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The Perpetrators’ Jay Nowicki excited to return to Lethbridge

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Winnipeg blues trio the Perpetrators make a long awaited return to  the Slice, Saturday, Oct. 13.Jay Nowicki brings the Perpetrators back to Lethbridge, Oct. 13. Photo by Richard Amery
 Frontman/ guitarist Jay Nowicki has been busy with family and worklife, but is excited to  return to Lethbridge.

“I love Lethbridge,” said Nowicki, adding the Perpetrators only play a couple times a month on weekend in places that are easy to drive to like Dauphin.
“I have a job as a tour boat operator on the river. So that keeps me pretty busy. It’s a lot of fun. It’s like a half hour show except without the music,” said Nowicki, celebrating his son’s second birthday party.

“Walter’s two and he’s already jamming with me. He love the guitars lying around the house and I’ll play and he can keep the time with me,” he said.
He noted it has  been a while since the Perpetrators released their last CD “Stick ’Em Up” in 2013.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 October 2018 08:35 ) Read more...

Belle Plaine playing Lethbridge for first time with ‘Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath’

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Fosston, Saskatchewan singer songwriter Belle Plaine makes her Lethbridge debut at the Windy City Opry on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Slice with Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane.
Belle Plaine is releasing her latest CD “Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath.”

“It’s a lot different than the last albums,” sBelle Plaine plays the Windy City Opry at the Slice, Oct. 10. Photo by Michael Ball photographyhe said, noting it is officially released on Oct. 19.

“The last album had more of a 1940s cabaret jazz feel. This album is more country and alt country, because I’m from Saskatchewan and it’s everywhere,” she said.

She enlisted a little help from fellow Saskatchewanites like Megan Nash,  Colter Wall and her partner Blake Berglund, but wanted to  do this record mostly on her own.
“Colter Wall sings one song with me ‘Is It Cheating.’ He’s done really well and he’s worked really hard,” she said.

“Blake has one co-writing credit on ‘Taxes and Death and You,” she said, adding she tried to do most of the CD on her own and had a hands on  role in pretty much everything from  PR to recording to artwork, so she didn’t use Berglund on much of the CD.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 October 2018 21:51 ) Read more...

Elliott Brood entertain sold out Slice with danceable folk

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If you book them they will come. Well that depends on the band. Some bands are guaranteed draws in Lethbridge, others are a crapshoot.

Elliott Brood’s Mark Sasso plays kazoo at the Slice, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 Hamilton trio Elliott Brood are in the former category even on a Tuesday night at the Slice, Sept. 25.

 I expected the show to start at 8:30 and the crowd was already starting to trickle in for what ended up being a sold out concert which didn’t start until well after 9 p.m. when opening act Steve Foord took the stage, turned off pretty much all the lights in the house  and howled his original, spooky, dark country music, accompanying himself on mandolin, guitar and suitcase percussion. I had heard most of his songs before including his cover of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War.” but it has been while.

The lights went back up as  Elliott Brood’s  singer, guitarist, banjo player and ukulele player Mark Sasso observed they love playing Lethbridge and the sold out audience returned that love to them.

Most of them were up dancing in front of the stage from the first song on. Casey Laforet and Sasso took turns singing lead vocals in a similar gritted teeth Neil Youngish growl, while switching between guitars, banjo and ukulele for the last couple songs. Stephen Pitkin held down a massive rhythm on drums.

 As always the trio put on a compelling show. They included brand new songs, songs from their most recent CD “Ghost Gardens,” and some older songs like “Coming Home,” which had most of the audience singing along.

They dedicated an older song “Rock and Roll to former Slice owner Jesse Freed.

 Some of their more mellower, impassioned numbers reminded me of Leeroy Stagger.
They introduced a new song “Don’t Want to Go No More.”

 They are always a lot of fun and funny. Sasso played kazoo with an extended bell horn for one song.Steven Foord opening for Elliott Brood, Sept. 25. photo By Richard Amery
They wound up their official show just before midnight with Sasso and Laforet breaking out the ukuleles for a couple of older crowd favourites, but were called back for an encore of a couple other old favourites including “I Miss You  Now,” which lasted past that.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:55 )

Biloxi Parish packs the house for “Providence” CD release party

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 I’ve never seen the Owl Acoustic Lounge as busy as it was Sept 22  for the “Providence”  CD release party for Biloxi Parish. The place was wall to wall packed.Biloxi parish tearing it up for theior CD release party, Sept. 22. photo by Richard Amery
 They had the full band, which played a tight set of original music, mostly from the new CD.

 They started out full blown electric as frontman Zach Passey wielded and thrashed around the stage with his  Telecaster and witched to acoustic for a couple slightly slower songs and switched back for “Loose End.”

 They started off slightly slower and built up the intensity. The dance floor was filled from the start with revellers.

 After an exuberant set, the rest of the band took a break as Passey did a couple numbers solo with acoustic guitar.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:44 )

Kane Incognito returns with new music and vocal harmonies

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I had to cut the Biloxi Parish’s CD release party short because I needed a break from the crowd. I caught the end of an upbeat set of keyboard powered pop from Saskatoon duo Too Soon Monsoon who played a lilting set of appealing pop music, Sept. 22 at the Slice.

Kane Incognito playing the Slice. photo by Richard Amery
Too Soon Monsoon at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery Medicine Hat rock foursome Kane Incognito returned after that. They played a set of upbeat ’90s tinged alternative rock. They started off with a funky number which showed off excellent multi-part  vocal harmonies.

 They played another slower number which reminded me of  Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”

At the end of their set, the band all surrounded the lead singer and his acoustic guitar which drew a lot of applause.

 A highlight was “Devil’s Gold.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:23 )
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