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Local musicians and Meester Lethbridge raise money for sick kids

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The last gig I caught was Meester Lethbridge’s birthday party, which was at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 2.

Several musicians including Jen Bailey performed at Meester Lethbridge’s birthday, Oct. 2. Photo by Richard Amery

 The open stage was designed as a fundraiser for  the sick kids ward at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital.


Several musicians got on stage to play an array of covers including Steven Foord, Jen Baily, Bridgette Yarwood and Dino Scavo and some impressive bass soloing from Felipe Rodriguez.

They raised approximately $200 for a good cause.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Incura returns to rock Lethbridge Queen-style

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Incura was back in Lethbridge to play a couple of shows for their old fans, friends and family, first at an all ages gig  at the

Incura at the Slice, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery

 Gate on Friday, Oct. 1, then again at the Slice, Oct. 2.


 I only caught a couple of their newer opearatic metal numbers from their upcoming new CD at the Slice.


Lead singer Kyle Gruninger showed he has an impressive set of vocal pipes, as he leaped al over the stage and belted out his lyrics like Freddie Mercury’s ghost was possessing him and Billy Talent singer Ben Kowalewicz was pitchforking him.


There were also layers and layers of keyboard sounds from Jim McLaren and Gatlin Fitzgerald, Jon Olson and  Phil Gardner added their own textures to the music on guitar, bass and drums respectively.


 They audience howled appreciateively for the new material but lit up when Gruninger said, after thanking his family and old friends for all coming out and being there for him as he purrsued his music dreams, he was going to start playing older material that they could party to.


Brad Brouwer, Anthony Pitarelli and Paul Holden. Photo by Richard Amery

The openers were worth noting too, especially  as they were called upon to play at the last minute due to local  rock band Eyes of Isis being unable to open as scheduled as one of the members is underage.


Instead Rob Ursel played a dynamite set of original acoustic music to warm up the audience. This was followed by a wild bass/ drums and percussion jam from Brad Brouwer, Anthony Pittarelli and Paul Holden, who locked in and cut out a cacophonic mix of jazz and Carribean tinged rhythms which had the full house howling for more.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 12:42 )

DNR resuscitates the ’80s

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DNR — Colleen West, Wes Orr and Morley Wong played Average Joes, Oct. 2. Photo by Richard Amery

I don’t usually cover cover bands, but couldn’t resist catching DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) who played  a packed Average Joes,Oct. 2.


It is fun to see doctors and nurses cutting loose instead of,  sorry I was about to make a bad medical pun — cutting into patients…, but they had the crowd clamouring for more and dancing up a storm to a variety of popular hits including  U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name,” which kicked off their second set.


 They followed that  up with a solid version of Toronto’s “Your Daddy Don’t Know,” which prompted lead singer Colleen West to observe “ Now that Rob (Strank, bassist/ keyboardist) has a keyboard, we have the entire ’80s at our disposal.”


 They played Bon Jovi’s “Have a Nice Day,” as well as a couple more modern rock numbers as well.


Then they even added more of a rock edge to Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” which they made their own by adding “so you’re a neorosurgeon, and so you’re Rob Strank, That don’t impress me much.” They also added a rock edge to Toby Keith’s “Beer For the Horses, ” which sounds pretty cool as a male/female duet.

—  By Richard Amery,L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 12:27 )

Carolyn Mark and Rodney DeCroo build up live energy

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I didn’t want to miss Rodney DeCroo and Carolyn Mark at the Slice as they  guested on my Friday night blues show on CKXU, 88.3 FM, Oct. 1.

 Carolyn Mark opened up Rodney DeCroo's Oct. 1 show. Photo by Richard Amery

I was sad to have missed Mark, but caught her on stage singing back up and playing the Slice’s  piano through a  multi-faceted set by DeCroo and his band, the Convictions.


The first set was a fairly low key affair, he started with some slower material then  told the story behind “Ain’t No-One,” one of the more popular tracks off of his new double CD set “Queen Mary Trash,” about  dealing with anger management issues after someone came up to him in a bar and compared him to  Neil Young and Bob Dylan, following that up with “It’s not a compliment.”


“I thought I’d do something postive instead and picked up aguitar, it makes me feel better,” he told the audience before playing several tracks from “Queen Mary Trash,” including “Van City” and “Pleasure and Pain.”

Rodney DeCroo and his band, Oct. 1 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery


He wound down his first set by singing a duet of “Queen Mary Trash”  with Carolyn Mark before  bringing the band back to end the set with “Minotaur.”

 His second set was more rock and roll, with several highlights from the second CD of the “Queen Mary Trash,” including The Tom Petty tinged “Elijah Come On” and “Sorrow on the Mountain,” as well as crowd favourite“Bring it On.”

He slowed it down a touch with “My Love Rides,”  and another exceptional new track “When The World Was Young,” then replayed “Ain’t No-One.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 11:55 )

Caste of Shadows show old school metal energy

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I took in a decent new metal band called Caste of Shadows, Oct. 1 at packed Bo Diddley’s.


Caste of Shadows at Bo Diddley’s, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery

I missed the first band, but was glad to have caught Caste of Shadows.


They had a tonne of energy and  old school metal chops, a

Caste of Shadows at Bo Diddley’s, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery

 charismatic, crazy frontman, who was carrying a strong metal melody, when you could hear it,  in between leaping all over the stage and on the railings, not that I could hear it as he was

 drowned out by his band, who provided a hot double guitar attack backed by thunderous drums and a strong bass groove.


They played an intense set and seemed to be winding down to make way for the Living Luca, before I had to leave.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 11:41 )
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