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Todd Stewart and Danny Vacon trade songs and share styles

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 Todd Stewart and the Danny Vacon, who will be back at the Owl Acoustic Lounge  with the Dudes, April 13, made a good duo at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 23.Todd Stewart and Danny Vacon playing togehter. Photo by Richard Amery
 They took turns playing songs and playing and singing harmonies on each others’ songs.

It was a cool contrast of Todd Stewart’s more folk  and country and Danny Vacon’s more soul and R and B influenced pop.

 Stewart plucked his acoustic guitar as he played more straight ahead roots and folk as on his new solo CD “Everything you Want.”

 Vacon sang more soul drenched pop  and R and B music, accompanying himself on an electric guitar.

 Both of them added a harmonies and extra guitar to each others’ songs.

There were several people celebrating their 31st birthdays so Vacon lead the audience through a count of 31.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 April 2018 08:56 )

CKXU winds up FUNDrive with successful landing party

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U of L based community radio station CKXU wound up their successful space themed “Cosmic Frequencies” fundrive with a “Landing Party” at the Slice, March 23.

Jane Edmundson, Nicole Hembroff and Aaron Trozzo performing at the CKXU landing party, March 23. Photo by Richard Amery
Keeping with the theme, several bands formed just for this event to play their favourite space themed jams for an enthusiastic audience.

Spiral Galaxy including keyboardist Jane Edmundson, violinist Nicole Hembroff, CKXU station manager Aaron Trozzo could hardly bee seen in the darkened room  through a screen of smoke and balloons, but they played an array of music ranging from T Rex to The Flaming Lips. Hembroff sang on a couple in including a  re arranged version of Modern English’s “ Melt With You” 

They added a cover of oasis’s “Champagne Supernova,” as well.

Jane Doe and Connor HD performing at the CKXU landing party, March 23. Photo by Richard AmeryLater on the CKXU Band wars winners Jane Doe joined forces with popular alternative musician Connor HD for a spirited set of space themed music.

They took the Cosmic Frequencies theme to a whole new level as they dressed in alien costumes they made out of empty plastic bottles and construction paper. Ever songs the introduces by saying he they heard it from being beamed from Earth.

They played the popular  instrumental “Peter Gunn” and something that may have been Frank Zappa. They also added  ’90s and 2000s one hit wonders like Smash Mouth’s “Walking On The Sun.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 April 2018 08:43 )

Chevelles rock for Lethbridge American Legion Baseball

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Local rock band the Chevelles always equal a good time, especially when they’re helping out a good cause, in the case of their March 23 show at Average Joes , the Lethbridge American Legion Baseball team.Tim Carter of the Chevelles having fun on stage. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught them on a set break  but caught a live auction of donated items. When the Chevelles returned,  It was all about the hits and nothing but the hits.

They played their usual tight and fun show including classics like  Ac DC’s “ You Shook me All Night Long” and an extended jam on Queen’s “ We Will Rock You.” I left as they slowed thing s down with Poison’s ’80s hair metal ballad “ Every Rose Has It’s Thorn.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 April 2018 08:26 )

No Way Out gives the feels by getting real about family

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 Dealing with family can be challenging at the best of the times and even more so at the worst of times.

David Gabert is getting ready for Theatre Outré’s season ending run of No Way Out, April 3-7 at Club Didi . Photo by Richard Amery
 Theatre Outré brings back their improvised tragicomedy “No Way Out,” to Club Didi, April  3-7. It was a hit at the Lethbridge Fringe Festival a couple years ago  and is an excellent way to close off Theatre Outré’s death themed season according to general manager and cast member David Gabert.

“It’s what happens when a group of siblings who haven’t seen each other for a while return home for dinner to deal with something they really don’t want to deal with. And over the course of the show as we explore the topic, they peel away the masks they have been wearing and get down to the core of the issue,” said Gabert, noting the cast, which also includes Erica Barr, Camille Pavlenko and Greg Wilson, have informal discussions with the audience before the show to learn about what issues they have been dealing with, which supplies the topic for the evening.
“We don’t ask for suggestions from the audience like usual in an improv show, because it is difficult to talk about these things in front of a group of people,” hesaid emphasizing the most important part of the show for the cast is to be real and honest.

“The most important thing is to be honest and sincere. We’ve dealt with things like medical emergencies, dad’s gambling addiction and an extra-marital affair that has resulted in pregnancy,” he said, noting they have performing it In Lethbridge and for Calgary‘s Suitcase Theatre.

“It’s changed a lot over the past two years as we’re becoming more familiar with each other. It’s hard to pull off the perfect mix of honesty and humour,” he said, noting most of the cast go back almost a decade as they started performing togehter as part of local improv troupe the Drama Nutz.

 The set is simply designed to look like an apartment, with objects like guitars, iPhone charger, and books, a radio, dishes, bottles and a diary, all of which can be used as the characters wish. All of the sound on stage is made by the actors.
“The actors can adjust the stage to reflect scenery scenery. It can be used for locations outside the apartment.  We’ve used the stage as the edge of a dock, so they can sit on the edge of it with their legs dangling. We’ve used it as a gravesite and we can do flashbacks outside the apartment.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 April 2018 08:10 ) Read more...

John Wort Hannam hosts Songs For Ken 4 for ALS Society of Alberta

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Local musician John Wort Hannam is excited to bring the fourth edition of his popular ALS Society fundraiser Songs for Ken back to the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod, Thursday, April 12.

John Wort Hannam and Scott Duncan perform at Songs For Ken next week. Photo by Richard Amery
 There are a few new aspects to the event, which raises an average of $10,000 each year for the ALS Society of Alberta to help people who have  been diagnosed with the incurable disease.

“This year we have a house band instead of five or six solo artists,” said John Wort Hannam, noted The Polyjesters bassist Jason Valleau, keyboardist Steve Fletcher, drummer Jon May and fiddle player Scott Duncan will join this year’s performers the Polyjesters, Calgary bluesman John Rutherford, Calgary musician Mike Stack, Brooke Wylie, Maria Dunn and Hannam.

 The same  line up performs the next night in Calgary for the Fish Creek Concert Series.

“ People who come to to the concert always ask me if I’m doing it again next year and I’d feel terrible if I didn’t though it is a lot of pressure to put it on every year,” noted Hannam.

ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. There is no cure for the disease which usually kills the victim within three to five years.
 Hannam’s friend Ken Rouleau died from ALS at the age of 43 in 2012 after suffering from  ALS for 13 months.

 Painter Annie Froese will also be on stage painting with the music. Her work will be auctioned off at the end of the concert.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:06 ) Read more...
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