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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 )

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 )
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