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Lots more live music for Leap year weekend

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This year is a leap year this year, and with Feb. 29 falling on a Saturday, that means an extra night of live music and then some.
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has a busy week ahead of them with an eclectic set of shows scheduled.

Boots and the hoots return to Lethbridge this week. photo by Richard Amery
 They have a rare Thursday night show, Feb. 27 with Red Deer roots /folk band Boots and The Hoots and Broken Brothers aka Eric Laroque and Ben Caldwell, performing after the Owl’s monthly poetry open mic hosted by Teri Petz at 7:30 p.m.
 They turn things up a notch, Feb. 28 with Calgary soul and funk band God Spilt the Milk plus local bands the Cayley and 21st Avenue. Admission is by donation.

Lethbridge Musical Theatre’s Broadway open mic returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 29 from 3-5 p.m. So come on out and belt out your favourite Broadway hits. Live piano accompaniment will be provided. Feel free to bring you own sheet music or choose from the music available.
 Later on, Jay Bowcott’s new band Rooks return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage at approximately 9:30 p.m.

 The Geomatic Attic brings back Calgary indie rock/ folk band Reuben and the Dark to Southminster United Church, Feb. 29. Local band Ghost Woman open the show at  at 8 p.m. sharp.  Tickets cost $36.50.

 That corner of downtown will be packed Feb. 29, with three big shows happening.
 Ammena Dance presents An Explosion of World Dance in the Yates Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Explosion of World Dance are $31 for adults,  $26 for children.

While right next door in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, the Quaint Quirky and Queer cabaret begins at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

 The Slice rocks as usual this week. On Feb. 28, Red Deer based power pop group The Pits Planet Earth plus local alternative rock band MTBC play the Slice beginning at around 9:30 p.m. There is a $10 cover for the show.

The next night, the Slice features local Led Zeppelin tribute Tangerine beginning at 9 p.m.

The Elim Village features a special  Leap of Faith Dessert Night, Feb. 29 at  the Grand Hall (275 Lettice Perry Road north) beginning at 7 p.m.
Deanna Storfie and Nathalie Snijder will be entertaining throughout the event, 7-9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 February 2020 14:34 ) Read more...

Reuben and the Dark returning to play for Geomatic Attic on Feb. 29

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Reuben Bullock and his band the Dark return to play the Southminster United Church for the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 29.
 They are touring in support of their most recent album un/lovReuben and the Dark return to Lethbridge, Feb. 29. Photo by Richard Amerye, which was released in October and are currently making inroads in the United States.

“ It’s been good so far. We’ve had some sold out shows,” said Bullock, just leaving Minneapolis en route to Winnipeg.
“ American audiences are a lot different that Canadian audiences. A lot of them  know me from bigger projects,” said Bullock, who has had a nice run of having his songs placed in TV shows like “Breaking Bad, The Handmaid’s Tale and Movies like Robert Downey Jr.’s  film “ Dr. Doolittle.”

 “I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles writing for movies and television,”  said Bullock, adding he has been working with a team for the past eight years who help his songs get placed in movies and television.

So a lot of American fans want to hear those songs then they go back into the band’s back catalogue,” he continued, adding it’s like starting from scratch.
 “We‘re playing small clubs in the U.S. And it’s really interesting only having 80 people in the audience, but all 80 know every word of the songs,” he observed.

“Its a really cool feeling.”
 While he has a lot of soundtrack cuts, he doesn’t expect to play many of them.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 February 2020 13:52 ) Read more...

Adequate get audience out of the Valentines Day funk

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Adequate brought the funk to the Slice for Valentines Day.

Adequate get the Valentine's day funk, Feb. 14. Photo by Richard Amery
 There weren’t as many out for the show as I expected, but that didn’t stop the local trio from enjoying every moment of a high powered set of R and B , funk and rock music. Lead guitarist Josh Thorlakson bounced all over the stage, bassist Scott Mezei looked blissed out as usual as did drummer/vocalist Keenan Pezderic.

They played a lot of classics including a high powered version of “War (what is it Good For)” and much more including a lot of jams.

 They brought out the humour in a cover of “Funky Cold Medina.”

If you missed them, they will be at the Owl Acoustic Lounge tonight, Feb. 21.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 21 February 2020 14:25 )

Dungarees and Shaela Miller bring the country to Valentine‘s Day

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I wasn’t sure who was going to open, so I arrived early at the Owl Acoustic Lounge , Feb. 14, just in time for up and The Dungarees played the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 14. Photo by Richard Amerycoming Edmonton based country band  The Dungarees.”

They had a full house as they shot through a solid set of appealing modern country along the lines of bands like High Valley, which they even covered.

 They had a simple set up of rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, steel guitar and drums which made the songs shine through,
 Frontman James Murdoch, who used to live in Lethbridge, was an affable presence on stage, singing up tempo, personal songs about aging and family.

 They played all of their  new EP including the title track “Twenty Something” and the moving “They Don’t Make Em Like they used Too,” about Murdoch’s grandparents, which deserves be a hit on modern country radio as does “Twenty Something.”

 They played a couple older songs including  “Hard Way,” and some new songs plus a couple of well chosen covers including a great version of  Ridley Bent’s “Buckles and Boots.” and  a great set ending cover of Rodney Crowell’s “ Ain’t Living Long Like This.”

Shaela Miller played the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 14. Photo by Richard Amery
 Shaela Miller, sporting a distinctive purple suit jacket and pants, closed the night with her entire band including lead guitarist Evan Uschenko, Tyler Bird on drums and Paul Holden playing upright bass.

 Miller was also in the mood to debut some new songs to be featured on her next CD as well as a few tracks off her most recent CD including “Cheating and Lying.” But she also delved back into a few of her earliest songs, including “Vicious Bitches.” She also added a few covers from the likes of Patsy Cline

As usual, she put on an impassioned, enrapturing performance.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 21 February 2020 14:34 )

Peter and the Wolves rock Casino Lethbridge again

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 Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves returned to Casino Lethbridge for Valentine’s Day Weekend.

Peter and the Wolves returned to Casino Lethbridge, Feb. 14 and 15. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught the first set, Feb. 14. I was pleasantly  surprised to see frontman Peter Cormier brought along his multi-talented back up singers to fill out the band’s sound and to allow Cormier to play a little more keyboards.

 One of the backup singers, Sydney Zadravec also played lead guitar for a few songs, while another backup singer, Meaghan Thompson added saxophone. Deicha Carter  added background vocals and sang lead on a couple of songs.

 Peter and the Wolves played a lot of energetic piano and guitar driven, ’50s style vintage rock and roll including obscure Buddy holly songs, several new songs from their next CD. Some highlights were Boogie Down baby, ” “ My Eyes Track Faster Than my Feet,” and an older song “Wolfman.”

 Cormier switched to guitar midway through  “St. James Infirmary.”

 And, when he found it was going out of tune, left the stage to fetch another guitar while his band vamped on a cool cover of Peggy Lee’s “Fever.”

 They also played a few blues, rock and roll and jazz classics including “Traveling Light.” Their version of blues/ jazz standard St. James Infirmary featured a hot saxophone solo. “Switching In the Kitchen,” was also a highlight.

 As expected, they had a dance floor full of people showing off their best two stepping  and ’50s dance moves.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 21 February 2020 13:40 )
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