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Not a lot going on to open 2018

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To borrow a line from the Odds’ Craig Northey’s  theme to hit TV show Corner Gas “There’s not a lot going on” to open 2018, but there are excellent shows already planned, “so that’s why you can stay so long.”If you missed them last week, the Crooked Creek warblers play the Owl Acoustic Lounge again this week.Photo by Richard Amery
Calgary roots/ country musician Carter Felker brings his trio back to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 5.

If you enjoyed the Crooked Creek Warblers at the Slice this past weekend, get a second helping of the local roots duo at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 6. Richard Inman is also on the bill.
 Winnipeg folk punk musician Greg Rekus returns to host the ope mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan 9 with British singer/ songwriter  Tim Holehouse.

 Hippodrome play their usual early year show at the Slice on Jan. 6 with special guests, Calgary Celtic rock trio Three Finger Shot.

 Open 2018 with laughs as Yuk Yuks Comedy returns to Average Joes, Friday, Jan. 5 with  Garrett Clark, Matt Foster and hist Randy Webb. Tickets are $20 on the day of the show and $15 in advance.
 Earlier in the day, Casa features “Lunch and listen” featuring  Lisa Mulgrew and pianist Zain Solinski.

 Club Didi has  an exciting January planned, including their first open mic of 2018, Jan 9.

 The following week, the Windy City Opry opens their second year at the Slice with Kory Istace and  Aryn El Hefe. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover.

The Lethbridge Folk Club opens the new year with Calgary rockabilly trio Peter and the Wolves, Saturday, Jan. 13. And the first ukulele jam of the year is at Casa, Jan. 14 from 2-3 p.m.

 Later in the year there are a couple of bigger shows coming up. FlIPfest presents Duchess Says, Partner and WITS on Jan. 17.

 The Slice also welcomes back Celtic rock band The Derina Harvey Band on Jan. 19.

 The Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to Lethbridge at the end of January, with Craig Campbell, Pete Zedlacher, Paul Myrehaug and Dan Quinn making you laugh at Average Joes, Jan 26. Tickets are $35 in advance.
 So far February looks like it is going to rock. Stone Sour, Halestorm and the Dead Deads play the Enmax Centre, Feb. 1. Tickets are $58.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 January 2018 13:02 ) Read more...

Tyrants of Chaos celebrate a very metal Christmas

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Saturday night was the night to catch bands I haven’t seen for a while, and apparently was everybody’s night to hit the town.
 The Slice hosted a sold out “Very metal Christmas,” Dec. 16.

Curtiss Vaselenak and Phil Sirias of Tyrants of Chaos play a sold out show at the Slice, Dec. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

I missed Bring your own Bodies and Caste of Shadows, but caught local metal band Tyrants of Chaos, who played a set of mostly original, longer, epic length songs.

They were powered by Phil Sirias’s air raid siren vocals and chugging rhythm guitar from new guitarist Josh Nicol and screeching solos of Curtiss Vaselenak, which  were highlighted by smoke and a brace of flashing stage lights.

 They began with  “Habitat of Insanity, and followed it up with “Ancient Cord of Coexistence.” “Trenchfoot,” featured some impressive bass playing by Paul Denton.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:36 )

Fast Times rock the hits at Casino Lethbridge

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I haven’t seen local classic rock band  Fast Times for a while, so I stopped by Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 16 for some of their Saturday night show.Jasmine Mitchell and Jackie French of Fast Times at Casino Lethbridge. Photo by Richard Amery

They had a good sized crowd listening and dancing.

They added a lot of pop music since the last time I saw Fast Times. Jackie French shared lead vocals with her daughter Jasmine Mitchell on a variety of contemporary pop of the likes of Pink to the classic rock they are known for, drawing from a solid stable of classic rock hits including ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” “ CCR/Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock And Roll” and Robert Palmer’s “Bad Case of Loving You.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:29 )

Mark Hall Band trimmed to a trio for Legends show

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 I haven’t seen the Mark Hall band for a while, so stopped by Legends to catch some of their set,” Dec. 16 at Legends.

The trimmed down trio played lots of classic rock, southern rock and ’90s country.The Mark Hall Band at Legends pub, Dec. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

I arrived in the middle of a hot version of the JJ Cale penned  Lynyrd Skynyrd hit “Call Me the Breeze.”

Garry Drayton joined them on stage to sing a couple of songs including Sawyer brown’s ’90s country classic “ Some Girls Do. ”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 11:04 )

Joey Only and Adam Farnsworth add humour to country music

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I was hoping to see a few more people  at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Dec. 15 for the return of northern B.c. outlaw country musician Joey Only and keyboardist Adam Farnsworth.
  I arrived in the middle of a solo set by Farnsworth who was playing humourous ditties which included a touch Adam Farnsworth and Joey Only play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 15. Photo by Richard Ameryof blues, some jazz scatting and overall sounded like fellow Vancouver alt country  musician Petunia with a piano.

Joey Only joined him on acoustic  guitar to play some acoustic guitar and  complement his quirkiness with quirky music of his own.
 Only told stories and sang ribald songs while cracking unsettling jokes about offing himself later that night.
 He sounded like a mix of Washboard Hank and Tim Hus.

His song about Newfoundland called “No Fun Land” was a highlight. As was his song about black flies in Ontario which anyone who had ever been there would identify with.
 He added to the humour by swatting away imaginary black flies in between chords and when Farnsworth played a piano solo.

A lot of his set explored the wild side of rural life including “A Hunting We Will Go,” and another song about a rasta growing pot in rural Ontario.
He sang a couple of songs about the gentrification of Vancouver including “ Run The Bums Out of Town” and revamping blues classic Bourgeois Blues to include a few verses about Vancouver.

After some of the audience brought the duo beers, they continued with a spirited cover of Andrew Neville and the Poor Choices “Stupid Fucking Things I’ve Done” and Phil Ochs’ “ Draft Dodger Rag” and classic “the Rodeo Song.”

A couple of older songs were highlights  including “Punk Rock Country Band” whichexplored his roots as a young punk who realized he also enjoyed country music  as did “Spiderland Punk Fest.” 

He also played his contribution to the Great Canadian Song Competition,“A Tempest Wind” in which he was competing against the Pack AD and Gordon Downie, but lost out the Aiden Knight’s song about water.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:02 )
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