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GreenWing break out ’90s style power pop at the Owl

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Saskatoon band GreenWing brought new music, new band members and the spirit of  Weezer to the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s diml lit stage, Friday, March 24.


While I missed Alec Arms ’ opening set and couldn’t  stick around for Fawns’s closing set, I caught a hot set from GreenWing.


 They played a solid set of ’90s inspired power pop and indie rock, which  referenced everything from the Pixies  to Wheatus and Fountains of Wayne plus a whole lot of 

GreenWing playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 24. Photo by Richard Amery



 They introduced new band members and some new music  full of  catchy power chords and riffs.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 March 2023 16:42 )

Peter and the Wolves get people moving at the Slice

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After a Calgary run, a Peter and the Wolves show was just what I needed.


 As expected the Slice was packed for Peter and the Wolves’ March 24 show.

Peter and the Wolves playing the Slice, March 24. Photo by Richard Amery

 Frontman Peter Cormier was playing guitar as I arrived with Meg Thomson adding extra rhythm guitar and a new bassist on the upright bass.

 The dance floor was full of people showing off their favourite ’50s dance moves.


 Meg Thomson sang lead on a couple of songs including a cool version of classic country hit “ Thanks A Lot,” giving Cormier a bit of a vocal break and switched to saxophone as Cormier took a seat behind the piano to tap into the spirit of Jerry Lee Lewis.


 They were playing a lot more country than usual, but  the show ended up being a nice slice of the 1950s including classic country, lots of rock and roll and ’50s pop music plus Peter and The Wolves ’50s style originals.


They ended their second set with one of my favourite Peter and the Wolves originals “ Wolfman Rock.”


 Peter and the Wolves have a busy week in Lethbridge. They were at the German Canadian Club for the Geomatic Attic, March 30 and will be playing a special Red Tie Gala at the Coast Hotel on Saturday, April 1 for the United Way. Tickets for the show incuding dinner and the presentation of awards for individuals and community organizations are $150.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 March 2023 16:33 )

MonkeyJunk break out the funk for the Geomatic Attic

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The German Canadian Club was packed to the rafters literally for the Geomatic Attic’s Rockabilly and blues and dance party, Thursday, March 30 featuring Peter and the Wolves and MonkeyJunk.


 The show, which began at 8 p.m. was well underway by the time I arrived so I missed another great  Peter and the Wolves show, I caught them on March 24.

 But I was in time for MonkeyJunk to launch into “Time To Roll,” the title track off their last album.


MonkeyJunk playing  the German Canadian Club, March 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 Every chair on the floor as we well as every foot of the dance floor was occupied as were most of the seats in the balcony.

The  Ottawa trio including baritone guitarist/ harp player and singer Steve Marriner, lead guitarist Tony D and drummer Matt Sobb are always a good time and this show was no exception.


 They had 15 years of music to draw from as they are touring in celebration of their  15th anniversary. They were mostly playing older material.


But they played their  brand new single “ Shotgun Love” came early in the set. it  is a blustering  blues rocker, which recalls the funky riff of Living Color’s “ Cult of Personality.”


 They added a tasty, funky sauce and a dash of R and B to a triple helping of the blues, which had the dance floor seething with energy.


They went back to their 2015  album “Moon Turn Red for  “ Small Town Evil” and “ Show Me Yours,” which brought the funk to the forefront.


Marriner belted out powerful tenor vocals. Tony D supplied searing slide guitar solos and Matt Sobb set down an unstoppable groove.


 They turned blues classic “Tiger in Your Tank,” on its head, and from their  2014 album of the same name“ Small Time Evil.”


 They played a lot of hot, heavy, sweaty and funky riffs  guaranteed to get the crowd moving.


They wound down their show with solo spots. After Marriner shone with a harp solo and Tony D showed his favourite slide guitar chops, they segued into a hot cover of Big Sugar’s “Digging a Hole.”


Around 10:30 p.m. They wound up their set with “Light it Up” from their 2015 “ Moon Turn Red” album.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 March 2023 15:49 )

Lots of laughter and country bring in April

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March is ending with a roar and that’s no joke,  with April Fool’s Day on the horizon there is plenty of entertainment happening.

Peter and the Wolves have two Lethbridge shows this week. photo by RichardAmery

Start the week tonight, Monday, March  27  at Mojos where Luke James Bruce is hosting an open mic.


 The Lethbridge A And District Music and speech Arts Festival winds up with  performances all week and the Stars of the Festival concert, April 1 at 2 p.m. at Southminster United Church.


 Music at Noon continues in University Theatre on Tuesday, with Megumi Masaki and Keith Hamel performing at 12:15 p.m.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic is on Tuesday.


 Paul Holden and James Oldenburg return to the Water Tower Grill  to play some jazz music  beginning at 6 p.m.

 The Slice’s weekly open mic is Wednesday.

 Gabe Thaine hosts an open mic at Theoretically Brewing on Thursdays beginning tab 6:30 p.m.


 Get ready to dance at the German Canadian Club on Thursday, March 30 as the Geomatic Attic hosts a  blues and rockabilly dance party with rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves and blues rock trio MonkeyJunk. Tickets are $50. The show begins at 8 p.m.


 Peter and the Wolves have had a busy week in Lethbridge as they were also at the Slice, on Friday. They also play the Red Tie gala at the Coast Hotel on April 1 for the United Way which recognizes the dedication and hard work and spirit  of individuals in Lethbridge.

 Tickets are $150 for dinner, the ceremony and the show. Things begin at 5 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and then the music.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 March 2023 07:43 ) Read more...

Suite 33 help raise money for Sandy Cooper

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Suite 33 settled in for a night of rock and roll for a good cause, Saturday, March 18 at Honkers Pub for  Sandy Cooper, a young man who was seriously injured in a bronc riding accident.

Suite 33 playing the Sandy Cooper fundraiser at Honkers Pub, March 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 The audience had started to trickle out by the time I  arrived.


Keyboardist / vocalist Nicole Freeman traded lead vocals with  Lizette Lynch  as Doug Freeman held down the bottom end on bass Barandon McPherson held down the rhythm  They had a new guitarist who was lost in the shadows.


 I caught  the last couple songs from Suite 33 including  Mama let Him Play,” and the show ending “

I Love Rock and Roll.”

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 March 2023 07:47 )
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