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Much more than band wars this week

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There is a lot as usual going on in Lethbridge this week.
 Tonight Toques and Beards host the open jam at the Slice. Plus, Salem Abraha from the Ben Brown Trio hosts the open mic tonight at Cudos Dirt Road Dust won the first round of Average Joes’  open for the bands contest. Photo by Richard AmeryLounge, it will be the last time he will be on stage for a while as he is undergoing surgery.

Calgary  based, Lethbridge born pop rockers the Nix Dicksons are back in Lethbridge to play the Owl, April 8.

There is also an excellent rockabilly/ psychobilly show this week as the Hellbound Hepcats come to the Slice, April 6 with the Phantom Creeps.

If you like country music, Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer, one of the finalists for the Canadian Country Weekend auditons finalists on this past Thursday, play Casino Lethbridge this weekend as well.
 Hey Romeo along with another finalist Alyssa McQuaid, play Average Joes, April 9.

Lethbridge/ Elkford pop-rockers Sleeping With Tuesday also have a rare local gig, April 9 at the Slice. Autumn Portrait are also on the bill.

 Fernie’s Shred Kelly also return for what is sure to be a fantastic show at the Tongue n Groove with Feast or Famine.
 That is only a few of the great things happening this week.
 Cindy Doire will be a highlight at the Slice this week, April 10 and the Magnificent 7s return to Lethbridge to rock the city bluegrass style, April 7 at the Slice.

Seven Shades at Average Joes. Photo by Richard AmerySeveral battle of the bands  wound down this week.

Several local acts move on to the finals of the Canadian Country Music Weekend after playing  on Thursday, March 31.

The Smokin Pistols, Jessica Halvorsen, Breanne Urban & Southern Flyer and Charles Shade all move on to compete against Alyssa McQuaid, Karen Romanchuk and Shalisa Leisch during the finals on April 14. There is one slot open during the Canadian Country Music Weekend for the Lethbridge winners.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 April 2011 12:33 ) Read more...

Cindy Doire juggles French and English music

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While pop/ folk chanteuse Cindy Doire grew up in Timmins, Ontario, she is best known as a French artist.Cindy Doire plays Lethbridge this week. Photo Submitted
 That’s because she recorded two French language CDs before her recently released English debut ’Sticks and Mud.’

“I grew up speaking French, because my parents spoke French, but living in Timmins, in Northern Ontario, I was pretty much assimilated,” said Doire, vintage shopping in Toronto “for a kick ass pair of boots to bring on tour.”

She and dobro player Rob Fenton make their first visit to Lethbridge, April 10 at the Slice, which will be part of a massive six month Canadian tour before she returns to Europe.

“I’m a bit of a city hopper. I lived in Timmins, then Montreal for a bit and now Toronto,” said Doire, who doesn’t spend  much time anywhere anymore as she spends most of the year on the road.
“It’s not like I come home for two months at  a  time. It feels like it’s been an endless tour for the past three years,” she continued.

“I’ve been touring around Quebec and New Brunswick, exploring that side of my soul for the past few years. Now I’ve got the English CD, I can explore that side of my soul,” she continued adding she has toured out west as bassist  with Sarah Burton’s band, but never made it to Lethbridge.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 April 2011 23:43 ) Read more...

Magnificent 7s look forward to playing new songs in Lethbridge

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Winnipeg bluegrass/ rock band the Magnificent 7s ’ tour schedule is about as intense as one of their live performances. They will be returning to Lethbridge to play the Slice, April 7.the Magnificent 7s return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
“I’ve never been the best at describing what we do.

People call us all sorts of things. But we love this music and we have a good time  making it,” said guitarist/ vocalist Matt Magura, who is looking forward to bringing the band to  their fourth Lethbridge venue in about a year.

 “ We played Henotic in April just before they closed and a smaller art gallery (the NAAG gallery) with B.A. Johnston and the Moby Dicks  and  the Owl,” he related.

“We put a lot of time  into crafting the music. We like putting on a great show of our own rocking version of bluegrass music,” he continued adding he is looking forward to having fiddle player Andy Bart on board for the show as he tours with the band about 60 per cent of the time.

We‘ve never played the Slice before, but we played  a couple games of pool there before the Owl show and it seems like a pretty cool place. Other musicians say it is,” he said adding the Lethbridge show is included in a 12 shows in 11 day tour of Western Canada which takes the band as far west as Revelstoke, Penticton and Nelson.

“We’ve got as lot of mouths to feed. We’ve got a  bus and six people, five in the band and a technician. And it’s a big bus,” he continued, explaining the intensive/ concentrated tour schedule.

“This one isn’t as busy as some. In October we played  29 shows in 30 days. And this time it is  12 shows in 11 days because we’ve got to play the afternoon  in Edmonton and then Tracks Pub in Olds at night. It’s not the first time we’ve had to play in the afternoon then book it to another show,” he said.

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Respectable crowd welcomes Esper Records

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 The Esper Records launch party at the Slice, March 26 had a respectable crowd.Esper Records’ launch had a good sized crowd , March 26. Photo by Richard Amery

 I missed sets by Leigh Doerksen and Dan Puurveen’s new duo Church as well as  Jesse and the Dandelions  but arrived just as the New Weather Machine was getting started.

The band featured Esper Records’ founders Jon Martin on guitar and vocals as well as Jesse and the Dandelions’ Jesse Northey on bass as well as special guest Brad Brouwer on drums.

 As usual, Martin  displayed an impressive set of vocal pipes reminiscent of early ’70s classic rock like David Bowie and Mott The Hoople, as well as played some very tasteful guitar leads.

 They played  several older crowd pleasing New Weather Machine songs as well as newer fare, one of which even had the makings of a mosh pit beginning in front of the stage.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Andrew Scott has some fun with country

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Andrew and Julie Scott were back in Lethbridge for a gig at Cudos Lounge, March 26.

They were playing for a handful of their enthusiastic Andrew Scott at Cudos. Photo by Richard Ameryfriends and fans.

They played a variety of  old country standards like ‘16 Tons,’ into which which Andrew added a few bars of ‘Hit The Road Jack.’

They also played some popular originals from his old band the Turncoats and ended their show  by handing out lyric sheets and convincing the audience to sing along with ‘I Need Somebody to Sing With Me.’

 If you missed the Cudos show, he will be at the Mocha Cabana April 1, 6-9 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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