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Calgary punk stalwarts Belvedere send 2021 off with punk/metal style

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Calgary punk stalwarts Belvedere made a long awaited return to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Dec. 11. I missed Sessions’ opening set, but was just in time for Belevedere who brought a metal flavour to their brand of ’90s pop punk.

Belvedere rocking the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec.11.

They were supposed to play the owl in October, but had to cancel because of Covid. But the show was worth the delay.


 They were winding up a big 24 show tour in Lethbridge, and it showed in how tight they were. The singer noted it was their last show of the year and it was a good one. 


 They beamed ear to ear as they bounced all over the stage.


The lead singer noted they hadn’t played Lethbridge since 1998 when they opened for the Dayglo Abortions, which would have been a great show as both bands blend elements of metal with punk rock.


 There were a lot of  hot guitar solos from both the lead singer and the lead guitarist, who both took turns soloing and even played some pretty cool harmonized leads.


Because of the lead singer’s voice, the gang vocals and  the lead guitarist, Belvedere sounded like a blend of the Offspring and Sum-41.

I couldn’t hear much of the lyrics, but loved their energy and their tightness.


 Unfortunately I missed the Youngbloods’ closing set. 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 December 2021 17:03 )

Dave McCann plays new music at solo show at Geomatic Attic Downtown

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I was glad to  finally catch a show the The Geomatic Attic’s Downtown venue, Dec. 11. Paul Kype and Steve Keenan were originally scheduled to play, but were unable to make it but luckily Dave McCann stepped up to fill the void.

 Even luckier, he was still playing  after I stopped by after my radio show.


Dave McCann playing a solo show at the Geomatic Attic Downtown, Dec. 11. Photo by Richard Amery

 It was perfect timing as he was introducing my favourite Dave McCann song “Fireheart.”

 An enraptured and masked crowd listened intently to McCann’s music and stories.


 He talked about building bridges and introduced a new song with the catchy chorus “Rolling,Rolling , Rolling.”


 He wound down the show with a Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark song, which he prefaced with a  story about meeting Guy Clark in Nashville.

 He finished the show with  another new original, “ See You Yonder” which was an apt send off.


 But he was called back for an encore about a cowboy singer, but  forgot the lyrics so asked the audience if  he could start over.


 Dave McCann and his band the Firehearts are at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday, Dec. 17. There is a $10 cover for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 December 2021 16:21 )

TJ Waltho and friends get into Christmas spirit with Peanuts

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Keyboardist TJ Waltho and a couple other talented jazz musicians started a really cool idea a couple years ago. Waltho, upright bassist Paul Holden and drummer Brad Brouwer decided to screen “A Charlie Brown Christmas”  complete with closed captions, and play Vince Guardaldi’s soundtrack live while it’s playing.


TJ Waltho, Brad Brouwer and Paul Holden play a Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec. 11 at Spectrum Ale Works. Photo by Richard Amery

They brought the show to Spectrum Ale Works, Dec. 10 for a special Saturday afternoon show.


The trio had a fire burning in a fireplace on screen while they were setting up, and had everyone’s attention from the first few notes of the inimitable Peanuts theme.


The trio grooved to Christmas themed jazz while Charlie Brown decried Christmas capitalism. They added a few bars of popular Christmas carols during a medley including “White Christmas” and ‘Joy to The World’ and paused during some of the more moving speeches in the cartoon.


 They had a full house for the show and even expanded it by adding the1992 Peanuts special “It’s Christmastime Again Charlie Brown” after they finished screening “ A Charlie Brown Christmas.”


Thew drew a lot of applause as they wound up by 5 p.m.


 The trio bring their show to the Owl Acoustic Lounge Dec. 18 as well as  Dec. 23 at the Slice.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 December 2021 16:00 )

Christmas fun and much more this week

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As expected, a lot of this week is dominated by Christmas events, though there are a lot of cool shows and fundraisers happening.

The Hip Trip play a fundraiser for Captain Morgan Dyxk at Honkers Pub, Dec. 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 A week of wonderful entertainment begins tonight , Tuesday, Dec. 14, wit the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic.


Gabe Thaine is hosting a special blues jam at the Slice as well tonight.

 Standard Time, aka pianist  Randy Epp and trumpeter Donald Robb are playing the Watertower Grill’s  weekly jazz night from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday , Dec. 15.

The first of several Christmas  events is also on Wednesday, as Shakespeare Meets Dickens returns to Casa after a year long Covid caused  break.

 The festive event  features a readers theatre of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol, ’ A performance of the Ghost Scene from Hamlet and the porter scene from MacBeth, plus a plethora of Christmas songs and treats.

 Shakespeare Meets Dickens begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.

The Slice’s weekly open mic us on Thursday.


 Friday will be a blast.

The Rojo’s band returns to Casino Lethbridge for the weekend.


 Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves  are making a stronghold in Lethbridge

 They were just at Casino Lethbridge and return to the Slice  Friday, Dec 17.


Peter and the Wolves return to Casino Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Geomatic Attic is making the most of their Downtown gallery/ concert venue before it closes at the end of the month .

 The band formerly known as Karen, Lewis and Pam hosts a holiday sing-a-long at 1 p.m. Friday,  Dec. 17. Admission is free but they are  accepting donations of non-perishable food items for Lethbridge’s food banks.

 Later on , The Ryland Moranz band plays a sold out show at 8 p.m.  You can get on the waiting list  by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 Friday will be a blast.


Local roots singer/ songwriter Dave McCann was a surprise fill in at the Geomatic Attic Downtown on Saturday, Dec. 11. He will be joined by his band the Firehearts at thew Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday, Dec. 17. Expect to hear songs from his most recent  CD  Westbound ’til Light” and, song from his previous albums, brand new songs and a lot of stories.There is a $10 cover for the show.

The Rojo’s band returns to Casino Lethbridge for

the weekend.


 Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves  are making a stronghold in Lethbridge

 They were just at Casino Lethbridge and return to the Slice  Friday, Dec 17.


 Honkers Pub has a special weekend planned.

 Kelly Klimchuk’s band Holy Roller and the Coasters hosts the open mic  on Friday night at 8p.m.

 On Saturday, Honkers Pub has a special fundraising concert for Captain Morgan Dyck, who is fighting stage 4 brain cancer.

An excellent evening of music begins at 5:15 with  Chuck Reinhart followed by Earl Halmrast, Andy MacNamara, the Trippy Hippys, Circle Ridge Country, blues musician Steve Keenan, Tragically Hip tri

bute the Hip Trip and blues rock band Driving While blind closing things off at 9:30 before opening the stage for jammers.

 There is a $10 cover for the show.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 December 2021 12:17 ) Read more...

Tyler Brownfield explores new musical ideas with Hell Diablo

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After a long journey, local musician Tyler Brownfield, has returned with a new musical project, Hell Diablo.

 Brownfield, who was in popular psychobilly band the Phantom Creeps about 10 years ago, joined forces with Taylor Ackerman  with a new musical project Hell Diablo, which has just released their debut  Cd “Blood Is the New Black.”

Tyler Brownfield is excited to bring his new musical project Hell Diablo to life. Photo by Richard Amery

 He noted the last Phantom Creeps show was around 2011. He moved to Calgary in 2013 and then Vancouver, where he embarked on a lot of projects including working with Billy Hopeless of the Vancouver punk band the Black Halos.


 Brownfield returned to Lethbridge in 2016 and decided he wanted to make music again, as he’d  been working a on a lot of different ideas for riffs and songs.

“ I’ve always played guitar, though I usually lay bass in bands. I’ve been playing a lot of guitar. And played a couple shows just me and my guitar,” Brownfield said.

 “When I got back here, I wanted to make music again, but couldn’t find the right people, then Taylor heard me talking about it at a house party,” Brownfield said, adding initially Hell Diablo was only supposed to be a recording  project, featuring Brownfield  on vocals, rhythm guitar and bass an Ackerman adding everything else including drums , lead guitar, background vocals and keyboards. They recruited  Shawn Worden to play bass and John Brooks to play drums for the CD release party and hopefully  future gigs.


 “I was talking to John Brooks about my project when I was in his shop Caravan Records, and said he could play drums,” Brownfield said, adding he knew Shawn Worden played with Dave McCann and asked them both to join for the CD release party.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 December 2021 17:00 ) Read more...
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