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Suzie and the Homewreckers rock Drunken Sailor anniversary

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I always enjoy hearing a local band I haven’t heard for long time.

 So were a lot of people celebrating Drunken Sailor’s sixth anniversary party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Suzie and the Homewreckers, Saturday, Jan. 19.Suzie and the Homewreckers at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 19. Photo by Richard Amery
 Everybody was dressed in the funkiest , rockabilly influenced styles for the show.

 I was just in time for The Homewrecker’s second set. They played a refreshingly different and diverse set of covers of a variety of garage rock, punk,new wave music and psychedelic rock ranging from the Zombies to the Misfits.

A big highlight was a great cover of Joe Jackson’s “ Got the Time,” followed by the MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams.”

 They snuck in some “California Sun,” which was closer to the original than the Ramones’ popular cover.
 They went more modern with the Distillers’ “City of Angels.“

 They played a song from the Empire Record’s soundtrack, and then went classic rock with a great cover of Kiss’s “Strutter.”

 they showed their metal side on Iron Maiden“s “The Trooper” before calling it a night.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 January 2019 21:22 )

Dead Army film mini- movie about PTSD with Storyhive grant

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Dead Army get by with a little help from their friends and a $10,000 grant from Telus’s storyhive project.Tamara Martin puts makeup on  Ken Paul in preparation for Dead Army’s video shoot for “Back from the Dead.” photo by Richard Amery
The brand new all original modern rock band have just begun filming their first video with a little help from local filmmakers Charlie Christensen and Nick Bohle.
 “We weren’t even a band  six months ago and now we’re doing a video. Even six months ago I didn’t even think I was a very good drummer,” said drummer Ken Paul, putting on his acting hat and coffee shop apron to play a barrista serving a coffee to Victoria Officinalis, playing a soldier with PTSD in the video for Dead Army’s song “Back From the Dead.”

The band also includes bassist Chris Sarazin and guitarist/vocalist Rob Murach, who used to play in a band with producer Charlie Christensen.

“Back From the Dead is about  someone suffering from  depression and PTSD. It’s the feelings involved with that,” Paul summarized, noting he pitched the idea of a counsellor dealing with PTSD to Christensen and Bohle who expanded the concept into a multi-person narrative about a counsellor, a discharged solder, a little girl with cancer and a school principal who approach the concept from their own individual perspectives.

“I just had the idea of the counsellor, but they made it so much better,” Paul added.
“Dead Army is a radio friendly hard rock band,” Paul summarized, noting the band formed last year, and videos of them just playing in the basement have already has received thousands of views on social media.


Lots of local entertainment and laughs to end January

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January ends with a lot of local entertainment.Chief Mountain return to the Slice, Feb. 1. Photo by Richard Amery
Craig Cardiff returns to the University of Lethbridge to hold a songwriting workshop. He’ll also be playing a show up in the Zoo in the Student’s union Building, Jan 31 beginning at 8:30 p.m.
 Over at the Slice, Taylor Ackerman hosts this week’s open mic.

 Punk/surf band Chief Mountain play the Slice , Feb. 1 to help open a new art exhibit from Robyn Alicia.
 The Slice has a big rock show, Friday, Feb. 2 with Calgary indie rock/alternative rock band Free the Cynics plus Gabriel Thaine’s rock band the Coulee Rattlers plus local rock band Good Time Charlie. Admission is by donation.

Makiisma, aka Megan Brown is back in town and playing a lot. This weekend, she shares the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage with the New Weather Machine., Friday, Feb 1. As usual admission is by donation.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge also has a big acoustic rock show, Feb. 2 with J Blissette playing a solo show plus Biloxi Parish’s Zach Passey.
If you want to laugh, Good Times welcomes High River born, Toronto based comedian Noor Kidwai. He performs at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door. Mike Dambras’s Feb. 2 shows are already sold out.


John Wort Hannam sells out first Lethbridge Folk Club show of the year

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There wasn’t acres of elbow room at the Lethbridge College Cave, Jan. 12 as The Lethbridge Folk Club opened the new year with a sold out show with John Wort Hannam and his band.

As usual on a Saturday, I arrived late, but caught the end of a hot set from Hannam and his band mates keyboardist/ Steve Fletcher, upright bassist Jason Valleau and drummer Jon May, who are supporting Hannam's new CD “Acres of Elbow Room.”.

Steve Fletcher and John Wort Hannam playing the Lethbridge College Cave for a sold out Lethbridge Folk Club show, Saturday, Jan. 12. Photo by Richard Amery
 Hannam sang earnest original folk and acoustic music including “Only Love Can Save Us Now,” from the new CD.

I arrived as Fletcher was blasting out a melodica solo, making Hannam’s  music sound a little more Celtic on several songs, especially on “Goodnight Nova Scotia.”

 They ended as Hannam joked about not leaving the stage and waiting for applause before  returning for an encore, and noted he and the band would just go ahead and play the encore of “Damn Tattoo.”

They received a standing ovation for it.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 January 2019 10:59 )

Global Acid Reset return to Owl Acoustic lounge in a bluesy mood

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As expected, a decent crowd showed up for Global Acid Reset, who returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Jan. 12.

Global Acid Reset playign the blues at the Owl, Jan. 12. Photo by Richard Amery
 Taylor Ackerman played big solos and bellowed out up tempo blues music while , drummer Dustin Gergel and bassit Pat Ackerman set down a solid groove as the trio played an exuberant  set of blues based rock and roll.

 He played some  blues music by people like R.L. Burnside and switched to another guitar to play slide for blues classic “Boot Hill.”

 —By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 January 2019 10:48 )
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