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Peter and the Wolves bring back old style rock and roll to the Casino

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Calgary rockabilly trio Peter and the Wolves always play a great show as they did Friday, Sept. 14 at Casino Lethbridge — the first of a two night party at the Casino.

Peter Cormier of Peter and the Wolves at Casino Lethbridge, Sept. 14. photo by Richard AmeryAnd they managed to do something I’ve seen few bands pull off there — pack not only the room, but the entire dance floor by playing mostly original music.

 I was pleasantly surprised. As I arrived, sweaty frontman Peter Cormier was busy brushing his pompadour out of his eyes, occasionally whipping out his comb to brush his hair back while tearing it up on the keyboards.

He played a few rock and roll classics as dancer whirled in front of the stage, but most of their set focused on music from their latest CD “Howlin’ and Prowlin’.

Some of the new highlights were “Hot Foot Woman,” “Beatrice”and Sundae Monday Blues.”

They played pure, old school rock and roll though  “Lonely Man” had a Stray Cats feel.

He switched to electric guitar mid-way though the set.

They played a few older songs including “Rock it Back in Time” from their first album which ended the set.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:16 )

Papa King and the Düus play the blues for me and youse

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Papa King and Darryl Düus had a busy weekend playing the blues for fans who wanted to catch up with Düus who was  home from B.C. visiting family and frPapa King and Darryl Düus playing the blues at Coulee Brew. Photo by Richard Ameryiends .

I knew I wouldn’t be able to catch their Saturday show at the Slice, so I made a point of catching them at Coulee Brew, Sept. 14 after Peter and the Wolves took a set break at the Casino.

 The duo had a really full, gritty sound, with Papa King on vocals, guitar and drums as Düus added hot lead guitar and growled out background vocals.

 They mostly focussed on original music  from King’s  CD “Gutted to the Studs” including “Sugar Babe” and one of my favourites “500 Horses, ” King’s song about being a long distance trucker. They played a few blues classics including St. James Infirmary, which King also recorded for his CD.

“Let’s let the Düus loose,” growled King as Düus let loose on one of many solos. He played some sick slide guitar on a three string cigar box guitar and writhed and wandered up to the bar, as far as his patch cord would let him.
 King took a break on vocals as Düus howled out a couple numbers including “ How Many More Years.”
 Düus plays one last Lethbridge show, Sept. 28 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge before heading home to B.C.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:05 )

Bazaraba play detuned heaviness

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I caught the end of a big, loud rock show at the Slice, Friday, Sept. 14. I missed opening sets from the Rainbow Patrol and Iron Tusk, a metal project including mBazaraba playing the Slice, Sept. 14. photo by Richard Ameryembers from punk band No More Moments.

But I was in time for the bone crushing detuned,  alternative rock/stoner rock and punk of Calgary power trio Bazaraba and was kicking myself for forgetting to bring my earplugs.

The guitarist/vocalist sported a Black Thunder  T shirt,  so I knew to expect a that sort of massive sound.

They channelled the power of Black Sabbath with more modern influences like Kyuss, Monster Truck and  the aforementioned Black Thunder.

 They had plenty of massive, detuned riffs, a solid  groove and gang vocals. Most of their set was mid tempo sludge rock, but picked up  the pace in places for a more punk influenced sound.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 September 2018 09:57 )

Chief Mountain return to Owl Acoustic Lounge

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 Chief Mountain  rocked the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, Sept. 14. Chief Mountain playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept.14. photo bY Richard Amery

I only caught the end of the local  punk band’s set for a packed house.

But, as they did last week at the Slice, played a tight set of punk and surf music. A highlight was about  the back to the future DeLorean time machine.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 September 2018 09:40 )

Jo Jo O and the Woods bringing a piece of England back to tour Alberta

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Jo Jo O and the Woods, may be from Lacombe, but they are bringing a little bit of England back to them for their first Lethbridge show, Oct. 2 with the Silkstones at the Slice.
“We’re usually a duo,” observed lead singer Jo Jo O’Donoghue who is joined by guitarist Rylan Woods.

Jo Jo O and the Woods play the Slice, Oct. 2. Photo submitted
 But for this quick Alberta tour, including stops in their home town of Lacombe, Red Deer, Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge, they will be joined by Isle of Wight musicians lead guitarist Keir Hicks, bassist Max Battista and drummer Andy Barker.
 The trio will be supporting them on their tour in support of their new CD “MoonChild,” though they don’t appear on the CD.

“We recorded another CD with them when we were in England. But we recorded this one here with Nich Davies, drummer and producer and Kurtis Cockerill on bass. But they couldn’t join us on this tour because they are touring with other people,” O’Donaghue continued.

They usually play in the United Kingdom and Europe.
“Though we we’re from Lacombe, We both have dual citizenship. Mine is Irish and Rylan’s is English, so that opens a lot of doors for us,” she said.

“We’ve taken advantage of that. Otherwise, if you tour the U.S., you need to get visas. Audiences are so passionate there. There’s more people there and the distances are shorter,” she said.
“We played Spain and audiences there are so passionate. Going out to shows is more a part of their culture. So they might not be there to hear you, but they really listen,” she observed.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:55 ) Read more...
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