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Open mics begin another big week

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This week, begins now, with a couple choice open mics. First of all, Greg Gomola is hosting his regular open mic at the 1010 Pub tonight, Sept. 22. Downtown, Calgary hip hop influenced rockers Anthony Blaine and the Bare Bones Orchestra are hosting the open mic at the Slice, Sept. 22. They will be playing with Black Diamond Bay the next day, Sept. 24.
 On Wednesday, Sept. 23 Gabrel Olsen hosts the open mic at Henotic. Organizers welcome weird and unusual instruments for that one, and on Friday, Sept 25, the Lethbridge Folk Club has their open stage at the Wolf’s Den.
 It is also a pretty big week for big shows.

Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre’s official DJs, DJ Jam and DJ Fresh will be playing a student appreciation night at the Blarney Stone as part of the Puff and Pass Tour, Sept. 23. There is no cover for the show. There is a good show for metalheads of all ages at the Zoo at the University of Lethbridge, Sept. 23 as well. Several bands are on the bill including Mexico Kabron, Fetal Butchery, the Parapsychotic, Jesus and the Superfriends and Bi-Monthly E-Mail Newsletter. Admission is $10 for this all ages show, which begins at 7 p.m..
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:45 ) Read more...

Shout Out Out Out Out show was wild, wild, wild, wild

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I caught the end of an energetic  and sold out performance at Henotic  from the Shagbots and Edmonton based dance/disco/electronic band the Shout Out Out Out Outs, Sept. 12
A packed house swarmed before an extended stage which featured two drummers playing on risers set in the windows of the old firehall. A bank of synths braced the front of  the stage. One of the members thanked all of his family for showing up and promised they’d be back soon
 I was impressed with the triple bass attack near the end of the set,the bassists thumping through a wall of bleeps, bloops and assorted keyboard sounds. It was fast paced and energeticv and  surprisingly almost done by midnight by the time I arrived, but the audience was well into the music and enjoying themselves to no end.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 September 2009 16:27 )

Dixiebluebird release party a laid back affair for Dave McCann

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Dave McCann and the Firehearts officially released their new CD, “Dixiebluebird” during a laid back show at the Geomatic Attic for approximately 50 people, Sept. 12.
He played most of the tracks off of the new CD beginning his set with the first three.Dave McCann. L.A. Beat file photo
 And the hot band, electric guitarist Dave Bauer, bassist Pete Loughlin, pedal steel player Charlie Hase and drummer Tim Williams turned down the volume for this “left wing” listening room, so the audience could hear every single note and story McCann told. Some popular crowd favourites are among those on the new cd including “Road to Cain” and “Bloodpines” but he also played old favourites like “Joe’s Bones,”  “Tinseltown” and “Country Medicine.” Some of the new ones are sure to be future favourites like “Broken Bugs,” “Fireheart” and “Inferno.”
 In between songs, McCann told stories about being held up while filling up with gas in East St. Louis and deciding to change the name of the band to the Firehearts after being confronted by an angry April Wine fan to explain why they were playing in Vulcan instead of the popular Canadian rockers a few years ago.
Their version of the mandolin tinged “Inferno ” also had a really neat Hawaiian feel thanks to some creatively used pedal steel guitar.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 September 2009 16:10 )

Stagger avoids Canadian Country Music hoopla

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Local musician Leeroy Stagger was playing  a gig in Vancouver for his booking agent Paquin during the Canadian Country Music Awards week activities in Vancouver over the weekend but completely avoided all of the hoopla associated with the event.Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers. Photo Submitted
“We just came and played and left. We didn’t get on until 1  a.m.. It’s not something I really wanted to do, but sometimes you have to play the game,” said Stagger from Banff, where he was enjoying his honeymoon.
“I don’t really see the point of it. It’s just a bunch of people kissing each other’s asses, and it’s not something I really wanted to be part of. There wasn’t anyone there I really wanted to see. Corb Lund didn’t go and the Divorcees didn’t and that says something,” Stagger continued.
“And it’s not like we’re a country band. I love a lot of country music. But as far as country music is today, it is just pop music with a pedal steel guitar,” said Stagger, whose band, the Wildflowers,  plays the Slice, Sept. 27.
 He is excited  about a track, “Snowing in Nashville” from his latest release “Everything is Real” being used in episode of the new hit TV show “Defying Gravity.”
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 September 2009 16:14 ) Read more...

White Cowbell Oklahoma has wild show

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Chainsaw Charlie helped light the night on fire. photo By Richard AmeryMonday, Sept. 14 was a night of harmony and balls to the wall rock and roll, like they played in the good old days.
Toronto rednecks White Cowbell Oklahoma were back in Lethbridge to tear the roof off the Slice, and while they’ve tempered their live show somewhat, they definitely haven’t tempered their music, which continues to tap the essence of the ’70s southern rock with a touch of Kiss and a whole lot of Aerosmith. But there was nary a chainsaw or stripper to be seen on stage this time, though cowbell player Charles Chainsaw brought out a grinder and made a shower of sparks on his cowbell. And then he set it on fire.
 Lead guitarist the Cousin Who Hath no Name wailed on his cherry Gibson SG ,  and did his best Pete Townshend impression, he locked in with  vocalist/guitarist Clem Clemsen and Hollis P Cartwright and played some gorgeous three part guitar solo harmonies and lots of massive, head crushing riffs. Most of the set came from their new CD “Bombardero” though some White Cowbell Oklahoma favourites like “Put the South in Your Mouth” and “Black Mountaintop (Whiskey Woman)” which ended the set, were also crowd favourites.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 September 2009 15:48 ) Read more...
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