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Sean Burns warms up for Casino shows at Windy City Opry

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A lot of shows end early, but especially the  Windy City Opry at the Slice, which begins at 8 sharp. and ends around 10:30 unless the bands do an encore.Sean Burns playing the Windy City Opry at the Slice, July 10. Photo by Richard Amery


 I missed Carolyn Mark and only caught the last couple songs from Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns.


 Burns was just finishing up his cover of Hot Rod Lincoln and ended his set, without an encore with an upbeat honkey tonk number.

He was also at Casino Lethbridge for the weekend.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 July 2019 11:23 )
 

Latin Rev celebrate Latin fest and more

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I missed Latin Fest in Galt Gardens, Saturday, July 6, but caught a taste of the Caribbean with Latin Rev, who played the Slice after playing Galt Gardens.

Ashley Thomson performing with Latin Rev, July 6 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught the end of their set. But it was a lot of fun despite being short a couple of horns and Bente Hansen’s keyboards, not to mention  Erica Hunt’s powerhouse vocals.


 But Marmol Hernandez Eleazar and Victoria Officinalis capably handled lead vocals, with Ashley Thomson adding harmonies, though I didn’t hear her sing leads.


 But they set a Latin atmosphere and the band had a lot of Latin flair, leading to an enjoyable night for the audience,  happily showing their best Salsa dancing moves. I expected a lot more people for the show.


They played an interesting selection of Latin music as well as some  R and B and soul.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 July 2019 11:11 )
 

Silkstones play psychedelic acoustic set

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The trimmed down, acoustic Silkstones were channelling their inner Pink Floyd spirit at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, July 6.

A trimmed down Silkstones playing acoustically at the Owl, JUly 6. Photo by Richard Amery
 Hidden in the shadows, the trio strummed guitars and  harmonized in spite of a chattering crowd.

They played a really laid back set of music really reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s mellower moments.


 Webb was up next with an electrifying set of indie rock.

— by Richard Amery, L.A, Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 July 2019 11:00 )
 

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra play exotic early show

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Victoria based exotic roots collective Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra always put on a good show. But their Friday, July 5 show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge was surprisingly done before midnight.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 5. photo by Richard Amery
 Nonetheless, they played a hot set of fiddle powered set of toe tapping folk, jazz and even klezmer tinged music for a good sized crowd, especially considering much of their audience was likely in Twin Butte For Soulfest.

They featured a whole lot of fiddle, accordion, guitar and bass solos and tight vocal harmonies.


 They had most of the people on their feet and clapping gleefully along with the more uptempo numbers like “Annalee”.


 They slowed things down slightly to lay down a sultry , jazzy groove in places and showed off some delightful multi-part vocal harmonies.
 They segued into a more traditionally Celtic number which showed off their  vocal harmonies.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 July 2019 10:49 )
 

Shakespeare in the Park dominates slower week due to South Country Fair

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With the two main live music venues being closed for South South Country fair and most of the music loving audience at the Fair, the pickings are pretty slim.Shakespeare in the Park performs all over Southern Alberta this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Shakespeare in the Park has the busiest week of their run of Macbeth.


 There will be a special evening of excerpts plus stories, song and lot of fun at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Wednesday, July 17.  The witches/fates  Kayla Turnbull, Megan Fennell and Anastasia Sicieac will be performing some Kabuki style scenes, and there will be songs and music performed by Stephanie Savage, Chris Kyle Peterson, Kaylee Joynson, Chelsey Fitzsimmons, Kayla Turnbull and Keith (MacDuff) Miller playing ukulele.
 The show begins at 7:30 p.m.


 There will be regular performances of Macbeth in Galt Gardens, at 7 p.m., July 18 and 19 and the troupe hits the road to play the Coutts Arts Centre in Nanton at noon on Sunday, July  21.
 The Slice closes Wednesday for South Country Fair so there is no open mic on Thursday and the Owl Acoustic Lounge is closed July 19 and 20. The Owl Acoustic Lounge re-opens, July 22 with the Country Casanovas hosting their usual Monday open mic.


 The Slice reopens on Monday, July 23 with a special performance by Tennyson King and local singer songwriter Max Hopkins.
 For comedy, Vancouver comedian  Andrew Packer performs  two shows at Good Times, July 20 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. He is host and creator of the Jokes N Tokes Comedy show in Vancouver and  hosts the Joker Broker Podcast.
 Tickets are $10.


 Casino Lethbridge brings back country band Ryerson Road, July 19 and 20.
 And High River country musician Bruce Peterson plays a  couple of solo shows at the Water Tower Grill on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. Where he will be playing hits of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

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