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Sunparlour Players and Ghostkeeper show their chops

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Shane Ghostkeeper of Ghostkeeper. Photo By Richard AmeryThe Slice was packed on  Dec. 4 for  Ghostkeeper and  the Sunparlour Players.
 I arrived in the middle of  Ghostkeeper’s set, which had an indie rock  mixed with ’60s pop set and even a touch of country music. There was some slide bass playing and  singer/guitarist Shane Ghostkeeper’s guitar riffs had a Native American feel and a touch of reggae in places. He played some impressive and intricate guitar solos and riffs and had the crowd dancing.Sunparlour Players switched instruments effortlessly. Photo by Richard Amery
Sunparlour Players’ unique brand  of power folk had  the trio howling like Elliott Brood. They opened up with thunderous drumming. Each of the members had a drum at their feet and alternated between several instruments including bass, keyboards, accordion and banjo. It was mind boggling watching them simultaneously play drums and other instruments especially  the accordion. They had the audience dancing throughout and singing along through most of their set, which ended around 12:30 in the morning.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor


Don’t let Old Man Winter keep you home

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Don’t let Old Man Winter bring you down and keep you home. It’s supposed to warm up this week, so check out some live entertainment. Beginning tonight. Cold and snow is a good reason to play the blues, Paul Kype hosts the Slice’s blues jam tonight. Photo by Richard Ameryso check out Paul Kype and Texas Flood, who are  hoating a blues jam at the Slice tonight.
There are several  exciting shows this week.  On Wednesday, Dec. 9, bilingual accordionist Marie-Joseé Houle plays the Slice  with Tanyss Nixi. Houle plays an eclectic mix of French cabaret,  jazz and folk with a touch of punk  on the accordion.
There is also a pretty cool show Thursday at the Slice. Edmonton singer songwriter  Scott Cook returns to the Slice, Dec. 10 with a backing band. Also on the bill are fellow Edmontonians Jesse Dee and Jacquie B who also have a band with them to help them play  their genre blending folk music.
There are a couple excellent shows  on Friday as well. The Skilletlikkers are at the Slice, Dec. 11 plus  the JPS Trio has rescheduled their video shoot for the same night at Henotic.  Dan Berdusco and Planet Telex will also be playing. Tyson Wiebe from Planet Telex will be hosting  the Hair of the Dog at Henotic, Sunday afternoon.
 If you want to dance, local R and B/ soul/disco band Hippodrome has a two day gig at  the Lethbridge Casino.
 On Saturday,  the Darby and Joan Club plus Calgary‘s  Bil Hetherington and the Asian Tigers will be at the Slice.
 A really cool show  happens next Wednesday (Dec. 16) at the Geomattic Attic. Highway 3 Roots Review is touring again this winter. Three talented southern Alberta songwriters, John Wort Hannam, Dave McCann and Leeroy Stagger will be touring.
 There are also several open mics this week. The Lethbridge Folk Club’s only December open mic is this Friday at  the Wolf’s Den.The 1010’s Tuesday open mic has now been moved to Mondays and Gabriel T Olsen is hosting Henotic’s open mic, Dec. 8.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

Get grant money for making music

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Approximately 30 members of the local music community learned a few ins and outs of getting federal and provincial grants to help  with aspects of touring, and recording, Nov. 30 at Henotic.
“The Alberta Music Industry Association  helps foster and support the careers of anyone interested in a career in the music industry,” said executive director Kennedy Jenson before outlining the new organization’s  activities including bringing in speakers like record label representatives, hosting songwriting seminars, offering advice on how to properly fill out grant applications and even offering a pool of money for tour support.
She outlined the steps to obtain a  FACTOR grant.
“There’s a 30 per cent success rate getting a grant, which is where Alberta Music  can help. It is a good idea to have a plan B as far as funding,” she continued emphasizing not to count on receiving grant money.
“By filling out the paperwork, it makes you really think about the business plan and marketing plan. You really have to be very detailed and tell them exactly how you are going to use the money,” she  continued emphasizing the application has to be very specific about what the funds will be used for, what the applicant expects to achieve with the money, its importance and why the  project deserves funding. A detailed  budget supporting the application should be included as well. As well there should be details of touring and other marketing plans  for the band.

Plaid Tounged Devils cancel because of snow

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Old Man Winter is a mean  old man. Because of  today’s snow and miserable driving conditions,  the Plaid Tongued Devils, who were to bring their unique blend of Eastern European flavoured  music to Henotic tonight, had to cancel. Cicala was also on the bill.Dino Scavo plays with the JPS Trio and  Cicala. Photo by Richard Amery Instead, Henotic is hosting an open "snow" jam.
At the Slice, Smokestack Jacks with be playing with  the Phantom Creeps and Vancouver Celtic-punks, the Dreadnoughts. The Slice also has a good local rock show  on Saturday with  The Void, Milk Tea and Mr.  Personal.
At the University of Lethbridge the Headbanger’s Society  finishes the year with  Akakor, Guruth, Pathogen and Parapsychotic in the U of L ballroom, Dec. 4.
Generation Landslide  helps Beaches Pub celebrate their fifth birthday, Dec. 5.
As always there are a lot of open mics  happening throughout the week.
 The 1010 Pub has moved their weekly open stage to Monday nights. Paul Kype and Texas Flood host the Slice’s open mic, Dec.8.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 December 2009 18:18 )

Cool show by JPS Trio

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I checked out the JPS trio at the Slice, Nov. 27, and was told “I missed an excellent  show’ this one by Sandwich, a local supergroup who do interesting arrangements of popular hits.John Paul Smith rocking at the Slice. Photo By Richard Amery They were winding  up their set with a jazzy version of one of Michael Jackson’s songs.
 The JPS Trio (John Paul Smith, Kyle Harmon and Dino Scavo) was back for a quick  and diverse second set which ran the gamut including Neil Young’s ‘Down By The River,’  a little bit of reggae as well as some punk tinged originals. They’ll be back for a rescheduled video shoot at Henotic, Dec. 11.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 December 2009 15:41 )
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