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Windy City Opry and much more this week

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There are some hot local shows coming up in the first week of January.
 This week is all about  guitar pulls or songwriter’s circles.

Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra playing the Owl , Jan. 4. They are at the Slice this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
The first Windy City Opry of the season, Wednesday, Jan. 8 will be a songwriter‘s circle featuring a lot of local talent including  Ali Stuart, Bailey Kate, Skinny Dyck, John Wort Hannam, Shaela Miller and Zach Passey. They will be playing two sets, with three songwriters in each set.  As always the show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover.

The Slice has another songwriter’s circle on Jan. 11 featuring Chris Drew and Friends.
 The next night, Jan. 9, Corduroy Brown aka the Decadent Phases James Swinney, hosts to Slice’s Thursday open mic.
 Megan Brown, aka Makiisma will be at the Owl Acoustic Lounge,  Jan. 10. She will be joined by unique musical collective Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra, who play their own show, Jan 18 at the Slice. They include Joshua Beebe - vocals/guitar/ukulele; guitarist Barry Livingstone; keyboardist Leif Nordholm ; bassist Bee S-O; flautist  Beth Wilson; clarinetist/keyboardist Ty Vanden Dool; cellist Seth Harasem-Mitchell ; Gabe Thaine Olsen playing trombone/percussion and drummer Devin Gergel.

 It is a big local rock night at the Slice, Jan. 10, where Medicine Hat’s Indifferent will be playing with local retro rock band the Cayley and the Waterfront. That show begins at 9 p.m.

 The Lethbridge Folk Club features their first open mic of the year, Jan. 10 at casa at 7 p.m. Admission is five dollars.
 If you are in the mood for a little country, Driven is at Casino Lethbridge for the weekend.
 Lemba and the New Testaments  featuring Ajay Jameson are at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 11.

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 January 2020 09:35 ) Read more...

Ghost Woman get psychedelic

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Ghost Woman returned to play a packed Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 28. I only caught the last couple  songs of delay laden, psychedelic , spooky music played by frontman Evan Uschenko, bassist Aaron Trozzo, drummer Clayton Smith and guitarist Thomas Woodman.

Ghost Woman returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 As usual, they didn’t turn on any lights for their set, so it was tough to see anything.

They played a tight set of music that resonated with the audience.

— by Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 December 2019 14:53 )

Sean Brewer returns to join Rancho Deluxe

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Edmonton musician Sean Brewer of bands including Tallest to Shortest and the Uncas, made a long awaited return to Lethbridge to play a solo acoustic set at the Slice, opening for Rancho Deluxe, Dec. 28.Sean Brewer returned the Slice, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 I caught the end of his set, but fortunately he was called back for a couple of encores.
 He strummed acoustic guitar and blew some heartfelt harp.

 It was great to see him playing a more stripped down, acoustic set as I usually see him backed by loud rock bands.
 This time he played more folk and country music. He played a couple of new songs and brought back an old Uncas song “Foot.”

 Rancho Deluxe including frontman George Arsene, Tyler Bird on lead guitar, drummer Brad Brouwer and bassist Paul Holden plus Skinny Dyck on steel guitar, played a strong set mostly focusing on music form their debut CD “Lucky Stars.” “Whiskey I Owe,” was a highlight.

George Arsene of Rancho Deluxe, Dec. 28 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 Arsene sang impassioned versions of “Buckeroo,” and “Hard Cards” to name a few of  his more serious songs. Tyler Bird sang a song I didn’t recognize and added accordion to a couple of songs.

 They also added a few covers from songwriters like John Prine in one of the tightest sets I’ve seen them play.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Amery
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 December 2019 14:38 )

Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset play psychedelic blues

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 Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset  played a couple of  shows in the past couple weeks. I caught part of their Dec 21 show at the Slice.

As expected they played a variety of blues classics like“ Hoochie Coochie Man.”Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset played two shows over the past couple weeks. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught a couple of those but caught some more of their Dec. 28 show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

This  one was a lot more psychedelic with  eye straining , flashing strobes.

 Taylor Ackerman sang lead vocals and played lead guitar backed by bassist Pat Ackerman and drummer Dustin Gergel, played tight and energetic sets.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 December 2019 14:36 )

A Charlie Brown Christmas and Mwansa Mwansa make a nice Christmas present

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Keyboardist TJ Waltho’s Charlie Brown Christmas Show has expanded since he started it last year. He has been playing it a lot more frequently this Christmas season.
 But I finally caught some of it at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 21.

 As usual  for the Charlie Brown show, it was packed with TJ Waltho and friends play A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard AmeryChristmas revellers and people home for the holidays looking to catch up.
 Waltho, plus drummer Brad Brouwer and bassist Paul Holden had the groove down.

 As usual, while  ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ played in the background, the trio simultaneously provided the jazzy soundtrack.
They were winding things up  by  the time I arrived. They were a little fast so repeated  the well known theme for the closing  credits.

 There was a genuine unicorn show after that— a unicorn being a local performer who doesn’t perform live very often. In this case, beloved local singer and vocal instructor Mwansa Mwansa, backed by Waltho, Holden, Brouwer and lead guitarist James Oldenburg, crooned her way through a lovely set of R and B and pop music.

 She has been back in Lethbridge for a year, But I haven’t seen her perform. It ended up being her last show here fMwansa Mwansa returned to the OwlAcoustic Lounge, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Ameryor a while as she is moving back to Toronto.
The quartet exuded joy and smiles as Mwansa Mwansa sang with tear jerking soul.
Some of the highlights included a beautiful cover of Tracy Chapan’s “ Fast Car,” and a Michael Jackson hit. She ended with her usual gorgeous version of  the Zutons/ Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.”

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 December 2019 14:19 )
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