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Jock Tears play perky pop punk from Vancouver

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge celebrated Pride week with several pride themed shows.

Jock Tears’ Lauren Ray kicks high at the Owl Acoustic lounge, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 A highlight was Wednesday night, June 21 when they hosted Vancouver female fuelled pop punk band Jock Tears.


 They played a short, sweet  immediately appealing set of catchy, sassy, supremely upbeat, feminist themed pop punk music , singing about  don’t call me darling, bad boys and Kitts Beach which reminded me of a more punk rock Bangles and especially ’90s Vancouver pop punk darlings cub.
One enthusiastic fan even tried crowd surfing on top of a half dozen dancing fans. Brunette lead singer, Lauren Ray, sporting glowing shoes, with lights flashing,  jumped into the middle of the enthusiastic audience and sang beautifully.

Supermoon playing the owl acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
Fellow Vancouverites Supermoon barely looked old enough to be in a bar. They played more ambient, introspective indie rock featuring chiming guitars, gorgeous vocal harmonies, three different lead vocalists and plenty of instrument switching.
I missed an opening set from local synth pop band  Open Channels.

—By Richard Amery,L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:02 )
 

Rooster Davis group a can't miss Lethbridge Jazz Festival show

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I didn’t get to many Lethbridge jazz Festival shows last week. But one I did not want to miss was the return of Edmonton based, piano driven New Orleans style jazz musician Rooster Davis. They played a wild set of New Orleans jazz at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 17.Rooster Davis, Peter Hendrickson and Audrey Ochoa at the owl Acoustic Lounge, playing for The lethbridge Jazz and Blues festival, June 17. Photo by Richard Amery


Rooster Davis is a wild piano player and showed substantial chops. His voice was alternately jazzy, bluesy with just a touch of adult contemporary pop similar to Ben Folds.


 Keyboardist/percussionist Ann Vriend sang angelically while adding some piano and percussion she added a more straight ahead pop and R and B  sensibility with a few songs from her new EP, but still held spine tingling, loud, long, high notes.
 They had a new trombonist in  Audrey Ochoa who blew beautiful, jaw dropping experimental lines as drummer Peter Hendrickson held down a rock solid backbeat.


 In addition to Rooster Davis’s more coAnn Vreind singing with the Rooster Davis Group. Photo by Richard Ameryntemporary New Orleans Jazz and originals and Ann Vriend’s more pop and R and B, they also delved deep into their blues roots with great versions of classics like “St. James Infirmary.”


Colin James and his band stopped by for a beer after their show at the Enmax Centre. A lot of us were hoping they’d get up and play, but it was not meant to be. Rooster Davis and his band would have been a tough act to follow. Even for Colin James.

—By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 June 2017 12:12 )
 

Hollerado play hit heavy set in smaller venue

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Ottawa indie rock, pop band  Hollerado really need to be seen in a small venue to be fully appreciated.Hollerado bassist Dean Baxter at the Slice, June 16. Photo by Richard Amery
They returned to play a hot, sweaty hit heavy set at the Slice, Friday, June 16.


 As expected, considering they get played a lot on local radio stations, the show was sold out. And, also as expected, the audience was really in for a treat. there was plenty of leaping around, catchy ear-worm guitar hooks as well as massive groove and lots of good humour.


They opened with “Grief Money,” from their new Cd and crashed into older hits like “Americanarama” and hit their stride with “Eloise,” one of my favourites from their new CD “Born Yesterday.”

The single and title track was another highlight midway through in the set.

Just because they could, they made space on their set list to take a request from the crowd, which they played before winding things up before midnight with “Juliette” and “So it Goes,“ which had most of the room singing along.Little Junior at the Slice, June 16. Photo by Richard Amery

  Little Junior opened up the show with a solid set of up tempo pop punk reminiscent of Blink 182 an Sum 41

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:49 )
 

Kimberley MacGregor, Levi Cuss, Curtis Phagoo and John Guliak swap songs

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 The Owl Acoustic Lounge was doing double duty, June 16. They had an excellent singer songwriter showcase at 7 p.m. featuring four excellent Alberta talents including Edmonton’s Kimberley MacGregor, Red Deer based hirsute country/ folk singer Levi Cuss and clean shaven Curtis Phagoo, and Edmonton folk/ country songwriter John Guliak.

Levi Cuss, John Guliak, Kimberley MacGregor and Curtis Phagoo. Photo by Richard Amery
 They all had their own unique styles as they each took turns singing one of their songs. One of my favourites Kimberley MacGregor belted out big, bluesy vocals, introducing several new songs and ending with my favourite “Trouble,” from her most recent CD.


I was glad to hear John Guliak again, as he played Shaela Miller’s Windy City Opry at the Slice last month, but I only caught a few of his songs. He brought to mind Bob Snider and Gordon Lightfoot as he wove compelling musical tales. He played several songs from his latest CD “Fluke or Flounder,” including the highlight “Triptych.”


 Curtis Phagoo had more of a folk pop sound similar to Paul Simon and Danny Michel. He was a pleasant surprise as he also sang some compelling original music.


Levi Cuss was a hoot, bringing a more outlaw country sound with a lot of humour as he played stripped down versions of songs from his EP “Just Below Country” which he recorded  with Steve Dawson in Nashville. His highlights were  “White lies“ and “One Night Stand.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:35 )
 

Sandwich entertain for Lethbridge Jazz Festival

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Local jazz quartet Sandwich played one of several  Lethbridge Jazz Festival shows at the Owl Acoustic lounge, June 16.

Sandwich entertaining for the Lethbridge Jazz Festival. Photo by Richard Amery
They don”t play often , so it is always great to see bassist Paul Holden, drummer Kyle Harmon, saxophonist Ryan Heseltine and guitarist/vocalist Arlen Wutch.

They played a trippy set of experimental jazz music featuring a big bottom end, some superb saxophone solos and haunting guitar and vocals from Wutch.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:01 )
 
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