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Expanded Children’s festival set for May

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 A bigger and better Children’s festival takes over the Exhibition Park, May 5-6.Twistin’ Tex aka Rainbow the Clown will be one of several wandering entertainers at this year’s festival. Photo by Richard Amery

 The annual New Year’s Family Festival and the annual Children’s Festival have been combined into one big event featuring a variety of entertainment for kids and young adults of all ages.

“This event is child and family friendly. It’s for two days this year,” said Jackie French, who is responsible for booking entertainment for the event.
“There is something here for everyonA cake illustrates some of the highlights of this year’s Children’s Festival, May 5-6 in Exhibition Park. Photo by Richard Amerye such as  Bob the Builder, who has a show on the Kid’s Channel,” she said.

 The event will also include Bike Trials Stunt Show on both days, VKRADE virtual reality games and Escape From LA mini games of logic and puzzle solving. There will be plenty of critters with a petting zoo, Petland Pets plus Purrfect ending Cat Rescue Education and giveaways.

“There are events for teens like the BMX  stunt show and the virtual reality games.

 There will also be a variety of active entertainment including the Orbitron Twist and Spin, bouncy inflatable jumps, Monster Mural Table colouring
There will be special guests including Twistin’ Tex, creating balloon animals.

 Spiderman and Iron man will be making appearances in the Main Pavilion on Friday only. Bob the Builder will be on hand in the South Pavilion both days. Bike Trials are at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday and 10:30 a.m 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., on Saturday.
“There will be different entertainment on Friday and Saturday,” French said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:58 ) Read more...

Locomotive Ghost chug through set of new music

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Calgary based indie rock/ folk quartet Locomotive Ghost made a long awaited return to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 21 with Victoria rock band Peach Pyramid and the first gig of Megan Brown’s nLocomotive Ghost’s Ben Nixon plays a kallinda at the owl Acoustic Lounge, April 21. Photo by Richard Ameryew band Makiisma.
 While I Missed Peach Pyramid, I was pleasantly surprised by Megan Brown’s new  project Makiisma which included Dil Jopp on bass, drummer Keenan Pezderic and keyboardist JJ Waltho.

Instead of featuring Brown’s fiddle playing, which she is known for playing with numerous bands, this project focused on her original songs, guitar playing and pretty singing.
 They had  a keyboard driven, jazz tinged ’70s sound reminiscent of Steely Dan and  Supertramp , mixed with fingerpicking guitar and vocals which reminded me of Moose jaw songwriter Megan Nash.

 I couldn’t quite make out her stage patter due to the crowd’s chatter, but one of the songs was her submission to this years South Country Fair songwriting competition which made the finals.

It has been a few years since Locomotive Ghost coasted into town.

 They played a strong set of material, mostly from their brand new CD “Into the Glow which highlighted keyboardist Laura Schonenberg’s haunting vocals and frontman Mike Buckley’s guitar and voice.  Bassist Ben Nixon introduced the songs from the back of the stage and grooved, though, instead of the ukulele he often uses, he played an African Kalimba (African thumb piano) for a song.
James Bundy held down the rhythm.

 Nixon and Bundy left the stage to let Schoenberg and Buckley sing a duet together and rejoined them mid song.
They ended their show around midnight with the first single off the new record “Fool.”

Makiisma’s Megan Brown and Dil Jopp. Photo by Richard Amery—By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:38 )

No Devil Lived On tap into their inner Tool

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It is always fun to see local rock band No Devil Lived On. They returned to the Slice, Friday, April 21.No Devil Lived On at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

 I only caught the end of their very heavily Tool inspired set. So there were plenty of big riffs, a heavy, thundering groove and impressive vocals.

They ended their set with a Tool cover which had people singing along.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:32 )

Reuben and the Dark enrapture sold out crowd

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Calgary based indie rock band Reuben and the Dark played a sold out show in a darkened room for the Geomatic Attic, April 20.

They laid down a very mellow vibe with two guitarist/keyboardists, a drummer and a bassist backing Reuben Bullock with ethereal harmonies.

Reuben and the Dark at the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard Amery
 The end result was an appreciative crowd and a multi-layered sound reminiscent of Radiohead with touches of Crosby Stills and Nash and Pink Floyd.The crowd consisted of mostly long time fans who sang along with the lyrics and cheered the more popular  numbers. Bullock reflected on previous Southern Alberta gigs at the Slice, observing they didn’t go well, but blamed himself for that. He also mentioned getting a call from the Fort Macleod RCMP inquiring about a stolen “laser” after a South Country Fair gig  in 2013.

“ We had such a great time there. And I did not steal it. If we had a laser, it would be here,” he told the audience.

 Bandmates Shea Alain, Kaelen Ohm, Brock Geiger, Ian Jarvis unplugged to end the first set by singing a haunting a cappella number highlighting their vocal harmonies, backed only by gently strummed acoustic guitar and banjo.

—By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:25 )

B.A Johnston performs new music

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BA Johnston always puts on an entertaining show. He entertained a decent sized, Tuesday night crowd at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 18 in support of his new album “Gremlins 3.”

B.A Johnston entertaining a Tuesday night Owl Acoustic Lounge audience. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Hamilton based slacker poet/ folk musician/ manic madman leaped around the stage,  rolled into the crowd, fed customers their own drinks, wandered behind the bar and fed bartender Braeden a bottle of something strong, and stripped off sweatshirts as usual, except this time they all had the same logo on them.

 He leaped back on stage like the bastard child of Weird Al Yankovic and the Arrogant Worms, checked his hand as if to see if the name of the city he was playing was written on it, made jokes about Medicine Hat and Owl owner Steve Foord. He thrashed at his battered acoustic guitar played keyboards with his nose and fiddled with his “iPod” aka a vintage, malfunctioning Discman for the more synth heavy background beats.

 He started off with quirky crowd favourites including “Deep Fryer in My Basement” and “No “Frills.” and got the crowd to shout along with “GST Cheques.”

 He also played a couple of the new songs including “Dayoff is a Dayoff, about being drunk, but being called in to work anyway plus “Cheap Suds” and “Drive Thru Beef.”

 He also added relatively newer songs like “My Room Mate is a Couche Tard.”
He ended his set with the always popular “McDonald’s Coupon Day,” before officially ending the fast paced, hilarious show in the ladies’ washroom, where he sang “I Want to Get Drunk,” accompanied by half of the good natured audience.
I missed Bubble Wrap’s opening set. Local synth rock band Open Channels played another solid opening set of original music including crowd favourites like “Checkpoint Charlie” as well as new material.
 It was powered by scrappy guitar and perky synthesizers

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:19 )
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