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Maggie Hall’s fundraiser helps Alzheimer’s Society

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 I wasn’t able to catch much of Maggie Hall’s day long Alzheimer‘s fundraiser, April 28 at Legends, which, though not as well attended as usual, still raised $2053.50. Mark Hall Band playing a fundraiser for Alzheimers, April 28. Photo by Richard Amery

I caught some of the Mark Hall band’s event closing set.
The trio played their usual  array of country  and country rock music including Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” and Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:46 )

FLIPfest fundraiser features Shaela Miller playing brand new songs

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The Owl Acoustic lounge was packed as expected for a FLIPfest fundraiser, Friday, April 27.

Jon martin and Shaela Miller playing a FLIPfest fundraiser last week. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed Amy Nelson and Wanda Krein, but was pleased to have caught a little bit of Shaela Miller’s set, which had a little more of a rock flair with the addition of lead guitarist Jon Martin. Ryan ‘Skinny’ Dyck played bass as Tyler Bird back on the drums.

 While she has a new CD out,“Bad Ideas,” she had still newer music to share.

As usual she sang beautifully and impassioned.

 She began her set with a couple older songs including “Station” before breaking out the new material including “Hard Knock Upside the head ” and some really new material like  a new one  I think was called “Rich Girl,” before going back so some slightly older songs including “Halfway in Love.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:31 )

Who Made Who play the best of AC DC

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It is always a party when AC DC tribute Who made Who comes to town. They returned to Average Joes, Friday, April 27. The popular  tribute played all of AC DC’s best known songs as well as deeper cuts looking and sounding almost exactly like the original band right down to the Angus Young Gibson SG and Malcolm Young’s Gretsch.

Who Made Who playing their best AC DC at Average Joes, April 27 at Average Joes. Photo by Richard Amery
The frontman dressed like Back In Black era Brian Johnson and sounded like him on songs like “Sink the Pink” but also pulled off some impressive Bon Scott  style vocals on songs like “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and  “Jailbreak.”
 The lead guitarist wore Angus Young’s schoolboy shorts and jacket uniform while wielding his SG like a boss. He did a bit of duckwalking and played a whole lot of rock.

They played newer tracks like “Rock or Bust” and long lost gems like “Big Gun” from Last Action Hero.

Alison Hawkins singing with Uncovered, April 27 at Average Joes. photo by Richard Amery
I haven’t seen local ’’80s/’90s rock quartet Uncovered, especially since Alison Hawkins joined the band.

 They opened the set with their usual strong stripped down set of mostly ’90s rock and roll covers.

Hawkins allows the band to expand their ’90s repertoire to include some of the beloved females of the day like Alanis Morrisette, Roxette and Sass Jordan. 

A highlight was Holly McNarland’s “Numb,” though they also did a solid job of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged little Pill.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:10 )

Cottonwood Records combines comics with otherworldly concept

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Twin brothers Clayton and Joel Varjassy have combined their love for music and film into Coaldale based Cottonwood Records.

Clayton and Joel  Varjassy of Cottonwood Records next to the spaceship in many of their videos. Photo submitted
 The brothers officially formed the company in 2017 and sponsored a popular Band Wars at the Shine on Music Festival in September. The bands competing at the festival (Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junctions, Adequate, The Awd Fellows, Silkstones, Youngbloods, teen bands Nevada Place and Diversified to name a few) ended up being the bulk of their artist roster along with a few former school mates and a few familiar faces like Skinny Dyck, John Wort Hannam  and coming country musicians Mark Maxwell and Katherine Odland plus Darling Nikki and Shawni Rae.

“Shawni Rae was the first person we started working with 12 years ago in our mom’s basement when Joel was just starting to get into film making. She did a great cover of ‘Hallelujah,” observed Clayton Varjassy.

“Adequate and the Awd Festivals, won, Scotch Whiskey Limousine claimed second and the Youngbloods from Fort Macleod placed third. We ended up working with all of the bands who played except Scotch Whiskey Limousine and that’s because I don’t think they’re together anymore,” said Varjassy, who is mostly responsible for marketing, social media and artist discovery and relationships.
“I also know a bit about the technical side,” said Varjassy who was finally able to quit his day job to focus on Cottonwood.

It isn’t a record company in the traditional sense of the word, though they record music and shoot videos for artist and help spread the word about their activities.
 They plan on releasing a series of videos and a compilation Cd of their artists which exist as characters in the Cottonwood world who work together to launch an ammolite powered rocket.
“It’s a combination of Marvel meets Big shiny Tunes,” he said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 May 2018 09:54 ) Read more...

Familiar faces scheduled to play Whoop Up Days 2018

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Whoop Up Days 2018 welcomes back a lot of familiar faces to perform, Aug. 21-25, however there will be  several new attractions.The Sheepdigs open Whoop Up Days this year. Photo by Richard Amery

They open a trimmed down line up on Tuesday, Aug. 21 with the Sheepdogs and Joey Landreth of Winnipeg blues/roots duo the Bros. Landreth. Tickets for that show will be $35 in advance, $45 at the door including Whoop up Days admission, Parking will cost $5.

 It is one of the few shows with an opening act, though there will be live music happening in the Saloon featuring local band the Ryan Lindsay band playing your favourite hits, Thursday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug, 25. Local band Riff Raff hosts a live name that tune in the saloon, Friday, Aug. 24.

 The Lethbridge Rotary Club will officially open Whoop Up Days as honorary parade marshals for the Dr. Seuss themed parade in the morning.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 May 2018 10:29 ) Read more...
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