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Wide Skies Music Festival features fabulous talent

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The third annual Wide Skies music Festival outside of Southminster United Church and Casa was blessed with beautiful weatSteve Marriner blowing harp with Harry Manx at Wde Skies Music Festival, July 31. Photo by Richard Ameryher, great music and an attentive audience,Tuesday and Wednesday, July 30 and 31.

Organizer Mike Spencer always has a good ear for the music he brings to the Geomatic Attic. So he pr brought back some familiar faces.

Harry Manx at Wide Skies Muusic Festival, July 310. Photo by Richard Amery
I seem to recall seeing west coast soul/ roots band Carmannah, but can’t place where.
 I arrived in the middle of their opening set outside Southminster Church, where the road was blocked off and two stages were set up, Tuesday, July 30.

 Carmannah played a really laid back set of roots music dripping with R and B and soul, that was stultifyingly beautiful, and marked by gorgeous multi-part vocal harmonies. Though they cut loose near the end  for a spirited fiddle powered jam.

 I missed Megan Brown and George Fowler’s opening set on the side/tweener stage.
 But local blues rock band the Steve Keenan Band dominated the two tweener sets, while the other musicians were setting up.

 The Steve Keenan band played an array of upbeat blues and country tinged originals, breaking out a few blues classics like BB King’s  “The Thrill is Gone” and other well known modern blues hits like Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s “Blue on Black.”

 It is always a treat when Danny Michel returns to Lethbridge. He easily held the crowd’s attention with just him, his guitar and a lot of stories.

Musically, he stuck to his most popular more exotic songs including “Feather, Fur and Fin,” “Tennessee Tobacco,” “Whale of a Tale,” “Wish Willy,” and “ Who’s Going to Miss You When you’re Gone.”
 He sang in an appealing, lilting, tenor voice and a really tender feel on the guitar.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 August 2019 09:15 ) Read more...

Dead Army introduces Nick Bohle’s vocals

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It was all about metal and hard rock at the Slice, Saturday, July 27.NIck Bohle performing with Dead Army, July 27 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
I caught the end of new Celtic rock band Nyght Blaed’s set of energetic Celtic rock. I could barely see them due to minimal  lights on the stage, but I could hear them.

 They sported Celtic Tribal tattoos, and the lead singer Cordell shrieked while playing spirited pipe lines on a bank of keyboards. He was telling a variety of stories too, but I missed them.
I mostly wanted to see Dead Army.

 Unfortunately frontman Rob Morrison had lost his voice and after the first song, turned over lead vocals to new member Nick Bohle, who has been all over the place this week , acting in Fort Whoop Up’s “Life on the Whoop Up Trail,” and filming the Wide skies music Festival.

Bohle proved to be an exceptional frontman, channelling his early ’90s angst, sounding like  a blend of Eddie Vedder, Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth.
That freed Morrison up to concentrate on soloing and rhythm guitar though Bohle added a little of each of those as well.
 The band’s sound  referenced ’80s shred style two handed tapping and a whole lot of ’90s alternative rock. The rhythms were pure ’80s heavy metal  delay leaden guitar.

 Bohle sang in an impressive howl. The vocals were also drenched in delay, so I couldn’t understand a word of Bohle’s between song banter.
 But the audience loved them and called them back for a heavy cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together.”
 They will be back at the Slice, Aug.10.

—by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 August 2019 09:28 )

Jack Garton and Demon Squadron carry on South Country Fair fun

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I only caught their workshop at South Country Fair, July 20, but Jack Garton and Demon Squadron impressed me so much that I had to see them play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, July 26.

Pits Planet Earth’s Rebecca Raabis at the Slice, July 26. Photo by Richard Amery
 Quite a few people remembered the accordion and trumpet powered roots rock band. But they started later than expected, so started their first set with the aptly named “ Better Late Than Never,” from Their CD “ Move That Mess Around.”

They were fantastic, especially watching Garton simultaneously  playing trumpet and accordion whilst singing in an appealing tenor that reminded me of Dustin Bentall mixed with a touch of Don Henley, with their vocal harmonies lending an Eagles feel.

The accordion and trumpet added a more Mexican feel in some places and pure Louisiana zydeco music in others.

 Joel Fernandes played lead guitar that fit just about perfectly.
In addition to other originals, they played a couple of well chosen covers  which they put their own spin on including blues classic “My Babe.” which had a good sized crowd singing along.
The bluesy “I’m Coming Home, was a highlight as well.
 Their more straight ahead country songs sounded like the Zac Brown Band.
They played a sweet,  smooth set of music encompassing a lot of different genres.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 August 2019 09:06 )

Pits Planet Earth play power pop

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 The Slice was rocking to the pop music, Friday, July 26.

Pits Planet Earth’s Rebecca Raabis at the Slice, July 26. Photo by Richard Amery
 I caught the end of Red Deer pop rock band Pits Planet Earth.

 They were winding down an energetic set of  keyboard powered powered pop and rock music by the time I arrived.

 They had a lot of big pop hooks and funk tinged bass groove plus multi-part vocal harmonies that overall reminded me of bands like Dear Rouge.

Rebecca Raabis lead the band on guitar and vocals, putting on an enjoyable performance.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 August 2019 08:56 )

Miss Quincy’s Jody Peck to show different musical side with solo show

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Jody Peck is best known as the core of blues rock trio Miss Quincy, but she will be showing another side of her when she makes a long awaited return to Lethbridge to play  the Owl Acoustic lounge with Sarah Burton, Aug. 14.Jody Peck of Miss Quincy returns to Lethbridge to play her solo work , Aug. 14. Photo by Richard Amery

“ I’ve been writing a lot of songs that don’t  fit in with Miss Quincy that I wrote while working up north in the bush camp as a cook. So it’s country, but not the kind of country you hear on the radio,” Peck said from Vancouver.

 Since her last Southern Alberta show at the 2016 South Country Fair, she has been touring relentlessly  , stopping only to recharge by working as a cook in a bush camp.

“I’ve been doing that for my whole life, since I was 4. My mom was a bush cook. So it’s very much a part of me,” she said.

“ There’s no electricity and no internet, so It’s a chance to recharge and reset,” she said.

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