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Fat Baby Jake melt down Pops Pub north

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Fat Baby Jake put on an amazing show, Feb. 20 at Pop’s Pub North. I arrived in the middle of Fat Baby Jake frontman Steve Keenan’s impressively sizzling version of Orange Blossom Special. ‘Orange Blossom Special’ is the fiddle equivalent to Eddie Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’ on guitar, so it is always a treat to see it performed. I was doubly impressed as I  am most familiar with Keenan as a bluesman and had never seen him on fiddle. He pulled out the guitar for a couplSteve Keenan, Shane Love and Geoff Stuckey at Pop’s Pub North. Photo by Richard Amerye set ending originals including ‘Whiskey Drinking Blues, which attracted a couple dancers. He also played a really cool  glam rock flavoured original called ‘Mystery of Love‘ which had a catchy riff and more dancers. Excellent. if you haven‘t had a chance  to see the revamped Fat baby jake, check them out as soon as possible.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 February 2010 23:03 )

Hills and Lemelin a highlight of this week

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It’s another busy week in Lethbridge beginning with another busy week of open mics starting tonight at the Slice with Paul Kype and Texas Flood. Jenn Pellerin hosts Henotic’s open mic on Wednesday and there is a popular open mic on Thursday at Beaches along with a new open mic from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Good Earth Cafe and the Lethbridge Folk Club hosts their open mic on Friday.Hills and Lemelin
Blues fans won’t want to miss amazing Calgary acoustic blues duo, Ray Lemelin and Bill Hills Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Slice. They were outstanding when they were here last year.
Henotic welcomes back Winnipeg rockers the Sub City Dwellers and Penny Fortune, Feb. 25.
 Reggae tinged R and B star Sean Paul plays Bully’s, Feb. 27. He has a string of top 40 hits including ‘Gimmie the Light’ from 2002 and some newer number one hits  ‘We Be Burnin'’ and ‘Temperature.’ He is touring on his fourth Cd ‘Imperial Blaze.’ Tickets cost  $50 in advance from Infamous, Boarderline, Bully’s and through Ticketmaster. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 February 2010 16:04 ) Read more...

Sam Baker and Gurf Morlix play moving performance

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There were a couple killer shows this week beginning Wednesday, Feb. 17 Two of Austin, Texas’ finest songwriters Sam Baker and Gurf Morlix warmed up a sold out Geomatic Attic, Feb. 17 during their “Alberrrrrrrrrrrrrrta” tour which includes several Alberta dates.
Sam Baker plays some mournful harp on one of Gurf Morlix’s songs. Photo by Richard AmeryThey played  a couple of long sets of darker themed country and folk songs from 8 p.m. until well past 11 p.m., which were interspersed with a lot of jokes to take a edge off of all the ‘hanging’ songs. I caught the last set of the show, which included lots of laughter and  superb songwriting. The duo traded songs, adding guitar and harp to each others’ songs where they were needed.
Baker’s harp playing was especially tender, mournful and soulful.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:13 ) Read more...

White Cowbell Oklahoma provides testosterone fueled mayhem

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There was good times at the Slice, Feb. 18 at the Slice thanks to White Cowbell Oklahoma’s special brand of beer, testosterone and chainsaw fueled, ear-bleeding mayhem. You wouldn’t know these high energy southern rockers were from Toronto if you hadn’t asked, as their deep southern fried  riffs sounds like they come from down near in Florida or Georgia with the likes of Lynard Skynard or the Outlaws. They opened up their latest tour in Lethbridge, which was unusual as they usually end their tour here.Chainsaw Charlie sets his cowbell on fire. Photo by Richard Amery
 They pulled out all of the stops and stage moves, not only including selections from all of their CDs, but all of their favourite stage moves. They set a cowbell on fire, baptized most of the 50 people in the audience with Jägermeister and shredded rolls of toilet paper with a  chainsaw.

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Brasstronaut to bring jazz tinged pop to Lethbridge

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 Brasstronaut, who play the Slice, Feb. 22, are not a jazz band even if they do use a lot of keyboards and horns on their new CD, ‘ Mount Chimaera.’ which will be released March 2.
“It’s probably a good idea to clarify that. We’re not a jazz band. We’re making pop music but we’re making it in a very experimental way,” said bandleader, keyboardist/vocalist Edo Van Breeman, who also runs the record label Unfamiliar, which put out the band’s new CD ‘Mount Chimaera.’Brasstronaut play the Slice, Feb. 22.
“I don’t even know how to read music though some of the other guys also perform in jazz bands,” he said.
They played the Slice last September en route to the Sled Island Music festival.
“It was absolutely fantastic. It was a really wonderful experience. The people were really supportive,” he said.
The band kicks off the tour for their long awaited full length debut in Vancouver with the Bell Orchestre (which includes members of the Arcade Fire) which should draw up to 1,000 people, then goes to Kamloops the next day and Lethbridge on Monday.
They are used to playing for an average of 400 people at home town shows but got asked to play four shows in two days at a huge music festival in Rejavik Iceland called the Airwaves Music Festival in September which attracted 2,000 fans.
Last Updated ( Friday, 19 February 2010 09:21 ) Read more...
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