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Big fun at Mammoth Cave Festival

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A good sized crowd celebrated Victoria Day, May 18 at Henotic by listening to some excellent live music and by welcoming back an exhausted Endangered Ape from their cross Canada tour.

Creationist singer Ife spreading the love

There were 15 bands from Saskatoon, Calgary and Lethbridge performing on two levels of the club. It was supposed to be on the roof but changed to the GCBC Lounge and the main floor because of dodgy weather.

I arrived in time to see the Feral Children —  a one man band playing guitar and singing over some  instant samples done efficiently and very creatively played over hip hop drum machine beats. After that, downstairs, local band the Record Holder added a little fiddle to catchy pop music.

Then, because Forest Tate Fraser were caught on the road, the Creationists took control of  the main floor, getting dancers‘ toes tapping to energetic ‘70s funk. They added a lot of colour to the day-long festival. The singer was dressed in bright white 70’s pants as he prowled among to crowd bringing the funk and spreading the love, the bassist  grinned away, tossing stuffed animals attached to his pants into the crowd and the keyboardist, replete in big novelty sunglasses added to the atmosphere. They are back this Wednesday (May 20) with From Delhi to Dublin. After that a trio called the Posessed added some female powered post punk indie pop, which had the enthusiastic crowd screaming for more.

A lot of people came to see local  science-punk act the Myelin Sheaths up in the GCBC Lounge. The crowd clustered close to  the stage while Martine Menard, Joel Butler, Cassandra Ward and event organizer Paul Lawton sang about science and played fun but rough edge garage punk. 

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 June 2009 21:15 ) Read more...
 

Treeline touring with Bob Dylan tribute

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Local blues/reggae/rock band Treeline embarks on a tour, May 19 to mark Bob Dylan’s 68th birthday.
“Lots of bars will do tribute nights to people like Bob Marley, so we thought this was perfect timing,” said Treeeline guitarist/keyboardist/ vocalist Taylor Ackerman who added the band learned about 20 Bob Dylan songs for the set including hits like “All Along the Watchtower and Like a “Rolling Stone” as well as relative obscurities like  “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Pressing On,” as well some of their own.
“We’re pretty sure we’ll have an EP out for it too. We kind of missed the boat on it. We’ve played like 60 gigs and still haven’t put out a CD,” he continued adding fan favourites like “Rains On Me,” “Icy Roads” will be on the EP as well as one which hasn’t been titled yet.
The tour begins May 19 in Elkford, B.C., then goes to Bellevue the next day, back to the Slice on May 21, then will hit  Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Brandon.
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 May 2009 18:46 )
 

Montgomery Gentry gives a taste of the south

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Montgomery Gentry and the Road Hammers add Southern rock to the windy city.

New country, which has been dominating the airwaves for almost 20 years now, isn’t really country at all. It’s really southern rock played with big, loud Gibson Les Pauls and Explorers (rather than the twangy Telecasters which usually mark country music), turned to the max and drop D tuned. But it does appeal to even the most base city slicker’s inner redneck. Because they sing about real people, real problems, drinking, carousing, hot rods and hillbillys. That, and the fact I surprisingly didn’t see any amps at all, was what I noticed the most about the Montgomery Gentry and Road Hammers concert at the Enmax Centre, which had a dismal turn out, May 12.
It’s too bad. And it’s a good thing all of the Road Hammers and Montgomery Gentry hits ( and there were plenty of hits to be had) have easily recognizable riffs and easily identifiable choruses, because the sound mix was wretched.
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 June 2009 20:57 ) Read more...
 

Coming up

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If you like old school Canadian punk and endless energy with a lot of humour. SNFU is coming to Lethbridge for a June 21 performance at Bully's Entertainment Centre.

Having seen them several times including a mind melting show at the University of Lethbridge’s Zoo many moons ago, I can tell you they are not to be missed. Get your tickets by calling Amp All productions at 403-327-7362 for $15. Also in June, Amp All is bringing Incura back to Lethbridge to play the Moose Hall, June 26.

This week though there are a couple impressive shows. On May 1, Kory Istace and the Time Pirates return to the Slice to play with blues band  Smoke Stack Jacks and the Co-Accused. On the other hand, if you like the rap music, Classified plays the Blarney Stone, May 1 as well. 

The Lethbridge Folk Club

And for big name country acts, check out The Road Hammers and Montgomery Gentry, who will be tearing up the Enmax, May 5.

Further down the road, on May 28, violin afficionados will love a show featuring Ed Dietrich and Murray Nelson who will be performing guitar and fiddle tunes many in the style of the "Hot Club of France".

As well Shaela Miller will be performing tunes both her own and covers with Brad Brouwer (drums) Tyler Bird (bass) along with Murray, Ed and Andrew Dexter. Andrew Dexter and Ed have done some two violin shows in Southern Alberta. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door to hear some top calibre violin playing. 

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 May 2009 21:30 )
 

Luther Wright and the Wrongs have the Right Stuff

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It isn’t often you get to see a legend up close. While Neil Young was the big legend of the week, mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist Dan Whiteley snuck into the Slice, April 24 as part of Luther Wright and the Wrongs, who played  their own style of country and bluegrass music to a decent crowd of about 30.

“I come from a real punk tradition, but Dan brings a real traditional sound on banjo and mandolin. Dan's a great guy. He's one of the best mandolin players in Canada” said Wright after their first set which included original material from all three Luther Wright and the Wrong’s CDs including the latest “Man of Your Dreams,” a cover of Dan’s Juno award winning sister Jenny Whiteley’s “Hallelujah Haircut” as well as several Stompin’ Tom Connors classics sung by special guest  Mitch Anderson. Jason Mercer was also on board on banjo and guitar.

Apparently they payed a couple numbers off  of “Rebuilding the Wall” — a country/bluegrass  reworking of Pink Floyd's the Wall, but I missed it.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 May 2009 21:30 )
 
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