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Female powered punk at the Smokehouse with the Shit Talkers and Daisy Stranglers

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The Smokehouse hosted a plethora of B.C. female powered music, Wednesday, Aug. 29.The Shit Talkers at the Smokehouse, Aug. 29. Photo by Ricahrd Amery
 I missed local band The Hockey Moms, but I arrived in time for most of Nanaimo trio the Daisy Stranglers who played a solid set of super tight 1977 style punk rock punctuated by bursts of  eardrum piercing feedback for their very first Lethbridge show and indeed, very first tour together. Bassist/vocalist Coral Miller and guitarist Diana Slack provided gang vocals while drummer  Patrick Barrett held down the beat.
They brought to mind a touch of the Plasmatics and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

 East Vancouver punks the Shit Talkers wound up the night with an energetic and spirited  set of all original punk drawing from their new EP “I Scream” and their previous  two EPs as well as some brand new songs.

 Guitarist Liz The Daisy Stranglers at the Smokehouse, Aug. 29. Photo by Richard AmeryMantle, drummer Nadja Feutlinske, bassist Michelle Duff and guitarist Brooke Fujiyama all took turns singing lead vocals and supplying gang vocals. They drew a lot from classic punk plus ’90s grunge like L7 and classic Vancouver punk like the Dishrags.

 But they were more than just punk. They effortlessly switched tempo and ever  did a funky breakdown in the middle of one of their songs without missing a beat.

“Eewww”  was a highlight as was “Shut Up” and set enders “All My Friends and “Fukin’ Guys.”
 They wound down with an older song “Canadian Peasant,“ and ended with a tribute to their home with  “East Van.”

—by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:44 )

Trevor Panczak gets into Whoop up Days spirit

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Local country singer Trevor Panczak was holding court at Average Joes, Saturday, Aug. 25. Somewhat surprisingly, Panczak, who had a  busy week of Whoop up Days and Taber Cornfest gigs, didn’t have as big of a crowd as he usually does.Trevor Panczak at Average Joes, Aug. 25. photo by Richard Amery

But the big, affable Panczak grinned and belted out his original songs backed by a band who mostly looked like newcomers save bassist Ray Banman and his rhythm guitarist, who was also playing the saloon with him earlier in the week.

 An early highlight was a cover of Justin Moore’s  “Put the Old Back in The New School.”
 He belted out Waylon Jennings’ “Lonesome, Orn’ry and Mean,” and the Turtles’ “Happy Together” and played his mash up of “If I had a Million Dollars” and “Wagon Wheel.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:18 )

Lots of different music for FLIPfest

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FLIPfest opened on Friday night, Aug. 24 at the Owl Acoustic lounge.Mombod opened Flipfest 2018 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 24. photo by Richard Amery
 I caught the first show of the weekend in the middle of a set  break but hung around for local alternative rock trio MomBod, who formed for last year’s Flipfest.

Janette King playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge For Flipfest, Aug. 25. photo by Richard Amery
 Guitarist / vocalist Fox Mandy, bassist vocalist Sil Campus and drummer Amberlea Parker played their usual set of ’90s style grunge and post grunge music along the lines of L7 and Hole. Sil Campus sang the first few more melodic songs including one about “What’s Going on in Lethbridge.” Mandy Fox took over lead vocals for the more screamo/ heavier part of their set.

The second annual female and non binary artist focused multi-venue downtown festival featured a variety of different styles of music including rap, pop, electronica, folk, country and metal and punk. It was in full force by Saturday, Aug. 25.

 I arrived at the Owl Acoustic Lounge in the middle of a set of synth pop from Janette King, Aug. 25. She sang appealing soulful R and B and pop music   with  the music playing on her laptop. While it wasn’t really my bag, I could appreciate her beautiful voice. I was there to hear some folk and country music  from the always amazing Bobby Dove, who was joined by Skinny Dyck on steel guitar.

She sang plaintive, heartfelt folk and heartbreaking country ballads. Most of her music was original but she sang a credible version of George Jones‘ “She Still Thinks I Care.”Bobby Dove and Skinny Dyck playing for Flipfest at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
Things got loud at the Slice, Saturday, Aug. 25 for a decent sized audience.

Hedks playing the Slice for FLIpfest, Aug. 25. photo by Richard Amery
 I only got to hear abrasive Vancouver drum and guitar duo Hedks, who played an energetic set of loud, sweaty, riff heavy punk and metal. They were reminiscent of the Pack A.D.and a touch of Hole era grunge.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:10 )

Harlequin stops by to jam with Chevelles after Whoop Up Days show

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The fun thing about Whoop up Days is anything can happen after the main show is done. So Average Joes was hopping with another hot show from local classic rockers the Chevelles, Friday, Aug. 24, playing a fundraiser for Extreme Cheer Sensation. They had a good sized crowd dancing up a storm.Harlequin jamming with the Chevelles at Average Joes, Aug. 24. photo by Richard Amery
 They ran the gamut of classic rock from ’80s ballads including Poison’s “Every Rose Has it’s Thorn, ” The Beatles’ “ Come Together,” a stripped down version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s  some AC DC and more modern pop material  like “Tonight’s Going to be A Good night” from the Black Eyed Peas. And it was a good night with the hep of some very special guests.

 Country singer Julian Austin, who opened the show wearing his classic rock hat with his band Trixx and celebrating his birthday in Lethbridge, stepped on stage  to sing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”  with the help of Rob Habetler on keyboards. Austin also played the next night with his country band.
A few members  of Canadian classic rockers Harlequin were hanging out after their Whoop up Days and were coaxed on stage to play Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” and their big hit “Thinking of You” with the help of Kitty Chevelle on bass.
 The rest of the Chevelles returned for ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down.”

—by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:54 )

Erin Ross sings beautiful blues with the Rhythm Method

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Calgary blues/ country musician Erin Ross never gets the audience she deserves in Lethbridge, even when accompanied by a hot band of drummer Lloyd Peterson and bassist Brenden McGuigan, called the Rhythm Method, for a sparsely Erin Ross returned to the Slice with her band, Aug. 24. Photo by Richard Amery attended show at the Slice on Friday, Aug.24. Granted she was competing with Harlequin at Whoop up Days and the opening night of Flipfest. But unperturbed by lack of numbers, she still killed it through a set of traditional blues and country music plus several of her own songs.
 Ross is always a delight to watch and hear, and having the Rhythm Method behind her, she was able to show how talented of a guitarist she is by breaking into some tasteful soloing.

She sang in a voice that was alternately sultry and twangy depending on what she was playing. Her more country numbers reminded me a little of Bobby Gentry, but she could also belt out the blues beautifully as her  more bluesy numbers reminded me more  of Sue Foley. “Another Empty Day,” was an original highlight.

She played some tasteful slide guitar as she switched axes to a Resonator guitar for a few older blues numbers. She showed a lot of range from an excellent version of ZZ Top’s “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” and some older blues from Skip James and even tackled some BB King.

She wound down her first set with some of her original country music.
Three fifths of Rancho Deluxe including George Arsene, bassist Paul Holden and drummer Brad Brouwer opened the show with a set of mostly original country and folk music.

—by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:46 )
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