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Due Clause play the classics

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The Slice featured rock and roll for Oct 28 with Sparwood’s Due Clause who entertained 30 some people. They played an array of southern rock and classic rock music.The Due Clause entertaining at the Slice, Oct. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 The trio played a tight set featuring an excellent version of “Simple Man.” and Neil young’s “Ohio.”

 Their guitarist had a whole Eddie Van Halen rig set up including  a 5150 stack and Ernie Ball Music man guitar, so he had Van Halen’s brown sound down, though I didn’t hear any Van Halen in the part of the show I heard.

Though hearing surf classic Mirsirlou played through the rig was impressive.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 November 2017 11:18 )

J Blissette celebrates Halloween

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s pre-Halloween party featured  several acts including Biloxi Parish and Mark Sultan of BBQ, Oct. 28, but I only caught local 12 string guitar powered alternative rock band J Blissette.

Cory Fischer of J Blissette playing a Halloween show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Photo By Richard Amery
 They were in a more power pop mood, but had a Violent Femmes feel for a couple songs.

They picked up the tempo for more alternative rock to wind down their set with “Stand In the Sun,” which was a highlight.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 November 2017 11:02 )

The Chevelles celebrate halloween by helping Novice Hurricanes

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The Chevelletons or Chevelles dressed as a band of skeletons celebrated Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 28.  by helping  out minor hockey with the Novice Tier 3 Hurricanes, who were selling 50 50 tickets and tickets for door prizes.

The Chevelletons at Average Joes celebratign Halloween early. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Chevelles always equal a good time and played their usual variety of classic rock.

 The Halloween show included “Every Rose has A Thorn.” Popular party starter “Brown Eyed Girl”.

 Frontman Tim Carter shouted out a toast to country music and launched into “Take Me Home Country Roads.”

 They picked up the pace with “You Shook Me all Night long, and “Whiskey in The Jar.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a.Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 November 2017 10:52 )

Early week shows and New Weather Machine CD release this week

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 A couple of excellent folk and  roots shows open the week. And they both begin early.

Jon Martin and the New Weather Machine release their new CD  at the Owl Acoustic Lounge Nov. 11. Photo by Richard Amery
 You might remember the fleet fingered fiddle and equally fast feet of Charlottetown’s Gordie MacKeeman from the South Country Fair a few years ago.
 He  brings his band the Rhythm Boys to the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. to melt your faces with fiddle, rockabilly ant lots more. Tickets are $37.50.
 The Windy City Opry returns to the Slice, Nov. 8 as well.

 This week Winnipeg based 10 piece brass heavy Dirty Catfish Brass band will be performing with Eastern Canada based old time, bluegrass and roots duo Hornell and Sneddon. Matthew Hornell and Andrew Sneddon play timeless traditional ballads, old time country, bluegrass, originals and instrumentals. That show also begins at 8 p.m. on the dot and ends early. There is a $10 cover.

 The Geomatic Attic is a busy place this week as in addition to Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Skinny Dyck and his Chicken Catchers will be performing, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. in support of Danny Dyck’s excellent new compilation Skinny Dyck & Friends: 20 One Nighters. Tickets are $27.50.

 It will be the official Lethbridge CD release party for the compilation.

 Local indie rock/ progressive rock band the New Weather Machine also have a CD release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 11. Shaela Miller will also be performing.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge also has a busy week as they bring back Red Deer singer songwriter Tyler Allen on Nov 9. They feature Edmonton based musician Eric West and singer songwriter Max Hopkins on Nov. 10.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:53 ) Read more...

Brodie Moniker brings new name and new music back to Lethbridge

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You may remember Regina musician Brodie Moniker from such bands as PandaCorn and  the Fancy Diamonds.

Brodie Moniker returns to Lethbridge with his new band, Nov. 15. Photo submitted
 He is in the middle of a tour in support of his new solo CD “ Nowhere Left to Ghost” which stops by the Slice, Nov. 15 with local bands the Mormon Girls and Makiisma.
 His new CD, which he released in march, allows him to explore a variety of different styles of music from riff based stoner rock, more ambient space rock and more introspective singer songwriter material.

“ A lot of people are starting to connect with  “ Punching Bag,’ because they connect with aggression and the feeling of recovering. I basically put all of my feelings from past relationships into the one song,” said Brodie Mohninger, who changed his name to Brodie Moniker.

“ People kept mispronouncing it and it is a nice little pun,” he said, from Chamberlain,Saskatchewan, a half hour out of Moose Jaw.

While he noted PandaCorn is no longer active, he said Fancy Diamonds is set to record a new CD in January.

 In the meantime he can tour with his solo trio of bassist Steve Leidal who just finished touring with country musician Blake Berglund, as well as Apollo Suns drummer Glenn Radley, who was just in Lethbridge with that band.
“I ’t know anyone who isn’t in multiple projects,” Moniker observed.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:06 ) Read more...
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