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Whoop Szo whip out stoner rock and indie rock

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 Things got a little loud and yet groovy with Guelph, Ontario’s Whoop Szo at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Saturday, Sept. 7.

Whoop Szo playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 7. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Owl had a good sized, enthusiastic crowd enjoying Whoop Szo’s eclectic set of stoner rock and indie rock along the lines of Queens of the Stone Age.

 They set down some huge,  slow grooves powered by rumbling bass, but also  played ambient textures full of delay laden guitars and subtle synthesizers.
For a contrast, they moved into more trippy, psychedelic rock grooves later in the set.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2019 18:07 )

Scratch Buffalo tap into the rawer side of the ’60s

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Scratch Buffalo playing the Slice, Sept. 7. Photo by Richard AmeryWhile I missed local psychedelic rock band The Decadent Phase, I was in time for Calgary garage rock duo Scratch Buffalo.

 They played an excellent , energetic set of raw, primal garage rock and punk. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Naish and drummer Mark Straub sounded like a two piece MC5 mixed with the White Stripes.

 They played quite a few songs from their 2018 self-titled album, plus a new single “Shoot Me With your Kamera.”

 But they also added a few ’60s garage rock and rock and roll classics like Gene Vincent’s  “ Be Bop a Lula.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2019 18:02 )

Kingston's Tom Savage returning to Lethbridge with new Cd

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Kingston acoustic rocker Tom Savage is exited to be back on the road again in support of his new solo album. He returns to the Slice, Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Tom Savage returns to Lethbridge, Sept. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
“It‘s been a few years,” Savage said, who  draws comparisons to Bruce Springsteen. He is embarking on a tour in support of his ninth album “Great Beyond.”

“ I usually only tour out there when I have a new record out,” he said, adding the new record is a stripped down affair that reflects his live solo show.
“I’ve put a lot of work into the show, I’m playing guitar more percussively and creating a different style of playing,” he said.
“ I’ve also got a stomp box to fill out the sound,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2019 10:09 ) Read more...

Lethbridge Folk Club opens fortieth season this week with Winter Wilson

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The Lethbridge Folk Club opens their fortieth season with a new president and a big new line up.Old Man Luedecke Plays the Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 23. Photo by Richard Amery
 Long time volunteer Tom Moffatt takes the helm of the Folk Club and has a planned a season with a few bigger names.
 They open their season, Sept. 14 with Winter Wilson and Celtic Routes at the Lethbridge College Cave beginning at 8 p.m.
“ They’re from England. Celtic Routes will be opening. So there will be lots of  Celtic rhythm and fiddle playing,” Moffatt said.
 In addition to their first show of the season this week, the first open mic of the season in Friday, Sept. 13. Open mics are at Casa at  7 p.m. on the second Friday of every month.

While that is the first show of the season, the real launch is Oct. 4. at Casa.
“ It’s a free event. We’ll be officially launching our new website. And we’ll be featuring performers who play at our open mics,” Moffatt continued.

 “The Folk club started in 1979, so they’ve been at it for a while,” he continued, adding outgoing president Morris Soenen already had most of the shows booked before  Moffatt was elected.
The next big act is Oct. 19 When four time Juno award winning cross cultural roots and blues trio Tri-Continental return to town.
 They feature the talents of Edmonton’s Bill Bourne, Australian Lester Quitzau and Malagasy musician Madagascar Slim, who brings a variety of exotic African sounds to a mix of Latin, folk, blues and traditional African music.

 Local blues musician Steve Keenan will be opening the show.

 The Folk Club has another big show on Nov. 23 with Old Man Luedecke, who is touring in support of his new CD “ Easy Money.” Reed and Writes will be opening the show.
January opens with Celtara, a Celtic group Moffatt discovered at the  Water Valley Music Festival. Local folk duo Kavanagh and Hepher will be opening the show, Jan. 18.
 And Cara Luft and JD Edwards aka Small Glories  will be performing at the Cave, Feb. 9.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 September 2019 11:21 ) Read more...

Couleefest and Lethbridge Folk Club among the fun this week

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School is in full swing for the second week of September.B.A. Johnston returns to the Owl, Sept. 16. Photo by Richard Amery
 As usual that means there is a lot going on, but I’ll miss it as I’ll be in Vancouver performing a wedding.
 The Lethbridge Folk Club has a busy week.
They not only have their first open mic of the new season, Friday at 7 p.m. at casa, but they also have their first show of the season, Saturday, Sept. 14 . Winter Wilson visit the Lethbridge College Cave all the way from England to bring a Celtic party to your feet. Celtic Routes will be opening.
 Ticket prices remain the same for Lethbridge Folk Club shows— $30 for the first show including a $5 membership which is good for the rest of the year, After that  Concerts are $25 for members, $30 for invited guests, which includes the membership.
 Concerts start at 8 p.m. sharp.
 Also starting at 8 p.m. sharp is Shaela Miller’s Windy City Opry at the Slice on the second Wednesday of the month.
 This week, Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Opry features Sol James who blends  jazz, soul,  R and B and country music. There is a $10 cover for the show.
 Lethbridge College welcomes back students and the community with the third annual Couleefest, Sept. 14.

Lethbridge College welcomes students and the community to campus for the third annual Couleefest, Sept. 14 and in the process gives everybody a chance to not only hear some excellent music, but get a feel for everything the College has to offer.
 Live music will be happening on the Brighter Together Stage, with The Corey Hotline, 21st Avenue, Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction, and The Cayley performing from 1 -5 p.m.
 The Nova Scotiables play the stage at 5 p.m. during Kodiaks Happy hour and Leeroy Stagger winds things up at 6 p.m.
 There will also be plenty of interactive Lethbridge College program showcases. Plus a beer gardens.
 Local  musicians the Corey Hotline, 21st Avenue, the Cayley and Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction will perform throughout the day from 10-5 p.m.
The Nova Scotiables perform for Kodiak’s Hour from 5-6 p.m. during which there will be four dollar drink specials.There will also be prizes and contests for community members during happy hour. They have a big day of family fun and live music beginning at 1 p.m. culminating with headliner Leeroy Stagger, who plays at 6 p.m.
 The Steve Keenan band will be holding court blues style at Casino Lethbridge for the weekend.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:41 ) Read more...
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