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September starts with a bang

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It’s the long weekend, but thanks to all of the great music, art and drama happening this week, you can start celebrating Labour Day early.
A couple big festivals mark the weekend. The “In the Shadow of the Bridge festival”  dominates Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Numerous local acts beginning with  the LCI Jazz band  at 10:45  will be playing next to Fort Whoop Up.
 Other popular acts include  the Hungarian Trio, Leon Barr, Joshua Fritz and Bridgett Yarwood, plus David Renter, the Ammena  Dance company, Leah Sadler and O’ Reely. Dave McCann and the Firehearts are also on the bill as well as the Lethbridge Fire Spinners, Hippodrome and Soup of Flies who wind things up at 10:15. After that, The Slice is hosting an after party with several local acts including Treeline, the Shaela Miller Threesome, Planet Telex, the Skilletlikkers and the New Weather Machine.
But things start early this week with the Dave Renter quartet hosting the Slice’s open mic tonight (Sept. 1). The next day, Sept. 2 the Slice welcomes East Coast Music Award winning folk/ country singer Christina Martin and East Coast Music Award nominee  Steven Bowers.
And Beija Flor returns to Lethbridge to play Henotic,  Sept. 4, which is also the day local classic rockers the Chevelles open up a new pub called Squeaky’s, located where O’Riley’s used to be at 411 3rd Ave South.
Popular pop/rock singer Ben Brown begins a regular Thursday night gig at Ric’s gig this week as well.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 September 2009 14:12 )

JPS trio jams up a storm

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Lethbridge finally got a visit from The JPS Trio, Aug. 29 at Henotic, including John Paul Smith best known for playing with punk-new wave band Sleeping With Tuesday,” who joined forces with Lethbridge drummer Kyle Harmon and multi-instrumentalist Dino Scavo.
“My other band, Sleeping With Tuesday is still a band, but they don’t really tour. We tour all over Western Canada. And we’re more diverse,” Smith said, whose band, which combines everything from jazz, reggae, funk and punk,  will be playing this coming Friday at the Bigwood music festival, which will be taking place at the end of the Research Station Road featuring several acts including the Skilletlikkers, Treeline, The Phantom Creeps and the Dirti Speshuls plus Randy Shaver. The music begins at 4 p.m., admission is a $10 donation.


Phantom Creeps debut new CD

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Though they have been together for less than a year, Lethbridge psychobilly trio the Phantom Creeps have come a long way. They have done 30 shows all over western Canada but most notably, the Phantom Creeps introduced their new CD to henotic,Aug. 25. Photo by Richard Amerydrummer  Dean Wilson is excited about the Phantom Creeps’ new self titled CD.

“It’s a mixture of  rockabilly, psychobilly and punk,” Wilson said of the 11 track CD which is all original material except a cover of  “Bright Side” from  a little known American band called Those Poor Bastards.

“Tyler (Brownfield, stand up bassist/singer)  and I just finished the tracking in our top secret  practice facility and took it down to Crossroads Studio for mastering,” Wilson said adding they welcomed new guitarist, Jon Vornbrock who plays with local alternative rock act, the Void, shortly after the recording was completed as they parted ways with their original guitarist, Evan Herbst, who plays on the CD.
“We knew Jon through friends from the Void and Atrophy Manuscript and wanted to play with him. So it just took one phone call and we had a guitar player,” Wilson said adding the band is pleased with the CD.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 December 2011 10:49 ) Read more...

Hardtails set the night on fire at Henotic

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The Hardtails set the night on fire. Photo by Richard AmeryIt is ironic when a fire hall gets set on fire almost literally as it did Friday,  Aug. 28 thanks to an incendiary show at Henotic with the Phantom Creeps and Calgary rockabilly trio the Hardtails on the main level, as well as  a farewell party for Jeremy Floyd Cowpar with the Void and Smoke Stack Jacks upstairs in the GCBC  Lounge.
 I was jumping between gigs upstairs, downstairs and across town at the Slice for Twilight Hotel and Scott Nolan, as per usual, but had almost perfect timing as I caught most of Scott Nolan’s  set of rough edged acoustic blues, coupled with harmonica and a little help from his friends in Twilight Hotel — Dave Quanbury and Brandy Zdan who lent their voices and slide guitar to the last couple songs of his set. Nolan returned the favour later on, lending his hand on drums  during  Twilight Hotel’s set along with Tyler Bird who contributed some stand up bass.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 August 2009 02:22 ) Read more...

Hot Sunday at Henotic

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One of the hottest and possibly the loudest shows of the year happened Sunday, Aug. 23 in the GCBC Lounge.
Vancouver’s Peace, a late addition to a hot bill featuring the Hot Blood Bombers and Hot Live Guys as well as the Myelin Sheaths began with an aural assault of thunderous drumming and cool basslines.
 Then, the aptly named Hot Live Guys tore it up as expected, deafening the audience in the process with a tight set which because of the volume  made one song difficult to distinguish from each other. But there was solid musicianship beneath layers of shrieking feedback which recalled the likes of everyone from C’mon to Led Zeppelin with a touch of the Smalls and Black Sabbath.  The Winnipeg  foursome made a  kinetic connection with the crowd bouncing along with them. The lead guitarist writhed and rolled all over the floor while the singer howled into the mic fighting with a constantly breaking guitar strap.  Note to self— next time The Hot Live Guys play— bring a good pair of earplugs.
The Hot Blood Bombers were next, keeping the spirit of garage rock and roll alive. The Regina power trio displayed some impressive bassmanship, a lot of energy, volume and a classic rock sound reminiscent of Blue Cheer and the MC5  with a touch of Motorhead and a lot of  the New York Dolls.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor 
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