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Plenty of entertainment for all tastes this week

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It’s another busy week with a variety of live entertainment happening. There really is something for everyone this week.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge especially has something for everyone this week.

Shaela Miller's  CD release for Big Hair Small City is at the Owl Acoustic Lounge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 As always, the week begins with open mics. The Owl Acoustic Lounge‘s open mic is tonight, Sept. 28 beginning at around 8 p.m.


The Slice has an open mic on Thursday instead of Australian born bluesman Michael Charles, who was originally scheduled to perform.


Jolene Draper hosts the open mic at Honkers Pub on Friday, Oct. 1 beginning at 8 p.m. And Whiskey Gap Country host Honkers Pub’s  Saturday afternoon jam beginning at 4 p.m., Oct. 2.

Thursday is rap night at the Owl Acoustic Lounge as they host Arts Marvels’ Rap it Up hip Hop Bash.


The night begins at 5 p.m. followed by a live performance from the New Testaments, who play a variety of contemporary pop, hip hop and R and b hits at 5:30 p.m. Rap battles begin at 6:30 p.m., trivia at 8 p.m. and final rap battles at 8:15. Open freestyle rap and dance floor is at 9:15 p.m.. admission is free, though you must register to compete.


 The big show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge is Shaela Miller’s CD release party for her new CD “Big Hair Small City.”


 The party begins at 8 p.m. with drag performances by Crissy Cox and Brandi Jayne followed by the Shaela Miller Band. Tickets are $20.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 September 2021 15:03 ) Read more...

Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds play vintage country at Slice

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The Slice was quiet on Friday, Sept. 17 for a hot performance by Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds.


Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds at the  Slice, Sept. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Red Hot hayseed had a red hot vintage classic country sound, in part to ’40s sounding background vocalists Dayna Lyn Moritz and the multi-talented Sydney  Zadravec who also added extra guitar while frontman Tyler Allen played pedal steel guitar for a couple songs.


Sweet clarinet playing from Cedric Blary added to the band’s vintage western swing sound.


Drummer Eric Allen and Keith Rodger held down the bottom end on upright bass.


 They played familiar  western swing music and a Patsy Cline deep cut, but also added a few  songs from their new EP including “ Ain’t No Cowpoke.”


“ I Don’t Want a Second Hand Romance was a highlight as was an upbeat cover of Hank Williams’  “ Rolypoly.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 September 2021 13:00 )

Papa King welcomes all star cast of Harpdog Brown and Morgan Davis to jam on the blues

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 It was all about the blues at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, with an all star slate of performers, Friday, Sept. 17.


Morgan Davis playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 I arrived as Nova Scotia based  bluesman Morgan Davis was winding up a solo set, before Papa King, harp player Harpdog Brown, keyboardist Bruce MacKay and bassist Doug Freeman joined him for the rest of the show. 


 The show focussed on jams on classic blues tracks like “Baby Please Don’t Go,” which allowed the all star cast of players to shine and solo.


 Morgan Davis added tasteful  guitar solos while King growled out lead vocals and stomped out the rhythm.


 Harpdog Brown sang lead vocals when needed, but mostly added tasteful harp solos.


 MacKay blasted out a great piano solo on blues classic “Spoonful.”

Everybody got to solo on “Nine Below Zero.”


 A couple  of the highlights  of the  second set were “My Babe” and my favourite Papa King original“ Busy Boy Blues, which I was just in time for having returned from the Red Hot Hayseeds at the Slice.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 September 2021 12:48 )

Sean Burns brings classic country and trucking songs back to Casino Lethbridge

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Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns made a long awaited return to Lethbridge to play a two day date at Casino Lethbridge, Sept. 17 and 18. I caught their first set on Sept. 17.

Sean Burns returned to Casino Lethbridge, Sept. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 Grant Siemens played hot, twanging lead guitar, while Ryan “Skinny” Dyck added sighing steel guitar. Paul Holden and Tyler Bird held down the rhythm on bass and drums  respectively.

As usual, classic country music was the order of the night.


 Early on in Friday’s show, Burns dedicated “ Your Cheating Heart,” to Hank Williams in honour of Williams’  birthday.


They played plenty of classic country including Texas troubadour Ernest Tubb’s “ Drivin’ Nails in my Coffin.” which had the dance floor full of two-steppers and trucking songs like “ Freightliner Fever.”

 They also plays Porter Wagoner’s Carroll Country Accident, Some Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and even added Elvis Presley’s “ Little Sister,” for a little classic rock and roll, and allowed Siemens to take the spotlight.


Burns told a few brief stories about the songs, but mostly concentrated on keeping the dance floor full with upbeat, twangy, classic country music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 September 2021 12:33 )

Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival (LEMF) returns to Galt Gardens this weekend

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After a year -long hiatus due to Covid 19, the ninth annual LEMF (Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival) is set to get you dancing all day long in Galt Gardens, Saturday, Sept. 25.


The free, family, friendly event features a Kidzone with a bouncy castle, beer gardens and a “chill tent” called the T Bird Lounge which is a tribute to Tanner Dietrich, who passed away last year, featuring her artwork. The Lethbridge Handmade Market will provide vendors.


David Fritz aka Marty Funkhauser is excited to bring LEMF back to Galt Gardens, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery

 LEMF, which began with one stage back in 2012 and expanded to three stages, before they were forced to cancel last year’s event, is back to two stages this year featuring 26 DJs, mostly from Alberta.


Toronto Skratch Bastid and Saskatoon’s The Gaff headlines the Zodiac Stage at 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. respectively. Calgary’s Woofax headlines the Luminosity stage in between those two from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.. The rest of the line-up is from Alberta. J DJ Funkhauser will be on at 1 p.m.

 The other performers are on stage for an hour. 


“The Zodiac stage is more house music and the Luminosity stage is more bass,” noted Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival president David Fritz, who is also on the bill as his alter-ego Marty Funkhauser.

He is excited to have watched the festival grow, and, more importantly, to have the festival back this year.


“Usually we’re in August, but we had to cancel last year. This year it‘s been moved up to September, which we may continue to do because the students are back at university,” Fritz said, noting most of the line-up originally scheduled to perform last year, will be performing this year.


“We kept all the contracts,” he said, adding he is also excited that the festival has a local flavour.


“We wanted to keep travel down plus, there is so much talent here that deserves to be supported,” he said. 

He is excited to welcome Skratch Bastid  back to Lethbridge.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 September 2021 16:44 ) Read more...
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