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Heavy music for Humboldt Broncos fundraiser

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 It was a beautiful  day, May 12, almost too beautiful to  be in a bar in the afternoon. But I stopped by the new northside  location of the Smokehouse to see what it was like and to catch a few acts 13 to Go were among the local acts playing a fundraiser for the humboldt Broncos, May 12. Photo by Richard Ameryperforming throughout the day for a Humboldt Broncos fundraiser organized by Maggie Hall.

This one wasn’t as well attended as usual, but the more metal/ hard rock edge to the event was a lot of fun. I missed most of the bands, but caught a few of them.

A slightly tweaked Mark Hall band aka Undefined with Raz Bruce on drums played an array of classic rock including Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and Bad Company’s “Can’t Get Eno

The Mark Hall band aka Undefined were among the local acts playing a fundraiser for the humboldt Broncos, May 12. Photo by Richard Amery

ugh.”


Local punk band 13 to Go, who were borrowing a new bassist, waited in vain for an audience that never came and I was only able to stay for their first two songs— super tight and extremely loud versions of the Ramones “ Blitzkrieg Bop” and Blink -182’s “What’s My Age Again.”

 The Tyrants of Chaos plus Sheldon Arvay were among the local acts playing a fundraiser for the humboldt Broncos, May 12. Photo by Richard Amery
I returned later in the night  for local metal band Tyrants of Chaos’s ear blisteringly loud set of original epic ’80s style power metal.

Sheldon Arvay stepped in for the gig on guitar as one of their guitarists was in Calgary, but played with them like he had always been with them as he easily traded finger blistering leads and big riffs with Curtiss Vaselenak.

As usual, frontman Phil Sirias, with a newly shorn head, wailed and screeched like the bastard child of Judas Priests’ Rob Halford and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson. being tortured in a dungeon.

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:16 )
 

Casa celebrates five years with party in the square and local musicians

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 It’s hard to believe that downtown arts centre Casa has been here for five years, so they celebrated their anniversary with a party in the square with burgers , cake and local music on a sweltering Saturday afternoon, May 12. Inside Casa, local artist  Aaron Hagan’s paintings of the construction of the building were on display. Outside,  I missed performances by Taylor Ackerman and Dave McCann, both of whom I was looking forward to seeing, but caught Bryan Bradfield.

 Floyd Sillito playing  Casa’s fifth anniversary celebration, May 12. photo by Richard Amery
 Bradfield is a regular fixture of the  Lethbridge Folk Club open mics and events. This time, dobro in hand, he was all about music history as played a laid back set of stories and old blues and folk classics. He played a beautiful versions of Chet Atkins’ “Sleepwalk’ and several other songs not usually played on the instrument, but also some old Les Paul instrumentals.


Bryan Bradfield playing Casa’s fifth anniversary celebration, May 12. photo by Richard AmeryI caught a show by of local country musician and his bassist, who I hadn’t seen for a while.

The 93-year-old musician has been keeping traditional country music alive for many years.

He delivered a crash course in classic country history. he played a medley of “Santa Fe Trail” and “Navaho Trail,” plus  Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou” as well as  a couple of Don Williams songs.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:55 )
 

Wide Skies 2 lineup announced with live music and art

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Mike Spencer combined a new art exhibit by Southern Albertan artist/musician Steve Coffey with the line up announcement for the second edition of the Wide Skies Music Festival, July 30-Aug.1 at Jonny Bean’s coffee on the north side, May 12. Carter Felker and Skinny Dyck playing the Wide Skies launch, May 12 at Jonny Bean, May 12. Photo by Richard Amery
 Skinny Dyck backed Carter Felker on guitar for the launch, with Dyck playing sighing pedal steel guitar, enhanced the pastoral mood of Coffey’s train and prairie themed paintings placed all over the building. Felker sang his usual heartfelt songs and played some nimble acoustic guitar licks.

The first night of Wide Skies music Festival  on Monday, July 30 features Saskatchewan roots/ blues band Little Miss Higgins opening for acclaimed South Carolina  folk duo Shovels and Rope, staying an extra day after playing the Calgary Folk Festival  on the weekend. Tickets for that show cost $60. The music begins at 8 p.m.


 There will be a free outdoor show the next day, July 31 featuring the Weber Brothers, Vancouver Blues duo Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Shakura S’Aida Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers and guests. There will be a beer gardens as well as food trucks, vendors, artisans and lots of fun.

Skinny Dyck will also be organizing an after party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge as well as the side stage during the festival including a lot of talent including Calgary songwriter Tom Phillips.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:44 )
 

Cope release new Cd with good party

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I only caught the very end of an early ending show from local alternative rock duo Cope, who were releasing their new cassette at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 12 for approximately 30 fans.

Jon Vornbrock sings an encore of Pussy Walk with Cope. Photo by Richard Amery
I completely  missed  the opening set from the Supervoid, but  Supervoid frontman Jon Vornbrock  joined Cope on stage to scream a blues tinged version of an obscure Iggy Pop song “Pussy Walk.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:36 )
 

Geomatic Attic, Owl and the Slice all shaking this week

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The last couple weeks of  May are going to cook with lots of great shows happening.Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset has a couple of shows this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Hamilton singer songwriter Royal Wood and his band play two sold out shows at the Geomatic Attic, May 22 and 23 with Vancouver twins Fionn opening the shows.
 The Geomatic Attic really is the place to be this month, as they also bring back Ottawa blues/rock duo MonkeyJunk, May 25, who return to Lethbridge fresh off winning their second Juno award for their most recent CD “Time To Roll. Tickets are $37.50 in advance, $40 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.


 On June 15, the Geomatic Attic wind up their season with Vancouver rockabilly trio Cousin Harley, who are touring in support of their new tribute to Merle Travis “Blue Smoke”. Tickets for that show are also $37.50 in advance, $40 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.


 Then the Geomatic Attic gets ready for the second annual Wide Skies music Festival, which will be an impressive three days filled with music in the Southminster United Church and outside as well. The first night, Monday, July 30 features Saskatchewan roots/ blues band Little Miss Higgins opening for acclaimed South Carolina folk duo Shovels and Rope, who are playing the Calgary Folk Festival on the weekend. Tickets for that show cost $60. The music begins at 8 p.m.
 There will be a free outdoor show the next day, July 31 featuring the Weber Brothers, Vancouver blues duo Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Shakura S’Aida Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers and guests. There will be a beer gardens as well as food trucks, vendors, artisans and lots of fun. Skinny Dyck will also be organizing an after party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge as well as the side stage during the festival including a lot of talent including Calgary songwriter Tom Phillips.
 Frazey Ford, formerly of the Be Good Tanyas, returns to Lethbridge for another ticketed event inside the Southminster United Church, Aug. 1 with Seattle indie rock band the Cave Singers. Tickets for that show are $50, or you can get a festival pass for $90 including admission to all of the events.
 But that’s not for a few months yet.


 There is still a lot going on this week.
 The Smokehouse hosts another great punk show, May 23 with Montreal psychobilly veterans the Gutter Demons plus local bands Chief Mountain, the Hockey Moms and 13 to Go. Doors open at 7:30 with the bands beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
 For rap fans, local rap collective the Blood Rez Crew have an official CD release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, may 23 with  Amber AKA Shorty, Chuckbones, Heidi Mason,Olivia Tailfeathers, Fox Eyes, SMG (Killa Cam and Doggystar), UKS, Cat Storm and the Reckless  Gents and  DJ hooligan Admission is  $10.

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