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Dalliance Elixir wins latest open for the bands slot

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Average Joes open for the bands contest is winding down for April, with the last chance to compete for an opportunity to Dalliance Elixer won Average Joes open for the band competition, April 21. Photo by Richard Ameryopen for Nazareth happening this Thursday.
 As always there were a lot of familiar faces lining up for the competition, April 21.
 I finally got a chance to see local classic rock band Band of Brothers, who will be at the Front Row Pub, April 30.

They began the evening by taking a long time to set up and soundcheck, then played a tight set of covers including John Cougar Mellencamp’s “ Authority Song,”  The Cult’s “Wildflower” and ending their bass heavy set with AC DC’s “TNT.” Their frontman had a lot of charisma as he chatted with the crowd like old friends.

Deadvoice was back and continued to show improvement. They began with an excellent version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and a couple of other upbeat modern rockers which I think were originals, though I couldn’t tell as I couldn’t hear much of it  due to overpowering bass.

Deadvoice’s former frontman Dan “Freight Train” Trivates, set up quick and played three catchy, upbeat, riff laden originals on an acoustic guitar which I couldn’t hear very well. I liked what I did hear though. He ended with a  tender, new ballad.

For a complete counterpoint to that,  Sacred Savage played a savage set of modern metal. They were an extremely tight, not to mention loud band as I couldn’t hear much of the vocals. But I was impressed with all the big riffs and balls to the wall intensity.

This week’s winners Jolene Draper and Murray Nelson closed off the night with two of Draper’s brand new, catchy, jazz tinged poppy originals.

One was about turning 30, the other was about sunsets and she ended with Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang, Bang.”  The judges were really impressed by her stage presence and beautifully unique voice. She will be joining the first winner, Gravity Crash and last week’s winner Curt Young, who also played during the competition, in the finals in June to see who opens for Nazareth, July 21.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Matt Epp returns for attentive fans

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Matt Epp entertains attentive fans, April 20 at the Slice. Photo by Richard AmeryMatt Epp returned to the Slice to play an upbeat, rocking set, in part to lead guitarist Jay Smith, April 20 at the Slice.

The rock edge Smith brought to the table made Epp’s more folk-pop feel sound a little reminiscent of Smith‘s band Matt Mays and El Torpedo.

 And while I missed Smith’s solo set, I arrived in time to hear Epp carry some beautiful tenor melodies. He observed he had never had a Slice audience listening to him so intently.

He played much of the music from his latest CD “At Dawn,” including a couple of  highlights “Met Someone” and “Red Winged Blackbird” as well as added a soulful twist to Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.”

 His hot band brought the party to approximately 50 people in the audience.

 But they left the stage as Epp played a couple set of more laid back acoustic material.

He played some pretty, lilting guitar licks throughout and as always was very enjoyable to listen to.

— By Rchard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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World class with Alpha Yaya Diallo

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A busy week for me started Tuesday, April 19 at the Geomatic Attic with Vancouver based world musician Alpha Yaya Alpha Yaya Diallo. Photo by Richard AmeryDiallo.
 He played an upbeat, energetic  show which showed why the Geomatic Attic needs to open up a dance floor for some of their shows.

Even though Diallo was blocked by a set of bongo drums set at the front of the stage, he displayed some stunning flamenco/ classical/ African acoustic guitar licks while the rest of his band, a drummer, a bassist, a percussionist and a percussionist / dancer kept the beat and the groove going and the energy levels high.

Alpha Yaya Diallo adds extra percussion. Photo by Richard AmeryThe audience of approximately 50 people, which included a lot of newcomers to the Geomatic Attic, including numerous people from 10,000 Villages, were enjoying themselves, nodding their heads and tapping their feet.

 He began the set  by playing an up tempo Gipsy Kings style flamenco number on his delay heavy guitar.

He spoke little to the audience, other than to say the title of his new CD ‘Immé’ was interpreted as “Get off your ass,” and encouraged the audience to do just that.

His dancer was impressive, beaming and flailing in time to the unstoppable reggae infused rhythm.

 He stepped back from behind the bongos to let his band shine at an assortment of solos and to add his  own.
 He wound up his first set by convincing the crowd to sing along.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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JT Nero looking forward to stripped down tour with Po’ Girl’s Allison Russell

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There won’t be any crazy costumes, sarongs or assorted weirdness, just good music when Chicago soul/ blues/ singer JT Nero returns to the Geomatic Attic, May 1 with multi-instrumentalist, Allison Russell of Po’ Girl.Allison Russell and JT Nero. Photo from

“Last time I was there was on Halloween. I was touring with Po’ Girl. I was shirtless, has a yin yang sign drawn on my chest in marker and I was wearing a sarong. I can promise that won’t be happening again,” said JT, or Jeremy Lindsay in real life.

“This show will be different. It will be a lot more intimate and acoustic duo with just me and Allison,” he continued.

“It will be nice. Everything will be really stripped down. The songs won’t be dressed up at all,” he said.

“The songs have to work without being all dressing them up,” he said.

 He and Russell spent some time driving out to Seattle from Chicago for the beginning of their tour.


Big shows this week include the Manvils and concert for Japan

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There a re a variety of shows wthis week from fundraisers, to jazz/pop to rock and roll.

One of my favourite Vancouver rock bands, the Manvils, are back at the Slice, April 29.
 But the week starts today, Tuesday, April 26 as the New Weather Machine host the jam at the Slice. The Smokin’ Pistols are among those performing. There are also popular jams at Cudos and at Bo Diddley’s as well tonight. Another good local show is Clapping Monkeys, who play at Cudos, April 30.

The Manvils return to the Slice, Friday, April 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 If you want to play jazz, check out the jazz jam at the Slice, Wednesday, April 27.
Paul Filek is at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 30. Local bluesman Darryl Düus is at the Owl the night before with bassist Steve Harris and drummer Tyler Bird.

 It’s never to early to plan ahead.

Make sure you are at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, May 14 to see Edmonton bluesman Marshall Lawrence, the Doctor of the Blues who is making his Lethbridge debut.

He is one of my favourite Canadian bluesmen and will be opening for Johnny Greenshields.

 Something interesting happens at the Geomatic Attic this week, though it isn’t music related.

There will be a local art auction, April 30 to help raise money to send Mike Spencer’s son. Kellen and his friend Adam Manery to  Kenya in mid May as part of a special volunteer program.

They will be going to Kenya to help children and hand out school supplies as part of the International Volunteer HQ, so local and aspiring artists are invited to participate in Africa Aid Art Auction, April 30 at the Geomatic Attic.

More donors are welcome.  There will be all forms of art including photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics. There will be prizes  so 20 per cent of the proceeds go back to them. Deadline for submissions is April 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.. There is a a five dollar cover. For more information, e-mail Adam or Kellen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . They leave for Kenya on May 10.

There is also a special fundraising concert for Japan at the Slice, April 28. Local musicians Aaron Trozzo, John Greenshields, Big Jim and the Twins, the Bohemian Cause will be performing this fundraiser for the Red Cross, who are helping out the victims of the Japan earthquake in March. The music starts at 8 p.m. There will also be a silent auction and prize draws.

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