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Daniel Champagne plays hot percussive guitar

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I was sad to miss another set of acoustic guitar pyrotechnics from Australian musician Daniel Champagne, show played a sold out show at the Slice for an enraptured audience, Oct. Daniel Champagne returned to the Slice for a sold out show, Oct.17. Photo By Richard Amery17.

Champagne sang beautiful melodies in his pleasant tenor voice while unleashing furious Chet Atkins style fingerpicked licks, while simultaneously tapping all over his guitar body to create an assortment of different percussive sounds.

 Unfortunately I only caught the end of  the set, but was suitably impressed, not only by Champagne, but also by the fact it was sold out on a weekday as was his Lethbridge debut last year.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 25 October 2019 17:32 )

Eryn Kleyh excited to bring the pop with old friends

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It will be a night for the ladies at the Slice, Oct. 30,  as Vernon based musician Eryn Kleyh finally gets to tour with old friends Nixie and Elle Wolf, plus Calgary musician Adrian Chalifour will be taking the stage for a pre-Halloween party.Eryn Kleyh returns to Lethbridge, Oct. 30. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’ll just be me this time, but I’ll be playing electric guitar, which is unusual for me,” said Kleyh, who was last here with her band   She hangs Brightly in December, her other band October Poppy in November and on her own with Jenny Allen and Kimberley MacGregor just before that.

“Nixie and Elle Wolf live in Vancouver. I’ve been friends with them for a long time, but we’ve never toured together, but this time were playing five shows together. That’s what I’m looking forward to most— five girls packed into a car. It will be a lot of fun,” she said.

“ I’ve been playing a lot around home. I played a lot in the Okanagan this summer and doing a lot of silversmithing, making lots of jewelry,” she continued.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 October 2019 17:51 ) Read more...

The Wild! ready to rock back where they started

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Kelowna rockers The Wild! are going back to their roots— small clubs. They haven’t played Lethbridge since 2016 and since then they have   toured the world with  their mentors Airborne and even Motorhead’s Phil Campbell.

The Wild! return to Lethbridge for Halloween. Photo by Brandon Hart
“We haven’t really played a Canada  a lot in the past two years because we’ve been concentrating on the European market. We’ve toured there three or four times” said frontman Dylan Villain, taking a breather in between tours, sounding more like a businessman than a beer swilling, party hearty, guitar wielding rebel spreading their balls to the wall, straight ahead rock and roll across the world like the bastard children of ZZ Top and AC DC.
They play a close to sold out Halloween show at the Slice with local band 21st Avenue.

 They’ve played Lethbridge with heavy hitters like One Bad Son and Buck Cherry and were supposed to play the Enmax with Breaking Benjamin, but Breaking Benjamin cancelled that tour.

“We‘re not the type of band to dress up for Halloween like some bands do. Our show speaks for itself. And we want to play a very solid 90 minute set this time,” he said, adding they will be playing music from their previous two recordings and the new singles “Playing with Fire” and “Helluva Ride.”
“And we’ll be playing new songs  you haven’t heard before,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 October 2019 01:10 ) Read more...

Halloween and drama highlights of this week

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It’s starting to feel like Fall and that means Halloween.
University of Lethbridge Community radio station CKXU  is excited about their second annual haunted house at the Old Firehall, Oct. 26 and 27.
 There will be three levels of  ’50s and ’60s campy horror movie styled fun. The actual haunted house in Oct. 26 and 27 from 1-7 p.m.. Admission is $10 for adults, Children 10 and up  and students $5 and kids under 10 free. There will be an array of ghosts, ghouls, mad butchers, spooky monsters, wild witches and more. There will be plenty of activities for the kids and  Mystery Gang tour guides and even a drive in themed photo booth.

36? Return tolethbridge to play CKXU's Fright hall this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 In addition to that, that means there is a whole lot of music happening.
 The Terrific Kids Collective collaborate with CKXU  to bring in a big night of alternative rock and pop music, Friday, Oct. 25.
Saskatoon based Indie psych rock band The Radiation Flowers will be performing with Calgary based indie pop band 36? and local  power pop band J  Blissette and experimental art rock band  Marigold. There is a  $10 cover for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.
 If hip hop is more your styles, Fright House fun continues, Oct. 26 with Calgary based tamil goonda rap collective Cartel Madras, Edmonton based experimental Prairie Hip hop and soul musician tzadeka aka Maigan van der Giessen - Emcee/Vocalist and Mark Czuba - DJ/Producer. Louis Cza and brettlee are also on the bill. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

 But that’s not the only  pre-Halloween party planned.  Pops Pub South features Uncovered and the Plaid Ramblers performing beginning at 8 p.m.  Kapow Comics celebrates  Halloween, Friday, Oct. 25 with a big slab of local of metal. NyghtBlaed, Eons of Earth and Pomeranian Fight Club will be performing. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

 For actual Halloween, Kelowna rock band the Wild! return to Lethbridge to play an intimate show at the Slice, Oct. 31. Tickets are going fast at $10 a pop. Local band 21st Avenue will be opening. The Junkman’s Quire play Halloween at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. theoretically Brewing celebrated hllloween by closing their patio with a haunted halloween party withWinnipeg ant-rock band  Trapoline, Calgary hard rock duo Johnnor and local band Fawns. The music begins at 8 p.m. Admission is$15 in advamce, $20 at the door.

 But the fun begins early in the week with a couple of outstanding Wednesday night shows.

The Slice rocks with new local band the Waterfront  Lethbridge’s the Cayley, Calgary based rockers Homeless in Hawaii and Ontario band Excuses Excuses. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.
 Just down the street, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features Edmonton pop rock group Wares plus Vandendool. Admission is by donation.

For rap fans, Drop N’ Beats is holding a fundraiser at Good Times, Oct, 24 for the McMan Youth, Family and Community Services. Performers include LRev, Heavy Knowledge, Our Neighbour the King and youth from Drop N Beats. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door. It runs from 7-10 p.m.
 There are a lot of open mics as well with open mics at Beaches on Wednesday and Jaymz Joseph hosts the open mic at the Slice in Thursday. The monthly poetry open mic with Teri Petz has been moved to this week due to Halloween.

 It’s a good weekend to rock. The Bamboo Guppies return to Casino Lethbridge, Oct. 25 and 26.
 The Slice features QuickDraw and MollytheBoyCat, Friday, Oct. 25.
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes country on Oct. 25 with Rancho Deluxe performing.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes pop on Oct. 26 with local musicians Bailey Kate, Travis Matthews and Laura Hickli. Admission is by donation.
Local blues rock band the Steve Keenan Band return to The Slice on Oct. 26.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 October 2019 09:05 ) Read more...

Misery Mountain Boys bring joy with jazz tinged bluegrass

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 It has been a couple of years since Edmonton jazz/ bluegrass band the Misery Mountain Boys play the Lethbridge Folk club, so I was glad to catch their Lethbridge returThe Misery Mountain Boys’ Lindsay Bueckert at the Slice, Oct. 12.Photo By Richard Ameryn at the Slice, Saturday, Oct. 12.

They were a lot of fun, adding a little clarinet and saxophone.

 Upright bassist Lindsay Bueckert, sporting a coonskin cap, grinned as she she thumped away on her bass.

Bandmates Steve Gevenich, Sam Toms and Ethan Markwart sang multi-part vocal harmonies while performing upbeat, perky, jazz tinged bluegrass and folk music, which had  a lot of toes tapping.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:48 )
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