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Widow’s Peak excited about first Cross Canada tour

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Calgary death metal quintet Widow’s Peak return to Lethbridge, July 30 to play the Slice with Anomalism and Drearius.Widow’s Peak play Lethbridge ,July 30. Photo submitted
“We weren’t life long friends or anything. We formed explicitly to make music, and were brought together through Kijijii ads”  said guitarist Chris McCrimmon, noting they formed in 2016. They are excited to embark on their first big tour, which takes them out to Prince Edward Island and back.

“ The furthest east we’ve ever been in Saskatchewan,” he said.

 He is joined by guitarist Scott Cressman, bassist Mike Jones, Drummer Patricio Paulsen and vocalist  Matt Yeomans.
While the band is looking forward to the party on the road, they know their limits.

“We‘re actually pretty straight edge. Except for Matt. We’ll like to pour a few beers in him before the show and see what happens,” McCrimmon chuckled.

They are more excited to visit some new places.
“We‘re really excited about seeing Ontario and Nova Scotia and checking out the music scenes there. We know the Calgary scene pretty well but we want to hear what is going on over there,” he said.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 July 2019 07:36 ) Read more...

Danny Michel returning to Lethbridge for Wide Skies Music Festival

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Danny Michel’s life is full of adventures. whether recording on an ice breaker in the Arctic ocean with astronaut Chris Hadfield or singing at chimDanny Michel returns to Lethbridge For Wide Skies Music Festival next week. Photo by Richard Amerypanzee expert Jane Goodall’s birthday party, or simply being in the news speaking about musicians’ rights.

“I’m looking at a white board wondering what to do next,” said  Michel from his Waterloo home, taking a quick breather from a cornucopia of summer music festivals.

 He recorded his most recent EP “White and Gold” in his brand new home studio. Before that, he recorded  “Khlebnikov” on the ice breaker with Hadfield.

“ I’ve noticed a pattern. I tend to alternate between having a great adventure and recording at home. I recorded the last CD at home, so maybe the next one will be an adventure, but I haven‘t decided what to do, ” he said.
“I played all the instruments on this CD, so it’s  like going back to how I started,” he said.

 He returns to Lethbridge for wide Skies Music Festival on Tuesday, July 30, in the middle of appearances at some of Canada’s biggest folk festivals including the Calgary Folk Festival right before he comes to Lethbridge, and Winnipeg Folk festival. Though he still plays smaller shows in bars and clubs.

“ It feels great to get out of a club and out into the sun at a festival,” he said.
“And I always meet old friends at festivals. Festivals are like summer camp for musicians,” he chuckled.

 He has been touring a lot, since releasing his latest EP.
“But I’m also taking  some time off this summer,” he said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 July 2019 12:01 ) Read more...

Gabe Thaine's High Level variety show includes poety, music and mimes

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Local musician  and photographer Gabe Thaine has started a new monthly variety show at the Slice.

Jolene Draper trying a rockabilly trick by standing on Steve Martin's bass at the High Lebvel Variety show, July 16. Photo by Richard Amery
 This month’s show, Tuesday, July 16 featured Thaine performing as a mime and promising to buy everyone a shot if he talked.

He ended up buying the round anyway after aping a local poet performing in stage, then adding some keyboards as Jolene Draper and the the Inquisitive Few played  a cover of Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock,” featuring Draper trying a tried and true rockabilly trick by standing on top of Steve Martin’s upright bass, while singing the chorus.

They also played  some originals and their cover of “ White Rabbit.”

Local country singer Amy Allred was on stage as I arrived singing a couple of heart felt Dixie Chicks songs including “Cowboy Take Me Away.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat EditorGabe thaine trying out his miming skills. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 July 2019 09:43 )

Union Barbershop Back Alley Bash helps dogs and cats

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Downtown was crazy with classic cars and live music on the weekend, due to Street Machine Weekend.Scott Mezei playing the Back alley Bash with Adequate. Photo by Richard Amery
 But  another mini-festival was happening just down the alley from the chaos on Sunday, July 14.

 The Union Barbershop’s third annual  Back Alley bash raised $1,000 each for  the Misty Creek Dog Rescue and last Chance Cat Ranch. There was a dunk tank and a variety of artisans’ booths.

The Atomicos at the Back Alley bash, July 14. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught bits and pieces of sets from local funk rock trio Adequate and surf trio the Atomicos though Biloxi Parish and new rap trio Bomb Hugg were also on the bill.

 Adequate played their usual hot, sweaty and energetic funk fused set and were playing several originals.
 The Atomicos, of course, played instrumental surf music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 July 2019 09:19 )

Good Time Charlie play rock and roll for Street Machine weekend

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Rock and roll is  the ideal  soundtrack to fast cars and summer fun in the sun, so Good Time Charlie were an excellent choice  to play the Street Machine Weekend show and shine, Sunday, July 14. Kris Mikado and Good Time Charlie playing Steet Wheeler]s show and Shine in Galt Gardens, July 14. Photo by Richard Amery

They were also playing the 1010 Pub on Friday, night, but I missed that due to getting home late from Fort Macleod where Macbeth was on stage.

 But their show and shine set was a superb show of blues based hard rock. They played upbeat versions of classic rock hits from Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” which you could hear through a Galt Gardens packed full of people and families enjoying an array of hot rods and  flashy motorcycles.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 July 2019 09:06 )
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