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Halloween and drama highlights of this week

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It’s starting to feel like Fall and that means Halloween.
University of Lethbridge Community radio station CKXU  is excited about their second annual haunted house at the Old Firehall, Oct. 26 and 27.
 There will be three levels of  ’50s and ’60s campy horror movie styled fun. The actual haunted house in Oct. 26 and 27 from 1-7 p.m.. Admission is $10 for adults, Children 10 and up  and students $5 and kids under 10 free. There will be an array of ghosts, ghouls, mad butchers, spooky monsters, wild witches and more. There will be plenty of activities for the kids and  Mystery Gang tour guides and even a drive in themed photo booth.

36? Return tolethbridge to play CKXU's Fright hall this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 In addition to that, that means there is a whole lot of music happening.
 The Terrific Kids Collective collaborate with CKXU  to bring in a big night of alternative rock and pop music, Friday, Oct. 25.
Saskatoon based Indie psych rock band The Radiation Flowers will be performing with Calgary based indie pop band 36? and local  power pop band J  Blissette and experimental art rock band  Marigold. There is a  $10 cover for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.
 If hip hop is more your styles, Fright House fun continues, Oct. 26 with Calgary based tamil goonda rap collective Cartel Madras, Edmonton based experimental Prairie Hip hop and soul musician tzadeka aka Maigan van der Giessen - Emcee/Vocalist and Mark Czuba - DJ/Producer. Louis Cza and brettlee are also on the bill. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

 But that’s not the only  pre-Halloween party planned.  Pops Pub South features Uncovered and the Plaid Ramblers performing beginning at 8 p.m.  Kapow Comics celebrates  Halloween, Friday, Oct. 25 with a big slab of local of metal. NyghtBlaed, Eons of Earth and Pomeranian Fight Club will be performing. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

 For actual Halloween, Kelowna rock band the Wild! return to Lethbridge to play an intimate show at the Slice, Oct. 31. Tickets are going fast at $10 a pop. Local band 21st Avenue will be opening. The Junkman’s Quire play Halloween at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. theoretically Brewing celebrated hllloween by closing their patio with a haunted halloween party withWinnipeg ant-rock band  Trapoline, Calgary hard rock duo Johnnor and local band Fawns. The music begins at 8 p.m. Admission is$15 in advamce, $20 at the door.

 But the fun begins early in the week with a couple of outstanding Wednesday night shows.

The Slice rocks with new local band the Waterfront  Lethbridge’s the Cayley, Calgary based rockers Homeless in Hawaii and Ontario band Excuses Excuses. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.
 Just down the street, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features Edmonton pop rock group Wares plus Vandendool. Admission is by donation.

For rap fans, Drop N’ Beats is holding a fundraiser at Good Times, Oct, 24 for the McMan Youth, Family and Community Services. Performers include LRev, Heavy Knowledge, Our Neighbour the King and youth from Drop N Beats. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door. It runs from 7-10 p.m.
 There are a lot of open mics as well with open mics at Beaches on Wednesday and Jaymz Joseph hosts the open mic at the Slice in Thursday. The monthly poetry open mic with Teri Petz has been moved to this week due to Halloween.

 It’s a good weekend to rock. The Bamboo Guppies return to Casino Lethbridge, Oct. 25 and 26.
 The Slice features QuickDraw and MollytheBoyCat, Friday, Oct. 25.
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes country on Oct. 25 with Rancho Deluxe performing.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes pop on Oct. 26 with local musicians Bailey Kate, Travis Matthews and Laura Hickli. Admission is by donation.
Local blues rock band the Steve Keenan Band return to The Slice on Oct. 26.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 October 2019 09:05 ) Read more...

Misery Mountain Boys bring joy with jazz tinged bluegrass

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 It has been a couple of years since Edmonton jazz/ bluegrass band the Misery Mountain Boys play the Lethbridge Folk club, so I was glad to catch their Lethbridge returThe Misery Mountain Boys’ Lindsay Bueckert at the Slice, Oct. 12.Photo By Richard Ameryn at the Slice, Saturday, Oct. 12.

They were a lot of fun, adding a little clarinet and saxophone.

 Upright bassist Lindsay Bueckert, sporting a coonskin cap, grinned as she she thumped away on her bass.

Bandmates Steve Gevenich, Sam Toms and Ethan Markwart sang multi-part vocal harmonies while performing upbeat, perky, jazz tinged bluegrass and folk music, which had  a lot of toes tapping.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:48 )

The Jins play intense set of ear-bleeding post grunge

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Vancouver retro grunge band the Jins made a surprise visit to the Owl Acoustic lounge, Saturday, Oct. 19.
 I missed Mombod, Morii and the Perverts.

The Jins playing nthe Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 12. Photo by Richard Amery
The Jins channelled the spirit and the raw power of Nirvana and then some, even resembling Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and  Krist Novoselic.
 They backed that up by pretty much clearing the room of people who probably saw Nirvana the first time round with an excruciatingly loud, ear bleeding, but tight set of snarling grunge and punk music.

 So there were lots of power, feedback and distortion.
 They drew a lot from ’90s grunge, powering through their CD “Death Wish,” winding things down with “ She Said.”

 Those who remained  called them back for an encore. Though their bassist broke this strap, the trio powered through one more.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:19 )

Del Barber back with empathetic “Easy Keeper”

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Winnipeg area musician Del Barber returns to the Geomatic Attic, Tuesday, Oct. 22 in support of his new CD “Easy Keeper,” a record he never thoughDel Barber returns to the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 22. Photo by Richard Ameryt he’s ever get to make.
“I’ve been busy being a dad and trying to reconcile that with touring and not being there,” said Barber, who has a busy tour schedule booked into 2021.
Barber underwent a period of soul searching when he parted ways with True North Records and his manager, around the same time he settled down on his wife’s parents’ farm in southern Manitoba.

“I didn’t think I would get to make music again, so a lot of songs come from that point in time. I’m always writing. But people still want to hear from me,” Barber continued, adding Rolling Stone magazine just published an interview with him abut the new album.
“That’s the first time they have ever paid any attention to me so that’s like the Holy Grail,” he said.

 No Depression magazine, the go to source for alt country and roots magazine, also interviewed him.
 “I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years and people are starting to listen,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:17 ) Read more...

Lots of rock, pop and country this week

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This week rocks and pops.The Bridgette Yarwood duo plays twice this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Things get started with Gabe Thaine’s High Level Variety, Show onOct. 15 at 8 p.m.  Michael Bartz is the host.
Classic rock fans will be in hippie Heaven as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s  John Fogerty returns to the Enmax Centre, Wednesday, Oct. 16 with his “My 50 Year Trip Tour.”
 Expect to hear CCR classics and Fogerty’s solo hits.

 Tickets are $29.95, $49.50, $79.50, $99.95 (Incl. GST) + s/c . The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

 For a little bit of a contrast to that, Sherwood Park alt-pop band The Royal Foundry return to the Slice, Oct. 16 as well. Winnipeg based songwriter Roman Clarke is also on the bill plus local singer songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom.
 Expect a plethora of wild and wonderful musical instruments and manic ’80s pop energy from Royal Foundry.
For something a little more mellow, Northern Albertan country musician Maddie Storvold, who was on CTV’s the launch and recently released her hit single ’Don’t Say you Love Me’, plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 16 as well.

If you love acoustic guitar pyrotechnics and percussion, Australian born, Nashville based virtuoso, Daniel Champagne returns to the Slice, Oct. 17.
Admission is $20. He sold out the Slice almost exactly a year ago.
The weekend is all about pop music.
 Average Joes features welcomes Tyler Shaw’s “Wanted” tour to the stage, Friday, Oct. 18.
 Shaw was nominated a for the 2019 pop album of the year for his sophomore CD  “Intuition,” which spawned the hit singles ”With you” and  “To the Man Who Let Her Go.”
 He will be joined by Craig Stickland on guitar.
 Strickland, who has toured with Alessia Cara and Matt Good, will also be opening the show, which begins at 10:15 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

 Jon Martin returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Edmonton musician St. Arnaud, Oct. 18.

 It’s great to see Bridgette Yarwood on stage again. She brings her jazz/ pop duo to Good Times, Oct. 18 at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance $10 at the door. If you miss that show, she is also playing a big afternoon  fundraising concert at the Gate Church, Saturday, Oct. 18. Also on that bill are local blues band Coda, Deacon Harley and thew Spark and Behold.  Tickets are $10. The show runs from 1-5 p.m.

Average Joes presents the a eleventh annual Scotchtoberfest, Oct. 19 from 8-11 p.m. with local rock bands DNR, the Nova Scotiables and the Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums.The event is a fundraiser for A New Dawn. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

This week’s folk fix comes courtesy of Winnipeg musician Vince Andrushko who plays the Slice, Oct. 19 with George Arsene. Prairie Huckster play folk  and roots music music at Plum on Oct. 19 as well.They are also at Theoretically brewing on Friday with Casati and john Greenshields. The show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

Hanna born, Lethbridge based Trevor Christensen and El Mule  will be be playing country and rock at Casino Lethbridge all weekend.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 October 2019 21:00 ) Read more...
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