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Peter and the Wolves rock Casino Lethbridge again

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 Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves returned to Casino Lethbridge for Valentine’s Day Weekend.

Peter and the Wolves returned to Casino Lethbridge, Feb. 14 and 15. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught the first set, Feb. 14. I was pleasantly  surprised to see frontman Peter Cormier brought along his multi-talented back up singers to fill out the band’s sound and to allow Cormier to play a little more keyboards.

 One of the backup singers, Sydney Zadravec also played lead guitar for a few songs, while another backup singer, Meaghan Thompson added saxophone. Deicha Carter  added background vocals and sang lead on a couple of songs.

 Peter and the Wolves played a lot of energetic piano and guitar driven, ’50s style vintage rock and roll including obscure Buddy holly songs, several new songs from their next CD. Some highlights were Boogie Down baby, ” “ My Eyes Track Faster Than my Feet,” and an older song “Wolfman.”

 Cormier switched to guitar midway through  “St. James Infirmary.”

 And, when he found it was going out of tune, left the stage to fetch another guitar while his band vamped on a cool cover of Peggy Lee’s “Fever.”

 They also played a few blues, rock and roll and jazz classics including “Traveling Light.” Their version of blues/ jazz standard St. James Infirmary featured a hot saxophone solo. “Switching In the Kitchen,” was also a highlight.

 As expected, they had a dance floor full of people showing off their best two stepping  and ’50s dance moves.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 21 February 2020 13:40 )

Kelly Prescott excited to bring new music on Alan Doyle’s Rough Side Out tour

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Ottawa based country musician Kelly Prescott is excited to play Lethbridge with Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, Feb. 25 at the Yates Sterndale Bennett Theatre.Kelly Prescott opens Alan Doyle‘s Rough Side Out Tour. photo submitted
“I’ve never actually played a venue in Lethbridge,” said Prescott, from her home in Ottawa, noting she has played the Holiday Train  when it has stopped in Lethbridge.

She will be playing her 30 minute opening set for Alan Doyle as a duo.
“The tour is being split. Usually I play with my guitarist and my partner (Chad Murphy). He’s one of my wonderful Newfoundlanders. My whole band is  from Newfoundland,” she said.

 “But he’s also Meghan Patrick‘s band leader and lead guitarist, so he’s on tour with her. So I’ll be playing the first half of the tour with a phenomenal guitarist  from Calgary, Mitch Jay. Chad will be joining me in March,” she said, adding she is excited about her new EP “Love Wins,” which will be released, Feb. 21. The first single “Church” was released on Feb. 14.

 Doyle is touring in support of his new CD Rough Side Out.

“I’m really excited about it. I love old country music. I grew up listening to classic country,” she said, adding she likes Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton and  Roger Miller.
“I love listening to  ’60s and ’70s country music. Though This CD isn’t  quite like Dolly,” she said.


Last Updated ( Monday, 17 February 2020 13:37 ) Read more...

Bands needed and much more this week

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It’s another eclectic week in Lethbridge.
But first after a weird, cold, windy winter, it’s time to look forward to summer and all of the music festivals happening. The first one up is the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, happening June 26-28. Val McQuaid is looking for local artists to perform during this popular weekend in Henderson lake Park. Send your submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 Maggie Hall is also looking for bands , duos and soloists to perform at her seventh annual Alzheimer‘s Fundraiser, taking place, April 18 at Honker’s Pub. She can be reached through Lethbridge Musicians or her Facebook page.

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 Things begin with this week with the Jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with HBO3 at the special early start time of 8:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19.Adequate’s Josh Thorlakson jumps at the Slice, Feb. 14. They are at the Owl Acoustic Lounge this week.

 New roots country band The Dark Wrangler host this weeks open mic at the Slice.
“If you missed them at the Slice on Feb. 14, get funky with Adequate at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 21. The Will be playing with the Funk Penomenorm.

Things rock Edmonton style at the Slice, Feb. 21 where punk bands Loser Points and Reifer Madness  plus local punk rockers the Hockey Moms will be moshing the night away. Admission is $10. The music begins at 9 p.m.

The Mark Hall Band will be playing some country music and rock and roll at Beaches Pub, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m.. There is no cover for the show.

  You can rock ’90s style at Casino Lethbridge with Uncovered, who will be playing your favourites, on Friday and Saturday.
 Or else, get ready to laugh with Roast Battle at Good Times where Connor Christmas will be defending his title of Roast Master beginning at 9:30 p.m.
You can also laugh the next night at Didi’s Playhaus, Feb. 22 as Impromptu present “ I Put the SING in Single” featuring the talents of  David Gabert, Ashley Thomson, Nicola Elson, Jonny Kirch, Alex Yanko and musical guest Cole Olson. The fun begins at 9 p.m. Admission is 410 It is only one of the fun things happening on the weekend.

 The International Peace Powwow kicks off at the Enmax Centre at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22. And continues on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Local folk/ roots musician Tyson Ray Borsboom releases his new CD at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 23 with special guest Kevin Giron.
Red Deer power trio King Bull return to the Slice stage with local punk/psychedelic surf band  Chief Mountain, Feb. 22. The show begins at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 February 2020 14:23 ) Read more...

Gabe Thaine band and Good Time Charlie bring lots of rocking good times

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Local musician and photographer Gabe Thaine Olsen has been playing with everyone and his dog lately, but put together his own band for a Feb. 8 show at the Slice.

Gabe Thaine playing keyboards with his band at the Slice. photo by Richard Amery
 They included familiar faces including two back up singers including Ashley Thomson as well as bassist Ian Morrice, who allowed Thaine to  show his many musical sides and instrumental prowess on keyboards as well as guitar and vocals.

 They played folk, rock and a bit of the blues in addition to his CBC Searchlight competition submission “Murder to Be.”

Good Time Charlie  were a good time as always, finishing the night with a whole lot of classic rock and more.

 They opened with the Black Crowes’ “Hard to Handle” and followed it up with Tom Petty’s “ Don’t Do Me Like That.”
 They went more modern with an excellent cover Good Time Charlie at the Slice, Feb. 8. Photo by Richard Ameryof the Sheepdogs’ “I Don’t Know” and The Glorious Sons’ “ Oh Mama.”

 For a pleasant surprise, they added a cover of Shooter Jennings’ “Outlaw You,” which brought back some pleasant memories of the Outlaw Country Cruise.

It was back to classic rock after that with a cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2020 19:24 )

Garwin Poff celebrates birthday with his bands’ music

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I was coming off an Outlaw Country Cruise high this week, so pretty much any music  is going to be anticlimactic for the next little while. Hypnopilot celebrating Garwin Poff's birthday. Photo by Richard Amery

But I did want to help celebrate local drummer Garwin Poff’s early birthday party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 8.

The rare ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic Lounge was completely sold out so  there was barely any breathing room, much less elbow room.
 I missed his band MTBC but was in time for his Calgary based Stoner rock band Hypnopilot.

 They were excellent as always, with lots of energy and eardrum bludgeoning detuned riffs reminiscent of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. I believe they were premiering some new songs for a new CD, but their show was just like being back in 1993 with plenty of detuned post grunge bass and guitar with those Queens of the Stone Age style high pitched, wailing vocals.

 I missed their fellow Calgarians Shadow Weaver and Bazaraba, who play here a lot and always put on a good show in Lethbridge.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2020 19:14 )
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