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Jazz music and more winds up May

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This is the week for jazz music.

 The Lethbridge Jazz and blues Society brought the Sweet Inspiration Gospel choir to Southminster United Church,  Tuesday, May 28.

 But there is more jazz on the way.


Papa King and the Boogiemen return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, May 31.Photo by Richard Amery

James Oldenburg and Paul Holden return to the Watertower Grill for their weekly jazz night on Wednesday.

 They will also be hosting  the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s monthly jazz jam as part of HBO3  on Thursday, May 30.

 The Slice’s weekly open mic is tonight, Wednesday, May  29.

 Gabe Thaine hosts  theoretically Brewing’s weekly jam for Hunger on Thursday.


The Slice turns  things up on Thursday with a great punk rock show featuring Saskatoon’s D Beat  band Krash, Saskatoon based hardcore band Repair, Medicine hat hardcore band Western Death and local favourites the Hockey Moms. The music starts at 9  p.m. There is a $15 cover.

Lunch Date returns to Honkers Pub on Friday, May 31.


 Cal Toth and Anna McBryan bring back their duelling pianos show to Honkers Pub on Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door . The show begins at 7 p.m.


Suzanne Scott and the Dusty Roads band  return to Casino Lethbridge to rock the stage country style Friday and Saturday.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 May 2024 12:00 ) Read more...

Allen Dobb and John Gogo set to play Lethbridge To finish Folk Club season

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Allen Dobb and  John Gogo are excited to be on the road again when they visit the Lethbridge Folk Club to close off the season at the Moose Hall, Saturday, May 25.


Allen Dobb and John Gogo play the lethbridge Folk Club on Saturday. Photo by Rob Jirucha

It has been a while since the two B.C based musicians have played together, so they are excited.


 Both have new long awaited new albums out this year.


 Allen Dobb released his first album, “ Alone Together”  in eight years in February.

 While John Gogo has a new album out in July. The second single “Tom Three Persons (Indian Cowboy)” The single is already picking up steam and momentum.

“I recorded a live interview with CKUA this morning. And  I got invited to playing at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame on Friday,” Gogo said, navigating traffic in Edmonton  en route to a show.


“ So we kind of built the tour around that. It was a serendipitous excuse to play seven shows in seven days,” he said. 


“ Tom was really interesting. He died in 1948, but I reached out to  his grandson. He has a really interesting story. He was the first Canadian cowboy to win at the inaugural  Calgary Stampede in  1912,” Gogo said.

Dobb noted he will be playing the grain elevator in Nanton, while Gogo is playing the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for Tom Three Persons’ induction ceremony on Friday, May 24.

“His grandson Sheldon will be there,” Gogo said.


“It’s a  little bit out of my jurisdiction, being from Alberta. I usually write about stories and people in western Canada and B.C. ,” said Gogo who lives on Promise Island, off the coast of Nanaimo.

 Dobb is excited about his first album in eight years. He put music on the back-burner to focus on his career as  a land and resource manager consulting with farmers and First Nations about  how to make the most out of their land.


“ I never stopped writing. I’m always recording melodies into my phone  I just started  to write songs and record them. I was excited to work with my brother David to record it. A lot of people were pushing me to record them,” said Dobb, who live in  the Victoria area.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 22:57 ) Read more...

Chris Drew, Joel Stretch and Carter Felker share stories and songs

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Talented local songwriters Chris Drew and Joel Stretch joined Calgary songwriter Carter Felker for an intimate  set of  music played in a songwriter in the round at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, May 17.

Carter Felker and Joel Stretch playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 17. Photo by Richard Amery


 Stretch and Drew strummed tender melodies and opted to play heartfelt ballads on their acoustic guitars while Carter Felker played some fantastic fingerpicked licks on his Telecaster and went with his more  quirky, earthy story songs.


Each of the three musicians  took turns  playing their own songs.


Carter Felker played several songs from his most recent CD “ Even The Happy Ones are sad,” but also played a new song including a highlight about “bullshitters” including a variety of well know blue collar adages.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 13:17 )

Tyrants of Chaos try new material and tributes to New Wave of British Heavy Metal

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 Tyrants of Chaos brought the metal to the Slice, Friday, May 17.


They still had their Tyrant of priest Decal on  Ryan Dyck’s drum kit from the ’80s weekend, a few months ago, so dove into  New Wave of British Heavy Metal  era covers including Iced Earth’s “ Burning Times”  , Anthrax’s “ Evil Bitch”  and of course several  Judas Priest deep cuts “Jawbreaker” and “Painkiller,” before switching to lower tuned guitars for  their originals. 


Erik Wagner  of Tyrants of Chaos playing the Slice, may 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 Frontman Phil Sirias showed his powerful pipes were perfectly suited for playing Priest and music from that era.


Bassist Sean Simpson locked in with drummer Ryan Dyck. Arik Wagner and Curtiss Vaselenak showed off some twin guitar pyrotechnics, harmonized guitar and riffs and Wagner  knocked off some two handed tapping on a newer song he wrote. as part of first two songs of a new trilogy they’re writing.


 They were hitting their stride about the same time the Terminator strobe lights were blinding me on  hot tracks from their most Recent CD “Relentless Thirst For Power,” including a few of my favourites “ Indoctri-Nation,” and crowd favourite “Slay the Hostages” and “Nightmare Machine” and older songs “Chaos Train.”


 I caught the last song of Saskatoon punk rock band 66 Aces. The lead guitarist had a wireless mic and jumping all over the stage playing snarling punk rock music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 13:11 )

Major Love bring a major good time to return to Lethbridge

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Major Love exuded major good vibes as they usually do, during their long awaited return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, May 18. If the modern music industry had any sense, or taste, they would be all over Major Love.

 Lead singer Colleen Brown beamed as she strummed her guitar and added extra keyboards. She sang in a compelling voice reminiscent of one of her major influences Heart and more contemporary folk pop bands like Florence and the Machine.


Colleen Brown of Major Love at the Owl Acoustic lounge, May 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 She asked the crowd if they were fans of the band Heart and if they were going to see them in Edmonton. She observed sometimes they play a Heart song but weren’t going to that night, though the Heart influence was apparent, especially in Brown’s voice.


 Instead they began their set with “classic Major Love” from 2018” which had most of the crowd singing along with Brown’s addictive melodies on a couple crowd favourites like ‘ Better With You In It’ and ‘So Good’ which was definitely better than so good.


 Her backing band of Scenic Route to  Alaska guitarist/ vocalist Trevor Mann, drummer/vocalist Shea Connor and bassist Murray Wood added stunning harmonies and took a the audience on a spiky journey of spiky punk tinged pop like  “Making the Most of it” to mournful ballads, mostly from the bands latest album “Love, Laugh, Major Love.”


 The ageless Colleen Brown sang about aging and being a woman in the music business on songs like  “ Same Girl,” The band  played one of me favourites “One Woman,”  about community.


It featured the stunning background vocals of Scenic Route To Alaska and had most of the crowd dancing together in a circle  in front of the stage.


 Multi-instrumentalist Colleen Brown switched to keyboards for a couple slower songs then switched back to her guitar.

 Her band sang a lot of choral style background harmonies throughout.

They wound up a solid set with “Mountain Standard Time which was reminiscent of Hollerado.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 13:03 )
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