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The Cayley show the scene continues to grow

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It is very cool to see Lethbridge’s music scene to grow and thrive.  Because a scene can‘t surprise with new blood, new talent and new energy reinvigorating people’s passions for music.
 Since I started covering the scene  more than  decade ago,  a lot of the regulars who used to go to show have grown up, got married, had kids and have been staying home more.

That could result in a dearth of attendanThe Cayley at the OwlAcoustic Lounge, Nov. 22. Photo by Richard Ameryce at local shows and a void in the scene, but it is great to see that it is not so. It seems like every day new kids are coming up , forming bands and making music together. It seems like every week there is somebody new on the scene. More importantly, people are coming out to see them. I saw a few familiar faces who came out of hibernation for the show, but barely recognized most of their audience.

 I’ve been hearing a lot about local rock band  the Cayley, but never got the chance to see them until Nov. 22.
 So  I was pleasantly surprised to see the Owl packed to the rafters for the Cayley. I arrived just in time to see the lead guitarist jump on a front row table to play a hot guitar solo, which his bandmates cut loose behind him. 

They had a fun, kind of glam rock feel. A cursory listen reminded me of the Darkness, but with a lot of blues and soul added to the mix. They had some ’60s and ’70s groove and a real exciting , youthful vigour which was welcome.

 And they had a lot of enthusiastic  young fans  in the front row, who called out for an encore. I look forward to hearing  more from them.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2019 18:35 )

Megan Rourke celebrates birthday by taking the stage

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 My timing has been off when it comes to seeing Vernon’s Eryn Kleyh’s projects. So I was really looking forward to seeing her play with October Poppy for Megan Rourke’s birthday party, Friday, Nov. 22.Megan Rourke playing the Slice, Nov. 22. Photo by Richard Amery
 Unfortunately Kleyh had to cancel the show.

 So that left the stage open for George Arsene and Rourke to play.

 I missed Arsene, but was pleased to see Rourke on stage again. She’s been keeping a low profile so it has been a while.
 She played alone, strumming a beautiful electric guitar.

 Most of her set was appealing alt country/indie rock originals, which reminded me a little of Kathleen Edwards and a little of Neko Case. But she also added  covers of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” and ended her set by retuning to play a Patty Griffin song.

—  By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2019 18:32 )

Matt Patershuk brings the good vibes and a variety of music

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Wednesday shows are always tough to get to even with the new time for my punk show on CKXU Disco Sucks punkin’ Old School, which now runs from 10 to midnigMatt Patershuk returned to the  Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 20. Photo by Richard Ameryht on Wednesdays. But I was hoping to catch at least a few songs  from Matt Patershuk and his hot band at the Owl acoustic lounge, Nov. 20.

 It was supposed to start early, but they were waiting for more people, who never showed up.   So it was just a lucky handful of people who caught an exceptional show from Grande Prairie areas country/ folk musician Matt Patershuk.

  he looked like he was going to play his new CD “If Wishes Were Horses,” in order, so that meant he started his set played my favourite song from the album “ The Blues Don’t Bother Me,” first.

 It was as bluesy as the name reflects, but he went more traditional country for  his tribute to Ernest Tubbs “ Ernest Tubbs Had Fuzzy Slippers,” which he prefaced by saying it was inspired by a podcast about The famous country musician.

 Patershuk sang in a good vibes filled, soothing baritone reminiscent of Edmonton folk musician Scott Cook.

 His band was tight and lead guitarist Ben Longman played some beautifully tasteful leads, which brought the Steve Dawson produced CD to life.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2019 18:10 )

The blues rock with Driving While Blind

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 Local blues rock band  Driving While Blind had a full house at the Slice, Saturday, Nov. 16.Frank Gutjahr with Driving while Blind., Nov. 16 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played a whole lot of traditional blues and  blues influenced rock.

 The band including Frank Gutjhar, Vic Brown, bassist Alex Thomson and Bud Peterson, delivered the blues in spades.
 As usual, Gutjahr sang impressively like Bon Scott on “Live Wire” and “Shot Down in Flames.”


Thomson also sang lead vocals for several songs including several ZZ Top hits like “Tush” and  “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers.”
 Gutjahr also  sang a moving version of “She Talks to Angels.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:42 )

Breanne Urban joins Uncovered for casino shows

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Breanne Urban spread her pop wings with local ’90s  and modern rock and pop band Uncovered at Casino Lethbridge, Saturday, Nov. 16.

Breanne Urban singing with Uncovered at Casino Lethbridge, Nov. 16. Photo by Richard Amery
 She had to fill the big shoes and voice of Allison Hawkins, who moved back to her family in Manitoba.

 Urban, who  is usually singing country music with her band Southern Flyer, was more than up to the task, but just not the same.

 She added extra background vocals, but also belted out an excellent version of Cher’s “ If I Could Turn Back Time,” and  “Shut Up and Dance.”
Uncovered  had the Casino dance floor packed with Breanne Urban fans as well as uncovered fans as usual when they play.

 So though the match up my not be permanent, it  definitely worked.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:49 )
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