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Lethbridge Folk Club opens fall season

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The music comes first at the Lethbridge Folk Club.Leeroy Stagger. L.A. Beat File photo“It’s not the  bar scene, it’s a listening room. And I think a lot of the time the performers like it better that way. In a bar like the Slice, people are talking and half the time the performers wonder if they are being listened to or if they are just background music,” said Lethbridge Folk Club president Morris Soenen who is looking forward to another exceptional season which began Sept. 11 with a solo acoustic performance with local singer/songwriter Leeroy Stagger in the Wolf’s Den ( 325 5 St. S.).

Local country/ folk singer Karen Romanchuk opened the show.This season features a variety of music, a couple new faces and some performers who haven’t played for the Lethbridge Folk Club before.“We’ve got a little bit of blues and a little bit of everything,” said Soenen adding folk/ bluesman Ray Bonneville makes his folk club debut, Oct. 9.

“He’s usually quite expensive, but this time he’s willing to work for what we can afford to pay him,” Soenen said adding he is excited about having Calgary jazz group Heather Blush and the Uppercuts make their Lethbridge Folk Club debut, Nov. 6.

“ I was really impressed with her at the South Country Fair songwriting competition,” Soenen said.
 He is also looking forward to having Linda McRae and firey fingerpicking acoustic bluesman Ken Hamm back in Lethbridge, Nov. 27.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 September 2010 10:07 ) Read more...

Jodi King brings upbeat pop

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Winnipeg pop musician Jodi King was back in Lethbridge to play for an enthusiastic crowd of about 30 people at the

Jodi King returned to the Slice, Sept. 2. Photo by Richard Amery

 Slice, Sept. 2.


 She is touring in support of her new full length CD,“Little Smile.”  Her beautiful vocal melodies shone through as she accompanied herself on the piano.

Her band, drummer Jay Tooke, who also added a few vocal harmonies,  and guitarist/ bassist Chris Rademaker, helped fill out her sound just about perfectly.

She played several originals as well as  a couple choice covers including an excellent version of Tom Petty’s “Freefalling,” which had the enthusiastic audience shouting along.


She cracked jokes about her height and high heeled shoes, but mostly her set was all about very pretty, upbeat pop music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2010 11:53 )

Jesse and the Dandelions play for Dilemma film

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Jesse and the Dandelions at Average Joes, Sept. 2. Photo by Richard Amery

Jesse Northey and the Dandelions played a fun-filled, but sparsely attended fund-raiser at Average Joes, Sept. 2  for a new local 15-minute short film called “Dilemma.” Dilemma finished shooting, at Average Joes, Sept. 6.


Northey began with an joke filled, set of solo acoustic music including some new originals and a couple covers including Radiohead’s “Creep.”


The band joined him to play their last show with bassist Chris Banman who is heading west for school. They played most of the music from their new CD “Lion’s Tooth” then ended with  a cool cover of the Violent Femmes’ “Blister In The Sun,” as well as crowd favourite “The Van Song” and a cover of disco classic “I Will Survive,” which was  a lot of fun.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Undersigned Band’s first show of laid back jazz tinged rock

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The Undersigned Band made their debut at the Slice, Sept. 3. Photo by Richard Amery.

A good sized crowd came out for  the debut of new local rock/ jazz/ pop trio The Undersigned Band, Sept.4 at the Slice.


 The laid-back jazz tinged pop trio played a lot of songs featuring their singing drummer and  covers of “Zed Zed Top’s”  “Cheap Sunglasses” as well as a credible cover of an old Taj Mahal  song plus INXS’s “Elegant;y Wasted.”


They demonstrated complex. R and B influenced bass lines and some catchy guitar.


 It is always to see another band on the scene that is playing something a little different. They are another band with much potential.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2010 11:10 )

Unknown Culprits add Simpsons’ wit to set

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You have to love a band that will add Simpsons  songs to their set. That was one of many highlights of sparsely attended showThe Unknown Culprits. Photo by Richard Amery from B.C. born, Toronto based blues/rock/ pop band the Unknown Culprits who returned to Average Joes, Sept. 3.

 They didn’t have a lot of people, but the ones there enjoyed an uptempo,  hyperactive version of “Roadhouse Blues,” which ended their first set as well as a  catchy ’60s pop tinged original “Daze,” the title track of their new CD.

 Their last set of the night included an upbeat, bluesy version of Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” as well as a decent version of Tom Petty’s “You’re So Bad,”  but just for kicks they played an amped up, country rock  version of Lurleen Lumpkin’s “Your Wife Ddon’t Understand You, But I Do,” from the Simpsons, which they followed with “Homer at Bat.”

 They played several originals, added some talk box effect and ended with a hyperactive version of “Highway To Hell.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2010 11:06 )
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