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Quit it! don’t stop the energy for first gig

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It was punkday on Monday at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Monday, Sept. 13. It was pretty quiet for Quit it!’s first gig ever.


 While Mombod wasn’t on the bill as expected, Calgary band Quit It!, was ready to go, but waited for a crowd that never came.



Quit It! formed as an offshoot of the RiverJacks during the pandemic and released their debut eponymous 7 inch EP.


While they haven’t played together as Quit It! they have played for years  as the RiverJacks and that experience showed.

 They played a variety of songs including the songs from the EP as well as a few River Jacks songs and  obscure covers including a song from One Man Army.


 They played a short, fast, hyperactive set full of energy, lots of slashing guitar and gang vocals. The two guitarists and bassist took turns  shouting lead vocals.


 They bassist thrashed and leaped all over the stage.


  Their set was more raw, straight ahead punk than the Celtic inspired RiverJacks.


 They  were reminiscent of Irish punk pioneers Stiff Little Fingers.”

 The enthusiastic audience called them back for an encore so Quit It! quit it with a RiverJacks cover.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 16:38 )

The Plaid Ramblers bring country to Canadian Brewhouse rooftop

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The Canadian Brewhouse is starting to have live music on their roof top patio.

Plaid Ramblers at the Canadian Brewhouse rooftop patio. Photo by Richard Amery

 Local country/rock band the Plaid Ramblers were on the bill, Friday, Sept. 10.

 They played a fun, solid set of modern rock, pop and country music including Jake Owen’s “Anywhere With You.”


 They also added a couple catchy ’90s pop rock numbers and a little grunge with Alice in Chains’ Rooster before returning to the country rock.


 They wound up their set with a trio of country favourites including Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane” and Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet’s “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere.”


  Except for the line  “ What Would Jimmy Buffett Do?,” they added “What would the Canadian Brewhouse Patio Do?”


 They wound up their set with  Eric Church’s “Drink in my Hand.”


 New Testament Play the patio on Sept. 24 and Coda Lite play on  Oct. 1.

— by Richard Amery , L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 16:25 )

Long awaited Lady Misery CD release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge for Makiisma

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Megan Brown’s Makiisma played their long awaited and Covid delayed CD release party for their debut “Lady Misery,” at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Sept. 10.


Megan Brown and James Swinney playing Makiisma’s Cd release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 10. photo by Richard Amery

 Brown’s voice and rhythm guitar and TJ Waltho’s keyboards powered an intense set of dark folk and country music.


 As expected for a CD release party, they focused on playing songs from the CD.


 As usual Brown had a captivating stage presence and voice. 


 James Swinney stepped up on stage to play guitar for a couple of songs, while Brown picked up her violin for a couple of the show’s highlight.


 As always they played an entertaining set of original music.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 16:19 )

Steve Keenan and Paul Kype fill in for cancelled Windy City Opry revival

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 Steve  Keenan and Paul Kype played a spontaneous set of  familiar hits at t  a last minute show  at the Slice, Friday, Sept. 10.


 They were called in to replace a cancelled revitalized Windy City Opry and as expected played an intense set, making enough noise for three or four guys instead of two guys with guitars.

Steve Keenan and Paul Kype at the Slice, Sept. 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 They took turns singing lead vocals and trading leads on a set of  classic rock and blues though Keenan snuck in one of his originals “Lucky One.”


 Their set was familiar Kype sang Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” Neil Young’s “Rust Never Sleeps” and several Stevie Ray Vaughan songs.


“Can’t You See” was another highlight in a set full of highlights.

 There wasn’t a great crowd, but a couple people had never seen the duo perform and were justifiably impressed.


They wound up their set with Kenny Wayne Sheppard’s “Blue on black.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 15:22 )

Fawns wind up Upside Downtown with upbeat original music

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Local alternative rock group Fawns finished the Allied Arts Council Upside Down town concert series, in Rotary Square outside Casa, Thursday, Sept. 9.



  All summer long, the Allied Arts Council has featured local musicians playing after work concerts from 5-7 p .m. every Thursday.


 it is such a wonderful, intimate location and with being blessed with beautiful weather all summer long, it’s surprising they haven’t done this a lot earlier.


 It’s always a a pleasure to  see Mercedes Fawns and Richard Charlton and company play.

 They released  an EP “Unsafe” last year during the first round of Covid 19 restrictions, so they played the three songs from that, introducing them as brand new songs.


 “Astraphobia” came near the end of the set and Fawns prefaced “Unsafe” with a long diatribe about inclusion and tolerance.

 They played an energetic  and tight set of original alternative rock with shades of Alanis Morissette, which the attentive audience really enjoyed.

 Fawns was really into her music, bouncing all over the stage and throwing every ounce of her endless energy into her vocals.

 Richard Charlton howled background vocals.


F awns alternated  between soinging and leaping around with playing some rhythm guitar. 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 15:14 )
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