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Bands needed and much more this week

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It’s another eclectic week in Lethbridge.
But first after a weird, cold, windy winter, it’s time to look forward to summer and all of the music festivals happening. The first one up is the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, happening June 26-28. Val McQuaid is looking for local artists to perform during this popular weekend in Henderson lake Park. Send your submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 Maggie Hall is also looking for bands , duos and soloists to perform at her seventh annual Alzheimer‘s Fundraiser, taking place, April 18 at Honker’s Pub. She can be reached through Lethbridge Musicians or her Facebook page.

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 Things begin with this week with the Jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with HBO3 at the special early start time of 8:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19.Adequate’s Josh Thorlakson jumps at the Slice, Feb. 14. They are at the Owl Acoustic Lounge this week.

 New roots country band The Dark Wrangler host this weeks open mic at the Slice.
“If you missed them at the Slice on Feb. 14, get funky with Adequate at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 21. The Will be playing with the Funk Penomenorm.

Things rock Edmonton style at the Slice, Feb. 21 where punk bands Loser Points and Reifer Madness  plus local punk rockers the Hockey Moms will be moshing the night away. Admission is $10. The music begins at 9 p.m.

The Mark Hall Band will be playing some country music and rock and roll at Beaches Pub, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m.. There is no cover for the show.

  You can rock ’90s style at Casino Lethbridge with Uncovered, who will be playing your favourites, on Friday and Saturday.
 Or else, get ready to laugh with Roast Battle at Good Times where Connor Christmas will be defending his title of Roast Master beginning at 9:30 p.m.
You can also laugh the next night at Didi’s Playhaus, Feb. 22 as Impromptu present “ I Put the SING in Single” featuring the talents of  David Gabert, Ashley Thomson, Nicola Elson, Jonny Kirch, Alex Yanko and musical guest Cole Olson. The fun begins at 9 p.m. Admission is 410 It is only one of the fun things happening on the weekend.

 The International Peace Powwow kicks off at the Enmax Centre at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22. And continues on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Local folk/ roots musician Tyson Ray Borsboom releases his new CD at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 23 with special guest Kevin Giron.
Red Deer power trio King Bull return to the Slice stage with local punk/psychedelic surf band  Chief Mountain, Feb. 22. The show begins at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 February 2020 14:23 ) Read more...

Gabe Thaine band and Good Time Charlie bring lots of rocking good times

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Local musician and photographer Gabe Thaine Olsen has been playing with everyone and his dog lately, but put together his own band for a Feb. 8 show at the Slice.

Gabe Thaine playing keyboards with his band at the Slice. photo by Richard Amery
 They included familiar faces including two back up singers including Ashley Thomson as well as bassist Ian Morrice, who allowed Thaine to  show his many musical sides and instrumental prowess on keyboards as well as guitar and vocals.

 They played folk, rock and a bit of the blues in addition to his CBC Searchlight competition submission “Murder to Be.”

Good Time Charlie  were a good time as always, finishing the night with a whole lot of classic rock and more.

 They opened with the Black Crowes’ “Hard to Handle” and followed it up with Tom Petty’s “ Don’t Do Me Like That.”
 They went more modern with an excellent cover Good Time Charlie at the Slice, Feb. 8. Photo by Richard Ameryof the Sheepdogs’ “I Don’t Know” and The Glorious Sons’ “ Oh Mama.”

 For a pleasant surprise, they added a cover of Shooter Jennings’ “Outlaw You,” which brought back some pleasant memories of the Outlaw Country Cruise.

It was back to classic rock after that with a cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2020 19:24 )

Garwin Poff celebrates birthday with his bands’ music

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I was coming off an Outlaw Country Cruise high this week, so pretty much any music  is going to be anticlimactic for the next little while. Hypnopilot celebrating Garwin Poff's birthday. Photo by Richard Amery

But I did want to help celebrate local drummer Garwin Poff’s early birthday party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 8.

The rare ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic Lounge was completely sold out so  there was barely any breathing room, much less elbow room.
 I missed his band MTBC but was in time for his Calgary based Stoner rock band Hypnopilot.

 They were excellent as always, with lots of energy and eardrum bludgeoning detuned riffs reminiscent of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. I believe they were premiering some new songs for a new CD, but their show was just like being back in 1993 with plenty of detuned post grunge bass and guitar with those Queens of the Stone Age style high pitched, wailing vocals.

 I missed their fellow Calgarians Shadow Weaver and Bazaraba, who play here a lot and always put on a good show in Lethbridge.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2020 19:14 )

Small Glories have fun playing new CD for Folk Club

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The Folk Club had an excellent turnout for a superb , rare Sunday night show at the Lethbridge College Cave, Sunday, Feb. 9 featuring Winnipeg based folk duo The Small Glories.
 I caught the last few songs from Cathy Hawley and  Henk Van Ginneken who harmonized beautifully on a couple of originals and folk classics including “Freight Train.”

The Small Glories’ JD Edwards and Cara Luft play for the Lethbridge Folk Club. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Small Glories were excellent, with The Wailin’ Jennys Cara Luft and JD Edwards cracking jokes and harmonizing beautifully.
 In between songs, They cracked jokes and the exuberant  Luft chortled while laying down some hot  picking licks on banjo and guitar.
 Edwards grinned and reminded me of Tyler Childers.
 Musically they focused on their new, award winning CD “Assiniboine and the Red,” named after the two rivers running through Winnipeg.

 They reminisced about co-writing songs on the album with talented cats like James Keelaghan, Ashley Condon and Bruce Guthro and recording with 54 40's Neil Osborne
 The CD is a love note to their  homes in Winnipeg and Calgary as Luft is originally from Calgary.
 Their show was in the same vein. Luft mostly played banjo, but cut loose a few times on guitar.

“Long, Long Moon,” was definitely a  beautiful highlight.
 They had the audience singing along on “Sing,” and a couple of others.
 “Winnipeg” was all about all of the things they love about living in Winnipeg.
“Alberta” served the same role for this province.
I really enjoyed “a cover of a cover by Stan Rogers” called “Witch of the Westmoreland.”
The second set  opened with an up tempo song called “ Bring ’em Out.”

“ Now I’m in my 40s, I don’t really care what other people think, Luft chuckled, snorting with laughter.
“ Not that I ever did,” she added before launching into a catchy number abut a breakup called “Oh My Love,” which was a catchy highlight of the second set.

They introduced “Second Hand” by telling a story about touring Australia, and taking a box full of old ballet trophies  off of somebody’s lawn, and giving them away to fans and promoters who meant a lot to them throughout the tour.

— by Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2020 18:49 )

Carter Felker debuts hot new music at Windy City Opry

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It is always  great to see Calgary country musician Carter Felker in Lethbridge.
 He returned to the  Slice for the Windy City Opry, Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Carter Felker played the Windy City Opry, Feb. 12. photo by Richard Amery
 Felker and his steel guitarist and his upright bassist had an intimate audience listening intently.
 Shaela Miller opened the show a little later than their usual 8 p.m. start time with two songs which will appear on her next album, including “Tidal Wave”plus a Carter Felker song, which she played on his guitar.

 Felker and his band were up next, also playing new music.

Felker, who had trimmed down his bushy beard into a moustache, opened with a catchy new song about being addicted to his cell phone, then  took off with several other songs which showed off his beautiful finger-picking.

Another song about leaving a party early because his girlfriend didn’t want to stay at it, called “ Party Pooper,” which sounded like a cross between Bob Dylan and Ridley Bent.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2020 18:23 )
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