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Moka Only pumps up sparse crowd

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Around midnight, Jan. 15 a cool performance  with Vancouver rapper Moka Only was just gettingMoka Only plays to an enthusiastic crowd at the Blarney Stone. Photo by Richard Amery started with an energetic set at  the Blarney Stone for a sparse audience of approximately 65 people. I didn’t know what to expect, not being a huge rap fan, but Moka grinned ear to ear  and bounded all over the stage like a hyperactive puppy in warm leather winter Moka Only, SonReal, James Nisihima and friends after the show. Photo by Richard Ameryjacket.

Despite the low numbers, they were all dancing in front of the stage.

Opening act SonReal joined Moka Only on stage  for a couple numbers as well as a couple other rappers.

Moka also showed he also has fairly soulful singing voice on a couple, especially on a version of George Michael’s ‘Faith.’

The audience was singing/rapping along with several numbers. He even covered a Fishbone song in the set and brought out a bugle for a couple more.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:18 )

Elephant Light and Sound has fantastic opening with Phao.

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Elephant Light  and Sound had an enjoyable kick off party at Mood, a new club  in the old O’Riley’s building. It’s a Phao put on a  good show at Mood. Photo By Richard Amerypretty club with shiny hardwood floors and two good sized TVs showing hockey highlights, and a thunderous sound system which was blasting dance music.

The Jan 15 event featured live entertainment including Austria, a Austria at Mood. Photo by Richard Amerytalented Lethbridge duo who have moved to Calgary but were back home for a visit. They sang  the Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ as well as some pretty folk style  originals which exhibited some beautiful harmonies.

A talented young local modern rock band called Phao  were up next.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:13 ) Read more...

John Wort Hannam plays engaging show

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Fort Macleod  singer songwriter  John Wort Hannam put on an impressive show for a capacity crowScott Duncan played some impressive fiddle lines. Photo By Richard Ameryd at the Slice, Thursday, Jan. 14.
 He played most ofJohn Wort Hannam entertained a capacity crowd. Photo by Richard Amery his new CD, ‘Queens Hotel and impressed the audience with his engaging and self deprecating stage presence and  underestimated guitar prowess. His performance proved  he chose wisely when he decided to  quit teaching to become a songwriter.

His  pretty acoustic fingerpicked guitar lines  were matched only by his gorgeous vocal  melodies and unparalleled story songs. The band, Tyler Bird  on stand-up bass and accordion, drummer Brad Brouwer and phenomenal fiddler Scott Duncan, were superb. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:20 ) Read more...

Billy the Kid not kidding around with her career

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Like the legendary outlaw, Vancouver based  singer/songwriter  Billy the Kid plays by her own rules.

She has “Lost’ and Give Back’ tattooed all over her, runs her own record label and tours  relentlessly.  She even just finished her  first acting gig where she played a bespectacled  mother minding a  daughter who looked just like her. Billy the Kid plays the Slice, Jan. 25. And she will be playing the Slice, Jan. 25, in the beginning of a new tour which will take her across  Canada to Toronto then down to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest, hitting a plethora of tiny towns along the way as well.

“A lot of people would consider me the definition of a lost cause. I quit two jobs to tour, then get another two jobs, then quit them to tour again. But this is my life and I’m completely happy with it,” she said. She has been performing and touring since she was 14 almost since she first learned piano.

 The stalwart indie musician finally hired a manager this year.

“There is just no time to effectively balance things. You don’t really need a manager  until there’s something to manage,”  said Billy Pettinger, aka Billy the Kid, whose next tour begins in Calgary, Jan. 21.

“It was getting to the point where I was getting burned out. I’d rather be playing than booking and there’s only so much you can do from the road,”  continued the bespectacled singer who has the words “Lost” and Give Back” among her many tattoos.

Through the magic of MyspaceShe not only connected with Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida to produce her latest five song EP, “The Lost Cause,” which was released on her own record label “Lost Records,” but connected with the Band’s Garth Hudson to play piano on a  track ‘The Drugs.’

“Today it would be through Facebook,” she laughed.

“Raine  Maida (from Our Lady Peace)  heard my demos through Myspace and I guess he liked them, the next thing I knew I was on a plane to Los Angeles. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more incredible,” she continued.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 January 2010 08:25 ) Read more...

Lots of fun this week

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There are a couple of really cool shows this week beginning tonight with an open mic at the SlicDave McCanne with Planet Telex.
The Slice is going jazz on Wednesday with the Karl Schwonik Jazz Quartet. The Calgary sextet is in the middle of a tour taking them all over  Alberta, B.C. Then the  East Coast of the United States.
 Local alt-country favourites Dave McCann and the Firehearts have a  Jan. 22 gig at the Slice. Tod Robinson is back in Lethbridge too with a  Saturday night show at the Slice
Also on Jan. 23, Dean Selena (aka the Richard Doerksen Band) officially releases their new CD  ‘What is unchanged’ at the Wooden Kilt.
 At Henotic on Jan. 22, Rum Runner with  Audio Rocketry and Chief Mountain will be performing. The next night features what is sure to be a cool show with the Necessities.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 17:44 ) Read more...
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