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Jess Moskaluke excited about marriage and returning to Lethbridge with Paul Brandt

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Rocanville, Saskatchewan based country star Jess Moskaluke has a lot to be excited about over the last year and indeed the past 10 years.

Jess Moskaluke returns to Lethbridge to play the Enmax Centre, Monday, Jan 28 with Paul Brandt. Photo Submitted
 She was a hit at Whoop up Days  in 2017. Since then  she earned a platinum record for her hit “Cheap  Wine and Cigarettes,” the only female artist to win one since Shania Twain.

She also took home her third CCMA award for  female artist  of the year and just got a gold record for “Kiss Me Quiet.” A few of this year’s highlights include winning best album for her third album “Past The Past” at the 2018 CCMA awards, playing a tribute to Shania Twain, charted several hits including “Past the Past” and “Save Some of That Whiskey”  and, oh yes, also married her long time boyfriend in August.

“It’s been a great year,” Moskaluke enthused from her home in  Rocanville, getting distracted by her frolicking  dogs, noting the highlight is getting married, though she has no plans to turn him into a musician and teach him guitar.

“He works in the oilfield. But it’s funny you ask that. I can barely play guitar myself, but I have a guitar and he’s expressed interested in learning how to play it. It will give him something to do while I’m away,” she laughed, adding juggling a busy music career and a marriage won’t be difficult.

“ We‘ve been making it work ever since I started this career,” she observed, noting she is gearing up for the first big tour of the year — The Journey Tour with Paul Brandt, High Valley and fellow Saskatchewanites the Hunter Brothers, which stops by the Enmax Centre, Monday, Jan. 28.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:29 ) Read more...

Kitty and the Rooster want to make you laugh

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Vancouver rock/folk/ surf duo Kitty and the Rooster are excited to make their Lethbridge debut, Jan. 25 in support of their new CD “One Gig Hard Drive” as part of their “Best in Snow tour”
 The duo include drummer Jodie Ponto, who wears  a rubber cat mask during their shows and guitarist Noah Walker, wearing a rooster mask.Kitty and the Rooster join Carolyn Mark And Bears in Hazenmore at the Owl, Jan. 25. Photo submitted
 They were a hit at South Country Fair last year, and are excited to play Lethbridge for the first time with Carolyn Mark and Bears in Hazenmore at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 25. They were kind enough to take some time away from their vacation in Mexico to answer a few questions through the wonders of e-mail.
How did you two meet and what made you decide to make music together?
Kitty & The Rooster is the product of a torrid love affair in soggy tent during a very rainy music fest in Wells, BC.  A few years after our initial fest-mance we started to get to that point in a relationship where you either need to have a baby or start a band.  We picked band.
A lot of your songs on the new CD are about sex, what inspired you to write about sex? ( I play the  Sexercise a lot on my punk show on CKXU) what inspired the songs in general?
They always tell you to “write what you know” so Kitty & The Rooster has a lot of songs about touring in an unknown band, our hometown of Vancouver BC, and yeah …
 Kitty & The Rooster’s main goal with songwriting is to make our friends laugh. We figure if we can achieve that then we are on the right track.
 The song Sexercise is all about The Rooster’s exercise philosophy and how to stay in shape when touring in a rock n’ roll band.
 In your promo pics you both have cat and rooster masks. Do they appear on stage?  What is the biggest challenge performing in masks?
 Yes, our masks will be making an appearance in Lethbridge! It is almost impossible to see in the masks so The Rooster has had a few epic bails on stage but it adds an element of danger to the show.
Jodie, you're a band photographer. Which came first photography or music? Why did you form this band? What was the concept behind it?
 The Kitty has been a professional photographer for a long time and so it made sense that when we started the band that it had to have a significant visual component.  Shortly after our first rehearsal we ordered away to a company called “State of Latex” for some cat and rooster masks.  Jodie Ponto put to use her photo skills to make a series of hilarious images and photoshops which we call “Pontoshops”.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:07 ) Read more...

Hippodrome gets crowd moving

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Local R and B/funk/ blues/ soul and disco collective Hippodrome always equal a good time, so it was no surprise their Saturday, Jan. 5 show at the Slice drew a hot, sweaty, sold out crowd in the full throes of dancable ecstasy by the time I arrived around 10:30 p.m.

Hippodrome’s Don Robb organizing music in between songs at the Slice, Jan. 5. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played a familiar set of high energy, horn powered  classic hits  guaranteed to get your  mojo working.
Erica Hunt and the always personable Juran Greene sang most of the lead vocals on numerous hits from ’60s R and B to ’70s disco including “That’s the Way L I Like it,” to Greene’s exceptional renditions of “Flip, Flop and Fly” and “Mustang Sally.”

 Shawna Romolliwa in between beaming and dancing, crushed a version of Etta James’ classic soulful blues number “Tell Mama.”

 James Oldenburg  blasted out a wicked guitar solo, they had an unstoppable groove  It was back to disco with  the Trammps ’Disco Inferno.”
They wound up their set with  their always hot version of Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man.”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 January 2019 12:09 )

Greg Rekus brings a little folk punk to the Owl

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I always look forward to seeing Greg Rekus return to the Owl Acoustic lounge, but have been missing his shows lately. Luckily I caught the last two  songs of his energetic set of folk-punk, Monday, Jan. 7.
 As usual, he was performing solo with a battered acoustic guitar and added extra percussion by leaping up and down on a wooden platform.
He played an energetic set for approximately 25 people.
 —By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Ryan McMahon returns to the Flat for house concert with sixth CD

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Ladysmith/Vancouver Island based folk musician Ryan McMahon returns to Lethbridge in support of his brand new, sixth CD “In Line For A Smile. He plays a special house concert at the Flat, Tuesday, Jan. 22.Ryan mcMahon returns to Lethbridge, Jan. 22. Photo by Ashley Marston
“ It’s great. I’ve played there a couple of times. They’re super nice kids. They cram 40-50 people in to their basement,” he said, adding he enjoys playing house concerts.

“I play about 70 of them a year. When you have  gigs, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and you’re in the same area sitting in the hotel  spending money and food, you might as well play. I’ve played in coffee shops, community halls, churches. I’ll play anywhere you want me too,” he said.

“ Craig Cardiff plays the Flat, that’s probably where I got their contact information,” he said.

He is excited about the new album.
“I’ll be playing about seven of the new songs. They’ve all been road tested a lot. And I’ll be playing some older songs. Tom Petty may even make an appearance,” he said, adding the CD reflects his many influences like  City and Colour and Jackson Browne.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:50 ) Read more...
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