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Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival features a lot of great music this year

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Things are ready to go for this year’s Lethbridge Jazz and Blues festival, which begins June 7 with several big shows.
“Things are coming together reaDon Robb is excited about the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival this year. Photo by Richard Amerylly well,”— said Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival president Don Robb.
“We have our venues and artists lined up,” he said.

“ It begins on June 7 with the young Lions concert in Galt Gardens. And after that Kaley Kinjo and the Hypocrites are playing at City Hall. it will be a really classy show,” Robb said. Tickets for that show are  $45 in advance, $50 at the door.
 Jazz in the Park features an all star lineup performing for free beginning at noon with  Rondell Roberts followed by  Montuno West, Velle Weitman and Kootenay Soul and the Dirty Catfish brass Band will being  the day to a close,” said Robb, noting there is no backup plan for the outdoor events, w so they go rain or shine , smoke or no smoke.

“ We hope the smoke will dissipate and there will be no rain. It would be too expensive to have a backup plan for them,” he said.
“We have the Sweet Inspiration Gospel Choir on June 12 at Southminster United Church and  Dawn Pemberton conducting. We also have an excellent local choir and a band  with Randy Epp on piano and HBO3  (Paul Holden, James Oldenbiurg, Brad Brouwer),” he said.
“And I’m really excited about  Jim Brenan  at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre. He’s bringing a 10 or 11 piece band with him,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 June 2019 09:34 ) Read more...

Stampeders returning to play a variety of hits from the ’70s

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Calgary born, Toronto based ’70s classic rockers the Stampeders return to Lethbridge, Monday, June 10 to play the Yates Theatre.The Stampeders return to Lethbridge, June 10. Photo submitted
“It‘s been a lot of fun since we reformed in 1992,” said guitarist Rich Dodson, who left the classic rockers known for a variety of different hits  including “Wild Eyes,” “Sweet City Woman,” “Hit the Road Jack and numerous others which spanned a variety of genres including country, rock, pop, flirted with elements of jazz and even dabbled in disco for a few years.

 Dodson left the Stampeders in 1977 to do some solo projects and reunited with band mates bassist/vocalist Ronnie King and drummer vocalist Kim Berly in 1992.

“It’s been very productive,” said Dodson, who is pleased the current tour, which comes to the Yates Theatre on June 10, has already had several sold out dates.
“We’re in the Yates this time. We used to play Whoop Up Days a lot. But this tour is mostly theatres, which is really comfortable for the audience and for us. We started playing more theatres about four years ago,” he continued.
“We really enjoy meeting everyone after and signing autographs,” he said, adding they play perhaps 65 dates a year, mostly on weekends, though they spent April playing a mostly sold out tour of the Maritimes.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 June 2019 09:18 ) Read more...

Mike Edel and D.O.A. play a diverse show for a packed house

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You never know what shows people will show up for, especially on a Tuesday. So I was pleasantly surprised to see  the Slice standing room only, Tuesday, May 21 , for what I thought would be mostly D.O.A. fans, however most of Joe Keithley of D.O.A. at the Slice, May 21. Photo by Richard Amerythem were there to see Seattle ’s Mike Edel and his trio.
 I missed opening act Tyson Ray Borsboom, but caught most of Edel’s solid set of appealing, guitar fueled, delay laden indie rock.

 The affable Edel told stories and played songs from his new CD “Thresholds,” singing in an appealing tenor voice along the lines of Dan Mangan, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Donovan Woods and a touch of Ed Sheeran.

 Edel beamed on stage, dancing with his guitar, knocking of layers of delay soaked ambience along the lines of Brian Eno era U2.

One of many highlights was “Go With You,” which he dedicated to his dad Larry, who I think may have been in the audience for the Alberta born Edel, who moved to S B.C. and recently Seattle.
Most of the audience left after Edel’s set, leaving a couple dozen local punks waiting for  Vancouver based punk legends D.O.A. , which left Frontman Joe Keithley a little taken aback by the strange lineup for the night.

 Nonetheless, D.O.A. crashed into a wild set of high voltage “hits”, or most popular songs from a band who you’d never hear on contemporary radio.

 They played some of their most popular numbers including the Enemy, but without the old lyrics as on their neMike Edel telling stories to a packed Slice, May 21. Photo by Richard Ameryw CD of reissued demos “1978.” They played World War 3, “Class War,” and was really pleased to hear one of my favourites “2+2.”

 They barely touched on their most recent studio album “Fight Back,“ only playing “You Need an Ass Kicking Right Now,” from it and “Just Got back From The U.S.A. which they also recorded several years ago.
They also didn’t play  one of my absolute favourites “Disco Sucks.” Though “ Fuck You” was a highlight.

 Keithley was an absolute demon on his battered Gibson SG, knocking out Who like riffs like there was no tomorrow. He did high kicks at bassist Mike Hodsall who returned the favour in between  bashing out thunderous riffs on bass, trading Pete Townsend style windmills with Keithley and leaping high in the air as drummer Paddy Duddy bashed away at the skins.

In a more fair musical world, you would hear D.O.A. on the air with their big catchy hooks and riffs and even guitar solos, which Keithley played behind his head and with his teeth.

But instead they remain, and have been for the past 40 years, our own little secret, shared only by thousands of punks all over the world. Just not here.
 They wound up a short, but sweet set with their incendiary  cover oD.O.Arocking the Slice, May 21. Photo by Richard Ameryf “War (What is It Good For?). Of course, they were called back for an encore of Irish punk classic “Alternative Ulster and “Fucked Up Donny.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:59 )

Homeless in Hawaii bring back the lighter side of the ’90s

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The Slice had a big night of punk and power pop, Saturday, May

18. I only caught one band, who ended up being Calgary’s Homeless in Hawaii and was really impressed if only because I loved that the frontman Tanner Cyr had a speckled silver Gretsch guitar just like mine.Homeless in Hawaii at the Slice, May 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played a really tight set of mid ’90s style power pop along the lines of the Lemonheads and Gin Blossoms and a touch of Jimmy Eat World, but also added a funky groove and plenty of hot guitar solos, through a set of mostly original music that had my toes tapping.  Cyr put his Gretsch to good use on a solid cover of Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:40 )

Adequate adding more original funkified music

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Adequate made things a little funky at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, May 18, as usual. They’ve been adding more original material like Get the Funk Out of My House, which guitarist Josh Thorlakson sings.

Adequate  at the owl Acoustic lounge, May 18. Photo by Richard AmeryIt fits perfectly in with their usual high energy set of R and B , Soul and, disco and funk., like Rick James’  “Give It to Me.”

 Scott Mezei, playing bass for the part of the set I saw, added more vocoder throughout their set, which had a good sized audience on their feet, dancing up a sweat.

 As usual, Keenan Pezderic sang most of the lead vocals from behind his drum kit.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:23 )
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