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Steve Keenan band focus on original blues for Casino Lethbridge show

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A rare local show  from local blues rock band The Steve Keenan Band is not to be missed. So I was especially glad to hear them play a solid set of mostly oriSteve Keenan playing Casino Lethbridge, June 21. Photo by Richard Ameryginal music at Casino Lethbridge, Friday, June 21. They were also at the Casino, June 22. They had a busy weekend as they also played the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, Sunday afternoon, June 23.

 The band, featuring Steve Keenan on guitar and vocals, drummer Darwin Romanchuk, keyboardist  Gary Drayton and  bassist David Popovitch played a strong, tight set of blues. And everybody got to solo, especially Gary Drayton, tickling the ivories beautifully.

As usual, they showed a strong Stevie ray Vaughan influence. they played some brand new music and older favourites like “Whiskey Drinking Blues.”
They ended  their first set with a  spirited version of BB King’s “the Thrill is Gone.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 July 2019 00:01 )

Papa King and TJ Waltho play the blues at Watertower

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 I only caught the end of Papa King and keyboardist TJ Waltho’s first set at the Watertower Grill, Friday, June 21.

Papa King and TJ Waltho at the Watertower, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
  Waltho’s  keyboards added a beautiful extra dimension to Papa King’s gravelly guttural acoustic delta blues based sound, so I was sad to have only caught the end of one song.

Waltho played subtle lines never overpowering King’s voice and acoustic guitar.


— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 July 2019 23:55 )

Chasing Illusions lay down mellow sounds

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The Owl featured some upbeat, dream pop and impassioned indie rock from  Saskatoon’s “Chasing Illusions.” Chasing Illusions at the Owl, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery

I couldn’t see them at all in the poorly lit room, but they played an addictively catchy and impassioned set of guitar  driven pop rock music along the lines if the Gin Blossoms and Jimmy Eat World.

“ This is the dopest room we‘ve ever played,”  bubbled lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist  Dawson Wayne, who was happy to warm up the full house for what was sure to be a hot set from local favourites Biloxi Parish.

 I was thinking of calling it a night after Steve Keenan and  Papa King’s shows elsewhere, but was glad I stopped by for an enjoyable set.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 July 2019 23:51 )

21st Avenue play favourites and originals

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I’m really starting to enjoy  new local rock band 21st Avenue, so I had to catch them at the Slice. They didn’t have the crowd they deserved, which was to be expected with so many other shows happening in town on a hectic Friday night, June 21.

21st avenue at the Slice, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played an easy-going set of  music  spanning alternative rock and pop music from all over the ’90s including originals which referenced the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They even tackled  the Pepper’s “Under the Bridge.”

 They also played a  solid cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “ The Middle” and impressively tackled the Glorious Sons’ ”Mama.”
 In between they bantered hilariously between themselves.

They also covered Weezer’s “ the Sweater Song,” and Marilyn Manson’s version of the Eurythmics’“Sweet Dreams.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 July 2019 23:45 )

MTBC and Fawns rock the Owl

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge featured some loud rock and roll on Saturday , June 22 courtesy of  Molly the Boy Cat aka bassist / vocalist  Sil Campus, guitarist/vocalist Rob Cooper, drummer Garwin Poff and guitarist Quint Viskup.

Fawns singing through a megaphone at the Owl, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played their usual set of late ’90s style post grunge abrasive stoner rock and alternative rock,  touching on everything from the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and , most prominently, the Pixies, especially with Campus singing ghostly background vocals.

Their set was mostly original alternative rock, but they debut a couple new songs, including a Foo Fightersish number which they noted they had never played in front of anyone before.MTBC playing the Owl, June 22. photo by Richard Amery
 I left early to catch Keith Woodrow’s blues show at the Slice, but arrived  back in time for the last part of an upbeat  set from Fawns, who were also playing new music, with Mercedes Fawns channeling her inner Alanis Morrisette and showing why they are one of my new favourite local bands. 

She pulled out a megaphone to belt out the lyrics to the last number. They just click , with the rhythm section playing in the pocket and Richard Charlton bringing everybody together while Fawns leaped around the stage like a woman possessed.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
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