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Long and McQuade opens with live music

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What better way to celebrate  the opening of a music store a with a day full of live music? That was the scene, June 18. While the Slice was Cal Toth. Photo by Richard Ameryjumping with a jazz jam, which was a highlight of the Lethbridge Jazz Festival, the parking lot next to it was rocking with the sounds of several local performers,  mostly the bands of Long and McQuade staff members. Performers included Matt Groenheides band j.a.m.ani, Matt Robinson’s family band Lancaster, Psycomantium, Vista Park, the Chevelles and the Necessities.
 Long and McQuade students playing.Also helping Long and McQuade celebrate their grand opening, were teachers including pianist Cal Toth as well as a couple bands made of students.
 Throughout the afternoon before the rain hit, people milled about, eating food  from the Owl Acoustic Lounge as well as exploring the Blueprint records’s booth.
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Michael Granzow and Luke Tracey Newmann win South Country Fair songwriting competition

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Songwriters from as far away as Grande Prairie competed for a chance to play their song on the main stage of the the fair during the finals of theMike Granzow won the old pros catergory of the South Country Fair Songwriters competition. Photo by Richard Amery South Country Fair Songwriting Competition, whihc took place at the Slice, June 18.

The finals featured 14 amazing songwriters playing their song for a wall to wall packed Slice.

Lethbridge musicians dominated the old pro category which is for songwriters who have released a CD.
Poets Lost and Found: Luke Tracey Newmann and Rick Mogg. Photo by Richard AmeryMichael Granzow, backed by his brother Jon (from local indie rock band the Record Holder) on acoustic bass won first place in the old pro category with a sweet, tender ballad about being in love with a busy person.

They will be playing the main stage at the South Country Fair as well as took home a $500 gift certificate from Long and McQuade.


Amy Bronson back for two shows

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Amy Bronson went electric for a surprise show at the Slice, June 16. Photo by Richard Amery.It is always nice to see young people come back home to Lethbridge to play.

So we got a chance to see Amy Bronson play twice at the Slice.

 She had an electric guitar for a set on Thursday, June 16 after a set by Texting Mackenzie.

 Bronson, as  always, looked completely at home on stage, playing a few new songs and a lot from her “I’m Allergic to This Deodorant” CD.

 She had her acoustic guitar for a packed show at the Slice, June 17, filled with most of her friends and family.

She was just playing solo, but displayed impressive guitar skills as usual backed with her always entertaining stream of consciousness lyrics.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 June 2011 00:25 )

Charlie Hase provides perfect pedal steel to Treeline

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Treeline was back in the city, June 17, this time at the Tongue N Groove after the Allen Jacobson jazz performance, and this time with pedal steel Charlie Hase playing pedal steel with Treeline. Photo by Richard Ameryplayer Charlie Hase.

 As expected, he fit right in with Treeline’s country sound.

 They had a good sized crowd to see Hase bring everything together, adding the perfect blend of classic country sound and tasteful leads.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Lethbridge Jazz Festival a lot of fun

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The Lethbridge Jazz Festival was a lot of fun, at least the couple shows I caught.

 While I missed the opening show on Wednesday, I enjoyed Allen Jacobson and the Contemporary Jazz Works Orchestra at the Tongue n Groove, Friday, June 17 which had a close to sold out crowd.

James Oldenburg performing with the Contemporary Works Jazz Orchestra with Allen Jacobson. Photo by Richard Amery
 It was a blast watching Jacobson conduct the orchestra with expansive gestures and vivid facial expressions, as the orchestra sat rapt in concentration, playing the music of an array of European composers as well as some more well known modern American composers like Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

 Everybody got a chance to strut their stuff in impressive solos, standing up to play them. Jacobson showed off some strange, experimental trombone material did some scatting then sang a pretty Charlie Mingus jazz ballad.

He made jokes in between songs and told stories about some of the European composers.

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