on some mindblowing Spanish and flamenco influenced music which featured fast runs, crazy harmonics and beat some pretty impressive percussion out of his poor old battered acoustic.
 He cracked crazy jokes about selling the tunings he was using and spoke of hanging out in Los Angeles with Cheech and Chong, played quite a few instrumentals and sang a couple numbers.

One of the most impressive numbers was three different versions of an old Chet Atkins’ song  “Wind and Walking’ which has been performed by numerous different people including Paul Simon.
 One of his stories about traveling around Alberta in -40 weather, lead him to segue into a couple different versions of the his infamous ‘Rodeo Song’ (made famous by Showdown) including a lounge version of it replete with ‘cheesy’ reverb which had the crowd howling in their seats.

 Then he played an extended version of an old Mississippi John Hurt standard ‘Candyman’ which the audience absolutely loved then switched tunings to take them on an instrumental musical journey from Ireland to Japan and back to Canada.
His second set was played on electric guitar and was  mesmerizing. It began with an extended blues jam which included the classic ‘Who Do You Love’ and a lot of other really sweet licks. But he soon expanded into an instrumental medley of French, Creole and swampy New Orleans blues.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:33 )
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