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Henotic celebrates a year by helping food bank

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Skull Train To Hell TownIt’s hard to believe it has been a year since Henotic opened its  doors and not only provided another venue for original live music, but also a forum  for local artists to display their works, plus another regular open stage for performers.
 To celebrate there will be a massive blowout this weekend featuring superb live bands which will raise money and food  for the Lethbridge Food Bank.
On Friday, Dec, 18,  Skull Train To Hell Town  with be performing along with the Smokin’ Pistols, the Moby Dicks, the Square Waves, Smokestack Jacks and the New Weather Machine. Saturday, Dec. 19 features the Phantom Creeps, Jesse Northey and the Dandelions, the Necessities and Matt Robinson.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:33 ) Read more...

Sweatshop Union back at the Blarney Stone

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Vancouver based hip hop conglomerate Sweatshop Union, who return to the Blarney Stone Dec. 17 with DJ Dopey, is the sum of its parts.
“In the ’90s, when we all met in Vancouver, underground music was hard to find. You really had to dig for it. So that’s how we all met, digging for this underground music. And we  found this strong bond between us. We  all have a variety of personalities,” Kyprios said adding  members bring  a variety of  education, songwriting and production skills to the table.alt
“For example Dusty Melo brings a lot of levity.  And he’s a sick producer and MC. He and  Marmalade  feed off of each other,” he enthused, lavishing praise on all of his group mates.
“I’m good as a utility  man. I’m not the best, but I’m a pretty good songwriter. And I think I’m pretty good for morale,” he said, cautiously praising his own talents. He’s used to working on numerous projects simultaneously.
“I’ve been busy  on tour, writing music for a play, recording and  getting ready to tour again. I’m living the dream,” enthused Kyprios, who along with Mos Eisley, Itchy Ron, Dusty Melo, Conscience, Metty and Marmalade, make up   Sweatshop Union.  The play he was working on with Stylust is  a production about gangs for Green Thumb Theatre called ‘Cracked’ which is about a freestyle MC  who loses everything because of his crystal meth habit.
“It’s been really well received,” he said.

Leeroy Stagger looking forward to Highway 3 Roots Review #2

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Southern Albertan songwriters Leeroy Stagger, John Wort Hannam and Dave McCann can’t wait to get back on the road again together.  They are touring as the  Highway 3 Roots review for 10 dates around Alberta this month. The tour hits the Geomattic Attic Dec. 16.“Neither of us are great guitar players, so it becomes more about the songs  and the interplay between us,” Stagger said adding each performer will do about six or seven songs each.
Leeroy Stagger is looking forward to the Highway 3 Roots Review.“We’re going to a couple different places like High River. And we’re playing the Geomatic Attic this time. Last year we were in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre. So I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never been to the Geomatic Attic, though I played the old place,” Stagger said adding he enjoys the camaraderie on the tour.
“They are not only excellent songwriters, but they’re great guys to travel with.  There’s lots of jokes and we’re laughing most of the time,” he said adding  because they three are so busy, they don’t really plan how the actual Highway 3 Roots Review shows go.
“We’re all busy so it’s not as though the shows are really prepared. It’s an excuse to get away from all of our other activities. We’re just excited to get out of the house,”  he said. While they all have new CDs out this year, that wasn’t the impetus behind the second edition of Highway 3 Roots Review.

“I didn’t even think of that,” said Stagger, preparing for the  first  show of the nine date tour in Calgary.
“All of us have been as busy as hell. I’m writing  for  a new record, Dave just had a baby and is renovating his house and John is on tour. So this is an  excuse to get out of the house, play some shows together and hang out with each other,” said Stagger, who just returned from a tour of Germany with his band. The three enjoyed touring with each other so much last year, that they decided to do it again this year.
Stagger is also excited about  the new record he is working on.
“It’s going pretty good. I’m looking at recording it in a church in Calgary,” he said adding he is considering putting out a double album out hopefully by May.
“I’ve got a lot of songs. So now I’m in complete control of my career, this would be the time to do it. I’ve got about 22 potential songs for it,” he said adding he was playing a few of the new one on his recent tour of Germany and will likely play some of them during the Highway 3 Roots Review tour, to help him gauge crowd response.
Stagger enjoyed his first headlining European tour which he just returned from.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 December 2009 18:38 ) Read more...

Sunparlour Players and Ghostkeeper show their chops

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Shane Ghostkeeper of Ghostkeeper. Photo By Richard AmeryThe Slice was packed on  Dec. 4 for  Ghostkeeper and  the Sunparlour Players.
 I arrived in the middle of  Ghostkeeper’s set, which had an indie rock  mixed with ’60s pop set and even a touch of country music. There was some slide bass playing and  singer/guitarist Shane Ghostkeeper’s guitar riffs had a Native American feel and a touch of reggae in places. He played some impressive and intricate guitar solos and riffs and had the crowd dancing.Sunparlour Players switched instruments effortlessly. Photo by Richard Amery
Sunparlour Players’ unique brand  of power folk had  the trio howling like Elliott Brood. They opened up with thunderous drumming. Each of the members had a drum at their feet and alternated between several instruments including bass, keyboards, accordion and banjo. It was mind boggling watching them simultaneously play drums and other instruments especially  the accordion. They had the audience dancing throughout and singing along through most of their set, which ended around 12:30 in the morning.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor


Don’t let Old Man Winter keep you home

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Don’t let Old Man Winter bring you down and keep you home. It’s supposed to warm up this week, so check out some live entertainment. Beginning tonight. Cold and snow is a good reason to play the blues, Paul Kype hosts the Slice’s blues jam tonight. Photo by Richard Ameryso check out Paul Kype and Texas Flood, who are  hoating a blues jam at the Slice tonight.
There are several  exciting shows this week.  On Wednesday, Dec. 9, bilingual accordionist Marie-Joseé Houle plays the Slice  with Tanyss Nixi. Houle plays an eclectic mix of French cabaret,  jazz and folk with a touch of punk  on the accordion.
There is also a pretty cool show Thursday at the Slice. Edmonton singer songwriter  Scott Cook returns to the Slice, Dec. 10 with a backing band. Also on the bill are fellow Edmontonians Jesse Dee and Jacquie B who also have a band with them to help them play  their genre blending folk music.
There are a couple excellent shows  on Friday as well. The Skilletlikkers are at the Slice, Dec. 11 plus  the JPS Trio has rescheduled their video shoot for the same night at Henotic.  Dan Berdusco and Planet Telex will also be playing. Tyson Wiebe from Planet Telex will be hosting  the Hair of the Dog at Henotic, Sunday afternoon.
 If you want to dance, local R and B/ soul/disco band Hippodrome has a two day gig at  the Lethbridge Casino.
 On Saturday,  the Darby and Joan Club plus Calgary‘s  Bil Hetherington and the Asian Tigers will be at the Slice.
 A really cool show  happens next Wednesday (Dec. 16) at the Geomattic Attic. Highway 3 Roots Review is touring again this winter. Three talented southern Alberta songwriters, John Wort Hannam, Dave McCann and Leeroy Stagger will be touring.
 There are also several open mics this week. The Lethbridge Folk Club’s only December open mic is this Friday at  the Wolf’s Den.The 1010’s Tuesday open mic has now been moved to Mondays and Gabriel T Olsen is hosting Henotic’s open mic, Dec. 8.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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