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ULSU Freshfest features rock and roll and the Deaner

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Freshfest was off the hook last week at the University of Lethbridge, Sept. 7 and 8.

 I was only able to catch CalgarThe Static shift playing Freshfest at the u of L, Sept. 8. photo by Richard Ameryy power trio the Static Shift on Saturday after a brief intro from the weekend’s host  the Deaner from the FUBAR movies.

The Deaner  had fun checking the the two microphones on stage and pretending to be out of breath because of it before promising “I’m really actually in shape. I could do cartwheels across the stage if I wanted.”’
 The Static Shift looked and sounded like they stepped right out of the ’70s with long hair, flared bell bottoms and paisley shirts.

 They played, big, beefy, catchy riffs right out of the Black Sabbath, Foghat, Led Zeppelin and Grand Funk Railroad playbook. There was also wah wah pedal drenched guitar solos and lots of massive groove.The Deaner hosting Freshfest at the U of L, Sept. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

—By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:52 )

Word on the Street and Lethbridge Symphony among the highlights this week

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There are a couple of big shows this week.
 Vancouver based, organ powered progressive rock band Bend Sinister stop by the Owl Acoustic lounge to play a special ticketed event, Wednesday, Sept. 19. Tickets are $10 for the show, which begins at 9 p.m. They are supporting their new CD Foolish Games. Local band the Dirti Speshuls will be opening the show.Richard Inman returns to Lethbridge this week. photo by Richard Amery
 It is a busy Wednesday as there is also an open mic at Beaches.
 The Slice hosts Port Alberni folk/ alternative rock and pop band the Chase Spencer band on Sept. 19 as well. Admission is by donation.
 Admission is also by  donation at the Smokehouse where Prairie Huckster aka  Gabriel Thaine and Aya will be playing every instrument they know, Webdnesday, Sept.19.
 There is a big alternative rock show on Thursday, Sept. 20 with Saskatoon’ grungy, noisy post punk duo  Man Meat, plus Edmonton  trio Hex Beat and local alternative rock trio MomBod. Admission is $10 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.

On the weekend, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra has their first Extras concert of the season with Musaeus performing at Fall in Strings  — a tribute to Autumn at Casa at 7:30 p.m.  featuring violinist  Isabelle Robinson, keyboardist Mary Lee Voort and  the Musaeus String quartet. The Symphony opens their series on Oct. 15 with Russian Inferno.
It that isn’t enough classical music for you, Pianist Jesse Plessis returns home to Lethbridge to perform at the Galt museum’s Piano and Pie, Friday, Sept. 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for youth and students.

The quick picking and velvet baritone of Winnipeg based musician Richard Inman returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday, Sept. 21. Fellow Winnipeg musician Dana Lee will be opening the show.
 For something different from that, bang your head at the Smokehouse as Medicine Hat thrash/punk band Western Death return to rock with local bands Chernoff, alternative rock duo Cope and High River hardcore punk band Shark Weak. There is a $10 cover for the show, which begins at 8 p.m..

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 September 2018 17:36 ) Read more...

Elliott Brood hitting their stride after 15 years

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After 15 years together, Hamilton/Toronto folk/ alt country trio feel like they’re just hitting their stride. they are looking forward to returning to Lethbridge to play their usual haunt the Slice on a Tuesday, Sept. 25.Elliott Brood retuern to the Slice, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
“After 15 years or however long we’ve been together I feel we‘re just hitting our stride as a players. not that we didn’t play well before, it’s just that every night we feel like we’re playing in the pocket,” said frontman/banjo player/ guitarist and ukulele player Mark Sasso from a tour stop in Moncton. He is joined by Casey Laforet on guitar, vocals and bass pedals and  Stephen Pitkin playing suitcases, percussion and vocals.

“We‘re going back to Hamilton to play the Supercrawl festival. It’s a huge event. It’s such a great experience for us. It‘s putting Hamilton back on the map. It’s right downtown in the street.  They get like 100,000 ,150,000 people or about 50,000 people a night. It will be our third time playing it and they keep asking us back so  we must be doing something right,” Sasso continued.

“We’ve been playing a lot and touring a lot. We‘re on the east coast now, where we haven’t been for a while,” he observed.
They are still touring in support of their 2017 “Ghost Gardens,” which  is doing well with fans.
“Fans have been listening to the music and buying the album and singing the songs back to us, same as they always do, so we must be doing something right,” Sasso said.
 Part of their success is road testing new songs as they are now and will be doing in Lethbridge.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 September 2018 17:13 ) Read more...

Bend Sinister play more ’70s style pop on new CD “Foolish Games”

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Kelowna born, Vancouver based  progressive rock band Bend Sinister have simplified into more of a pop sound, though far removed from modern day Top 40 with their eleventh CD “Foolish Games.”Bend sinister return to Lethbridge, Sept. 19. Photo by Lindsey Blane
“It’s not something we meant to do. But it‘s wonderful and amazing old style stuff.  It‘s not modern pop it’s more with ’70s and ’80s pop hooks,” observed frontman/keyboardist Dan Moxon.
“ It’ s more similar to Elton John and early Billy Joel,” added Moxon, who is excited to bring the band back to Lethbridge to play a special ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 19.

“ It’s a new venue for us,” so we’re excited to play it,” said frontman/keyboardist Dan Moxon.

 “We’ll be playing a lot of the new album and  some favourites for ‘Animals and ‘Small Fame,” he said.
Guitarist Joseph Blood is excited to be on tour  again.
“We’re enjoying the summer. We’ve played a few festivals and have taken  some time off” Blood continued, adding that will change when they start  really touring on the new album.

He said writing the music for the new CD was a more collaborative process.
“We wanted to write 35 songs for it and ended up with 25,” he said, crediting their new drummer Nick Petrowitz for the more straight ahead  rock and pop sound of “Foolish Games.”
“ A lot of it is due to our new drummer, who has been with us for two years. We all voted  on which ones to  includes and it had  to be unanimous. There’s one I really liked that didn’t make it,” he said.

“ But now, it’s shorter, more polished and cohesive,” he said.
“It has a more pop vibe. We used to have all of these seven and eight minute songs, but cut the songs down to five and six minutes long,” he continued.
“It‘s our eleventh album, so we have a lot of music to choose from,” he said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 September 2018 09:46 ) Read more...

The Pack A.D. came back to rock the Slice

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To paraphrase a popular song — “And the Pack Came back the very next day” — try three years.

The Pack A.D. returned to the Slice last week. Photo by Richard Amery
Vancouver  punk/ alternative rock duo the Pack A.D. returned to the Slice , Tuesday, Sept. 4 for an early show.

The duo, drummer / vocalist Maya Miller and guitarist/vocalist Becky Black were in a pretty laid back mood and were a little shocked to have a good sized audience actually standing and listening to them. They played a few Black Sabbath influenced favourites and highlights from their latest CD “Dollhouse” including the title track and the single “Woke Up Weird.”
Though this is supposed to be their last big tour of Canada, they also played a big riffed new song.

Black even stepped away from big riffs and grinding punk power chords to play the odd, succinct guitar solo, while Miller bashed away at her kit adding extra vocals and stage patter.
 they played a really tight set, making a lot of noise for two people.

Tyler Bartfai opening for the Pack A.D. Photo  by Richard Amery
 As a tribute to  their’90s roots, they added a cover of Weezer’s “Buddy Holly.”
They were called back for an encore including “I’m Not Ready to Go.”

I missed opening act Shaun Rawlins, but caught the end of Tyler Bartfai’s opening set of earnest  folk pop along the lines of Dave Matthews and Train with a touch of soul.

Bartfai played some beautiful acoustic guitar and added a touch of exotic , Carribean flavoured music. He ended with a pretty cover of the Zutons/ Amy Winehouse hit “Valerie.”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:13 )
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