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Shaela Miller plays old favourites and new favourites at Slice

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As expected, the Slice was packed for a much anticipated local show from Shaela Miller, Friday, June 14.

Shaela Miller returned to the Slice, June 14. Photo by Richard amery
 She and band mates “Skinny Dyck” on steel guitar, drummer Tyler Bird , bassist Paul Holden and lead guitarist Jon Martin started with a couple of older songs including “Station” before playing most of Miller’s most recent CD “ Bad Ideas.” including the title track, “Bad Ideas,”  “Hard Knock Upside the Head,” and the heartbreaking “I Never Wanted.”

 They also played a few brand new songs.

 Martin’s guitar solos  added a more rock and roll feel to Miller’s more country sounds.
 They ended the set with a couple other older songs.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:35 )

Strip Mall and Chief Mountain help fans get psyched for Sled Island

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge had some loud, rock and roll for their Sled Island kick off party, Friday, June 14.

Strip Mall entertaining at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Lune 14. Photo bY Richard Amery
 I missed local alternative rock trio MomBod, but the place was packed wall to wall for the show, most of whom were smoking outside between bands, so I was able to get a ringside seat for Calgary band  Strip Mall. They played a tight set as their lead singer writhed around her microphone yelling out lyrics in  delay soaked vocals, which were only matched by  the delay on  the guitars.

 I always look forward to seeing Chief Mountain. they always play a tight and energetic set of surf tinged punk music, but this time, because of the bass drowning out everyone else including the drummer, they were excruciatingly loud, while their frontman took off his shirt midway through the set.

 They added a couple brand new songs into their set, which is always great to hear.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:32 )

Adrian Chalifour of Towers and Trees excited to land after The Launch

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You might remember Adrian Chalifour from his folk/ pop band Towers and Trees, on the other hand you might have recognized him from the reality TV show The Launch.

Adrian Chalifour returns to Lethbridge next week. Photo Submitted
 He’s returning to Lethbridge to play Jonny Bean’s Coffee (Dwell Urban Venue 418 13th St North), July 5 in support of his new single “Open heart,” and en route to a couple of Calgary Stampede shows.

He noted  his solo project includes  familiar faces from Towers and Trees including Dave Zellinsky and drummer Brady Zomer and a new bassist, Bailey, who makes his debut with the band.
“ I decided to change the name  because Towers and Trees has always had a rotating line-up and I got tired of explaining it. And I was always the primary songwriter,” said Chalifour, adding  getting  valuable exposure on the March 5 episode of the Launch also contributed to the name change.m He enjoyed the experience of being on the Launch.

“ I went there  with the intention of being launched, but I was just happy to be there. I’m 34 and I was definitely the oldest person competing. But I had a great panel including Nile Rogers and Scott Borchetta who discovered Taylor Swift. And they really liked what I was doing and it was really genuine,” he continued, adding that was really gratifying.

“ Especially for a musician like me who has been really flying under the radar,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 July 2019 10:28 ) Read more...

Matchstick Skeletons to headline Canada Day celebrations in Lethbridge

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You might not know Vancouver based funk/rock/ soul band The Matchstick Skeletons, but you may remember drummer Matty Carolei and frontman Neu Mannas from their previous band Head of the Herd, who played Lethbridge with The Glorious Sons and Finger 11 a few years ago.
 Thee Matchstick Skeletons return to Lethbridge to headline Canada Day in Henderson Lake park.The Matschstick Skeletons headline Canada Day in Lethbridge. Photo submitted
“I put a bullet in Head of the Herd after the  Finger 11 tour,” observed Neu Mannas, who took some time  to regroup as the Matchstick Skeletons with drummer Matty Carolei and multi-instrumentalists  Ryan Stead and Colin Friesen.
“They play a lot of different instruments and I’ll play some bass. but it’s very cool that if I  think a song needs a particular instrument, then they‘ll be able to play it,” he enthused.
 The spent a successful two month tour with the Headstones and released their debut Ep “ The Know How” on Feb. 7.
 “We road tested the songs for two months with the Headstones, and the audiences were singing along after the second verse and they had never heard the songs before, so we knew they were special to us and those were the ones we put on the EP,” said Mannas, noting the blues  based rock of Head of the Herd took a backseat to the more funk and soul he and Carolei enjoyed as kids.
“This is really the band we’ve wanted to form since we were teenagers,” Mannas said.
“This is more about the funk and soul that we love,” he said, adding there is still a blues influence.

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 July 2019 09:36 ) Read more...

Festival Latino and Canada Day this week

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The local music scene takes off  for summer . With The Dragon Boat festival over in Henderson Lake Park, it is onto Canada Day.Dave McCann and the Firehearts returns to Casino Lethbridge this weekend, Photo by Richard Amery
 there is a full day of fun, live music and dance scheduled for Monday, July 1 beginning at 11 a.m. with the Lethbridge Community Band. The afternoon features the Good Timers at noon, followed by Mexicanos Sin Fronteras, Coda blues band at 1 p.m.  the Thai Culture group after that, new classic rock band Lawless Murphy at  2 p.m., followed by  Champion Tae Kwan Do, Kavanagh and Hepher at 3 p.m.m the Troyanda Ukrainian Dancers at 3:40 and LCI Dance Academy closing off the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. local blues rock band the Steve Keenan band takes you to supper time, beginning at 5 p.m.

Up and coming country singer Chris Strei gets the evening underway at 6 p.m. with his brand of country music inspired by Johnny Cash and Chris Stapleton. The Desert Wind Belly dancers perform at 7:10 followed by Allyssa McQuaid playing country and pop music at 7:40 p.m.  They will be followed by the Lethbridge Swing Dancers and Hibikaya Drummers who take you to  9 p.m. when the headliners The Matchstick Skeletons begin. They are a new soul and funk infused band band formed by Head of the Herd veterans  Neu Mannas and Matty Carolei. They have just released a new Ep, hot on the heels of a successful tour with the Headstones. They will take you to the fireworks display at 11 p.m.
But the fun begins early this week, with a whole lot of rock and roll happening this week.

 Tuesday, June , June 25 has a couple big shows with  Big Little Lions bringing the folk and pop back to the Owl acoustic lounge. And Vancouver funk rock juggernaut Five Alarm Funk  make a long awaited return to the Slice,June 25 as well. Tickets for Five Alarm Funk cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

 Things get hard at the Slice, June 26 with New Brunswick punk/ crust rock band Hard Chargers topping by in support of their new CD Vol. 4 Take The Guff and Suffer, Hermosillo, Mexico  alternative/progressive metal band Lost Nebula and local  new metal band Drearius. Admission is $10 with bands starting at 9 p.m.

 And, it being the end of the month, that means the Owl Acoustic lounge has their monthly comedy open mic on Wednesday, June 26.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:01 ) Read more...
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