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Plenty of country music this week

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As always there is a lot happening this week, beginning on Wednesday with two big shows.Brett Kissel plays the Enmax Centre this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 Edmonton rockers Royal Tusk return to Lethbridge to Play Coyote Joes in support of their CD Dealbreaker. They will be joined by Regina rock band the PistolWhips.

Rock with Royal Tusk,  and the PistolWhips March 1 at Coyote Joes. The show begins at 8 p.m. at Coyote Joes, March 1.
 Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

 Also on Wednesday, March 1, jazz singer Ellen Doty returns to Lethbridge to play a show at Casa with Vancouver saxophonist Eli Bennett and guitarist Josh Crowhurst. She was a highlight of the Lethbridge Jazz Festival a couple years ago. Tickets for this show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. , cost $20.

 There is also a lot of country music in town, which is appropriate as the PBR Bull Riding returns to the Enmax Centre, March 4 and 5.

 But to get you in the mood, rising country star and Juno award winner Brett Kissel plays the Enmax Centre, March 2. He has a hit “Airwaves” on the airwaves now and in September 2016, received multiple CCMA Award wins, including trophies for Male Artist of the Year and Fans’ Choice. Tickets are $40-$59.50.

Julian Austin plays a pair of free PBR bull riding after parties at Coyote Joes, March 3 and 4.

If you like bluegrass music, the Misery Mountain Boys play the Lethbridge College Cave, Saturday, March 5 for the Lethbridge Folk Club with Charlie Ewing and  Bob Blair opening the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 members, $30 for invited guests.

 And local country trio Hurtin return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 4.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 February 2017 08:58 ) Read more...

Royal Tusk roaring back to Lethbridge with heavier sound

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Edmonton rockers Royal Tusk are riding high on the success of their latest CD “Dealbreaker,” which spawned three hit singles including “Fever,” “ Curse the Weather and the latest “ Soon.” They return to Lethbridge to play Coyote Joes with Regina rock band The PistolWhips, March 1.Royal Tusk return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 They have been writing heavier music.

“We just think it’s fun to do. We all love playing guitar. But it isn’t a complete departure,” said frontman Dan Carriere, noting they still have some pop hooks in the new music, which they hope to release in the Fall.
 In the meantime they have a busy year.

“We’re doing this tour, then we’re going to Austin to play SouthbySouthwest,” he continued.

“We’re staying in this weird commune, which is the way to do it,” he said adding they are playing four showcases while down there and hope to book a few more American gigs around that festival.

After that, they are playing the Great Escape festival in Brighton in the United Kingdom, which they hope to combine with some European dates to be booked.
They have never played either festival, but are excited to do it.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 February 2017 09:47 ) Read more...

Ellen Doty bringing back the sweet sounds of jazz to Lethbridge

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You may remember Ellen Doty from her performance a few years ago at the Lethbridge  Jazz Festival.

Ellen Doty returns to Lethbridge, March 1. Photo by Richard Amery
The Okotoks/ Calgary based jazz singer/ songwriter returns to Lethbridge, March 1 to play Casa with Vancouver saxophonist Eli Bennett and guitarist Josh Crowhurst.
“It’s a trio with voice, guitar and saxophonist. It’s a unique sound,” Doty said.

 “We’re going to be playing some songs from‘Gold’ (her debut Cd released in 2014) and some new songs and some jazz standards from Nat King Cole and because I love  soul and Motown, maybe some Ben E King and Marvin Gaye,” she said, noting the Lethbridge show is part of a quick tour of Alberta  plus stops in Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

She just finished recording her sophomore CD in Toronto with engineer John Bailey,  producer/ drummer Davide DiRenzo and pianist/producer Marc Lalama, with a plan to release it in the Fall.
“ I’m really honoured to have worked with them,” she said.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 February 2017 09:23 ) Read more...

Ourun the Arrow draw a great crowd for video shoot

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Local rock band Outrun the Arrow had a very good turn out at the Slice, Feb. 11 for their video shoot for their song “The Middle.”Bridgette Yarwood and Outrun the arrow playing their video shoot at the Slice, Feb. 11. Photo by Richard Amery

 But local rockers the Dirti Speshuls, had an enthusiastic audience properly warmed  up with o popular hits and choice covers.

I arrived as frontman Todd Carter, bassist Rick Beres, drummer Dean wilson and guitarists Jon Vornbrock and Con Cole (playing a few choice harmonized guitar leads)  segued from the Strokes’“ Last Night“ into Tom Petty’s “American Girl.”
A couple of originals the slower “You’re what I’m Missing” and  and “Deadbeat Debbie about a girl without a job, were highlights.

 As always Todd Carter was a charismatic frontman, shouting  “Are you warmed up” at the crowd.
 They were by the time Outrun the Arrow took the stage.

 They are always good fun. As always Bridgette Yarwood was a charismatic lead singer leaping all over the stage- a pint sized ball of energy, shouting out lyrics to heartfelt originals in an almost operatic range. Her brother Richard played big guitar riffs and other brother Brendon pounded out a huge rhythm on the drums backed by bassist Brian Kostersky.

The Dirti Speshuls’ Todd Carter and Jon Vornbrock warm up the crowd at the Slice for Outrun the Arrow, Feb. 11. Photo By Richard Amery It was a loud show and I was getting blinded  by Terminator strobe lights, so I had to leave for another gig, but not before  an array of high powered, upbeat originals and , of course, their always excellent metal cover of Cyndi Lauper’s ’80s hit “ Time After Time,” which resonated with the crowd, who started a mosh pit early in the set.
They were to play “ the Middle” three times for the video shoot, but I missed that. I always love hearing it.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:20 )

CKXU loves you and local music

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 Things got a little funky as U of L based community radio station CKXU held a sold out CKXU Loves you show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 11.

Adequate guitarist Josh Thorlakson playing CKXU Loves You, Feb. 11. photo by Richard Amery
 I missed seeing a new band Hunneycut, but arrived in time to catch one of my favourites The Groove Apostles.As usual, they played a strong set of pop and ’70s soul and rock and roll, which was apt as the theme of the night was the 1970s.

 They were powered by Shelby Wilson’s huge voice, a crack two man horn section of trombonist Kevin Jackson and Vaughan Henning, also playing guitar,and some superb guitar playing from Fei Fei Du.
 Keyboardist Daniel Yaretz added extra soul. And the groove came courtesy of drummer Daniel Best and Matthew Hellawell.

They alternated between contemporary pop like Gnarls Barkley’s “ Maybe I’m Crazy,” and classic rock like Three Dog Night’s “ Joy To The World.”

 They ended their set with a jazzy version of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” which featured a Cuban jazz breakdown mid solo.

Local funk rock trio Adequate weren’t about to be outfunked though.

The Groove Apostles playing CKXU Loves You at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 11. Photo by Richard AmeryThe multi-instrumental trio of Scott Mezei, Keenan Pezderic and  guitarist Josh Thorlakson always play a solid set of groove laden funk and pop music.

The trio, dressed in their finest disco era clothes, began with the theme from Shaft which segued into a medley of pop rap hits including “Bust A Move”  and the Prince of Bel Aire theme. They dipped back into the ’60s with “You Make Me Want to Shout” then explored the depths of ’70s R and B  and ’80s with “ Play That Funky Music” and “ Electric Avenue, featuring Pezderic singing while drumming.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:16 )
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