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Classic county with Noeline Hofman at the Slice

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An all star local country band featuring Noeline Hofman returned to the Slice, Friday, April 7.


Noeline Hofman playing the Slice, April 7. photo by Richard Amery

 Hofman, backed by  Trevor Christensen on guitar and vocals, pedal steel player Kevin Peters , drummer Brad Brouwer, bassist Kurt Ciesla and Megan Brown, adding fiddle and background vocals, played an array of classic country music.


 I arrived as they were kicking into Hank Williams Jr.s’  “Whiskey Bent and Hell bound,” before playing Hank Williams Sr.’s  “I’m So Lonesome I Can Cry.”


They added  one of Noeline Hofman’s  originals.


As I was leaving for the next gig, they were playing an excellent cover of Sturgill Simpson’s “ You Can Have the Crown.”

—By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor


Chin Music play keyboard powered soul at the Owl

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 The Owl Acoustic lounge didn’t  have a lot of people for Chin Music, Friday, April 7. But the local R and B/ jazz trio were solid as they should be as they feature keyboard whiz TJ Waltho backed by two thirds of funk trio Adequate— drummer/vocalist Keenan Pezderic and bassist Scott Mezei.

Chin Music playing soul and R and B at the Owl, April 7. photo by Richard Amery

 They showed off  their more soulful , R and B side and Waltho’s keyboard prowess.


 he was alternating  between playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s piano and his own keyboard.


 They played something that sounded like Govt Mule’s  groovier side and shone on  Bill Withers “ Use Me.”


Their cover of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone- Stay Woke” was a-okay with Pezderic showing off his falsetto, hitting funky high notes.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 April 2023 12:44 )

The Place celebrates Easter weekend with ’80s rock

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The rock/pop metal side of the ’80s returned to the Place for Easter weekend to entertain, people looking to relive the ’80s and a lot of younger people who wished they were there for the real thing. But Dave Chomiak’s popular second annual ’80s weekend brought them pretty close.

Def Leppard Tribute Stage Fright at the Place, April 7. Photo by Richard Amery

 I was in time on Friday, April 7 for  an awesome Dokken Tribute : Breaking the Chains.

 And despite the holiday weekend, they had  good sized crowds for the three day event at The Place .


 I missed Thursday night, April 6, which featured tributes to Bon Jovi, Heart and  the Police.


 I also wasn’t in time for a double dose of a great new Iron Maiden tribute, who played the Slice before Christmas., and rocked the Place. April 7 and 8.

 Dokken Tribute “ Breaking the Chains” were in full force by the time I arrived.


 As expected, they played plenty of anthemic arena ready anthems  with big riffs, gang vocals and hot guitar solos and Dokken’s hits including  the band’s namesake “Breaking the Chains.”

 They vocals were on points and the songs sounded like the records.


Dokken Tribute Breaking the Chains at the Place, April 7. Photo by Richard Amery

 One of Chomiak’s  tributes, Stage Fright Tribute to Def Leppard was in a similar vein, but with Def Leppard hits.


Frontman Chomiak and a slightly different line-up including Sheldon Arvay on guitar played note perfect versions of Def Leppard’s many hits including plenty from the album  “Pyromania.”, which turns 40 this year.

  “Foolin” was prominent in the set.


They played the hits including “Hysteria,” and “ Armageddon It.”

 Chomiak's were spot on as were the solos.


 On Saturday, April 9, I missed the Iron Maiden tribute again but caught the Zoo the Scorpions Tribute, who were a highlight of the first annual ’80s  weekend last year. I couldn’t stick around for Live Wire Tribute to Motley Cruë .

 The Scorpions tribute the Zoo were a highlight of last year’s ’80s tribute weekend and were a highlight again.


The Scorpions Tribute The Zoo at the Place, April 8. Photo by Richard Amery

 They played their greatest hits including “Blackout,” the band’s namesake “ The Zoo” featuring a talk box effect, “ No One Like You” and even added their cover of the Scorpions cover of the Who’s “I Can’t Explain.”


They dug deeper for “ Bad Boys Running Wild” and “ Money And Fame”  then  played a celebratory “ Big City Nights.”


 Of course they added the power ballads like   Dreamers” and “ Winds of Change.”

 I left for another gig, so missed “Rock you Like a Hurricane.”


Their vocals were also perfect, they played a few duelling  guitar leads and rocked in spite a a few technical difficulties with one of the amp stacks, showed why the Scorpions are one of the best bands in the world who deserve a tribute and. that the Zoo are the perfect band to do it.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 April 2023 12:37 )

Weird wild fun with Kitty and the Rooster at the Slice

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 Kitty and the Rooster put on a night of weird, wild, sexually charged fun at the Slice with Jack Garton and Sammy Volkov, Wednesday, April 12.


Noah Walker of Kitty and the Rooster, April 12 at the Slice. Photo by RichardAmery

 They had a great crowd for a Wednesday night, likely as people know Jack Garton and Kitty and the Rooster always mean a good good time in Lethbridge.


I missed opening act Sammy Volkov and Jack Garton’s set, but they joined Kitty and the Rooster for a couple songs at the end.


 Kitty and the Rooster had taken off their rubber cat and rooster masks by the time I arrived. It was great to see them as I also missed the mask portion of the show when they played South Country Fair last summer.


That left drummer/ vocalist/ keyboardist Jodie Ponto and guitarist / vocalist Noah Walker to entertain with beaming smiles and  their unique, quirky brand of  pop, rockabilly, surf, punk and psychedelic music, reminiscent of a weirder, more stripped down Southern Culture On the Skids.


 They played several cuts from their “One Gig Hard Drive” but also had a couple new songs to  test out.

Jodie Ponto, Jack Garton, Sammy Volkov and Noah Walker with Kitty and the Rooster, April 12 at the Slice. Photo by RichardAmery


 “Good Guys, Bad Band” was hilarious highlight, which touched on the blues and which had a few of the dancers singing along. They had everyone clapping along with “The Clap.”


 “Pay A Million Dollars  to Live Like You’re Poor,” from ‘One Gig Hard Drive,’ was the perfect blend of humour and social commentary , which  Kitty and the Rooster do extremely well.


Ponto sang a song about underbutt” from behind her drum kit ad keyboards. Another new highlight was a song abut dicks, for which they got the audience to sing along.


 The duo saved crowd favourite “Sexercise” for near the end of the set before Ponto, glittering in her silver sequinned dress, took centre stage to lead a jam with Jack Garton and Sammy Volkov on a song about mansplaining, for which Garton broke out his trumpet and accordion.

— By Richard Amery, LA, Beat Editor 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 April 2023 12:19 )

John Wort Hannam wins Canadian Folk Music Awards for “Long Haul”

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It has been a bit of a “long haul,” but local folk/ roots musician John Wort Hannam won two of the three Canadian Folk Music Awards he was nominated for, April 2,  for his most recent album “Long Haul.”


 And they couldn’t have come at a better time, when Hannam has been going a few rounds with writer’s block.


 He went to  write at the Banff centre Jan. 7-21 to write some new songs but wasn’t able to come up with anything.


John Wort Hannam playing with Ian Tyson’s The Gift. Photo by RichardAmery

“ I went to the Banff Centre to write, but it was pointless. I was over thinking things, he said.


  Hannam took home awards for solo artist of the year and contemporary folk album of the year, but lost the English songwriter of the year to  Abigail Lapell.


“She deserved to win,” Hannam said, adding he didn’t expect to win  the awards he did.


“I won one before in 2010, I think for “Queen’s Hotel’ and I’ve been nominated a bunch of times,” Hannam continued.


“I never expected to win, but it is nice to get the recognition. I’m grateful for it,” he said.


“This is the album I recorded all online with Steve Dawson producing. It was in Pat Ackerman’s studio and we had players from Toronto, Vancouver and Nashville,” he said.

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