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Jo Hikk rocks the country

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It’s always fun to see an up and coming band in a small club when you just know they’re going to break it big and soon.
Jo Hikk, a Calgary based band, who already gets regular play  on country radio across Canada thanks to a string of hits including “My Kind of Radio” and their cover of the Stampeders’ “Sweet City Woman” played to  perhaps 30 people at Average Joes, Aug. 22. They showed they have serious live chops and know how to sing a song with a touch of country, southern rock and all kinds of things.
 The played all of their hits and introduced their catchy, almost Spanish flavoured latest single “Dancing with the Devil’s Daughter.”
 They sounded tight and bassist/singer Kelly Sitter sounded like a countrified Rob Thomas all the while looking a little  like Brad Paisley. Keyboardist  Don Jorgensen brought out the mandolin for a cover of Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” and lead guitarist  Kenny Sitter took a turn on lead vocals for a credible cover of my favourite song, Doucette’s “Mama Let Him Play,” though the keyboard seemed out of place in that song.
 They ended their set with an amped up version of their break-out hit “Pimp My Tractor” which is on one of  the Big Rock’s music compilation CDs then were called back for an encore of “New Orleans is Sinking.”

Laugh, sing and play the blues this week

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Last week Lethbridge was the place to be thanks to Whoop-Up Days and   all of the other events surrounding it. This week, a good chunk of the Lethbidge music scene is going to Taber to play at the Taber Cornfest. Acts heading east include the Shaela Miller Threesome who play Friday night, Fast Times, Hippodrome, Karen Romanchuk and Trevor Panczak and Rough Stock who all play Saturday.
But there is a lot going on in Lethbridge as per usual.
 Get ready to laugh with the First Annual Comedy Festival taking place at HB’s Lounge HB’s lounge  featuring Yuk Yuks comedians this week beginning Aug. 25 when Tony Krolo, Donavon Deschner and Dana Alexander kick things off.
Henotic has a couple big events beginning  Wednesday, Aug. 27 with Cedar Tavern Singers with Lance Semak, Sonis McAllister and the Barracuda Orchestra performing an assortment of spoken word poetry and  related weirdness.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 August 2009 13:25 ) Read more...

Buckcherry rocks the roof but Inward Eye steals the show

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Buckcherry was a blast but Inward Eye pretty much stole a packed show at the Blarney Stone, Aug. 25 which also featured Edmonton’s Social Code.
Winnipeg  trio Inward Eye pulled out all the stops as they resurrected the spirit of the Who, windmills, power chords, frenetic drumming and everything starting precisely at 8 p.m. while the last wavering sunbeam caressed the stage, well organized chaos took place on the stage. The three brothers bounced all over the place while playing  catchy classic rock fused “new old band style”  tunes and did everything but swing from the rafters. I would have liked to hear a better sound mix on  the vocals though.
I was looking forward to Social Code, especially after getting a preview of their new album “Rock and Roll” before interviewing them  last week.  They only played a couple  new tracks, prefacing each one with  a  few bars of hits like “Walk This Way” and Seven Nation Army.”
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2009 23:34 ) Read more...

Dave McCann psyched about new CD

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 Dave McCann and the Firehearts, formerly Dave McCann and the Ten Toed Frogs  are looking forward to the release of their new CD, “ Dixiebluebird,” much of which they premiered at the Slice, Aug 24.Dave McCann
At least 70 people were at the Slice for the event which raised approximately $1,500 for Woods Homes. The Skilletlikkers , with special guest Doran Hoge on mandolin, played an energetic set of originals and favoured covers. 
“ We just thought we we done doing with the folk sound and were starting to get more of an edge to our music. We felt it was a name that reflected that change,” said McCann, who along with his band, guitarist Dave Bauer, bassist Pete Loughlin, drummer Tim Williams and pedal steel guitarist Charlie Hayse, spent a few weeks in December in east Nashville recording the new CD with Will Kimbrough, who has worked with Todd Snider among others.
“These people in Nashville, they make records for a living, that’s what they do, so it was so incredible being there,” McCann said.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 August 2009 22:34 ) Read more...

Folk Club ready for upcoming season

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The Lethbridge Folk Club has some excellent shows lined up for 2009-2010.
 Their new season begins Sept. 19 with Kris Demeanor and his crack band at the Lethbridge Folk Club. The show will begin at 8 p.m. with Dusty Dee opening.
 The Folk club welcomes some big name Nashville musicians  to the Wolf’s Den, for Halloween night. Robin and Linda Williams will be performing with Common Ground.
And Canadian history based folk group Tanglefoot stops by Lethbridge, Friday, Nov. 27 on their farewell tour.
Then Highwater Jug Band will  open the new year on Jan. 9. The Lester Quitzau trio  will be playing the blues, Feb. 6.
And if you missed Katherine Wheatley and  Wendell Fergusson at the Round Street Cafe a few months ago, don’t miss their March 6 show at the Wolf’s Den.
If you like Celtic music, Calgary’s  Tir Na n’Og performs April 10.
 And Cree  musician Phyliss Sinclair stops by the Wolf’s Den  May 8.
 Open mics will continue on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the Wolf’s Den. As always everyone is welcome to play.
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 August 2009 12:00 )
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