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St. Arnaud plays all kinds of pop from Plaskett to the Beatles

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 The Owl Acoustic Lounge had a decent crowd, Oct 18 for Edmonton indie rock band St. Arnaud.

St. Arnaud playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played an outstanding set of indie rock strongly reminiscent of Joel Plaskett, but also pulled off some Beatles style pop and touched on ’70s rock as well.

 They even added a trumpet for  a touch of jazz.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 25 October 2019 17:48 )

Tyler Shaw plays peppy pop at sold out show

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Average Joes  was sold out for a mega pop show featuring Craig Stickland and Tyler Shaw, Oct. 18.

 I don’t listen to listen to much pop musTyler Shaw played a sold out show at Average Joes, Oct. 18. Photo bY Richasrd Ameryic, but  Shaw is one of the many people the local Top 40 stations play without introducing. So while I couldn’t name many of his songs, I definitely recognized them and so did the audience, most of whom were singing along from the first notes. He sang in appealing R and B/soul tinged tenor voice and had a lot of energy.

He also know how to play to his crowd of mostly  young women who sang along with every word.

 I missed Stickland’s opening set and was counting on seeing him play lead guitar with Shaw, but it was not to be, though Stickland joined him on stage as Shaw donned an acoustic guitar, to sing a duet on  the more country number “When I Taste Tequila.”

 Shaw was only backed by a lead guitarist and drummer, with other pre-recorded instruments playing subtly in the background.

 He crooned ballads but also brought  a lot of energy in more up-tempo tracks.
“ By My Side” was a highlight. I recognized “With You,”one of the umpteenth ballads he crooned, which inspired me to catch other shows.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 25 October 2019 17:38 )

Daniel Champagne plays hot percussive guitar

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I was sad to miss another set of acoustic guitar pyrotechnics from Australian musician Daniel Champagne, show played a sold out show at the Slice for an enraptured audience, Oct. Daniel Champagne returned to the Slice for a sold out show, Oct.17. Photo By Richard Amery17.

Champagne sang beautiful melodies in his pleasant tenor voice while unleashing furious Chet Atkins style fingerpicked licks, while simultaneously tapping all over his guitar body to create an assortment of different percussive sounds.

 Unfortunately I only caught the end of  the set, but was suitably impressed, not only by Champagne, but also by the fact it was sold out on a weekday as was his Lethbridge debut last year.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 25 October 2019 17:32 )

Eryn Kleyh excited to bring the pop with old friends

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It will be a night for the ladies at the Slice, Oct. 30,  as Vernon based musician Eryn Kleyh finally gets to tour with old friends Nixie and Elle Wolf, plus Calgary musician Adrian Chalifour will be taking the stage for a pre-Halloween party.Eryn Kleyh returns to Lethbridge, Oct. 30. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’ll just be me this time, but I’ll be playing electric guitar, which is unusual for me,” said Kleyh, who was last here with her band   She hangs Brightly in December, her other band October Poppy in November and on her own with Jenny Allen and Kimberley MacGregor just before that.

“Nixie and Elle Wolf live in Vancouver. I’ve been friends with them for a long time, but we’ve never toured together, but this time were playing five shows together. That’s what I’m looking forward to most— five girls packed into a car. It will be a lot of fun,” she said.

“ I’ve been playing a lot around home. I played a lot in the Okanagan this summer and doing a lot of silversmithing, making lots of jewelry,” she continued.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 October 2019 17:51 ) Read more...

The Wild! ready to rock back where they started

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Kelowna rockers The Wild! are going back to their roots— small clubs. They haven’t played Lethbridge since 2016 and since then they have   toured the world with  their mentors Airborne and even Motorhead’s Phil Campbell.

The Wild! return to Lethbridge for Halloween. Photo by Brandon Hart
“We haven’t really played a Canada  a lot in the past two years because we’ve been concentrating on the European market. We’ve toured there three or four times” said frontman Dylan Villain, taking a breather in between tours, sounding more like a businessman than a beer swilling, party hearty, guitar wielding rebel spreading their balls to the wall, straight ahead rock and roll across the world like the bastard children of ZZ Top and AC DC.
They play a close to sold out Halloween show at the Slice with local band 21st Avenue.

 They’ve played Lethbridge with heavy hitters like One Bad Son and Buck Cherry and were supposed to play the Enmax with Breaking Benjamin, but Breaking Benjamin cancelled that tour.

“We‘re not the type of band to dress up for Halloween like some bands do. Our show speaks for itself. And we want to play a very solid 90 minute set this time,” he said, adding they will be playing music from their previous two recordings and the new singles “Playing with Fire” and “Helluva Ride.”
“And we’ll be playing new songs  you haven’t heard before,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 October 2019 01:10 ) Read more...
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