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Elliott Brood return with new tunes and great times

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Is it a bad thing that Elliott Brood are one of my favourite live acts, but I can’t name one of their songs? I know them to hear them, but can’t name the titles.Elliott Brood’s Casey Laforet does double duty on guitar and bass pedals at Average Joes, May 4. photo by Richard Amery

I know I always enjoy them as do the rest of their many Lethbridge fans who gleefully danced the dust off their shoes.

Elliott Brood’s Mark Sasso gets a crowd clapping at Average Joes , may 4 while playing banjo and harp. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Hamilton based roots/ folk/ rock trio returned to Lethbridge for another spellbinding performance, this time at Average Joes, May 4.

 They are working on new music and played a couple of the new songs but focussed on older material which had most of the audience dancing sweatily in the jammed back room of Average Joes.

Mark Sasso played plenty of upbeat banjo and some guitar while Casey Laforet was a blur, doing triple duty on acoustic and electric guitar, vocals and stomping away at bass pedals.

Drummer  Stephen Pitkin held a relentless beat behind the skins.

 One of the highlight featured Sasso and Laforet on ukuleles. They got the crowd to sing along with the ohh ohh ohs of another song.

They both switched to electric guitar for some of the newer songs. Just for something different, they folkified CCR’s “  Green River.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:27 )

River Jacks sail on back to Lethbridge with new Cd

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Punk shows at the Moose Hall are my favourite  sign of Spring. Alex Currie and Deathbridge rang in Spring , Wednesday, May 3 with some most excellent Celtic punk courtesy of Calgary’s River Jacks,  who kicked off a tour in LethbriRiver Jacks returned to Lethbridge, May 3. Photo by Richard Amerydge in support of their brand new CD “Strange Adventure.”

They played a short, sweet set of upbeat, quick tempo songs powered by some deadly accordion, which made me wonder why all punk bands don’t have an accordion player.
 It gave them a great, perky sound reminiscent of the Mahones and Dropkick Murphys. So there was plenty of raucous gang vocals and slashing guitar riffs.

 They played pretty much all of their new CD and some crowd favourites, which had the audience of almost 30 shouting along.

I missed an opening set from Chief Mountain, but arrived in time for a long awaited  set of drinking inspired punk from local trio the Scallywags. they sounded pretty good, considering they haven’t practiced (not even Skype practiced according to their guitarist/ vocalist) in a long time.

They played an exuberant set of fun punk with plenty of gang vocals and loud guitar.Thw Scallywags opening for the River Jacks. Photo by Richard Amery

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:09 )

BlazeOn3 and Geoff English entertain rap fans

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Rap shows make me feel old, but I made a point of catching the end of a show at the Slice, May 3 with Red Deer rappers BlazeOn3 and Geoff English because local internet radio station was supporting the show.

Blazeon3 and Geoff English rapping at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
They had a decent  and enthusiastic audience hipping and hopping and bouncing in front of the stage, jumping and shouting along.

Two guys danced and tapped at a computer keyboard blasting beat at eardrum shattering volumes, while Geoff English and BlazeOn 3 paced all over the Slice’s stage.

I believe one of the opening acts Seven jumped on stage for a number.

They got to show their melodic sense during a couple of the slightly slower numbers.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:56 )

Petunia plays eclectic set of roots and psychedelic country

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Vancouver folk/ country/ roots/ old time singer Petunia always equals a good time as he did, April 29 at the Slice, no matter what mix of musicians he has with him.

Petunia and Nathan Godfrey at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 As expected for a duo show, Petunia and the talented Nathan Godfrey performed a somewhat sedate show which showcased Godfrey’s bluesy slide guitar playing as well as Petunia’s more quirky side as well as kazoo playing.

Spookier, darker numbers sounded like they were being haunted by the angry spirit of Hank Williams as they incorporated a melting pot of styles including roots, country, folk, jazz and assorted weirdness.

They played original material and obscure covers including Jimmy Rogers’ “My Love” and some early psychedelic music.

 Petunia talked about the movie, the Musicianer he’ll be shooting in June.

There weren’t as many people as I expected, but a decent sized and, more importantly, attentive crowd listened and even danced for a few numbers before the duo took a set break.

— By Richard Amery, L.A..Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:47 )

Plenty of live music on the go this week

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Once again, this week is an embarrassment of riches for live music lovers.

Elliott Thomas, Kimberley MacGregor, Ryan Phillips and Burning bridge are at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Wednesday. Photo by Richard Amery
 The fun begins on Wednesday with this month’s edition of the Windy City Opry at the Slice, May 10. Twilight Hotel founder Dave Quanbury from Winnipeg is on the bill with John Guliak and Prairie Founder. The show begins at 8 There is a $10 cover.

 It]s a tough choice on Wednesday as Edmonton musician Kimberley MacGregor is back in town with fellow Edmontonion Elliott Thomas and local musicians Burning bridge and the Silkstones’ Ryan Phillips, who all play the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Admission is by donation.

 And punk shows are starting up again for the summer at the moose Hall. Lethbridge gets a special treat, May 11 at the Moose Hall as New Jersey born street punk band Hudson Falcons stop by with Calgary’s Streetlight Saints and Galacticas. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance From Blueprint.

 There is an excellent opportunity to  learn about the music business at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 11 as well where Jesse Northey returns to Lethbridge to talk about the organization Alberta Music, touching on benefits, grants, CD release strategies and PR and radio. CKXU station manager Aaron Trozzo will also be making a presentation on community, growth and making videos and music.

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