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Lovely loudness with HighKicks at the Slice

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It’s been a while since  we’ve seen Calgary drums and bass duo HighKicks, so I and a good sized crowd were excited to see them again at the Slice, Sept. 3.


HighKicks returned to Lethbridge, Sept. 3 to play the Slice. Photo by RichardAmery

 Alec Arms opened the show, but I missed them.

Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive few have had a busy couple weeks. I caught Tijuana Donkey Show which was most of Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few, featuring bassist Steve Martin on vocals, Jolene Draper adding vocals, percussion and some electric guitar, drummer  Ryan Gullage plus Quint Viskup on lead guitar and Gabe Thaine adding keyboard, making some noise together.


 They fell into the hard rock/ punk/metal  vein and featured some older Steve Martin songs.


Tijuana Donkey Show’s Quint Viskup, Jolene Draper, Ryan Gullage and Steve Martin at the Slice, Sept. 3. Photo by RichardAmery

Calgary duo High Kicks, aka the Dudes bassist/ vocalist bassist Danny Vacon and powerhouse drummer Matt Doherty made enough racket for six people.


 They played an incendiary set of stripped down and turned up blues tinged punk rock, shaking loose wax from eardrums and paint from the walls.


 Vacon sang soulful vocals as he pounded away at his distorted bass.


The played an intense and impressive sett, especially Doherty, seemed to have an extra arm to rumble away at the skins. 


 One of the highlights, as it was during their last Lethbridge show in 2016, was a hard rock cover of Jennifer Rush’s ’80s pop hit “ The Power of Love.”

— By RichardAmery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 September 2022 16:34 )

Frankenfest 2 a hot hit at Creepy Hollow haunted house with lots of live music

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It was a sweltering day for hot local music at Creepy Hollow outside of Warner, Saturday, Sept.3 as a dozen bands, mostly from Lethbridge,  plus Regina’s The Moon Runners  rocked the brand new stage all day long.

The Decadent Phase playing Frankenfest 2 at Creepy Hollow, Sept. 3. Photo by RichardAmery

 I only lasted through a couple bands because of the heat, but was impressed .


 A variety of different styles  graced the gargoyle flanked stage throughout the day  including metal, alternative rock, psychedelic rock and traditional country music.

 I arrived as Obsidian Soul were rocking their way through of classic metal, rock and grunge ranging from Metallica to Alice In Chains.


 I arrived in the middle of a cover of Whitesnake’s  “ Here I Go Again.” 


“ For Whom the Bell Tolls” was a highlight as was Alice In Chains’ “  Man In The Box.


It is always fun to see the Decadent Phase. Frontman James Swinney, lead guitarist Tyler Eresman, drummer Keilan Hakstol were breaking in new bassist Keely Evanoff who played in the pocket.


 While the first two acts, Tyrants of Chaos and Obsidian Soul embraced the ’80s. The Decadent Phase are and continue to be all about the groovy, psychedelic ’60s but with a touch of country.


 Swinney looked the part, dressed in bell bottoms, played  rhythm guitar, but broke a string early in the set. While one of the other bands changed his string for him, the band embarked on a psychedelic jam.

Obsidian Soul playing Frankenfest 2 at Creepy Hollow, Sept. 3. Photo by RichardAmery


 They played a lot of originals and some obscure covers like David Bowie’s “Black Country Rock.”


 Swinney added a harp solo to the country tinged “Mangy Dog,” and as he got his guitar back, launched into a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “ For What it’sWorth.”

 About that time I had to make a break for  some air conditioning as the heat was starting to get to me.


 Local original rock band  Dead Army and  local misfits tribute  138 were too continue in the rock vein and then things were to go country with the Plaid Ramblers and the WickedGrins before going back to the rock with Switched Off, Fawns and the Moon Runners plus Rainbow Patrol who were to finish the live music portion of the day.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 September 2022 16:23 )

Rebranded Dirt return to stage with MomBod and Calgary’s Gone Cosmic

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Local stoner rock band Dirt came back as Classic Black, Friday, Sept. 2 at the Slice.


MomBod at the Slice, Sept. 2. Photo by RichardAmery

While I missed an opening set by Switched Off, I caught MomBod’s set.


 The local alternative rock trio of guitarist/ vocalist Mandy Fox, drummer Amberlea Parker and bassist Silvana Campus  played a brief but solid set of  ’90s style Riot Grrrl punk.


Gone Cosmic playing the Slice, Sept. 2. Photo by RichardAmery

 They began with an instrumental, then played a new song called “She’s deadly,” which was a highlight.

They brought an L7 and Hole meets Kill Matilda sound to the stage.


It’s been a while since I’ve seen the band formerly known as Dirt aka Classic Black. So it was a treat to see drummer Garwin Poff, Bassist Steve Martin and guitarist/ vocalist John Brooks on stage again.


 They played a solid set of loud, angry stoner rock mixed with punk rock and a touch of Smashing Pumpkins ’90s alternative rock.


Calgary band Gone Cosmic were impressive.

 There were a lot of  big riffs and huge, female powered operatic vocals from Abbie Thurgood.


 Two thirds of Chron Goblin— guitarist Darty Purdy and bassist Brett Whittingham provided a big bass groove up front and super melodic guitar solos.


Drummer Marcello Castonuovo supplied the thunderous backbeat.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Garwin Poff playing with Classic Black. Photo by RichardAmery
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 September 2022 16:09 )

Local stars to shine bright for Rotary Club Sunrise with Starlight Lounge

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The stars will be  shining bright for the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise as Fran Rude and Ken Rogers bring  “the Starlight Lounge,” back to the Yates Theatre, Oct. 12 and 13.

Fran Rude and Ken Rogers bring back Starlight Lounge for the  Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise. Photo by RichardAmery

“This time it focusses on the three Bs— Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Michael Bublé,” said Sunshine Rotary Club co-president Don Robb.


 This will be the third iteration of Starlight Lounge, which was part of the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival at the Sandman Signature in 2016 and a fundraiser for the LSCO in 2015 at there Yates Theatre.


“ It looked like a fun project to do that is a good match for some different age groups,” Robb said.


 Adding the proceeds will help fund a variety of  projects including the lunch program at Westminster School, youth camps, a plethora of youth projects and  to help the new sexual assault centre.


The event  features an 18 piece band including five saxophones, four trumpets and four trombones and a full  rhythm section of piano drums, bass and guitar.


“It’s typical for a big band concert,” said music Ken Rogers.


 “ There are a lot of great players. They are all gigging musicians and people I’ve worked with before,” he said , noting they start rehearsing on Sept. 25.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 September 2022 08:28 ) Read more...

Blues and children’s festivals a highlight of first week of September

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Soak up the last month of summer with two more festivals for  the first full week of September.

Steve Pineo plays the Lethbridge Roots and blues Festival this weekend. Photo by RichardAmery

 Get the blues in Galt Gardens with The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues festival’s  Jazz And Blues in the Park. , Saturday, Sept. 10.


 Juno award winning nominated singer/ songwriter Joann  Borromeo is top first at 2 p.m. followed by local funk favourites Adequate, Calgary bluesman Steve Pineo is on at 5 p.m and fellow Calgarians Natural twenty groove at 6:30 p.m. There will be food trucks and a beer garden and much more.


 At the other end of the city, there is fun for thew whole Family as the Allied Arts council winds up their Arts in the Park summer concert series with kids in the park in Legacy Park.

 The band formerly known as Karen Lewis and Pam perform at noon.


 And get a head start on October with Oktoberfest, Sept. 9 and 10 which returns to it’s original home outside the Telegraph Taphouse. Tickets are $12.62-$16.93


 But there is a lot more happening.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s Tuesday open mic features Brandon based roots rock musician Mitchell Makoons.


The Slice has an eclectic show, Wednesday, Sept 7 with Spencer Jo, folk band Ghostly Hounds and Wily Big Bull. There is a $15 cover.

Calgary based singer songwriter Marcus Trummer returns to the Slice, Friday, Sept. 9.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 September 2022 12:23 ) Read more...
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