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Farewell to the Record Holder

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A sold out Slice said so long to popular local indie rock/ pop/ folk and jazz tinged band the Record Holder, Aug. 13.The Record Holder hypnotized a sold out crowd at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

Jon and Mike Granzow alternated between bass and guitar and sang some immediately appealing melodies as they worked their way through the laid back, hypnotic music from their debut CD  in addition to  several other original songs.

Sadly, my favourite, “Amsterdam” wasn’t on the set list, but they had most of the crowd dancing/ swaying in front  of the stage in time to some pretty intricately played and mellow songs with a laid back groove.
 Violinist Nicole Hembroff added the jazz influence as well as some classically inspired violin playing.

She danced and also sang a couple  excellent jazz tinged songs.


Both Jon And Mike Granzow are leaving Lethbridge to pursue other opportunities at Stanford University and McGill respectively.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:48 )
 

2 Cubic Feet entertains enthusiastic crowd with ’90s hits

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2 Cubic Feet lead guitarist Jeff Ainscough dancing on the table at Scores. Photo by Richard AmeryScores North welcomed Dave Brown to their management team by  having a party with local hard rock band 2 Cubic Feet, Aug. 13.


The band rocked a crowd of approximately 50 people by playing a variety of popular covers including “Sex is On Fire” by the Kings of Leon and Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” as well as the Counting Crows’ “Mr. Jones,” which had a couple people dancing.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:43 )
 

Becky Johnston entertains with Tarot cards and the ukulele

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Local singer/ songwriter/ Tarot Card reader/ fire spinner Becky Johnston  entertained an almost full house at the Becky Johnston entertains at the Owl. Photo by Richard AmeryOwl Acoustic Lounge for Friday the thirteenth, last week.

In between readings, she took the stage and sang sweet jazz tinged melodies accompanying herself on acoustic guitar and ukulele.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:57 )
 

Willy Blizzard plays rootsy originals and covers

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The Slice featured an excellent roots trio, Aug. 12 with Vancouver’s Willy Blizzard.Willy Blizzard played to a sparse crowd at the Slice, Aug. 12. Photo by Richard Amery


 They played several originals including a really cool gospel tinged song called “Rolling that Rock,” as well as covers of Neil Young, Van Morrison and Tom Russell.

They sounded like a more rootsy Gordon Lightfoot, featured stand-up bass and superb three part vocal harmonies.


 They began their second set with an excellent version of bluegrass standard “Fox on the Run.“ which had another handful of people enjoying themselves.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:29 )
 

Sean Ashby plays fantastic show for few people

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I was expecting a better crowd for an outstanding by Toronto based musician Sean Ashby at the Mocha Cabana, Thursday, Aug. 12.

After all, he’s an established Canadian talent who spent  12 years touring with Sarah Sean Ashby and his band at the Mocha Cabana. Photo by Richard AmeryMcLachlan,  a couple years with Ginger (featuring former members of the Grapes of Wrath), the Wild Strawberries and even toured with industrial acts Delerium, featuring members of Skinny Puppy, and he has had songs placed in movies and television, fronted his own indie rock band Jack Tripper. In addition, he has just released his fine sophomore CD “24 Hours of Daylight.”


“I’m not used to playing coffee houses. I’m running out of mellow stuff to play,” Ashby told the handful of people braving the pouring rain, after finishing a tender version of Steve Earle‘s My Old Friend The Blues.” The song featured Ashby  playing lap steel guitar as well as acoustic guitar. He also threw in a Dwight Yoakam cover and then donned a beautiful green Gretsch for a subdued but incendiary version of surf classic Mirsirlou which included a few bars of the James Bond theme. The band sang some superb background vocals as well.


 “I’m not used to playing this quietly,” he joked to the audience before alternating through six different guitars including a beautiful Weissenborn, on which he played some sick blues slide before playing several tracks off his new CD including “Leone Western,” “Sweet Tuesday,“ “Centre Line,” and then ended on a quieter note with  the mournfully steel guitar powered “3 Sides.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:23 )
 
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