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Honker’s shows big heart with wildfires fundraiser

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The folks at Honker’s Pub were happy to lend a hand to help out people  recovering from the wildfires in Waterton Lake. The pub was packed, Sept. 30 only was able to catch a couple of the acts on the bill featuring several familiar faces who play Honker’s Friday and Saturday open stages including Raz Bruce, Jay Pizzingrilli, Aaron Landry and local blues/rock band Driving While Blind and the Jolene Draper band.Driving While Blind entertain at Honker’s Sept. 30 fundraiser. Photo By Rchard Amery

I caught a part of Joy Pizzingrilli’s set of classic rock.
 Driving While Blind always put on a great show. They added a rock edge to the blues classic “I’m A King Bee” and played some excellent AC DC covers.
 The event  raised $3,470 through a silent auction, 50/50 draw and beef on a bun sales.

“That’s in addition to the four truckloads  of dog and cat food and leashes we sent out when the SPCA put out a call, which is how it all started,” observed Honker’s owner Vicky Vanden Hoek.
“Lethbridge has a big heart,” she continued adding they are in the midst of forming a committee to decide where the money will be best spent.

Aaron Landry Joy Pizzingrilli, Raz Bruce and Brendan play Honker’s fundraiser. Photo by Richard Amery
“Some people lost cabins and then there are the Alpine Stables. Other people are too shy to come forward,” she continued.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:06 )

Crazy costumes and funky music with Klusterfunk

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 The first time I saw Vancouver based jazz and funk inspired orchestra Five Alarm Funk, I knew they had something special. It must have been Tom Towers’ many costumes.

So it is good to know they have inspired other bands like Edmonton’s Klusterfunk funking up the SLice. Photo by Richard AmeryKlusterfunk, who got a little crazy at the the Slice, Sept. 30  by sounding like a more punk and a lot more drunk Five Alarm Funk, but with a touch more hip hop and a smattering of jazz music with an exotic touch of Cuban jazz.

 They drew a lot form Five Alarm Funk, right down a a singing drummer and  teasing the audience by opening their set with a few bars of Five Alarm Funk’s “Ice Cream Man,” which they later played in its entirety.

Klusterfunk funking up the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 They all had a variety of crazy animal  and African inspired costumes, which you could hardly see because there were no lights on the stage.

Their trombonist was dressed in an African inspired poncho while their keyboardist sported a purple matador jacket. Another drummer/ percussionist dressed as some kind of mammal looked like he just stepped out of the Bloodhound Gang’s “Bad Touch” video.

And their trumpet player looked like a Cobra villain from the GI Joe cartoons of the ’80s.The guitarist looked like a hep cat pimp in a Tarzan style leopard print jacket which he later shed as their set progressed.

 The played an expected horn heavy set of toe tapping funk and R and B music, full of whoops, hollers and plenty of alcohol as one of the 11 piece band was celebrating a birthday.
 They were tight and were a heap of fun. “ Ay Caramba” was  a highlight of the set.

By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:53 )

Jay Bowcott entertains with rootsy folk music

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Jay Bowcott returned to the Owl Acoustic lounge, Sept. 30 to entertain a crowd looking for a brief respite from the relentless wall of oom pah pah music emanating from Oktoberfest at Galt Gardens.

Jay Bowcott returning to the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Photo by Richard Amery
Usually the Medicine Hat raised musician performs as part of Enslow with drummer Brady Enslen, but he had a different drummer for this show.

Bowcott plaid his usually strong set of country tinged rock and folk music.

But he ended his first set with an outstanding version of blues classic “Crossroads blues.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:45 )

Oktoberfest delivers a taste of German culture and music

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Just like everyone  becomes Irish for a day on St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest allows everyone to tap into their inner fun loving, lederhosen wearing, beer drinking, accordion and tuba inspired German. Alpen Schatz are familiar faces for Oktoberfest in Lethbridge. Photo by Richard Amery

So Lethbridgians got two days to let loose during Oktoberfest  in Galt Gardens, Sept. 29 and 30.

The park was packed with revellers drinking German beer, the smell of barbecued brats wafted through the air and German music blasting through downtown from several bands though I only caught the accordion and tuba of Calgary’s Alpen Schatz, who in addition to shouting and yodelling their way through a set of high energy German traditional polkas, also played a pretty cool brassy version of Johny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” during their Friday night set.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:07 )

The Faps and MomBod rock duo and trio style

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A trip of popular local female personalities joined their musical forces together to open a fun filled night at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 29. The Faps playing experimental rock. Photo by Richard Amery

MomBod aka drummer Amberlea Parker/ vocalist, Amberlea Parker, bassist/vocalist Silvana Campus and guitarist vocalist Many Fox played  strong set of ’90s riot Grrrrl/ grunge and garage rock influenced fem-positive original music  along the lines of more modern bands like the Shiverettes along with touches of Hole and L7.

Mandy Fox’s tortured wail rang through the room as her bandmates shouted background vocals, though all three got to sing lead.

MomBod playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Photo by Richard Amery
I missed a second set from local duo Cope, but arrived back in time for Saskatoon’s duo the Faps, including guitarist/vocalist Skyler Cafferata and drummer / vocalist Blair Colwell  for their intense set of energetic and noisy, scrappy alternative rock.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:01 )
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