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Black Mastiff gets loud at Owl Acoustic Lounge

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 Edmonton power  trio/ jam rock/ stoner rock  Black Mastiff made a long awaited return to the Owl Acoustic lounge, enjoying the big new stage and impeccable sound, Saturday, Nov. 20.


Black Mastiff’s Bobby Yiannakoulias at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Nov. 20. Photo By Richard Amery

 I missed most of Face Cut’s opening set.

Black Mastiff, Guitarist/vocalist Bobby Yiannakoulias, drummer Alan Harding and  bassist Clay Shea sounded like  a massive mix of  Queens Of the Stone Age, Govt. Mule and had an obvious nod to Black Sabbath.


 So that meant there were a plethora of huge guitar riffs, plodding thunderous  bass and drumming that was out of sight.


 The drummer Alan Harding was front and centre and putting on a show.


 While  Yiannakoulias was hidden behind a giant glowing green pyramid  on the left side of the stage, Shea was hidden in the shadows on another glowing green pyramid on the opposite side of the stage.

Black Mastiff at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 20. Photo By Richard Amery


 Shea howled background vocals while Yiannakoulias sang lead, hitting  Josh Homme high notes.


 A mini mosh pit started early on on the set, but quickly dissipated, but fans happily danced and shook their heads.


 The sound was perfect, though loud. yYou could hear every note in every corner of the room.

 There wasn't much  dialogue with the audience, though Shea announced one of the closing numbers as a song abut   taking a rocket ship through space.

“Everywhere We Go Was a highlight.”

They ended with a couple slower songs that were very much Govt. Mulesque.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 November 2021 16:04 )

Country and much more all week long

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There is music every day of the week this week. The theme of the week is roots and country with a little bit of punk rock tossed into the mix.


The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra is back at Southminster United Church, Monday, Nov. 22 with Series 2 Hungarian Rhapsody featuring pianist Bradley Parker. They will be performing Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2;Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat and Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra. Tickets are $25-$75. The concert begins at Southminster United Church at 7:30 p.m.


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

Tuesday is unusually busy. As usual, Good Times has their weekly comedy open mic. But there are also some outstanding roots shows happening.


Saskatchewan folk/country troubadour Zachary Lucky returns to the Slice, Tuesday, Nov. 23.


 Surrey folk duo Ocie Elliott’s show at The Geomatic Attic’s main venue is sold out, Nov. 23.

 The Geomatic Attic has a busy week as Saskatchewan country duo Kacy and Clayton play the downtown venue on Friday, Nov 26 in support of their new record “Carrying On.” The show is at 8 p.m., with doors opening  at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.


 The Geomatic Attic also features Manitoba country roots musician Del Barber and his  band playing the main venue, Nov. 28. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.


 Also in the roots country milieu, the Mariel Buckley band returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Nov. 27. There is  a $10 cover charge.

 Wednesday is jazz night at the Watertower Grill and Thursday is the Slice’s  weekly open mic.


Whiskey Gap Country host Honkers Pubs’ Friday night open mic.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 November 2021 15:21 ) Read more...

Coda bring the ’50s to Honkers Pub

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Honkers Pub went ’50s  on Nov. 13.


Keyboardist Cory Rasmussen plays a kazoo solo with Coda Blues at Honkers Pub's ’50s sock hop, Nov. 13. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught the end of Honkers Pub’s ’50s Sock hop which started early with Rebel Angels, who I missed, but was in time for the last set from local blues rock band Coda.


Sheldon Shukaliak solos in a booth with Coda Blues at Honkers Pub's ’50s sock hop, Nov. 13. Photo by Richard Amery

 There were still a lot of of enthusiastic folks in their favourite ’50s finery, mostly looking like extras from Grease.



The band including lead guitarist Sheldon Shukaliak, keyboardist Cory Rasmussen front and centre on the stage, drummer Ben Lamb hidden behind everyone else and Rebel Angels bassist Rod Cahoon took turns singing lead vocals and playing kazoo solos where a saxophone would usually be on a variety of ’50s favourites.


But first as the show was about the close, they conducted a limbo contest to the tune of “Walking After Midnight.”


 But they had a whole lot of music to play including some Jerry Lee Lewis and, of course, Elvis Presley to play first and the dancers had a lot of  ’50s moves to show off too.


 Guitarist Sheldon  Shukaliak donned a mask and wandered into the audience to solo on one of the booths. 


 Ben Lamb belted out “Come on, Let’s Go” and “You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog,” from behind his kit.

Ben Lamb singing with Coda Blues at Honkers Pub's ’50s sock hop, Nov. 13. Photo by Richard Amery


 He also crooned out some ’50s pop.

 Shukaliak showed off his sensitive side on “Oh Donna.”

 “Oobie Doobie” was another highlight.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 November 2021 12:13 )

Zojo Black back to prime audience for new album

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Friday, Nov. 12 was  Zojo Black’s third CD release party in theory, but  even through their third CD hadn’t arrived always great to see the band which is pretty much a Lethbridge blues supergroup based around Paul Kype and Texas Flood band veterans.


Greg Gomola and Zojo Black at the Slice, Nov. 12. Photo by Richard Amery

 Zojo Black is  Greg Gomola’s funk tinged blues rock inspired, mostly original project.


He happily welcomed  Steve Keenan to play lead guitar and Paul Kype on bass with Brady Valgardson keeping the beat behind the skins. Kelsey Reichert  was in the middle of singing a couple songs with the band by the time I arrived.


 Most of the set was original music, mostly from their upcoming CD, though there were a few highlights from  his previous  record including their high powered cover of Deep Purple’s “Hush” and one of my favourite Zojo Black originals “ Modern Day Marilyn Monroe.”


It doesn’t get much better than listening to Keenan and Gomola trading guitar leads.

 If they had found another bassist and put Kype on guitar, we could have had a true triumvirate of Lethbridge guitar goodness. 


  They played a fantastic set as expected which had the full house of enthusiastic fans on their feet.

Greg Gomola jams with Zojo Black at the Slice, Nov. 12. Photo by Richard Amery

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 November 2021 11:37 )

Harpdog Brown joined by Charlie Jacobson to bring back the blues to Owl Acoustic Lounge

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Harpdog Brown may as well get a house here  as he plays here often enough.


Our music scene would be the richer for it. As it is, we’re blessed to have had Harpdog Brown and a top notch tier of talent playing Lethbridge for the third time in almost as as many months.


Harpdog Brow playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 12. Photo by Richard Amery

He played the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Nov. 12 with Charlie Jacobson supplying steady rhythm on drums while simultaneously playing tasteful guitar solos.


 During the set breaks, Harpdog Brown happily greeted  all of his old friends and fans by name  even remembering where he met most of them, even fans from years ago.


 The duo were as warmed up as the audience by the time they started their second set with a hot cover of “Big Boss Man,” during which  Harpdog Brown poured himself a drink and downed it without missing a note.


 The duo worked their way through a bundle of blues classics by the likes of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Elmore James and Howlin’ Wolf and a few Harpdog Brown originals.


Charlie Jacobson playing guitar and drums with Harpdog Brown playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 12. Photo by Richard Amery

The duo’s cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” was a highlight.

 Harpdog Browns original “Reefer Loving Woman,” was an original highlight, which featured a hit harp solo from Harpdog Brown and a tasteful guitar solo from Jacobson.

 The dancers were delighted to show off their best moves.

 And Harpdog was happy to provide the sound track as well as a few stories and a whole lot of blues.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 November 2021 11:20 )
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