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Mason Rack band was fantastic

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On Sept. 26, the Mason Rack Band played a fabulous  show for a good sized crowd at the Slice. It is always an event and an entertaining time when this Australian guitar picker comes to play. This was the third time in about a year he has torn up the Slice and this time he had an enthusiastic crowd cheering him on.Local blues trio Fat Baby Jake were in fine form to open the show. Steve Keenan was on fire,  showing as many guitar faces as guitar licks. Fat Baby Jake’s Steve Keenan. Photo by Richard AmeryDarwin Romanchuk was solid behind the skins and David Popovitch held the groove down on bass.
Mason Rack takes a turn on drums. Photo by Richard AmeryBut the Mason Rack band mesmerized the full-house right from the start as frontman Mason Rack started it off by playing some intense mid-Eastern flavoured slide guitar while tapping out a cool delay-laden percussion progression on his guitar’s body, which was enhanced by the creative use of chimes attached to his mic stand. Then he tore the blues apart on the guitar and moulded the music into his baby in between joking with the crowd. As always, his first set ending dual drum solo was a hit during “Who Do You Love” which took him into the crowd, drumming on tables, chairs and a beer keg as well as on the drums alongside Joel “Thunderfoot” Purkess. New bassist Marcus Engel, from Winnipeg, played in the pocket and kept up with Rack’s intense energy. His second set was more rock flavoured  and included my favourite Rack original “Seen Her B4.”

— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2009 15:18 )

Manvils carefully craft new music for Lethbridge visit

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With the help of Age of Electric and Limblifter’s Ryan Dahle acting as producer, Vancouver rock band the Manvils spent a solid year carefully crafting the songs for their new self titled CD. The Manvils along with Rich Hope and His Evil Doers and the Rambling Ambassadors will be playing the Slice, Oct. 10 and help officially launch L.A. Beat.
“The new CD was written over the span of two years,” explained Manvils’ frontman Mikey Manvil adding the band also trimmed down to a svelte three -piece rock and roll juggernaut (including bassist Greg Buhr and drummer Jay Koenderman and in the process added a more progressive rock feel to their energetic songs.The Manvils hit the Slice, Oct. 10.
“We hired Ryan Dahle because we wanted a producer who really fit in with the Manvils. That’s really important to us. We wanted someone we respected and who was willing to go to bat for us,” he continued.
“We wanted to transfer the live show to tape and catch that energy,” he observed adding the new music retains the ’60s era Who and Kinks feel while adding more elaborate textures to the tunes.
“ It was a completely different experience, He (Dahle) really challenged us. He was a real catalyst. It was stimulating and stress free,” Manvil enthused, observing the songs all clock in at under three minutes.
“That’s as about long as people want to hear so that’s what we aimed to keep them at. We made sure every phrase and each element of each song had a purpose,” he continued, adding crowd response has been very positive to the new music.
“It’s been really nice, people  really appreciated the songs right off.”
He works as spokesman for a new Vancouver based record label called Sandbag Records  which only handles three acts (Rich Hope, The Manvils and  Ryan Dahle) .
Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 October 2009 12:12 ) Read more...

Wooden Sky as southern Albertan roots

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While Wooden Sky vocalist/guitarist Gavin Gardiner has Southern Albertan roots, an Oct. 5 gig with Elliott Brood will be the first time he has brought his Toronto based indie-rock band to play Lethbridge.The Wooden Sky play Henotic, Oct. 5 with Elliott Brood.
“I grew up in Manitoba and I spent a lot of time going between Medicine Hat and Calgary to visit family,” Gardiner said adding the band is looking forward to beginning the new tour with Elliott Brood in Sudbury. They come to Henotic, Oct. 5
“I’ve never seen them before but I’ve heard nothing but good things,” he continued.
They are touring in support of their new CD, “If I Don’t Come Home, You’ll Know I’m Gone.”
 Gardiner along with bassist Andrew Wyatt, Vocalist/pianist and guitarist Simon Walker  and drummer Andrew Kekewich  and Cellist Anissa Hart have been playing in this incarnation of the band for two years.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2009 14:47 ) Read more...

Walk with the zombies on Sunday

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Phantom Creeps singer/bassist Tyler Brownfield. Photo By Richard AmeryIt’s not Halloween yet, but there will be creepies a crawling in Galt Gardens, Oct. 4. It’s time for the third annual Zombie Walk, which begins at 5:30. for zombies of all ages. Even families of zombies are welcome to participate.
“It’s just something different and fun for people who are into horror movies. There’s no cause or any point being made. It’s just a bunch of people getting together and having fun,” organizer Dino Scavo adding so far, 180 people confirmed their attendance on the Zombie walk Facebook group.
“That’s quite a bit more than last year. It’s got  bit of  a reputation,” he said adding he’d rather not see Zombie hunters this year.
“I don’t want there to be any bad blood between people,” Scavo said.
“The first year they surprised us. It was kind of fun. But the second year there were a lot more of them. And they were firing projectiles. They were pretty good. They did stop when we asked them to. Most of them,” Scavo said.


Little Miss Higgins bringing the blues back

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Little Miss Higgins, aka Nokomis, Saskatchewan’s finest blues woman or quite possibly  Memphis Minnie reincarnated is on her way to play Lethbridge with the Little Miss Higgins. Photo SubmittedDeep Dark Woods, Oct. 4 at the Geomatic Attic.
Together they are touring as the Roots and Blues Road Show.
Little Miss Higgins and guitarist Foy Taylor won the 2008 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Blues Recording for “Junction City” which also got a Juno nomination. The Deep Dark Woods won a Western Canadian music Award for best roots album for their latest effort “Winter Hours.”
The two groups have  been touring throughout Saskatchewan  and Alberta on weekends.
“All of the shows have been pretty much sold out,” enthused Higgins, adding she and Taylor have been opening the shows then joining the Deep Dark Woods on stage for an end of show jam.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2009 14:21 ) Read more...
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