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Citizen Rage return to rock close to sold out show

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After a couple of weeks of  head colds, cold weather and family issues, it was great to finally brave the snow to catch a show at the Slice.  And Citizen Rage couldn’t have been a better choice, Friday, Jan. 17 for a close to sold out show at the Slice.Citizen Rage's Mark Russell at the Slice, Jan. 17. Photo by Richard Amery
  I missed Calgary Celtic rock band Syryn and Invicta Heights and wasn’t able to stay for a revamped  Eons of Earth, who were playing their first gig with a new lineup.

 But Citizen Rage were awesome as always.
 They are an interesting  contrast  of  good vibes mixed with loud, angry, detuned hardcore punk and metal along the lines of Black Flag with a touch of Pantera.

 Frontman Mark Russell shouted at the crowd to “hug the person next to you,” while bouncing all over the stage, jumping back to let guitarists Ross Furguson and Sean Adams solo and bassist Mikey Bastard shout lead vocals for a couple of songs.

 They played an intense, high energy set full of big, detuned riffs which included  some new songs, songs about murder, mental illness and crowd favourites like “Fuck Your Face.”
 They were called back for an encore as Eons of Earth got ready to close the night.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 January 2020 14:52 )

Plenty of punk and rock, open mics and Celtic inspired music this week

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Things start to cook again this week with a cornucopia of live music offerings to choose from this week.

Citizen Rage return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Tonight,Jan. 13, folk punk Greg Rekus returns to host the open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge beginning at 9 p.m.

Tomorrow, Jan 14,  Gabe Thaine hosts  the High Level Blues jam at the Slice, taking over from Keith Woodrow who has escaped the depths of a Canadian winter for Mexico for a few months. There is a lot happening, Jan, 14. Métis multi-disciplinary artist Moe Clark will be at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. And laugh with the Good Times comedy open mic as well.

Jazz jams return to the Slice, Jan. 15 as HBO3 is back to host the jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic lounge, beginning at 8:45 p.m.
The same night, Daniel Romano brings his punk project Ancient Shapes to the Slice with Red Deer based ’70s style rock band King Bull and local punk band Face Cut.

 It is only one of several punk shows happening this week.
 On Jan. 17, Calgary hard core punk band Citizen Rage play the Slice with Celtic inspired power metal band Syryn plus local bands  Invicta Heights and Eons of Earth. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The music begins at 9 p.m.

Club Lime kicks off the new year with local Def Leppard tribute band Stage Fright the Def Leppard Experience Jan 17. Tickets are $30.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge is also going rock on the weekend, Jan. 17 with a debut show by Calgary pop rock band  Shuffalo and  North Cold. Admission is by donation.

 The other big punk show is at Theoretically Brewing which hosts Vancouver punk/alternative rock band Blessed and Calgary’s  Body Lens plus J Blissette, Tuesday, Jan. 21 beginning at 8 p.m.
Casino Lethbridge welcomes back Zojo Black to rock the joint blues style. on the weekend.
 There are plenty of open mics as well. Tyler Bird hosts the Slice’s open mic on Thursday. As always Devin Gergel hosts Beaches open mic on Wednesdays. Gergel is also part of local experimental rock band Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra. If you missed them on Jan. 10 like I did, catch them at the Slice, Jan. 18.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 January 2020 14:16 ) Read more...

Hippodrome celebrate the new year

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 Hippodrome played their annual show at the Slice, Saturday, Jan. 4. As expected, it was sold out, though it didn't look like it.
 Hippodrome are always a safe bet for those revellers who want to dance and party all night long.

 They playHippodrome playing the Slice, Jan. 4. photo by Richard Ameryed their usual strong set of R and B pop and disco music.
 Juran Greene, Erica Hunt and Shawna Romolliwa alternated on lead vocals with everybody singing harmonies.

 Hunt and bassist Paul Holden had rushed over to the Slice after the closing night of New West Theatre’s  winter production of “Celebration.”

 Juran Greene belted out a rousing version of Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration”
Hunt sang a beautiful version of The Zutons/Amy Winehouse’s “ Valerie.”
Romolliwa belted out “Boogie Nights.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Bands as bands embrace Toronto 2005

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ocal musicians  put a modern twist on bands as bands at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Jan. 4.Bailey Kate playing Bands as bands at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 4. Photo by Richard Amery
 I caught the end of Bailey Kate’s band trying their hand at Feist’s brand of alternative country. It was pretty solid.

 I missed Richard Charlton celebrating his birthday by playing Death From Above 1979, but  was really impressed by  Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra, featuring 10 local musicians playing the music of Arcade Fire.

 They played an impressively tight set of  the Toronto based ambient indie rock band’s music, though I am not that familiar with them. I recognized a solid version of “Keep The Car Running.”

 I was almost as impressed that all eight of them fit on the stage including two big keyboards, a cello, guitar, bass and Beth Wilson on  flute, who also shared lead vocals and harmony vocals As expected, the place was backed, wall to wall.

 If you missed them, Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra will be at the Slice with the Cayley, Onik, WulfbJoshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra playing Bands as bands at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 4. Photo by Richard Ameryoy, Beth Wislon, Barry Livingstone and several other performers for a drop N’ beats fundraiser.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 January 2020 12:10 )

Music from all decades represented for New Year’s Eve

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There was music for all eras and tastes on New Year’s Eve.Uncovered playing Pop's Pub West, Dec. 31. Photo by Richard Amery

I hit barely half of all the shows going on, but got a good taste of everybody’s new year’s celebrations.

 I missed The Chevelles, Trevor Panczak and the Swing Bridge ’20s celebration.

However Pop’s Pub West welcomed Bridgette Yarwood playing an ’80s New Year’s Eve at the Slice. Photo by Richard Ameryback ’90s band Uncovered, featuring the return of Ali Hawkins.

 They were playing a variety of ’90s pop and rock music, and were just  finishing their first set by the time I arrived. It was all about the ’80s at the Slice where numerous Lethbridge musicians took turns covering the gamut of ’80s music from pop like Wham’s “Wake me Up Before you Go Go,”  performed by Ty Vandendool, who also   sang an excellent version of Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the wolf,” to ’80s metal including  Ozzy Osborne’s Shot in the Dark,” and Def Leppard’s “Hysteria” performed by Bridgette Yarwood, who also belted out Guns N’ Roses’“Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

 The band also added ZZ Top’s “Legs.”
Other highlights were hot version of Joan Jett’s “ I Love Rock and Roll and Slade’s “Run Runaway.”

 Meanwhile it was all about ’70s pop and funk music at a packed Keenan Pezderic of Adequate playing New year's Eve at the Owl. Photo by Richard AmeryOwl Acoustic Lounge, where Adequate was funking in the new year.

They played a variety of ’70s pop  and funk including well known hits like David Bowie’s “Fame,” and  The Steve Miller Band‘s “ The Joker.”Steve Keenan at Average Joes for New Year‘s Eve. Photo by Richard Amery
 They also added a couple of new , upbeat, funky originals.

Average Joes didn’t have many people for local blues Band The Steve Keenan band. They played the blues with hot soling from Keenan and extra keyboards from Gary Drayton.
 They have a new album coming out, so they played  several new originals  to appear on that including some more country flavoured music.Band of Brothers playing the 1010 Pub For New Year's Eve. Photo by Richard Amery
 The 1010 Pub featured Band of Brothers playing some rock and roll. I caught their last song, which was a Tragically Hip cover.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 January 2020 11:46 )
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