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Super shows coming up

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There are plenty of fantastic performances happening this week, though not quite as many as last week. It begins tonight (June 8) with the return of  west coast blues band Current Swell who stop by the Slice with Australian bluesmen Rogerthat.
Some other highlights will be Hippodrome at the Lethbridge Casino, June 12-13. Wide Mouth Mason will be at the Roadhouse, June 13 and Said the Whale returns to the Slice June 12 with Zola.
 Lethbridge favourites, Amy Bronson is back from Guelph for the summer. Catch her first show back, June 11 at Henotic.
And if you like bluegrass, check out Elena Yeung  who will be playing with east coast musician Neil Conway. Treeline, who put on a fantastic show at the Front Row Pub, Saturday with Shaela Miller and the Record Holder, are hosting  an open mic at the Slice, June 9.
Henotic also has an open mic on Wednesday, June 10. Also this week, the Lethbridge Folk Club has their open mic, on Friday, June 12.
A couple big shows were announced this week.  
Fred Eaglesmith and his band have been booked for the Slice for July 9. And in a couple of weeks, ’90s rockers Default will be hitting the Blarney Stone on June 26.
And, in case you missed the announcement, Edmonton punk veterans, SNFU will be storming Bully’s June 21. I saw them back in the day at the University of Lethbridge and they put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Tickets cost $15 and are available through Amp All Productions (403) 327-7362. So far, organizer Glen Davidson from Amp All said a couple hundred tickets have been sold for SNFU already for the approximately 800 seats. SNFU features original singer Chi Pig.

Looking ahead, Bedouin Soundclash has been booked to play the Blarney Stone, Aug. 10 .
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 June 2009 22:12 )

Fun with violins

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May 28 was all right for violins. Murray Nelson and Ed Dietrich’s May 28 show at the Slice, which featured Dietrich on violin, with guitarist Murray Nelson and numerous guests including his son, was a blast .

Nelson was a tasteful addition to Dietrich’s fantastic fiddle playing which is the subject of a DVD/Blu Ray disc which was being filmed of the show. The musicians covered everything from jazz to country music. In several places, Dietrich was even making his hand - crafted fiddle sound like an entire horn section. His son joined him on stage for an impressive song.

Dietrich and Okotoks fiddler Andrew Dexter also traded impressive licks for an entertaining set. Then Dietrich accompanied Shaela Miller, who was backed by drummer Brad Brouwer, stand up bassist Tyler Bird for a heart-wrenching set including Patsy Cline’ “She’s Got You” and the Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, Loretta Lynn’s “Sucess” and some of her own songs.

Dietrich’s horn-sounding fiddle really enhanced Miller’s sultry voice. Check out Shaela’s June 6 show at the Front Row pub with Treeline and the Record Holder. While she may not be singing gorgeous jazz, she is sure to put on an entertaining show.

Dexter, Dietrich, Nelson, Bird and Brouwer wound up the night with a jam featuring “Orange Blossom Special,” and instrumental versions of “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Yakity Yak.”

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 20:34 )

New material from Keith And Renée

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Winnipeg pop/folk duo Keith Macpherson and Renee Lamoureux premiered some excellent new material during an opening set for fellow Winnipegger Jodi King at the Slice, May 29. Some highlights included Macpherson’s ode to having a crush on Jennifer Aniston called “Jenny” and a moving tribute to the duo’s favourite charity  “Free The Children” which is about stopping third world children being forced to work in factories producing products like carpets for western consumption.

 Another good song  Macpherson performed was one he wrote about his experience competing in Canadian Idol 4. They  are just about to release their fourth CD, which was recorded with a full band and is due out in September. They said we were the first to hear the new material, which makes one wonder if we really were the first, or if they tell that to everyone. Either way, they continue showing development and musical growth.

 Of course their  hit “Good Year” which is part of an AT and T commercial in South America was a highlight. I got a kick out of Macpherson‘s rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s ’80s hit “Time After Time” which drew their set to a close.

Jodi King, touring on a brand new CD, “ Street Lights” displayed her impressive set of pipes, but her style of piano /pop just wasn‘t my style. But you have to respect a voice that beautiful.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 20:34 )

Mobadass is Marvelous

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Have you ever gone to a gig not knowing what to expect, then returned home wondering what you witnessed, but was  impressed nonetheless. That was of Mobadass and Kyprios’ May 29 gig at the Blarney Stone. Not being a rap fan, I wasn’t sure what I was about to see, but I had to check out rap performed with a crack live band behind it.

Kyprios kept the crowd hopping and dancing while Wide Mouth Mason bassist Earl Pereira proved he is a dazzling bassist,  as well as has a wicked voice, which leans heavily on the R and B side. His voice was complemented perfectly by Kyprios, who had a crowd bouncing  in front of the stage, keeping up their energy. He also proved to be quite the singer as well

They played their hit “Nobody Knows” as well as some Sweatshop Union hits as well as original Mobadass/Kyprios material  which they said on stage they hadn’t played before an audience before.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 20:34 )

Tough choices to make June 2-9

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This is a week of tough choices if you like all types of music and entertainment.

On Thursday, Ray Lemelin  and Bill Hills return to the Slice on June 4. They play thought provoking and energetic acoustic blues. On the other hand, if you are a “Spaceship Superstar” or just like Canadian rock n’ roll, Prism is at Average Joes Downtown. They have a plethora of catchy synth and guitar powered hits like “Spaceship Superstar,” “Take Me To The Kaptain,” “Young and Restless,”  “ See Forever Eyes,” and numerous others. If you like jazz music, the Dave Renter Quartet is playing Henotic the same night. They are also hosting the open stage at the Slice tonight (June 2).

Friday night is going to be  a night of really tough choices.

Not only are Dave McCann and the 10 Toed Frogs back in town to play heartfelt, energetic alt-country music at the Slice, but Henotic is going rockabilly with Bent 8, the Hurricane Felix and  the Southern Twisters. “metal Queen” Lee Aaron is also back in town to play Average Joes downtown, Friday night.

For something a little more country, Karen Romanchuk begins a two-day run at the Mocha Cabana. James Oldenburg will be playing laid back singer songwriter material at the Cottom Blossom Lounge, Friday and Saturday as well. If you want to laugh, lisping, trucker-mouthed Cape Breton comedienne Nikki Payne is at HBs Lounge.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 June 2009 21:05 ) Read more...
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