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Shaela Miller heats up Penny Coffee House

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It is always entertaining to hear Shaela Miller play, like during her Monday (Jan. 25)  gig at the Penny Coffee House.Shaela Miller at the Penny Coffee House. Photo by Richard Amery
 It was an early evening gig for a good sized crowd who enjoyed  the music of Peter Gilligan and Shaela Miller who payed a lot of her favourites including ‘Half Way in Love,’ one of local musician Randy Shaver’s songs ‘Nothing,’ an older song ‘Lonely’  and her song ‘Loving Me’ which won the South Country Fair Songwriting competition last year.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 January 2010 16:53 ) Read more...

Philip blows minds with didgeridoo powered multi-instrumental prowess

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Ever had your mind blown?
Shane Philip plays a didgeridoo solo. Photo by Richard AmeryA good sized crowd  had their minds blown  by Shane Philip’s first visit to Lethbridge, Monday night (Jan. 25) at Henotic’s GCBC Lounge. The Vancouver Island based one band band sat  on stage behind three didgeridoos and surrounded by a plenitude of drums, djembes guitars and instruments.
 During his second set featured Philip played drums, guitar and didgeridoo solos simultaneously while singing beautiful melodies and lyrics inspired by Mother Earth.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 January 2010 16:44 ) Read more...

Moka Only pumps up sparse crowd

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Around midnight, Jan. 15 a cool performance  with Vancouver rapper Moka Only was just gettingMoka Only plays to an enthusiastic crowd at the Blarney Stone. Photo by Richard Amery started with an energetic set at  the Blarney Stone for a sparse audience of approximately 65 people. I didn’t know what to expect, not being a huge rap fan, but Moka grinned ear to ear  and bounded all over the stage like a hyperactive puppy in warm leather winter Moka Only, SonReal, James Nisihima and friends after the show. Photo by Richard Ameryjacket.

Despite the low numbers, they were all dancing in front of the stage.

Opening act SonReal joined Moka Only on stage  for a couple numbers as well as a couple other rappers.

Moka also showed he also has fairly soulful singing voice on a couple, especially on a version of George Michael’s ‘Faith.’

The audience was singing/rapping along with several numbers. He even covered a Fishbone song in the set and brought out a bugle for a couple more.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:18 )

Elephant Light and Sound has fantastic opening with Phao.

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Elephant Light  and Sound had an enjoyable kick off party at Mood, a new club  in the old O’Riley’s building. It’s a Phao put on a  good show at Mood. Photo By Richard Amerypretty club with shiny hardwood floors and two good sized TVs showing hockey highlights, and a thunderous sound system which was blasting dance music.

The Jan 15 event featured live entertainment including Austria, a Austria at Mood. Photo by Richard Amerytalented Lethbridge duo who have moved to Calgary but were back home for a visit. They sang  the Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ as well as some pretty folk style  originals which exhibited some beautiful harmonies.

A talented young local modern rock band called Phao  were up next.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:13 ) Read more...

John Wort Hannam plays engaging show

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Fort Macleod  singer songwriter  John Wort Hannam put on an impressive show for a capacity crowScott Duncan played some impressive fiddle lines. Photo By Richard Ameryd at the Slice, Thursday, Jan. 14.
 He played most ofJohn Wort Hannam entertained a capacity crowd. Photo by Richard Amery his new CD, ‘Queens Hotel and impressed the audience with his engaging and self deprecating stage presence and  underestimated guitar prowess. His performance proved  he chose wisely when he decided to  quit teaching to become a songwriter.

His  pretty acoustic fingerpicked guitar lines  were matched only by his gorgeous vocal  melodies and unparalleled story songs. The band, Tyler Bird  on stand-up bass and accordion, drummer Brad Brouwer and phenomenal fiddler Scott Duncan, were superb. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:20 ) Read more...
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