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Keith “Catfish” Woodrow and High Level Blues play the blues classics

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Keith “Catfish” Woodrow is being smart this winter, by spending it iMexico, but  he wasn’t going to leave before playing the blues for a good sized, enthusiastic audience on Saturday, Dec. 4.

I caught them in the middle of a long set break, but stuck around for supper with a side helping of the blues when they finally returned to the stage.


Keith Catfish Woodrow at the Slice, Dec. 4. Photo by Richard Amery

The High Level blues band, featuring harp player Peter Noel, bassist Alex Thomson and drummer Raz Bruce are a fantastic and versatile rhythm section stretched out their set into several extended jams of blues classics and blues rock  like  “Jesus  on the Mainline,“I’m a Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man” and more.



Keith Catfish Woodrow, Raz Bruce and Alex Thomson at the Slice, Dec. 4. Photo by Richard Amery

Woodrow talked a little bit about the songs, but kept the energy  high and the dancers’ feet on the floor.


 After a few long, laid back jams, in which everybody got to solo, Gabe Thaine joined them on keyboards to sing “ I’m Your Fool”, sipping  a beer with one hand, and playing keyboards with the other while singing the lyrics.


 They added an Elmore James song, “The Sky is Crying,” and went really old school with “If I had Possession Over Judgement Day.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 December 2021 16:15 )

Bridgette Yarwood band plays the hits on busy Saturday night

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 The Bridgette Yarwood band had  a busy night, Saturday, Dec. 4.


Bridgette Yarwood singing at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 4. Photo by Richard Amery

 Right after finishing an early evening gig at Bread , Milk and Honey, they rushed over to  the Owl Acoustic Lounge to play the rest of the night away.

 I only caught part of one of their sets, but they are always a good bet for entertainment.


 I caught Yarwood in the middle of belting out a heartfelt, soulful version of  “You Make Me Feel (like A Natural Woman), which showed off her multi octave  pipes.

 She also played  keyboards on one song and added acoustic guitaron another.


The Bridgette Yarwood Band at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 4. Photo by Richard Amery

 The band, including bassist Ian Morrice, drummer Beau Sommerfeldt and lead guitarist Mel Gaydos, played the hits well.


 They  went right into a cover of CCR’s  “ Born on the Bayou,” and wound up their set by trying to get the sparse audience to sing along with 4 Non Blondes’“What’s Going on.

 Just to have some fun with it, they wound down the set by giving the ’90s hit a reggae spin.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 December 2021 16:00 )

It’s all about local music this week

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It is a little slower this week with Christmas parties coming to the fore.

 This week is all about supporting local, because some of Lethbridge’s favourites are back on stage.


Amy Nelson plays the Windy City Opry at the Slice on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery

 As always, the Owl Acoustic lounge’s usual weekly open mic is tonight, Tuesday at 8 p.m.

 Jazz night is at the Watertower Grill from 6- 8 p.m. on Wednesday.


Local favourites the Chevelles host the Small Business Christmas Party with Cal Toth providing the dinner music at the Coast Hotel.

 Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m,. dinner is at 6:30 p.m..

 Tickets are $57 individual, $470 for a table of eight and $530 for a table of 10.


 There is a lot of local music on the weekend.

 Honkers Pub is Closed on Friday for a Christmas Party, But JD will be performing on Saturday instead of their usual Saturday jam.

 Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset return to the Slice, Friday, Dec. 11.

 They have released “Doubt Freaks Us Out, their third CD in less than two years and fourth since 2017.

This CD shows off Ackerman’s more psychedelic, soul and R and B  side.

The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.


 Adequate brings the funk back to the Owl Acoustic lounge on Friday, Dec. 10. Admission is by donation.

Cal Toth brings Dueling Pianos back to the Place on Friday, Dec. 10. Anna McBryan and Kate LaRocque will be tickling the ivories with him.

 The show begins at 7 p.m.

 There is no cover.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 December 2021 15:02 ) Read more...

Tyler Vandendool says goodbye— for now

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 An impressive  Tuesday night   crowd showed up at the Slice , Nov. 30 to bid adieu to local synth pop musician  Ty VandenDool, who is relocating to Calgary.


Ty Vandendool played a farewell show at the Slice, Tuesday, Nov. 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught the end of  the early starting show, and aptly most of VandenDool’s set was  “leaving” themed.


 Vandendool danced as his two keyboardists and a bassist soloed.


 Vandendool may be  young, but his heart definitely  lives the ’80s.


His sound is very much influenced by ’80s synth driven pop music.

 I arrived in the middle of his song “Don’t Go.”


 After a few more  songs about departure,” the appreciative audience called him back for an encore. to emphasize the ’80s influence, he tackled a-ha’s  1985 hit “ Take on Me” and he almost hit the high falsetto of the chorus.,” which drew applause.


As so many young people who leave Lethbridge, Vandendool will be back. He played his new single noting “ I’ll have to come back in February to support this single,” he said.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 December 2021 16:18 )

Del Barber brings new music and stories back to Geomatic Attic

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I always look forward to seeing rural Manitoba singer songwriter Del Barber, so was excited to catch his whole show at the Geomatic Attic, Sunday, Nov. 28.


I expected it to be completely sold out, but it was not. Del Barber and band mates lead guitarist Austin Parachoniak, drummer Ivan Burns and bassist/steel guitarist Ryan Funk played a laid back set for an appreciative audience in the  Geomatic Attic’s main venue.


Del Barber at the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 28. Photo by Richard Amery

As expected he focussed on songs from his most recent CD “Stray Dogs.”

But hedelved into his back catalogue, punctuating the music with stories about the songs and the people who inspired them as well as a few jokes.


 He had a real Hayes Carll mixed with Blues Rodeo , a touch of Todd Snider mixed with a little Tom Cochrane vibe throughout, but had the band come up to the mic at centre stage to sing a few stripped sown songs bluegrass style, which showed off his band mates’ vocal harmonies.


“ 62 Richmond” an older song about a tall tale teller, was an early highlight. Barber mused “I can’t believe I’m 38 years old, have two kids and  have songs that are 10 years old that I”m still playing,” as bassist Ryan Funk switched to steel guitar.


 he talked abut his dad who recently passed away and noted he wrote a lot of songs with him including a highlight about  a homeless couple in Winnipeg, dedicating “Ronnie and Rose” to them

“Big Smoke ” was another highlight.

The band ended his first set with an excellent cover of Ian Tyson’s  Someday Soon.”


Ryan Funk, Austin Parachoniak, Ivan Burns Del Barber at the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 28. Photo by Richard Amery

Their  second set was a little more upbeat and featured a lot more stories, including one about a ”tough  as a two dollar steak woman” who works at the gas stop in Virden, Manitoba.


“ I thought she deserved a song,” he quipped as he introduced “No Easy Way out.”


 he dedicated a pair of acoustic songs to his dad, including “ Just A Little Heat,” which was about his dad comparing himself to a car, not a failed romance as one writer described it.


Several  songs were inspired by hanging out in bars including “ Friends Like Us.” which was definitely a highlight of the show and one of the more Hayes Carll sounding songs.


 The line “Destined for Hell or a Wal mart parking lot” drew a few chuckles from the enraptured audience.


He ended with  with a slower song,  “Meantime” the single from the new CD.


But he was called back for an encore.

He noted  he doesn‘t usually get political in his songwriting, noting the next song was political, as he ended with “Dead Skunk In the middle of the highway.”

 the Geomatic Attic has several shows coming up in December. The next show is MonkeyJunk guitarist Tony D and Eric Braun and the new downtown location, Thursday, Dec. 2. 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 December 2021 16:13 )
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