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Leah Marie King smokes at the Slice

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Blueswoman Leah Marie King showed her country side at a sizzling show at the Slice, May 22.Leah Marie King and her band at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
Approximately 25 people enjoyed watching her tear it up on the guitar  and showcasing her unique wavering voice as she played  songs from her two CDs as well as well chosen covers including a unique version of Neil Young’s ‘Ohio’ and  ‘Helpless.’

She was backed by a bassist who was unsmilingly lost in the groove, a drummer keeping time like clockeork and a keyboardist adding some apt organ and piano sounds to the music. She finished her first set with ‘Raven Child,’ the title track of her first CD.
 King sang a couple country tinged originals from her latest CD, ‘Back to The Bridge,’ including  the CD’s first track  ‘Losing Kind,’ but just as easily switched into some Stevie Ray Vaughan style  guitar pyrotechnics.

— by Richard Amery, L.A Beat editor
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Laid back Country For a Country In Need for a great cause

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Several musicians were playing country music for a country in need, May 21 at the Yates Theatre. Approximately 80 people saw Alyssa McQuaid, Trevor Panczac, Duane Steele and organizer Sean Hogan playing to raise money for the Red Cross to donate to victims of the earthquake in Haiti back in January.
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Hogan played Country for a Country in Need at the Yates Theatre, May 21.
 Photo by Richard Amerye of a strong set by Alyssa McQuaid as she was playing the ‘first song I ever wrote’, called ‘Perfect.’ She followed that up with strong renditions of Leonard Cohen’s ”Hallelujah,’ and a surprising cover of ‘Sweet Child O Mine,” by Guns and Roses, which worked as a country song delivered in her vibrant voice.

Sean Hogan came on next, and whilst fighting with guitar problems, complained he had lost his voice, but said he was going to ‘suck it up’  and promised  he’d be back to play  Lethbridge again in June,  Alyssa McQuaid played a strong set. Photo by Richard Amerytentatively set for June 17.

 He said  those who brought their ticket stubs to the show could get in for free.
 Most wouldn’t have noticed if he hadn’t said he was having voice troubles.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 May 2010 13:20 ) Read more...

Shawni Shimbashi’s CD release party successful

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A good sized crowd of approximately 100 packed into the Lethbridge Legion to support local singer  Shawni Shimbashi at the Lethbridge Legion, May 21. Photo by Richard Amery Shawni Shimbashi who was releasing her new EP.
She had several strong acoustic opening acts beginning with Angel Doucette, who played and sing heartfelt original  folk and pop music.
 Christian rock band Phao’s Mike and Kevin Gnandt performed a solo acoustic set of several of the band’s songs from their new CD and played to the crowd in between showing  superb vocals and harmonies.

Their lyrics were unabashedly Christian themed rock and pop, which worked well being performed as an acoustic duo.
Kelliane and her band. Photo by Richard Amery

What was interesting was seeing local pop singer Kelliane’s band play acoustically for the first time.

They incorporated a cello, keyboards, 12 string guitar and djembe into a set including highlights from most of their new CD ‘Say It,’ which showcased Kelliane’s  gorgeous voice and made her sound like an acoustic Pat Benetar in her leather pants. She grinned ear to ear through a set of fairly angry sKevin
 and Mike Gnandt played acoustic versions of Paho songs. Photo by 
Richard Ameryongs from her CD.

Shawni Shimbashi was the main event closing off the night as Phao band members joined her on stage and helped play an array of laid back, mid-tempo R and B styled covers including an unusual arrangement of Paula Abdul’s ’80s hit ‘Straight Up.’
 In the same vein she also performed several of her originals, which were also in the mid tempo pop vein.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 May 2010 12:42 )

Trophy Wife put the mental back into instrumental

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A couple of crack Vancouver bands and Lustre Creame, blew a few minds and a whole lot of eardrums, May 19 at the Slice.Crimson Roots 
rocked the Slice, May 19. Photo by Richard Amery
 Stoner rock trio Crimson Roots were on stage first with a lot of big guitar riffs, wah wah drenched solos, an excerpt from the Power Rangers theme and most of the music from their debut CD. There were some cool basslines and solid drumming throughout. They sounded like a cross between Blue Cheer and Alice in ChainsTrophy Wife 
guitarist Louie Anyos digs into a solo. Photo by Richard Amery.


Following that, instrumental rock trio Trophy Wife, whose slogan on Myspace is ‘putting the mental back in instrumental,’ did just that.

They had a lot of ‘holy smokes’ moments as in ‘I can’t believe he can play that well.’
They started slowly but loudly and quickly picked up the tempo and the energy while maintaining ear blistering levels of volume.

 It’s tough to keep instrumentals interesting, but Trophy Wife was up to the job.
They played a medley of impressive familiar instrumentals including Hocus Pocus by Focus and Rush’s YYZ.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 May 2010 11:10 )

Busy weekend for local bands

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It is a busy weekend for two local bands  who have back to back gigs.  The David Harmon Experience, who are also playing The David Harmon Experience playing, May 21 at the Slice. Photo by Richard AmeryMay 28 at the Blarney Stone with the Ben Brown Trio, are also playing Music of the Ages at the Hungarian Oldtimers  Society.
 And Lustre Creame have crazy day ahead of them too, playing later that night, May 29 at the Slice, where they are sharing the stage with Vancouver rockers the Manvils.
Another great show on May 29 is the Lethbridge Folk Club’s last show of the season. Calgary rockabilly band the Alien Rebels will be in town to tear the roof off the Wolf’s Den beginning at 8 p.m.
It is a good week for open mics as well. Paul Kype is hosting a blues jam at the Slice on Tuesday and Tom and Curt are playing the Front Row Pub Friday and Saturday, so they are also hosting an open mic there on Thursday in addition to the usual open mics at Beaches and the Good Earth  Coffee house. The Folk Club also has their  open mic on Friday beginning at 8 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 May 2010 10:47 ) Read more...
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