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Mickey Hayward opens acoustic night at the Owl

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It was acoustic night at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, Sept. 24 with a trimmed down Biloxi Parish set to perform.

Mickey Hayward playing a solo set at the owl acoustic Lounge, Sept. 24. photo by Richard Amery

But first Mormon Girls’ Mickey Hayward opened the show with a grunge/alternative rock flavoured set of acoustic rock.


 “I used to play with a band that was really loud,” noted Hayward, who ’s sound mellowed as he accompanied himself on acoustic guitar.


 He still had an alternative rock feel  to his music sans the volume and distortion.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:15 )

The New Testaments bring pop and rap to Brewhouse

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I keep hearing about the New Testaments, but have never  seen them, but caught them at the Canadian Brewhouse, mid set, Friday, Sept. 24 to an enthusiastically dancing and cheering crowd.


Danica Sommer and L Rev with the new Testaments at the Canadian Brewhouse, Sept. 24. Photo by Richard Amery

They played a familiar sounding  set of contemporary pop and R and B music featuring saxophone, keyboards, two guitars and lot of loud bass, drums and percussion.


 I caught them at the end of a set. A couple local rappers including LRev performed during the set break.


 Danica Sommer took centre stage to begin the next set,  a wretched sound mix meant she and  the rest of the band were completely drowned out  by the bassist and drummer’s funk fuelled groove, no matter where I stood in the room.


I only stayed for a few songs  in the next set, which opened with  Sommer taking centre stage.


 She didn’t unleash her powerhouse voice as much as  I expected, but highlight was  Outkast’s “Hey Ya.”

 They open up tonight’s rap battles at the Owl Acoustic Lounge at 6 p.m., Sept. 30.

—by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:05 )

Makiisma play Lady Misery for Arts Days

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Arts Days was the big event of last week. Because of Covid, most of the events were outside.


Megan Brown playing Arts Days with Makiisma, Sept. 24. Photo by Richard Amery

 As expected Rotary Square outside of casa was the site of  a lot of the musical entertainment.


 While I missed the Family Affair on the Square, the usual community cabarets was condensed into one show, the Allied Arts Days cabaret, on Friday, Sept.  24.


 While I missed Body Lens and Michale Willems, I caught another solid show from Makiisma, who had a CD release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge a week ago  for her CD “Lady Misery.”


 Their set, minus James Swinney and keyboardist  TJ Waltho, was still filled with some of the popular, dark folk tracks from the CD including the title track.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2021 14:55 )

Plenty of entertainment for all tastes this week

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It’s another busy week with a variety of live entertainment happening. There really is something for everyone this week.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge especially has something for everyone this week.

Shaela Miller's  CD release for Big Hair Small City is at the Owl Acoustic Lounge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 As always, the week begins with open mics. The Owl Acoustic Lounge‘s open mic is tonight, Sept. 28 beginning at around 8 p.m.


The Slice has an open mic on Thursday instead of Australian born bluesman Michael Charles, who was originally scheduled to perform.


Jolene Draper hosts the open mic at Honkers Pub on Friday, Oct. 1 beginning at 8 p.m. And Whiskey Gap Country host Honkers Pub’s  Saturday afternoon jam beginning at 4 p.m., Oct. 2.

Thursday is rap night at the Owl Acoustic Lounge as they host Arts Marvels’ Rap it Up hip Hop Bash.


The night begins at 5 p.m. followed by a live performance from the New Testaments, who play a variety of contemporary pop, hip hop and R and b hits at 5:30 p.m. Rap battles begin at 6:30 p.m., trivia at 8 p.m. and final rap battles at 8:15. Open freestyle rap and dance floor is at 9:15 p.m.. admission is free, though you must register to compete.


 The big show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge is Shaela Miller’s CD release party for her new CD “Big Hair Small City.”


 The party begins at 8 p.m. with drag performances by Crissy Cox and Brandi Jayne followed by the Shaela Miller Band. Tickets are $20.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 September 2021 15:03 ) Read more...

Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds play vintage country at Slice

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The Slice was quiet on Friday, Sept. 17 for a hot performance by Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds.


Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds at the  Slice, Sept. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Red Hot hayseed had a red hot vintage classic country sound, in part to ’40s sounding background vocalists Dayna Lyn Moritz and the multi-talented Sydney  Zadravec who also added extra guitar while frontman Tyler Allen played pedal steel guitar for a couple songs.


Sweet clarinet playing from Cedric Blary added to the band’s vintage western swing sound.


Drummer Eric Allen and Keith Rodger held down the bottom end on upright bass.


 They played familiar  western swing music and a Patsy Cline deep cut, but also added a few  songs from their new EP including “ Ain’t No Cowpoke.”


“ I Don’t Want a Second Hand Romance was a highlight as was an upbeat cover of Hank Williams’  “ Rolypoly.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 September 2021 13:00 )
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