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Dean Selena is Lethbridge’s answer to Radiohead

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Dean Selena, formerly the Richard Doerksen Band, entertained an almost full Wooden Kilt, Saturday, Jan. 23 with the CD release party for their new CD ‘What is Unchanged.’

The trio, Richard Doerksen, Daniel Enns and Daniel Puurveen, began their second set with a Radiohead cover.

Dean Selena  at the Wooden Kilt. Photo by Richard AmeryDoerksen showed he has the perfect, wavering tenor voice for Radiohead covers — an influence which carries through most of his music. He also showed equal prowess on keyboards and guitar as did Enns, who also played some keyboard in addition to some impressively intricate bass lines.

Doerksen has a beautiful feel for playing just the right notes on his Telecaster with fantastic feel and passion.

Their second set included older cuts from Doerksen’s last solo CD ’The Deep’ as well as material from the new CD. The set included Radiohead meets U2 ambient pop rock to an crazy extensive  jazz flavoured jam to a couple upbeat rockers and even a country tinged newer tune.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 January 2010 22:49 )

Dave McCann and th Firehearts rock the Slice country style

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A full house at the Slice, Jan. 22 enjoyed a couple energetic roots flavoured sets by country rockers Dave McCann and the Firehearts. They played tracks from all of his previous albums including his latest ‘Dixiebluebird.’Paul Kype  guested on lead guitar with Dave McCann and the Firehearts. Photo By Richard Amery

Lead guitarist Dave Bauer added some impressive twanging country lead lines throughout. The tasteful lead  fit the music perfectly. McCann’s second set began with ‘Tinseltown’ and carried on to Road to Cain which featured some sweet slide playing.

McCann beamed ear to ear and jumped all over the stage while sounding like Todd Snider mixed with Hank Williams 3. He had the audience dancing throughout his set. Local bluesman Paul Kype joined the band on stage for the last song of the set, a crowd favourite, ‘When Leroy Quit Drinking.’

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 January 2010 22:46 )

Crazy jazz with the Karl Schwonik Quartet

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Calgary’s Karl Schwonik Jazz Quartet played crazy jazz for an appreciative crowd of approximately 50 at the Slice, Jan. 20.
Dave Renter takes a solo with the Karl  Schwonik Quartet. Photo by Richard AmeryBlind drummer Karl Schwonik lead his  supremely tight band. Chris Andrew’s fingers were flying on the  keyboard as saxophonist Brent Mah blew sweet solos. They also hosted an afternoon workshop at the university.

Stand up bassist Kodi Hutchinson stood up for some mind bending solos of his own.Karl Schwonik takes a solo. Photo by Richard Amery Drummer Schwonik took a few of his own and stood up and politely introduced each number. The audience politely applauded after each solo as each band member stood back to watch each one.

As a special treat, local saxophonist Dave Renter joined  the band on stage for the last number of the first set. He sat back on watched Mah take a solo and all of the other band members, who returned the favour when he took centre stage. Then Mah and Renter took a couple blazing solos together  which the crowd applauded.

— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 January 2010 22:47 )

Billy the Kid tickles the ivories

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A ‘small but fierce’ crowd enjoyed a solo performance of  folk and pop from Vancouver musician Billy The Kid at the Slice, Jan. 25.
 I arrived mid set as she was finishing up some folk and pop on the guitar. Dressed in a leather jacket and cap pulled low over her eyes, sans the trademark glasses, Billy the Kid whose real name is Billy the Kid on piano. Photo by Richard AmeryBilly Pettinger, grinned ear to ear and cracked jokes with the  audience, who laughed appreciatively.

But she blew them  away when she settled her tiny frame behind a keyboard and tickled those ivories with beauty and precision.

She played some beautiful piano including turning an old  punk song from her band Billy and the Lost Boys into a beautiful piano piece.

One of her other highlights was  a song about working called “I’m Just Trying To Get By.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 January 2010 15:02 )

Rae Kwon among cool shows coming up

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There are a couple of really cool shows happening this week.
 On Jan. 30, Corey Woods, best known as Rae Kwon of renown New York rap collective the Wu Tang Clan plays a solo show at the Blarney Stone at 9 p.m.

Bridgette Yarwood plays the Mocha Cabana this week.
 Rae Kwon is touring on a  couple of new CDs, ‘The Lex Diamond Story,’  and the sequel to ‘Built 4 the Cuban Linx Part 2. Another Wu Tang Clan CD is in the works as well. Tickets are $30.

Jan. 29 will be an interesting night at Henotic. A new international art program called Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, begins at Henotic with special guest Demonika. Demonika is a Calgary based performance artist who will be posing  for Dr. Sketchy’s which includes artists and would be artists who  gather together to draw. It is a celebration of burlesque and  the process of art. Works aren’t judged, though artists can show them if they want. Admission is $15. On the same night,  Calgary’s Savk and  the Magnetic North will be performing at Henotic as well.

The Slice has a big rock show  on Jan. 29 with Lustre Creame, Under the White Dime and Asprinaut.

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