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A whole lot of local rock and laughter this week

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Ease into January with a whole lot of local music.Rainbow Patrol have  Cd release party this week at the Slice. photo by Richard Amery
 The fun begins as Gabriel Thaine brings back his High Level Variety Show to the Slice, Tuesday, Jan. 15.
 It is a variety show so  anything can happen — music, comedy, juggling, dance, whatever springs to mind. Doors open with the sign up at 8 pm. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. There is a five dollar cover.

Jazz jams return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Jan. 16 with hosts HBO3.
 Corduroy Brown hosts the open mic at the Slice, Jan. 17.

The SAAG is doing something cool, Thursday, Jan. 17 — they are hosting a Bauhaus themed birthday party for art with local music.

 Local alternative rock band Body Lens open the show at 8:30, followed by Rhythm of Cruelty aka the duo of Brandi Strauss and Ian Rowley .

After that, Sean Warkentine and Adrian Sutherland host  the CKXU  dance party at 10:30 p.m. Admission is  $2.

If you want to laugh, Good Times features hypnotist  J.R. Mathew on Friday , Jan 18. He performs two shows at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  Admission is $15.

Good Times brings back comedian Adam Ruby for two shows, Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6 and 9:30 p.m.. Admission is $10 for that show.

There is a whole lot of rock this weekend. The Smokehouse hosts an excellent local punk show on Friday, Jan. 18 featuring Calgary Celtic punks the RiverJacks and local bands The Hockey Moms and 13toGo. The music begins at 8:30 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:23 ) Read more...

Decadent Phase open the “Doors” to a new year

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 I wasn’t in the mood to go out for new YEar‘s Eve celebrations, but  wanted to see the Decadent Phase’s Doors’ tribute the Morrison Phase, aka local ’60s/’70s rock band The Decadent Phase, but featuring TJ Waltho on keyboards as I missed their show earlier this year at the Slice.James Swinney singing Doors hits with the Morrison Phase for New Year’s Eve at the Slice, Dec. 31. photo by Richard Amery

So I made a point of ringing in the new year at the Slice with good friends and The Morrison Phase.

They hit all of the Doors big radio hits including “People Are Strange” and  “Hello I Love You,”  and “Riders on the Storm,” with which they ended their first set as well as funky and eerie deeper cuts like “Alabama Song (Whiskey bar). They even had psychedelic tied dyed graphics shining onto the back of the screen to add to the late ’60s feel of the night.

 Frontman James Swinney channeled the spirit of Jim Morrison vocally and to extent in his hippy dance moves.


The band was tight. Guitarist Tyler  Eresman hit all of  Robbie Krieger’s psychedelic riffs and solos.

Ian Morrice filled in the bottom end on bass and it was  tough to believe the Doors didn’t actually have a bassist in the beginning.
 Waltho was spectacular, playing the Doors signature electric piano and organ parts.

As a bonus, they featured a local artist at the side of the stage creating a painting spooky  green faced ghoulish prisoner during the show which was to be raffled off at the end of the night.
 They returned for a brief second set after  counting down the  new year.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 January 2019 11:19 )

Adequate bring the funk into the new year

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As expected, things got funky at the Owl Acoustic Lounge for New year’s Eve, Dec. 31with local funk rock trio Adequate.

Adequate getting funky for New Years at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 31. Photo by Richard Amery
 I was delighted to hear they have added a few more funk fuelled originals. Guitarist Josh Thorlakson was singing one of their older originals, “Get the Funk Out of My House”  as I arrived. It fit in well with their set of ’70s funk, disco and R and B classics. During a campy  prerecorded interlude, Keenan Pezderic took over on lead vocals, singing castrati, while Scott Mezei traded him his bass for a seat behind the drums.

 They had a good sized crowd up on their feet dancing and celebrating.

Pezderic sang another original in between plenty of sweaty, sexy funk including Rick James’ “Superfreak, and “Don’t Let Me Down.”

 Thorlakson took over on lead vocals again to sing some Earth Wind and Fire.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 January 2019 10:40 )

Lots of rock with Harsh and Mombod for an early New Year’s Eve

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge featured abrasive punk from a new Calgary band Harsh, Friday, Dec. 28 in a New Year’s Eve Eve eve celebration which also featured local alternative rock trio the Supervoid and Mombod, who closed the night.

Harsh playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 I just missed the Supervoid, but was in time to be impressed by a short set of abrasive 1977 style punk rock they described as  “Queer/Feminist/ Rage intensifies, which might have been apt if lead singer Rebecca Siferd wasn’t beaming and smiling as she danced.

 Siferd’s piercing voice reminded me of the X-Ray Spex with a touch of Siouxie and the Banshees. They played an enjoyable set despite the singer being drowned out by the rhythm section. They ended their set with a song about toxic masculinity.

MomBod playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 MomBod were in the mood to try out a couple new tunes, opening with one of them after after a few false starts.

They still draw heavily from ’90s alternative rock Riot Grrls and bands like Hole, L7 and Kittie but have shown a little bit more musical growth, adding a new instrumental and a cover from Moose Jaw based alternative rock/math rock duo the Faps.

 The three, Drummer Amberlea Parker, guitarist Mandy Fox and bassist Sil Campus alternated singing lead vocals.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 January 2019 10:33 )

Lots of open mics, blues and laughs this week

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Ease into January and take shelter from the wind with some live music this week.John Wort Hannam opens the new year for the Lethbridge Folk Club. Photo by Richard Amery
There is a variety of music happening this week, as there usually is.
There will be no  Windy City Opry in January, but Petunia returns to play the Opry in February on Feb. 13.
Tyler Bird hosts the Slice’s open mic on Thursday night beginning around 9 p.m.

 The first of several CD release parties already scheduled for this year happens at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 11 as Mercedes Fawns releases her new CD “I Grew Up Here.” Special guests the New Weather Machine and Bailey Kate will also be performing. Admission is by donation.
Keith “Catfish” Woodrow breaks out the first blues show of the new year at the Slice, Jan. 11. Though local blues rock band Coda is likely to also bring out some blues at Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12 at Casino Lethbridge. The show begins at 8 p.m.

The Lethbridge Folk Club opens the new year at the Lethbridge College Cave on Saturday, Jan. 12 with John Wort Hannam, who released his new CD “Acres of Elbow Room, last year. The show begins at 8 p.m. with Gabriel Thaine opening with a set. Their first open mic of the season the night before, Jan. 11 at Casa beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 January 2019 11:16 ) Read more...
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