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This week will be a fun one.

Tonight, Moose Jaw singer songwriter Megan Nash returns to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

Things get loud  and a little bit weird from the start, Feb. 22 as the Slice will rock on a Wednesday with Edmonton prog rock band the Dead Fibres tearing things up with local post punk bands Wint and bubble wrap plus experimental duo the Postnamers. There is a five dollar cover.
The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
The next night the Irish Descendants get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit three weeks early, Feb. 23 at Average Joes. They always equal a really good and often drunken time with plenty of fiddle and plenty of ‘sociables’. The show begins at 7:30 p.Dave McCann is one of many local musicians playing this week. Photo by Richard Amerym. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show.

It is also an exceptional week for local music, as usual.
Daylan Delaney returns to Plum, Feb. 23 to play a free show beginning at 9  p.m.

Local roots rocker Dave McCann and the Firehearts return to the Slice, Feb. 24. They’ll be playing at 9 p.m.
 Local country rock band the Mark Hall band returns to Casino Lethbridge for the weekend as well, Feb. 24 and 25. There is no cover for the show.

 Pop country songstress Alyssa McQuaid returns to the Mocha Cabana, Feb. 24.

And, Edmonton based, Lethbridge bred musician Jesse Northey returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 24 with Brenna Lowrie.
The 15th annual pretty Witty and Gay festival kicks off Feb. 24 in Club Didi with Panti Raid at 10 p.m.
 There is even a show for the kids this week as the Bubble Guppies bring a “fin-tastic” time to the Enmax Centre, Feb. 24 with rock and roll, comedy hi jinks and audience participation. Tickets are $31.50.
The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:19 ) Read more...

Audio/Rocketry make long awaited return to Lethbridge

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Edmonton based folk/ punk band Audio Rocketry make a long awaited return to Lethbridge with an even more long awaited CD this week.

 The folk punk band play the Slice, Saturday, Feb. 25 with fellow Edmontonians Worst Days Down.

Audio Rocketry return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Their new, self titled fourth CD, which was released late last year, features a more rock edge. They took two years to complete it. The Cd before that was released in 2011.

“I’m in Portland for half the year because my wife is going to school there and when I’m back in Alberta, I work on the family farm and that’s three hours away from Edmonton,” said Joe Vickers from Portland, where he has also been working on another solo CD.

Living in Portland, hasn’t affected Audio/Rocketry songwriting, though it has affected  solo songs.

“Audio/Rocketry has it’s roots in Alberta. And lyrically, then prairies have always been important to the group,” he said.

“When we do get together, we’ve been concentrating on songwriting,” he continued, adding they also don’t get together to rehearse very often.

“We released the new CD in the fall, then toured out to Quebec City and back. And now we’re going to B.C and Alberta. We‘re actually meeting in Vancouver,” he said.
“We released three albums in three years and toured for a year and a half on the last one,” he said, noting they needed to step back and re-evaluate.
“We’ve always been a punk rock band. Our drummer  (Jerome Tovillo)’s first instrument is guitar. So it allowed him to go back to his home base. It was nice to explore musical possibilities with him. Taking so much time allowed us to work more as a collective,” he said, adding just the fact they have a drummer allowed them to explore their rock and roll side.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:03 ) Read more...

24th Street Wailers enjoy long distance relationship making blues music with bandmates

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Halifax born, Toronto/Texas based jazz blues band, the 24th Street Wailers’ drummer/vocalist Lindsay Beaver is enjoying biding her time in Texas, south of Austin with husband /bassist Mike Archer in between hitting the road with band mates saxophonist Jonny Wong, lead guitarist Marc Doucet and pianist Jesse Whiteley who are based in Toronto now.

The 24th Street Wailers play Lethbridge this week. Photo submitted
 They visit Lethbridge for the first time when they play the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 26 with the Steve Keenan band.
“We’ve been rehearsing all week and they sound great. It’s expensive, but  we make it work,” said Beaver, enjoying a sunny day south of Austin, watching her neighbours’ chickens run away.
“ It means we have a hub here and a hub in Canada, she continued.

“I live 25 kms south of Austin, which is a close enough to get to see things, but not live there. There’s a lot of great music here. And we get a lot of touring acts, like the Reverend Horton heat and the Staxx guys who usually play the smaller clubs,” she said, noting she and Archer play quite a bit around Austin.

“ And I do a regular thing with Jimmy Vaughan,” she continued, noting their gig tonight isn’t until midnight.

“ It’s great because there is a lot happening and we’re the last thing going on,” she said.
 The 24th Street Wailers also  are working on a new CD which they plan to record in December. It will technically be their sixth album.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:53 ) Read more...

The Burn Ins to bring a touch of the blues to Lethbridge

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Elkford B.C. blues rock trio the Burn-Ins are excited to return to Lethbridge with new music.

The Burn Ins play Lethbridge on Monday. Photo submitted
“It’s been a  good year so far,” said bassist/vocalist Kristine Lyall, who along with drummer Aaron Lyall and guitarist Aaron  Mokry make up the Burn-Ins.
“We’re still living out of our van,” she added.

 They are working on the follow up to their 2015  CD “ On the Inside” with producer Jonathan Anderson in Maple Creek.

“He  did our last album and we really liked working with him, so we decided to do it again,” Lyall continued.

 The Burn-Ins  host the Owl Acoustic Lounge  open mic on Monday, Feb. 20.
She noted they are still writing the songs for the new CD.
“We’re still getting the songs together and rewriting. It’s still on the same page. it’s still blues rock,” she said, noting they expect to release the new CD, to be called ‘Start A Fire,’ in the summer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:24 ) Read more...

Boots and the Hoots return to entertain Windy City Opry

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Shaela Miller’s Windy City Opry has become a bona fide hit for roots music fans on the second Wednesday of every month.

Boots and the hoots playing the Windy City Opry at the Slice, Feb. 8. Photo by Richard Amery
 Red Deer country trio Boots and the Hoots, who inspired Miller to run with the idea, played a sweet show at the Slice, Feb. 8 for a good sized crowd on a chilly Wednesday. While I missed the Danny Dyck trio’s opening set and most of Boots and the Hoots as the Oprys always start on time at 8 p.m.

I caught the essence of Boots and the Hoots. Boots joked he doesn’t play many covers, but wound down his trio’s set with a whole bunch of them including Roger Miller’s “ Dang Me,” and a medley of Hank Williams’s hits.

“If you don’t know these songs, you’re probably dead,” frontman Boots Graham joked. He also played his quirky originals including the highlight “Lower the Bar,” and “Never Been To Jail,” which sounded like an old D Rangers song.

The trio, bassist Sean V and lead guitarist Tyler Allen were tight, with Allen playing some hot, swinging solos. He also sang a Kris Kristofferson song

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 February 2017 14:46 )
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