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Homeless in Hawaii bring back the lighter side of the ’90s

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The Slice had a big night of punk and power pop, Saturday, May

18. I only caught one band, who ended up being Calgary’s Homeless in Hawaii and was really impressed if only because I loved that the frontman Tanner Cyr had a speckled silver Gretsch guitar just like mine.Homeless in Hawaii at the Slice, May 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played a really tight set of mid ’90s style power pop along the lines of the Lemonheads and Gin Blossoms and a touch of Jimmy Eat World, but also added a funky groove and plenty of hot guitar solos, through a set of mostly original music that had my toes tapping.  Cyr put his Gretsch to good use on a solid cover of Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:40 )

Adequate adding more original funkified music

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Adequate made things a little funky at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, May 18, as usual. They’ve been adding more original material like Get the Funk Out of My House, which guitarist Josh Thorlakson sings.

Adequate  at the owl Acoustic lounge, May 18. Photo by Richard AmeryIt fits perfectly in with their usual high energy set of R and B , Soul and, disco and funk., like Rick James’  “Give It to Me.”

 Scott Mezei, playing bass for the part of the set I saw, added more vocoder throughout their set, which had a good sized audience on their feet, dancing up a sweat.

 As usual, Keenan Pezderic sang most of the lead vocals from behind his drum kit.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:23 )

Laughter and South Country Fair Songwriting Competition finals highlights of the week

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As always, the end of the month is full of laughter.Peter and the Wolves are at Casino Lethbridge this weekend at night and for the Bent 8 show and shine on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery
 WWF wrestler  Hacksaw Jim Duggan kicks off a busy week at Good Times on May 28. He will be sharing stories and telling tales at 7 p.m. Though there is a special meet and greet at 6 p.m for a $45 ticket.  Tickets are $25 for the regular performance, which also features Mike Dambra, who will be promoting his roast on June 14. Brittany Lyseng performs at Good Times, June 1 for two shows, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The Smokehouse has begun a regular Tuesday unfiltered open mic with local comedians Bubba and Randy. It begins at 8 p.m. And the Owl Acoustic Lounge has their monthly open mic Wednesday, May 29.

 Also on Wednesday, The Slice has a pop punk night with Vancouver’s Chase your Words,Calgary pop punk band Luna Coast, medicine Hat alternative rock band Reckless Renegade and Lethbridge’s 21st Avenue. Admission is $10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

 And Hatrix Theatre is sure to make you laugh  this week with their production of Neil Simon’s farce Rumors, which runs at McNally School, Wednesday , May 28-June 1 at 7 p.m. each night. You can get tickets through cast members for $20 and at Eventbrite and at ConneyBeare mercantile downtown across from the new multicultural centre for $22. The easiest way to get to mcNally school is take Hwy 4 as if you’re going to Coutts, then turn right on McNally Road, just past Evergreen Golf Course, cross the tracks and turn left and drive until you hit a lovely 1940s era school house on the left hand side of the road.

The Slice features a bit of blues this week beginning Thursday, May 30 with Winnipeg area musician Patrick Alexandre LeClerc and Vince Andrushko. The Slice also features Calgary based blues/funk and soul trio the Matthew Jay band, Saturday, June 1. There is a $10 cover.

The Owl has their monthly poetry open mic  on May 30.

The Lethbridge Community Jazz band winds up their season at College Drive Community Church, Saturday June 1 with A World Of Adventure featuring the Silver and Gold bands plus Joe Porters W.H.I.P it, Percussion Ensemble. Tickets are $15 from casa and The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Kelly Klimchuk hosts Honkers Pub’s Friday night open mic this week.
Get ready to rock ’50s style at Casino Lethbridge as Peter and the Wolves return for Friday and Saturday., They also play during the day on Saturday for the Bent 8 Show and Shine, June 1 , which begins at 10 a.m.

There are several indie rock shows happening this week. local twangy indie rock band  The Utilities return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, May 31 with local singer songwriter Bailey Kate. Admission is by donation.
And Regina based Bears in Hazenmore return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 1 with local folk/ country singer songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom and Vancouver Island pop  multi-instrumentalist Prince Shima. Prince Shima, aka Bradley Kurushima has played with Ghosts, Skylord, Lovers and Slumberland. Admission is by donation.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 May 2019 09:19 ) Read more...

Cam Penner experiments with different sounds on new CD

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It has been a few years since Brandon born, Nelson, B.C. based musician Cam Penner been to Lethbridge and release new music.Cam Penner and Jon Wood return to Lethbridge next week. Photo by Richard Amery
 He returns to Southern Alberta, June 2 at Twin Butte Store and Tuesday, June 4 for a special show at the Slice with his partner in music, Jon Wood. He is supporting  his new Cd “At War With Reason,” which is a big departure from his folk roots.

“This CD is really different,” said Penner, who spent 19 years living in Calgary, then  moved to the Kootenays, just outside of Nelson about eight years ago.

“I built a studio just outside of Nelson and work at the homeless shelter, he said, adding that has been occupying most of his time in between multiple tours overseas.

“I was touring non-stop for five or six years and decided to a take a year off to spend time with my family and settled into my studio and started recording whatever I felt like,” he said, adding he started experimenting with different sounds and textures, which lead to the different sound.

An upcoming tour of the United Kingdom inspired him to release his experiments on the new CD.
“I listen to a lot of different music like hip hop, indie rock and alternative rock and I started to really enjoy being back in the studio and just making beats,” he said, noting he didn’t miss it during his time off, but regained his love for music while recording the CD.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 May 2019 08:53 ) Read more...

Patrick Alexandre Leclerc explores Red River Resistance on new CD

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Patrick Alexadre LeClerc plays with a lot of people including Little Miss Higgins and the F Holes, but he is excited to bring his blues rock trio back to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Thursday, May 30.Patrick Alexandre LeClerc returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Upright bassist/ vocalist Alexandre will be joined by his band the Nor’ Westers guitarist Dwayne Dueck and drummer Jeff Laird. Vince Andrushko is  also on the bill.

 They released their last CD “In the Blood” in 2018, which they recorded in Nanaimo at the Risque Disque Record studio.
“I really wanted to feature the dynamics we have when we play live on the CD,” he said.

“We’ll be playing those songs and road testing some new songs,” said LeClerc, who is currently putting the finishing touches on a new concept album about Metis and First nations role in the Red River Resistance in Manitoba.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 June 2019 11:13 ) Read more...
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