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Andrew Scott and Sleeping With Tuesday back for superb show

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Over at the Slice, Aug, 27, Andrew Scott was back in town to play a show with his wife, Julie on  drums.


 He sang a variety of songs, beginning with “Country Roads,” and carried on with a decent version of Fred Eaglesmith’s “I Like Trains.”
He brought out the ukulele for a couple other countryish songs and a dobro for a couple slide blues  powered tunes as Andrew Scott playing ukulele at the Slice, Aug. 27. Photo by Richard Amerywell.


Sleeping With Tuesday put on another excellent showSleeping With Tuesday’s Dino Scavo and Evan Schaaf. Photo by Richard Amery though I couldn’t hear John Paul Smith’s vocals very well.


They played numerous songs  from their new CD “Shuffle,” including the first single “Fa Fa Phone” as well as some track  from their debut then launched into a variety of their patented weird covers including a cool version of “Sweet Caroline,” “Land Down Under,” “99 Red Balloons” as well as “Ghostbusters”.


A cover of the Cars’ “Just What I Needed,” which was a perfect fit for a band which is heavily influenced by them.
 They were called back for an encore of “Blitzkrieg Bop,” which lead into a  couple of their own songs,  which they closed their set with.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 September 2010 15:09 )
 

All kinds of acoustic at Owl with James Oldenburg and John Greenshields

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 John Greenshields at Owl, Aug. 27. photo by Richard AmeryThe Owl had some outstanding acoustic music on Friday, Aug. 27.


 James Oldenburg was in a classical kind of mood as he  played a quick set of  classical music, a beautiful version of the Beatles “All the Lonely People” then finished with a superb version of “Classical Gas.”


It’s been a while since John Greenshields has played a show in James Oldenburg playing “Classical Gas” at Owl, Aug. 27. Photo by Richard AmeryLethbridge, so it was great to see him at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday, Aug. 27.


 I only caught a couple songs, but his personable stage presence and tenor voice shone through a Bob Dylan song, one of his own and an excellent version of Lowell George’s “Willin’”.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Blackberry Wood smokes through set of upbeat, jazz tinged old tyme country

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Vancouver’s Blackberry Wood, whose numbers once included members of Maria in the Shower brought a shot of old-tyme country with a smattering of Las Vegas cabaret kitsch to the Slice and a truck-load of jazz fueled energy, Aug. 26.Blackberry Wood played an energetic show at the Slice, Aug. 26. Photo by Richard Amery


The band, who played the Glastonbury Music Festival this summer for an audience of 200,000, had to settle for 20 loud and boisterous, enthusiastic Thursday night “small but loud crowd” at the Slice. But they gave it all they had with a lot of peppy saxophone, some upbeat percussion, a slide whistle, coconuts and a lot of other odd percussion instruments, plus a muck-bucket bass and a home made theramin as well as a  lot of beaming smiles and leaping around.


They were dressed like they should have been performing on the Las Vegas strip, but sounded like something straight out of a ’30s vaudeville show.
 In addition to numerous peppy originals, they played an upbeat jazz version of Tom Waits’ “I Don’t want to Grow Up,” as well they jazzed up an old Hank Williams standard “Honky Tonkin.’”


Their “song about hobos – Ramblin’” was a crowd favourite as well as another called “Don’t Come Back No More” which featured some beautiful vocal harmonies.
 There was a lot of sexy saxophone playing  and some impressive percussion played by two pretty girls, who put on a show with the band who sounded like the Plaid Tongued Devils but without the dueling fiddles.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 September 2010 14:18 )
 

Dilemma film fundraiser to kickstart this week

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If you are staying in Lethbridge for the long weekend, there is a lot going on for music this week.
Average Joes/ Joes Garage has a busy week, beginning on Thursday, Sept. 2, with Lethbridge’s own Andrew Scott hosts the Slice’s open mic, Sept. 7 with the Turncoats. Photo by Richard Ameryversion of Said the Whale — Jesse and the Dandelions —  who are playing a fund-raiser there for a new local film project called Dilemma which is nearing completion. Extras are needed for the final shoot, Monday at 1 p.m. at Average Joes.
 Cover is $10 and there will be drink specials. The show begins at 8 p.m.
 In a nutshell, Dilemma is the story of Abby, who makes her way to Canada from England on a journey of self-discovery. She meets her two cousins, Jack and Charlie, who take her out to the club one night. While at the club Abby defends herself and accidentally kills a man. She discovers more than she bargained for and is faced with a difficult decision that could change her life.
They are scheduled to shoot Aug. 27-29 and Sept.  3-6.


For something a little different, Average Joes goes country with up and coming country star Shane Chisholm and the next night they are bringing back Kelowna’s the Unknown Culprits to play a little bit of blues/blues rock including  originals and classics from the likes of AC DC, CCR and Jimi Hendrix.
The Slice is bringing back Winnipeg based pop singer Jodi King for a special CD release party, for her brand new CD “Little Smile,” which was just released Aug. 24. She is performing Sept. 2.


 Another cool show at the Slice is with rockers  Kill Matilda who play with the New Weather Machine, Sept. 3. The Slice also has an interesting  new rock band called the Undersigned band who play on Sept. 3 And if you missed Andrew Scott on the weekend at the Mocha Cabana and Owl Acoustic Lounge, then catch him with Lethbridge favourites, The Turncoats who host the open mic at the Slice, Sept. 7
Tonight Touques and Beards host the Slice’s open mic.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Friday, 03 September 2010 11:48 )
 

Billie Vegas rocks the casino

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Billie Vegas aren’t exactly a new local band, the first time I saw them was one of their first gigs at a Slice open mic, but I was glad to catch one of their Billie Vegas played the hits at Casino LEthbridge this past weekend. Photo by Richard AmerySaturday night sets at Casino Lethbridge, Aug. 21.


 They had a group dancing in front of the stage through a selection of popular hits including  Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” The Tragically Hip’s “Blow At High Dough,” “Life is a Highway.” They  even played a decent version of AC DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” sung credibly by lead singer Allison who asked the audience what they wanted to hear next, Kiss or Heart after which they ended with a  sizzling version of Heart’s “Barracuda.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
 
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 August 2010 11:31 )
 
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