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Lots of local live music for Canada Day

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 Canada Day celebrations in Henderson Lake Park was packed though the crowd started to disperse by the time I arrived , taking cover from some ugly looking clouds.Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction playing Canada Day in henderson Lake Park, July 1, Photo by Richard Amery


 I wanted to see up and coming country singer Chris Strei, who was playing a solo set of original music and a few covers.

He had an appealingThe Desert Wind Belly Dancers at Canada Day in Henderson Lake Park. Photo by Richard Amery voice, sort of reminiscent of Chris Stapleton but more of a tenor.

He added a touch of Canadiana by covering some Blue Rodeo as well.


 The Desert Wind Belly Dancers weren’t perturbed as the rain and wind started blowing in.

The performers beamed through a frenetic set of circus themed set of uptempo dancing and an array or props and costumes including embossed top hats and swords.


The main act I wanted to see was Alyssa Mcquaid and Coyote Junction who I hadn’t seen for a while.


 They stuck to the hits, the hits and more hits getting the audience on their feet and shaking off the cold, to the tune of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s“Sweet Home Alabama and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl ,”  Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz,” which Alyssa McQuaid sang.

They also covered  Cheap Trick’s “ I Want You to Want Me” and a fun version of Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose.”


 One of their guitarists sang a couple of the more country numbers including the Zac Brown band’s “Countrified,” and The always popular Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Hit “ Fishin’ In the Dark.”

— By RicChris Strei playing Canada Day in Henderson Lake Park. Photo by Richard Ameryhard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:26 )
 

Sessions rock a comic book shop

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 The back of a comic book shop might seem like an odd place for live music, but it made sense for local pop punk trio Sessions,Saturday, June 29.

Sessions playing Kapow Comics, June 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 I just missed a loud set from Chief Mountain, but was in time for the catchy pop punk of Sessions which brought me back to the ’90s glory of Green Day and Blink-182.


 Flashing lights were synchronized in time to the music.
 They sang about light-hearted, fun subjects like bad coffee and social media few other ordinary  life observations.
 The trio played a tight and enjoyable set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:02 )
 

Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few play decades of music at 1010 Pub

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As everyone else was on an extended break, the only other weekend show I caught was Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few playing in the shadows of the 1010 Pub, June 29 and running through several decades worth of music.

Jolene Drapwer singing at the 1010 Pub, June 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played their usual energetic set of pop and rock including covering the white Stripes’ “7 Nation Army.” They explored their  pop side on  a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way”  with lead singer Jolene Draper bouncing up and down as she sang. They dabbled in the ’60 with their usual solid cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “ Somebody To Love.“


 They went back to the ’90s for the Spin Doctors  “ Two Princes,” and showed their heavy ’90s side on a cover  of Rammstein’s “Du Hast.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2019 09:55 )
 

Dave mcCann and the Firehearts play mostly original set at Casino

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I hate choosing favourites in this city, but local alt country/roots musician Dave McCann is definitely one of my favourites, so I made a point of catching his show of upbeat alterntive country and folk music at Casino Dave McCann at Casino Lethbridge, June 29.  Photo by Richard AmeryLethbridge, Friday, June 29. He was at the Casino on Saturday as well.
 He and his solid band including bassist Shawn Worden , Lead guitarist David Bauer and drummer Steve Hazlett.


 He began his set with a couple of old favourites including “Road to Cain,” and Broken Bugs,” but his mostly original set  mostly focussed on new songs and songs from his most recent CD “Westbound ’Til Light.”


 They ended their set with a solid  cover of Lucinda  Williams’ “Everything But the Truth.”


 Their next set included a lot more new music, beginning with “Can’t Cheat the Mountain” and ending with “Mexican Sparrow,” from the new CD.


As usual, his voice had a smooth Todd Sniderish rumble to it.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2019 09:42 )
 

Female heavy South Country Fair a family affair this year

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 The South Country Fair  is back to be a family affair. Not only because the people who attend the popular summer event in Fort Macleod at the Fish and GThe Circus Acts Insomniacs return to south Country Fair This year. Photo by Richard Ameryame Park consider themselves to be family, but because Maureen Chambers and her daughter Gillian Moranz book the acts.


 “ Jana McKenzie booked the south stage for as long as she could. I told her when she started that she could do it for as long as she felt comfortable doing it,” said Maureen Chambers who helped found the festival 33 some years ago.
“Jana always stayed with the philosophy ‘if it isn’t broken don’t fix it,’” Chambers said, noting nothing has changed  this year.


 The fair continues to be an event much of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta’s music community look forward to attending to escape from reality for a few days. Chambers noted they are keeping the capacity at a comfortable 2,000-3,000 attendees.
“And that’s a comfortable number for our space,” Chambers said.


“It really has become a community. It’s like a family reunion. People come and see old friends again,” she said.
“ And we have 400 volunteers. So it’s great to not only have so many people who want to go to the fair, but who want it to be successful and want to help everything run smoothly,” she said.


 The 33rd year includes a lot of B.C. and Alberta Acts performing throughout the weekend, July 19-21 including familiar faces like Rancho Deluxe, Tara Warburton, Andrew Scott, Leeroy Stagger and Rebeltone Sound, Ryland Moranz plus some people who play here a lot like Blue Moon Marquee, Tom Phillips, Peter and the Wolves, Petunia and the Vipers and many more.


 Chambers said  she is looking forward to having Captain Tractor return. The Edmonton based Celtic rock/ folk rock band have been together since 1993 and spent last year touring  for their 25th anniversary.
“ We’ve been trying to get them back for years, but the scheduling has never worked out,” Chambers continued.
“ We booked the acts together,” Chambers said.

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