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Plaid Tongued Devils klezmania

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Calgary klezmaniacs the Plaid Tongued Devils brought  some more upbeat klezmer music featuring  dueling electric violins, and an eight stringed guitar to Henotic Feb. 5.Ty Semaka of the Plaid Tongued Devils. Photo by Richard Amery
Lead signer Ty Semaka has a distinctive voice which makes his band sound like System of the Down playing klezmer music.
 The two violinists, Roxanne Young and  especially Jonathan Lewis were a marvel, with their instruments hooked up to a variety of guitar effects and playing some impressive solos, both alone and  harmonizing with each other.  They had dancers almost immediately who stayed on the floor. They dancers multiplied during the second set  which included  crowd favourites like ‘Help, I’m a Logo,’ as well as an intense drum solo, a bass solo and a couple more impressive violin solos.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 February 2010 16:52 )

Quitzau exhibits extreme feel for his guitar

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“Where there is music, sweet music falling down like rain,” one of  Lester Quitzau’s lyrics from his beautiful ballad 'In Your Arms Again,' summed up his Feb. 5 show at the Wolf's Den for the Lethbridge Folk Club.Lester Quitzau at the Wolf’s Den. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Gulf Island based bluesman picked and grinned his way through an almost sold out performance at the Wolf’s Den for the Lethbridge Folk Club. He was backed by stand-up bassist Farley Scott, who switched to electric bass for a good part of the first set.
 Quitzau started his laid back first set playing a mellow instrumental on his battered Stratocaster, then switched to a dobro for some tasteful slide playing. A pretty instrumental, ‘Ferris Wheel,’ also included a pretty cool steel drum solo.
 He sang a couple really pretty numbers, but shone on the guitar on which he exhibited supreme feel  and taste for his instrument.  He ended his first set with a restrained and eerie slide powered version  of blues classic ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin.’
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 February 2010 14:55 )

Good nights for Kidney foundation

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The ‘Just Cuz’ fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation of Canada at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Feb. 5  featured a lot of talented and hilarious performers. Hosts Nicole Higginson and Jordana Kohn talked about the importance of organJordana Kohn and Erica Hunt on stage witha  fake pig drew a lot of laughs, Feb. 5. Photo by Richard Amery donation in between performances of  a variety of  songs including popular hits like “Don’t Stop Believing,” and “Landslide,”  and traditional  songs like ‘Danny Boy’ in addition to some really funny jazz tinged numbers like  ‘Welcome to Kindergarten,” which included special guest Erica Hunt, usually seen performing with New West theatre. Several other New West performers were also part of the show including Scott Carpenter and Jessica Ens.


Klezmania with Geoff Berner

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It was klezmania at Henotic, Feb. 4.
If squeaky voiced comedian Emo Phillips played accordion and rubbed the audience‘s faces in his politics, the result would be Vancouver accordion player Geoff Berner.Wayne Adams, Geoff Berner and fiddler Bridgette Dajczer. Photo by  Richard Amery
 Berner opened his show at Henotic, Feb. 4 with a low key political rant and tried to get the audience of approximately 50 dancing. Berner grinned with elf like mischief and is probably the only character who could get away with a smiling after delivering a line about children’s  corpses rising through the snow during a song called ‘All the Dead Children Were Worth It’ (The Official Theme Song for the 1010 Vancouver Whistler Olympic Games,)” which is about the B.C. government cutting a program to investigate children’s deaths. He played one of my favourites, ‘Half German Girlfriend’ as well as crowd favourites including ‘Whisky Rabbi,’ ‘King of the Gangsters,’ ‘Song Written in a Romanian Hospital’ plus ‘Clown and Bard.’
Berner and Wayne Adams and Montreal based fiddler Bridgette Dajczer finally got the audience dancing  at the end of the show after repeating a more upbeat danceable songs
They were called back for an encore — an upbeat version of  Maginot Line.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 February 2010 13:19 )

Open mics and much more this week

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While there is a fair amount going on this weekend, this week is all about open mics.
Darcy Cornelisse hosts Henotic’s open mic tonight (Feb. 10), in the GCBC Lounge, there are two open mics on Thursday — local country duo Tom and Curt are back at the Front Row Pub for the weekend and will also the Record Holder plays a couple times  this hosting an open mic  on Thursday. The Beaches Pub open mic is also on Thursday night. The Folk Club has their open mic beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. Everybody is welcome to perform at any of these.
Downstairs, on Feb. 10 at Henotic, it is Afro-Carribean night with Dr. Zoo aka Newfoundland’s Randal Arsenault.
Henotic has an Amnesty International  fashion show and live music including Jesse and the Dandelions and Jaime Vederes on Thursday.
 The Slice is also going exotic this week on Thursday with Victoria latin and reggae band Buena Buya. the Slice also has a couple really cool shows this week.

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