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Hippodrome a highlight of second last Arts in the park

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The weather was beautiful for the second last Arts in the park presentation, which was in Nicholas Sheran park, Sept. 4 and 5.

 The Sept. 4 show was all about having fun in the sun.

Hippodrome trombonist Sarah Marie Burger at Arts in the Park, Sept. 4. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught a few songs from Celtic Routes, who played a great version of “Heave Away” as well as several other traditional Irish and Scottish ballads.


 Bryan Bradfield was in a Leo Kottke and John Fahey mood, as he played his dobro and told a few stories behind the music.


The big attraction was Hippodrome, who were hoping people would “Dance to the Music.”


 But it was too hot to dance.

 The band, sans Juran Greene, who had another comittment, smiled their way through a variety of R and B and disco hits from the ’60s and ’70s.


 The band got to show their chops while Erica Hunt and Karen Romolliwa took turns singing lead vocals.


“Standing on Shaky Ground” and “Hold On I’m Coming” were immediate highlights.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2021 14:21 ) Read more...

Lo fi fun at Owl with Slut Prophet and Body Lens

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 It’s nice to have the Owl and Slice so close together, to run between both in between set breaks.

Slut Prophet at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 3. Photo by Richard Amery

Calgary’s Slut Prophet returned to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Sept. 3.


 They played upbeat, lo fi raw garage rock. They also added an energetic cover of the Kinks’ “All Day and All of the Night.”


They also tried out a couple new songs on a receptive audience. The Lead singer asked the audience to  let her know what they thought of the new songs she switched back to keyboard from guitar.


 I missed most of Body Lens’ set because the changeover was faster than I expected.


Their last two songs were played experimental, intense more ’80s new wave, groove inspired indie rock which

echoed Devo.


Body Lens at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 3. Photo by Richard Amery

Rhinestone NDN, or Dan Auger of Calgary noise rockers Dri Hiev op

ened the set with electronica music.

He crouched over his synthesizer, squeezing out

 weird sounds and pulsating bass lines.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2021 14:02 )

Balrogath highlight hard rocking show at Slice

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The Slice went metal on Friday, Sept. 3.

Balrogath at the Slice, Sept. 3. Photo by Richard Amery

 I arrived in time for the end of a hot set by Eons of Earth.

They had a strong New Wave of British Heavy metal  sound mixed with death metal. So there were elements of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest as well as Ozzy Osbourne, so there were plenty of ’80s riffs and scorching guitar solos.

They featured plenty of sizzling guitar work.


 Calgary metal band Balgrogath played an eardrum bludgingly beautiful show.

 They were dressed as medieval druids with black cloaks and haunting dark make up, hiding in the shadows of the stage. they had more of an Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath feel.

 They mixed an ominous bass with big, sludgy riffs and piecing vocals, for a gothic rock feel.

 Their set was intense, tight and loud.


Berserker closing a hard rocking show at the Slice, Sept. 3. Photo by Richard Amery

Berserker wound up the show with an intense, bass heavy set of screamo and emo inspired punk music.

Jon Vornbrock bellowed out the lyrics  and played guitar from  the shadows on the side of the stage.

They always play an intense show and this one was no exception.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2021 13:41 )

Early shows and early Halloween among this week’s highlights

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Live entertainment is going to have to adapt the the reinstatement of new Covid restrictions. In addition to having to wear masks again and alcohol sales ending at 10 p.m. ,  the fun is starting early.


Gabe Thaine’s High Level Variety is tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 7 beginning at 8 p.m. at the Slice.


 Over at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Hamilton funnyman B.A Johnston returns for his annual

mid week show.

 Open Channels open the show at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation.


 Thursday, Sept. 9 will be a lot of fun.


Fawns play a couple gigs this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Allied Arts Council wind up their successful summer afternoon concert series Upside Downtown with Fawns and Steven Foord. As always the show is from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

After that, Keith Catfish Woodrow hosts a blues jam at the Slice.


Freshfest which was to include performances by BBNO$  and the Felix Cartel on Friday and Saturday at the University of Lethbridge has been cancelled due to Covid.


As always Friday has plenty of live music options.

 The Tim Hus Trio will be playing the Empress in Fort Macleod at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 10 Admission is $25.

Megan Brown’s band Makiisma delayed their  “Lady Misery” CD release party and tour, last April because of Covid, but it will be happening at the Owl Acoustic Lounge  beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Wendy Colby opening.


 Uncovered play Casino Lethbridge this weekend beginning at 8 p.m.

The Plaid Ramblers, who have been playing a lot lately will be celebrating the end of summer with a roof top patio party at the Canadian Brewhouse, Friday, Sept. 10.

Admission is $10 and includes a drink ticket for a domestic bottle of beer or a highball. It is scheduled to start at 9 p.m.


And the Windy City Opry returns this week. But instead of once a month on a Wednesday, they will be held quarterly on a Friday.

The first Windy City Revival features quirky Edmonton based alt country band The Bobby Tenderloin Universe and Calgary’s Amy Nelson. It is also scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.


Saturday will be off the hook.

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 September 2021 14:48 ) Read more...

Uncovered kick off Whoop Up Days with acoustic hits

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 Whoop up Days 2021 opened Thursday, Sept. 2 with  a solid show from local band Uncovered, who aptly covered everything from country to pop music in the set I heard.

 The band, Chris “Juno” Craig, Danny Douglas, Kelly Klimchuik, Ryan Kasteel and lead singer Alison Hawkins Fehr played a strong set of energetic acoustic music to a variety of popular covers.


Uncovered opened the Gas King stage for Whoop Up Days, Sept. 2. Photo by Richard Amery

 Alison Hawkins Fehr sounded and looked a little like Shania Twain as she was belting out Keith Urban’s “To Love Somebody.”

 She followed it up with summer favourite, Katrina and The Waves’  “Walking on Sunshine.”


 Djembe player Chris “Juno” Craig took over lead vocals for  a few songs including Roxette’s “ She’s Got the Look” and another ’90s number I didn’t recognize.


 Fehr returned to lead vocals and percussion duties for the Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl.”

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