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Patrick Alexandre plays blues and introduces concept music about Red River Rebellion

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Winnipeg musician Patrick Alexandre LeClerc brought the blues and a touch of Metis history to the Slice, Thursday, May 30 for approximately 20 people.
 Unfortunately I missed bluesman Vince Andrushko’s opening set, but  they combined the two bands for a third set or more blues and a touch of country.
 LeClerc and his band the Nor’ Westers, guitarist Dwayne Dueck and drummer Jeff Laird played a solid set of gritty, ’50’s sounding blues featuring LeClerc thumping his upright bass. They went old school with a solid version of “ My Babe.”

Patrick Alexandre LeClerc  playing the blues at the Slice, May 30. Photo by Richard Amery
Dueck tore into many a tasteful guitar solo throughout, and sneaked behind LeClerc to add extra background vocals.
 “Killing the Blues,” as a highlight that came near the middle of set, which included some ’50s style rock and roll.

LeClerc switched to acoustic guitar to give a preview of his new concept album inspired by the Red River Rebellion.

He noted his great great grandfather was part of the Rebellion and sang a song he wrote from his perspective, then switched back to bass  for another song called “Red Coats” about warning that the British troops advancing.

He added a couple of covers of a John Prine song and Bill Kirchen’s Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen song “Seeds and Stems,” showing of his more soulful side.

They wound down their set with an old F Holes favourite.
After a break the fun began, but it was going to leave, but didn’t want to miss the “Winnipeg mash up” featuring both Vince Andrushko’s band including bassist T.E. Fodey from the D Rangers, and Leclerc’s band jamming together.
 With Fodey taking over on bass, that allowed LeClerc to bust out his harp for a whole lot more blues., most of it sung by Andrushko, who played some excellent guitar. And sang  a couple classics like “ St. James Infirmary” and Hank Williams’ “Mind Your Own Business” to wind the show well past 1 a.m.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:32 )

Stars From Streetlights revisit 10 years of pop music

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Local pop band Stars From Streetlights returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 25. They had a good crowd enjoying uptempo synth pop powered by the powerful voice of Austrian Graf.

Stars FroM Streetlights at the owl Acoustic lounge, May 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 They slowed things down with a slower version of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.”

Graf noticed they released their first CD all the way back in 2009 and played music dating back to then.

 But they wound down with more of a mellow Portishead, trip hop feel.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:27 )

Amy Nelson entertains with music from “Educated Woman’

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 Calgary country/roots musician Amy Nelson brought her band to the Slice for a good old time and a hot set of uptempo twangy country music in support of her new CD “Educated Woman,” Saturday, May 25.Amy Nelson brought her band to the Slice, May 25 in support of her CD Educated Woman. Photo by Richard Amery
 She strummed guitar, crediting opening act Carter Felker for teaching her a how to play a lot of guitar.

Mike Watson added extra twang with his steel guitar.

  Her twang and swagger, not to mention big white cowboy hat reminded me of Nikki Lane

Bassist Beth Curry sang harmonies while getting into a groove. Nelson switched to banjo for a couple more bluegrass tinged songs.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:19 )

Casa opens new artists kiosks with live music

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Casa opened two new artists kiosks with a barbecue and live music, Saturday, May 25.Mi Colombia  Linda dancers at the Casa kiosk opening. Photo by Richard Amery
 A decent crowd enjoyed burgers and chips while enjoying an array of live entertainment.

Bryan Bradfield playing at the Casa kiosk opening. Photo by Richard Amery
 Mary-Anne McTrowe played a variety of ’80s classics and a couple of originals on her ukulele, covering Martha and the Muffins, the Spoons and  They Might be Giants, to name a few.

 After her set, Mi Columbia Linda, put on a vibrant display of energetic traditional Columbian dancing.

 Bryan Bradfield brought out  his dobro. He played some beautiful slide powered blues and traditional country music.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat EditorMary-Anne McTrowe playing at the Casa kiosk opening. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:13 )

Hush Hush Noise show Lily Fawn's more electro pop side

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Lily Fawn brought her new electro pop project Hush Hush Noise to the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, May 24 for approximately 30 people.

Hush Hush Noise bringing unique sounds to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 24. Photo by Richard Amery
After a quick set of appealingly plaintive, keyboard powered pop music from Vandendool,  Lily Fawn and Eric Hogg played an intriguing set of hauntingly beautiful experimental pop music from their debut self titled CD with a backdrop of flashing green laser light shining all over the stage.

Lily Fawn started off behind her drum kit and playing the saw and singing in her ethereal, high pitched whine while bandmate Eric Hogg sang and played guitar. Both played with keyboards and sequencers.

They’re hypnotic set was pretty laid back and had a similar feel, though they broke away to play a highlight which had more of a ’50s doo wop feel. Lily Fawn switched to a baritone ukulele a few songs in which continuing to play with sequencers.

They ended their set with an up tempo rocker “Masochistic Love” which had a more ’70s style B-52s feel.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 08:59 )
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