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Lots of festivals and fairs this week

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It’s another great week for festivals in Southern Alberta.

 But things begin tonight with a Gabe Thaine marathon at Slice, Tuesday, Aug. 24. He will be performing original music until he runs out of music or his voice gives out beginning at 5 p.m.

Gabe Thaine performing with the Mark Hall Band, Aug.21. Photo by Richard Amery

 After that, the Owl Acoustic Lounge has their regular Tuesday night open mic.

 Their monthly poetry open mic featuring host Teri Petz is Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.


 Taber Cornfest runs Thursday through Sunday, with a cornucopia of local acts performing on all three days.Taber Cornfest begins Thursday, Aug. 26 with Dance Images at 6:30 p.m. followed by local funkamaniacs Adequate and Ransom Notice closing the night off beginning at 8 p.m.

 Things begin bright and early at 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 27 at the Taber Cornfest. The music begins at noon with an open mic followed by First Charger, The Mark Hall Band, Rooks, The Plaid Ramblers, Suzanne Scott and the Dusty Roads Band at 5:30 p.m,

 Breanne Urban and Detour kick off the evening’s festivities at 7 p.m. followed by Another Simple Solution and Uncovered at 10:10 p.m.

 On Friday, Aug. 28, Los Gringos get the Taber Cornfest party started at 9:30 a.m., Calgary blues/ roots musician Erin Ross follows at 11 a.m. followed by Carrie Johnson and Miranda Kohuck. Tanner James is on at 2:30 a.m. followed by Antifragile.


 Get your dancing shoes on at 4:45 p.m. with Hippodrome. Suite 33 follow at 6:30 p.m., then Lawless Murphy and The Chevelles wind things down at 10:15 p.m.

 The Raymond Music Festival is back on Saturday, Aug. 28 in Victoria Park beginning at 11 a.m. Between Skies, Coda, Saints and Sinners, Bruce Peterson and Ranahan, Skies of Rigor, Whiskey Gap Country, SI, A Little Bit of Nothing, Rebel Angel, 21st Avenue, Sail on Silver Girls, Nevermore, Good Company will be performing throughout the day.

 In case of rain, the event will be moved to  the Raymond Ice Arena.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 August 2021 13:05 ) Read more...

Syryn tops big local rock night at Slice with tales of piracy

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 Saturday night was all about metal. In addition to Tyrants of Chaos and the Andi Roberts Band tackling the ’80s at the Cité Des Prairies, the Slice was all about modern metal and alternative rock, Aug. 14.

An almost full house was there to enjoy a variety of local acts.


Syryn entertaining at the Slice, Aug. 14. photo by Richard Amery

 I arrived for the last song from Alumnus, who played sludgy stoner rock with a touch of progressive rock,  which was a little reminiscent of Tool.


 21st Avenue, who are also playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge this weekend, played a set of alternative rock and metal which touched on a variety of sonic experiences encapsulating most of the ’90s. They played a set of mostly upbeat original music, which had a bit of a Red Hot Chili Peppers funk punk, some reggae and some psychedelic rock. One song ever featured a rap break. Another song had a Rage Against the Machine feel.

 They were mostly playing music from their new CD.


 Calgary pirate metal band Syryn, took awhile to set up, and didn’t get on stage until well past midnight. I was looking forward to seeing them again as I enjoyed them last October, when they were played the Slice in between plague outbreaks.


 They set up a full multi-media experience featuring lyric videos and seafaring images.


 They sang of piracy, seafaring, drinking and classical themes.

 Vocalist Sloan Voxxkills  showed off her magnificent operatic voice which was just as impressive as I remembered.


 They had big riffs and searing guitar leads with Pablo Rage and Byron Gorieu and were a lot of fun. Bassist Lyxx Rose and drummer Bryan Campbell were locked in as a super tight , bombastic rhythm section

 Like the last time, “Unbreakable” was a highlight. but they also had a few new songs.

— By Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 August 2021 15:41 )

Tyrants of Chaos bring ’80s metal back

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Everybody was in their  hot, sweaty, sexiest  hair metal era finest for a rescheduled ’80s night at La Cité Des Prairies, Saturday, Aug. 14.

Tyrants of Chaos  going ’80s at Cité des Prairies, Aug. 14. Photo by Richard Amery

 the event was originally supposed to happened last year, but, like everything else , was cancelled because of Covid 19.

 So everybody was in the mood to party with the Andi Roberts Band and Tyrants of Chaos, who were covering their favourite ’80s songs.

 The  audience was dressed in their favourite ’80s outfits including spandex, exercise outfits, leather, and big hair wigs.

One guy was even running around the front stage with a fake microphone.


 I missed  the Andi Roberts band’s set of  pop and rock music.

 But I arrived  in the middle of the Tyrants of Chaos, loud, hot sweaty set of ’80s metal.


They had blinding lights shining on the band and were shaking the walls with their volume.

Frontman Phil Sirias shrieked window breaking high notes.

 Guitarists Curtiss Vaselenak and Arik Wagner laid into some harmonized guitar leads to die for while Ryan Dyck thundered away on the drums at the back of the stage.


 Wagner  was the only band member to go full ’80s spandex. Sirias sported a  Run DMC sleeveless shirt and shorts while Vaselenak opted for torn jeans.

 I arrived in the middle of a hot cover of the Scorpions’ “No One Like You,” which featured harmonized guitar leads.

 They tore up  Dio-era Black Sabbath with a cover of  the epic “Children of the Sea.”


For more mainstream ’80s rock, they knocked out a cover of Quiet Riot’s “Bang Your Head.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 August 2021 15:15 )

CKXU brings local talent For the Record

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U of L based community radio station CKXU held another  popular On the Record live stream show at Theoretically  Brewing, Aug. 14 with an impressive variety of music.


Bailey Kate tunes up for CKXU's For the Record at Theoretically Brewing,Aug. 14. Photo by Richard Amery

 I arrived in time to catch another reliably relaxing set of alt country/ electric folk music from Bailey Kate and her band. As always she showed off her beautifully mellow voice  framed by a bed of chiming, hypnotic electric guitars and subdued drums.


 I haven’t seen Makiisma for a while. They had a busy day, having performed at the Lethbridge Folk Festival before.


 It’s always great to hear her perform her haunting set of doom folk. As always she was backed by James Swinney on guitar.


 She played  a few songs from her CD Lady Misery as well as some new songs.


 I missed performances by Revanchist, Wares and Pope Joan.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 August 2021 14:59 )

Lethbridge Folk Festival features fine folk from all over Alberta

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 The Lethbridge Folk Club took over Legacy Park for a fine festival, Aug. 14.

Scott Cook and Pam May playing the Lethbridge Folk Festival in Legacy Park, Aug. 14. Photo by Richard Amery

 I only caught the last part of it.

I caught the last song from local act Celtic Routes. They had pretty vocal harmonies and a fabulous fiddle solo.


 The main act I wanted to catch was Edmonton singer/ songwriter Scott Cook, who sang a  soothing set full of songs of peace, love and understanding and one political number he noted was a tribute to working people,”Say Can You See” from his latest CD “Tangle of Souls.”

 His partner Pam May joined him on upright bass and harmony vocals.


 She donned a banjo to sing lead on one song and her upright again for another.

Cook’s set spanned all of his CDs including  “ Let Love Have Its Way,”another from his new CD “Tangle of Souls.” 

He opened with an older favourite “Pass it Along”


 He painted a word picture of a pastoral scene “Dogs and Kids, which he prefaced by joking all of his “white van driving” friends were getting married and having kids, after taking a “gateway drug” of owning a dog.




Travellin’ Mabels playing the Lethbridge Folk Festival in Legacy Park, Aug. 14. Photo by Richard Amery


I had a couple other gigs to hit, so I only caught the first three songs from the Travling Mabels, who closed off the afternoon.

 The multi-instrumentalists started their set with  country classic “Delta Dawn” as they warmed up their voices and showed off  their vocal harmonization talents.

 The other two songs I caught were upbeat originals, which highlighted each singer and  their vocal harmonies. 

 Lana Floen played the first original, with her husband Keith Floen anchoring all the songs on keyboards. Eva Levseque, and Therry Lawson all got to sing their songs and add fantastic harmonies.

 I had to hit the next gig after “Mama” Mabel’s upbeat number “Con Man.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 August 2021 13:51 )
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