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Amy Nelson entertains with music from “Educated Woman’

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 Calgary country/roots musician Amy Nelson brought her band to the Slice for a good old time and a hot set of uptempo twangy country music in support of her new CD “Educated Woman,” Saturday, May 25.Amy Nelson brought her band to the Slice, May 25 in support of her CD Educated Woman. Photo by Richard Amery
 She strummed guitar, crediting opening act Carter Felker for teaching her a how to play a lot of guitar.

Mike Watson added extra twang with his steel guitar.

  Her twang and swagger, not to mention big white cowboy hat reminded me of Nikki Lane

Bassist Beth Curry sang harmonies while getting into a groove. Nelson switched to banjo for a couple more bluegrass tinged songs.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:19 )

Casa opens new artists kiosks with live music

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Casa opened two new artists kiosks with a barbecue and live music, Saturday, May 25.Mi Colombia  Linda dancers at the Casa kiosk opening. Photo by Richard Amery
 A decent crowd enjoyed burgers and chips while enjoying an array of live entertainment.

Bryan Bradfield playing at the Casa kiosk opening. Photo by Richard Amery
 Mary-Anne McTrowe played a variety of ’80s classics and a couple of originals on her ukulele, covering Martha and the Muffins, the Spoons and  They Might be Giants, to name a few.

 After her set, Mi Columbia Linda, put on a vibrant display of energetic traditional Columbian dancing.

 Bryan Bradfield brought out  his dobro. He played some beautiful slide powered blues and traditional country music.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat EditorMary-Anne McTrowe playing at the Casa kiosk opening. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:13 )

Hush Hush Noise show Lily Fawn's more electro pop side

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Lily Fawn brought her new electro pop project Hush Hush Noise to the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, May 24 for approximately 30 people.

Hush Hush Noise bringing unique sounds to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 24. Photo by Richard Amery
After a quick set of appealingly plaintive, keyboard powered pop music from Vandendool,  Lily Fawn and Eric Hogg played an intriguing set of hauntingly beautiful experimental pop music from their debut self titled CD with a backdrop of flashing green laser light shining all over the stage.

Lily Fawn started off behind her drum kit and playing the saw and singing in her ethereal, high pitched whine while bandmate Eric Hogg sang and played guitar. Both played with keyboards and sequencers.

They’re hypnotic set was pretty laid back and had a similar feel, though they broke away to play a highlight which had more of a ’50s doo wop feel. Lily Fawn switched to a baritone ukulele a few songs in which continuing to play with sequencers.

They ended their set with an up tempo rocker “Masochistic Love” which had a more ’70s style B-52s feel.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 08:59 )

Rancho Deluxe release debut CD at the Slice

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Local roots rock band Rancho Deluxe played a successful CD release party at the Slice, Saturday, May 24.

George Arsene playing with Rancho Deluxe. photo by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
 I missed their first set and most of the music from the actual CD “ Lucky Stars,” but caught an excellent set of roots and country music featuring drummer Brad Brouwer, bassist Paul Holden , lead guitarist Tyler Bird and George Arsene singing lead vocals and playing rhythm guitar.

 They played some John Prine and an excellent version of Cross Canadian Ragweed’s “Carny Man.”

 Tyler Bird sang his always enjoyable version of the Volebeats’ Highway 318.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 08:47 )

One hot June for live entertainment

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June is already looking amazing with Pridefest coming up The Rotary Dragon Boat Festival coming up  in a few weeks. But the big event this week is The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival beginning this week with several shows including local jazz musicians performing at  the Young Lions Concert beginning at 12:45 p.m., June 7 in Galt Gardens. Later on, at 7 p.m.  Nikka Yuko Japanese Centre and the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival present Kaley Kinjo and the Hypocrites performing at  at City Hall Tickets are $45 advance, $50 door.Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk is playing with Leeroy Stagger and the Rebeltone Sound at Mortar and Brick tonight. PHoto by Richard Amery

 Saturday, June 8 will be just as busy for jazz buffs. The fun begins at noon, beginning at noon with Jazz in the Park featuring Rondell Roberts at noon, Montuno West at 1:20 p.m., Velle Weitman and Kootenay Soul at 2:40 and  the Dirty Catfish Brass band winding up the free event at 4 p.m.

 The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival has another collaboration at casa later on as they are joining up with The Lethbridge Folk Club to bring Oscar Lopez back to Lethbridge. His concert begins at 7 p.m,  Tickets are $30.

Several venues will be  featuring  the Suppertime Jazz series, beginning June 4 with James Oldenburg performing a solo show at Telegraph from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 James Oldenburg and Paul Holden will be playing the Firestone Restaurant, June 6 from 6-8 p.m.
Streatside Eatery features the Sheldon Arvay Duo, June 8 from 6-8 p.m.
 And local blues band CODA performs as a trio at  a special Blues Brunch, June 9 from noon-2 p.m.
 The Suppertime jazz series continues June 11 with Anna McBryan at  the Telegraph Taphouse  from 5:30-7:30 p.m.. Dale Ketcheson will be at the mocha Cabana, June 12,  from 5;30-7:30 p.m. and The Joe Porter duo wind up the series, June 13 at Firestone, from 6-8 p.m.

But things heat up Tuesday, June 4 , which is is off the hook with three outstanding shows happening.

 Nelson based musician Cam Penner makes a long awaited return to the Owl Acoustic lounge with Jon Wood on Tuesday, June 4. Just down the street Leeroy Stagger and Rebeltone Sound returns home to play a special show at Mortar and Brick in support of his new CD “Me and the Mountain.”
 He will be joined by special guest Steve Marriner. Tickets are $50 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.
 And Keith Catfish Woodrow brings back his monthly Slice of Blues jam to the Slice a little later on, around 9 p.m.

Club Didi also features their open mic with Rylan and Jeff , June 4, 8-10 p.m.

Karen Romanchuk and  Bruce McKay play the Stoketown brunch series, 11:30 a.m., June 8.

  And for something completely different from jazz and folk, U of L based community radio station CKXU are starting to put on shows at Theoretically Brewing.
 They kick off summer at Theoretically Brewing, June 7 with  Tyra Whitson, Chief N’ Council, Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset playing at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 June 2019 11:08 ) Read more...
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