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Fawns wind up Upside Downtown with upbeat original music

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Local alternative rock group Fawns finished the Allied Arts Council Upside Down town concert series, in Rotary Square outside Casa, Thursday, Sept. 9.



  All summer long, the Allied Arts Council has featured local musicians playing after work concerts from 5-7 p .m. every Thursday.


 it is such a wonderful, intimate location and with being blessed with beautiful weather all summer long, it’s surprising they haven’t done this a lot earlier.


 It’s always a a pleasure to  see Mercedes Fawns and Richard Charlton and company play.

 They released  an EP “Unsafe” last year during the first round of Covid 19 restrictions, so they played the three songs from that, introducing them as brand new songs.


 “Astraphobia” came near the end of the set and Fawns prefaced “Unsafe” with a long diatribe about inclusion and tolerance.

 They played an energetic  and tight set of original alternative rock with shades of Alanis Morissette, which the attentive audience really enjoyed.

 Fawns was really into her music, bouncing all over the stage and throwing every ounce of her endless energy into her vocals.

 Richard Charlton howled background vocals.


F awns alternated  between soinging and leaping around with playing some rhythm guitar. 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 15:14 )

Cancellations, comedy, country and Word on the Street This Week

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This week is all about blues and country music and plenty of comedy. So enjoy it while you can.

 Lethbridge College has officially cancelled Couleefest due to rising Covid cases.  It was originally supposed to happen, Saturday, Sept. 18. Uncovered’s  Sept. 18 show at Mojos Pub has also been cancelled due to Covid concerns.


Harpdog Brown returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

But the week’s fun begins now.

 Calgary punk band Quit It! formed last year during  the Covid shutdowns as an off shoot of Calgary Celtic-punks the River Jacks.

 They released their self titled EP, which they bring to the Owl Acoustic Lounge tonight, Sept. 13.

 MomBod Opens the show at 8 p.m.


Word on the Street returns with events throughout the week. Eric Dyck hosts a couple of panels.

 On Sept. 14, J Torres, David A Robertson and Gillian Goertz will be speaking  at a panel “Comics for the Young At Heart: Graphic Novels for kids and teens at the Lethbridge Public Library downtown at 7 p.m.

 Dyck moderates Cyclopedia Exotica with Aminder Dhaliwal at 7 p.m. Sept. 16.


 There are Word on the Street  activities on Sept. 17.

 In the morning, CVS Midwest Tapes Kids Program features Jill Heinerth, Kathy Stinson, Eric and Terry Fan, Kevin and Basil Sylvester, Michael Hutchinson, Marty Chan, and Karen Oheasant- Neganigwane.

In the afternoon, The Lethbridge Herald Teen program features, Ben Phillippe, Heather Smith, Sabina Khan, Louisa Onomé, Tanaz Bhathena, Adam Jerreat-Poole, June Hur and Tash McAdam.

 There will be lots of Word On The street activities Sept 18. Guy Delisle, Trevor Lui, Mary lawson, Bertrand  Bickersteth, Dallas Hunt, Nisha Patel, David A Robertson, Candas  Jane Dorsey, Robyn Harding, and Anna  Marie Sewell will be reading from their works and there will be live music.


Laughter and blues music is on the agenda for Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Good Times features their weekly comedy open mic at 7 p.m.

 And over at the Slice, Keith Woodrow will be hosting a blues jam from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 September 2021 14:11 ) Read more...

Frankenfest to get Creepy Hollows into Halloween spirit early

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Get into the Halloween spirit early at Creepy Hollows outside of Warner.


Eleven local bands play the first Frankenfest  beginning at 1 p.m.  and going until late.


“I’ve spent the last four years building  this new stage. It’s not quite done but this will be our first concert on it. It’s a pipe dream come true,” said Richard Reimer of Creepy Hollows, noting there are nine bands performing beginning with Chis Drew at 1 p.m. and ending with local Misfits tribute 138 at 12:45 a.m.

Local Misfits tribute 138 will wind up Frankenfest, Sept. 11. photo by Richard Amery

There will be two food trucks and a store for patrons to get things not available at the food trucks.

But there will be no beer gardens.


“ That’s something we’ll work on for next year.  We were on a tight deadline this year,” he continued, adding he is proud of the stage itself.


“It’s  32 feel long and 38 feet deep and a 12 foot ceiling, so there’s lots of room, he enthused, adding Creepy Hollows hopes to host live music three or four times a year. He plans to make Frankenfest an annual event.

“That’s the plan,” he said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 September 2021 12:26 ) Read more...

B.A. Johnston brings the laughs back to Lethbridge

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In a world that seems like it’s going to hell in a handbasket more every day, we need a little more B.A Johnston.



 The Hamilton based musician and funnyman returned  to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 7 for an enthusiastic and mostly masked Tuesday night crowd.


 He pretty much plays the same show every time including cracking the same self deprecating jokes and jokes about Medicine Hat to open his set.  


“This is going to be the longest 40 minutes of your life,” he cackled.

B.A. Johnston is a guaranteed good time, especially now, when people really need a laugh, even if you have seen it before.


 It is always a hoot to see him strip off identical sweatshirts and see him jumping off chairs wielding a baton, until he was shirtless and only wearing spandex with ’80s bulge.

 His manic energy was contageous as he dashed around the room like a crazed clurichaun.


 He had the audiences singing along with old favourites  “GST Cheques (Give Me Some Treats)” and  “Deep Fryer in my Bedroom,” and had people grinning with new favourites like “ We’re All Going to Jail (Except for Pete, He’s Gonna Die) about seeing Van Halen while on drugs.


 He played a couple from that CD “ The Skid is Hot Tonight.” I thought I recognized “ I Miss ’90s Hash.”


As usual he cursed his keyboard while trying to play it with his nose on another song.


He also played an older one I didn’t know called “Old And Lame” and another from “Shit Sucks,” the same 2015 album “I Don’t Want to Go To The No Frills” which was one of several of his food themed favourites which he blasted out including crowd Ha Favourite “How Many T Bone Steaks Can I Fit in my Pants.”

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2021 15:03 ) Read more...

King Bull blend the Who and the Strokes for fun night of rock and roll

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With alcohol sales now having to cease by 10 p.m., shows are starting to start early.


King Bull returned to the Slice, Sept. 4. Photo by Richard Amery

 So I only caught the very end of Red Deer rockers King Bull’s set at the Slice, Saturday, Sept. 4.


 They were all dressed in leather jackets and sunglasses, doing their best Strokes impression.


 They played upbeat, energetic rock and roll garage rock and punk music. They had a lot of energy and adenoidal vocals.


 They were called back for an encore of an intense, super fast version of the Who’s “Baba O’ Riley.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2021 14:30 )
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