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Shaela Miller has big time at Big Hair Small City CD release party

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  I only caught the second set of Shaela Miller and her band’s set for their “Big Hair Small City” Cd release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Oct. 2.

 I caught a quick Brandy Cox drag set before Shaela Miller began her second set.


Shaela and drag  performers Chrissy Cox and Brandi Jayne danced together as a recording of one of her songs  played.

Shaela Miller and special guest Vissia at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, oct. 2. photo by Richard Amery


 The band began their second set by going old school with crowd favourite “Station.”


 As usual, the band, drummer / singer Tyler Bird, lead guitarist Taylor Ackerman, Skinny Dyck on steel guitar and Paul Holden holding down the bottom end  on bass played a solid set of vintage Miller. They've been playing together for a long time , so they were a s tight as usual, providing plenty of twang and sighing steel guitar.


 Edmonton musician Alex Vissia joined the band to add extra background vocals, tambourine and some sweet dance moves which fit right in.


 Most of the audience joined them in front of the stage, showing a few moves of their own.


 I must have missed most of the new material.


Drag performances were a part of Shaela Miller’s Cd Release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 2. photo by Richard Amery

 But the classic Shaela Miller stood out. They played all the favourites including “Half Way in Love” as well as a couple classic country covers. Most of the set was pretty mellow, which made it perfect for slow dancing, which the audience gladly did.


 She picked up the tempo to wind up her set with another Shaela Miller classic “ Vicious Bitches,” picked things up a bit more with “Cheating and Lying” and ended her show with  an apt cover of “Thanks A Lot.”


 The audience called the band back for one last encore before calling it a night.

 The sold out show raised $2,500 for local organization   Aakah'kohsiiksi (Those Who have Many Children, a local organization which helps  indigenous women, families and marginalized people such as sex workers.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2021 14:40 )

Citizen Rage make red hot return to Lethbridge

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Citizen Rage made a long awaited return to the Slice, Friday, Oct. 1. But I had  to wait until well past midnight to see them. I arrived in the middle of a rare  full band Scallywags performance.

Citizen Rage at the Slice, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery

 The local punk rock band played a loose yet tight set of mostly original punk rock music mostly about drinking.


 They had plenty of gang vocals and shout along choruses. I couldn’t understand any of the lyric, but appreciated their energy

 They are alway a lot of fun.


 Berserker  were up next with their usual set of ’90s inspired alternative rock and screamo music with elements of The Foo Fighters and Rage Against the Machine.

They added a few new songs as well including one called “Berserker hates the kids.”. As always, Jon

The Scallywags at the Slice, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery

 Vornbrock bellowed out the vocals from the shadows on the side of the stage.


Calgary’s Citizen Rage showed everyone how it was supposed to be done, playing an incendiary set of hardcore punk.


They were incredibly tight, they  opened with “I Will Fucking Kill You” from their most recent Ep “Black.”

Frontman Mark Russell jumped all over the stage, bellowing out the lyrics while the band added furious drum, bass and guitar attacks.


During the brief stops between songs, Russell asked the audience members to hug the person next to them.


They had plenty of snarling guitars and lots of gang vocals.

They played songs  from all of their EPS  of which “Struggle ” was a highlight .

 They played  aa couple of new songs including “Watch What You Say”  and “ Back in Time”  to appear on their upcoming full length debut Cd.

“ Twitch” from the “Black” Ep was another highlight as they wound up a short, swift and loud set of heartfelt hardcore punk music.


They ended with “What’s it To You.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2021 14:11 )

Lots of laughter for Thanksgiving week

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There is a lot to be thankful for this week for Thanksgiving weekend. Surprise, surprise, it is another busy week for entertainment  and today, when everybody needs a laugh more than ever, comedy is on the agenda throughout the week.


Everything begins tonight at Honker’s Pub with Celtic Routes helping celeb

Paul Keenan is joining The Steve Keenan band for their CD release party at the Slice, Oct. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

rate Alexander Keiths’ birthday. Tickets including a lobster dinner were $39.99. But if you just want to have a Keiths or other beverage, there is a $10 cover with entry is at 7 p.m.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has their weekly open mic tonight, Tuesday,  Oct. 5.  Gabe Thaine hosts a last minute jam at the Slice tonight at 7 p.m.

And Good Times hosts their usual weekly comedy open mic tonight at 8 p.m..


The Owl  Acoustic Lounge has their monthly comedy open mic on Wednesday, Oct. 6.


Speaking of comedy The Canadian Brewhouse has  a new comedy open mic on Thursday nights.

Good Times brings back Brian Stollery, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are  $15 for the shows, which begin at 8 p.m. each night.

 And Drunk Improv returns to Didi’s Playhaus on Saturday, Oct. 8 featuring  Jay Whitehead, Erica Barr, Katie Fellger, Mark Ogle, Jonathan Kirsch and Jordyn Nixon plus accompanist Cole Olson. Tickets must be purchased in advance online

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2021 08:31 ) Read more...

Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra launches new season at Casa with Intimus I

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The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra is excited to celebrate their sixtieth anniversary albeit a year late due to Covid.

Illiana Matos. Photo courtesy of Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra


The first performance is tonight at 7:30 p.m. where  Casa hosts Intimus 1 Revolutions featuring classical guitarist Illiana Matos and the Musaeus String Quartet. They will be performing  Debussy’s  String Quartet in G Minor and Turina’s “The Bullfighter’s Prayer for String Quartet” and  Brouwer’s “Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet.” All Intimus concerts are $35.


 Musaeus will be featured at all of the Intimus shows.

“ Tonight is really our soft opening where our audiences can get used to being able to see classical music again and our musicians can get used to playing together again,” said Ross Jacobs, Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra president, noting the first performance of the season is Oct. 18 at the Symphony’s usual home base, Southminster United Church. Series 1— Striking Rhythms features special guests Adam Mason playing Marimba.


“It’s an opportunity to remind the public that we’re still here,” Jacobs said, noting tickets are reasonably priced ranging from $25-$75, but there are special discounted tickets for students.


“Even though this is our sixty-first year, we were supposed to celebrate our sixtieth anniversary last year, but had to cancel because of Covid,” Jacobs continued.

“The Symphony is especially important for for kids playing music in school. Professional musicians are here for them to look up to and the Symphony gives them a place to perform when they graduate,” he continued.


The Lethbridge Symphony is adhering to Covid protocols, so patrons must show proof of vaccination and wear masks during the concert.

 And they are operating a reduced capacity to allow for proper social distancing between seats.


Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 October 2021 14:58 ) Read more...

West Of the Forth bring Western spirit to the Slice

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West of the Forth played an enjoyable show of classic country at the Slice for an intimate audience, Sept. 25.


Connor Adams and Don Kinahan aka West of the Forth playing the Slice, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught West of the Forth between sets, but Richard Inman filled the void with a few originals while they took a break.


West of the Forth aka Connor Adams and Don Kinahan played a laid back set of classic country at the Slice, Saturday, Sept. 25.


The duo had very complementary voices, harmonizing beautifully together accompanying each other with plenty of pretty guitar picking.


 They played some Ian Tyson , Roger Miller’s King of the Road and Waylon Jennings’ “Luckenbach, Texas.” 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2021 16:04 )
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