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Marq DeSouza returning home for special acoustic gig

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Marq DeSouza returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard AmeryVancouver based musician Marq DeSouza is returning home to Lethbridge for a few days to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, May 13 with Spencer Jo from Calgary.

“Last time I was here, the show was all over the place — part acoustic, part electric. But this one is going to be completely solo acoustic,” he said.

“I really want to do a more focused song orientated show,” he continued.

He is looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends and familiar faces in Lethbridge.

“I never had a high school reunion, so when I come a town I get to see a lot of people again and they get to see a lot of people they haven’t seen in a while. It ends up being a little party,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 May 2011 10:36 ) Read more...

Boogie Patrol ready to boogie and open for Buddy Guy

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The Boogie Patrol are aptly named.

The Boogie Patrol are back in Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Edmonton based quintet taps into the essence of the blues and gets the audience moving to the groove, as their last sold out show several months ago will attest.

 If you missed them then, catch them Thursday, May 12 when they return to the Slice with new drummer Jeff Lisk.

 He has been with the band for two months.

“He’s from Chicago, we got to know him playing around Edmonton at jams. He hasn’t even been with us for not even two months.,” said frontman/ harp player “Rotten” Dan Shinnan adding  the band is working on new songs with him.

 Even more exciting, after they play Lethbridge, they will be going back to Edmonton the next day to open for the one and only Buddy Guy, and back to Calgary to open for him again.

“We just found out about it. We’ve been pushing for something like that for a while. It’s about getting to know the right folks,” he said adding they opened for the Fabulous Thunderbirds last year and the same group hooked them up with the Buddy Guy gig.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 May 2011 10:00 ) Read more...

JT Nero and Allison Russell “blissed out”

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Allison Russell and JT Nero. Photo by Richard AmerySunday is a good day to be “blissed out,” at least that’s what Chicago soul/ pop/ blues singer told a respectable and laid back audience at the Geomatic Attic.

“We’re pretty blissed out now,” Nero deadpanned in between songs in his first set.

He and Po’ Girl’s Allison Russell played an intimate set of mellow pop/ folk music with a lot of soulful elements.

 The first set included a few songs from Nero’s new solo CD “Mountains/Forest,” on which Russell also appears. There were also a few Po’ Girl songs, which  Nero said was his favourite, several from JT Nero’s band, JT And the Clouds’ latest CD “Caledonia,” and a lot of dry humour from Nero.

Russell added gorgeous vocal harmonies as well as some banjo picking, a little clarinet and even some ukulele.

It was an entertaining, well played show thanks to the easygoing, joke cracking duo, their mutual respect and admiration for each others’ music and excellent musicianship shining through.

—  By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Manvils plays short but sweet set at Slice

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Mikey Manvil  and the manvils brought the rock to the Slice, May 29. Photo by Richard AmeryAs sad as I was to leave Sam Roberts early, I did want to hear one of my favourite Vancouver rock bands the Manvils.

It was a good thing I did as they played one of their short, sweet and ear blisteringly loud “so fast, if you blink you’ll miss it” sets.

 They played all of a new EP coming out in a couple months as well as crowd favourites from their self titled CD including “Turpentine,” “Disaster” and “Substation.”

As always, guitarist / vocalist Mikey Manvil looked simultaneously happy and possessed, while combining elements of Clash reggae/ punk and The Who style rock and roll with a touch of U2 ambiance.
 Their set was tight, full of excellent musicianship I could even, sometimes,  hear a few vocal harmonies.

They ended with a scorching version of “Dancing With Me” which has the enthusiastic audience hopping.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Sam Roberts Band supplies psychedelic jams and big hits

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Sam Roberts at the South Pavilion. Photo by Richard AmeryCanadian rocker Sam Roberts returned to Lethbridge to play the South Pavilion of Exhibition Park and to help raise money and awareness for the Lethbridge and District Humane Society.

They had a decent crowd, but deserved a lot more.
Calgary rock band the Dudes opened the show with a typically energetic and fun-filled set of original music. They’ve played Lethbridge many times before having filled much smaller rooms like the Slice and Henotic so the lead singer joked “This isn’t like the Henotic, but we sure miss that fire-pole.”

 It sure wasn’t. They had a gigantic stage to run around on and plenty of room to spread their wings in the cavernous Pavilion, which looked sadly empty though there must have been a couple hundred people there.

While they are a lot of Sam Roberts at the South Pavilion. Photo by Richard Ameryfun, they are better seen and appreciated in a smaller room, where you can appreciate what they do all the closer.

The crowd loved the Dudes, but came to see Sam Roberts.

 His set was late, in part to a late scheduled meet and greet with contest winners.

The band humbly and quietly signed autographs and patiently posed for pics with eager fans.

 The Dudes opening for the Sam Roberts Band. photo by Richard AmeryThe Sam Roberts band started with a spectacular, crazy light show and a high volume set with a couple hypnotic groove and rhythm heavy new songs, before launching into the first of many popular numbers like “Lions of the Kalahari.”

He had the audience yelling the chorus of “Where Have All The Good People Gone,” and launched into a couple psychedelic, delay heavy jams, which had the crowd cheering.

Roberts interspersed these with a few words about the importance of supporting the Humane Society.

They had launched into one of their first hits “Don‘t Walk Away Eileen,” as I was leaving.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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