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Live music among Halloween celebrations happening this weekend

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As if this year hasn’t been scary enough, Halloween falls on a full moon on a Saturday.Donovan Howell is part of local Misfits tribute 138 who play twice over Halloween weekend. Phot by Richard Amery
 And while Covid is once again running rampant there are several  exciting Halloween celebrations this weekend. Of course attendance is limited due to Covid.

 In addition to the usual open mics at Beaches on Wednesday and the Slice On Thursday and Steve Keenan hosting the open mic at Honker’s Pub on Friday night, there are several events with live entertainment going on.
 Halloween starts early at the Slice on Wednesday where Stephen Brooks will be hosting a Goth pumpkin carving night beginning at 8 p.m.

It doesn’t get any more Halloween than ’70s and ’80s horror punk the Misfits, so some local musicians including Devin Gergel have formed a a Misfits tribute 138, who will be performing at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Oct. 31 with local punk band Berserker and at the Slice, Oct. 30.
 The Slice has their own Halloween extravaganza with the Mark Hall Band on Oct. 31.
 There is a $10 cover for that show.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 October 2020 13:19 ) Read more...

CKXU psyched for spook themed FUNDrive

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CKXU is AlIve for FUNDrive 2020 The local community University of Lethbridge based radio station shut down like everything else back in March due to Covid 19, just about the time  they were about to Launch this year]s ’50’s -’60s horror themed FUNDrive “We’re Alive.”
Most programmers have been recording their shows from home, but everything will be 100 per cent live, from 8 a.m.-midnight Oct. 22-25 as the university is opening their doors again for FunDrive.
“We’re very thankful  to the university for  working with us,” said program director Adrianna Smith.Imogen Pohl shows off some of this year’s CKXU swag. Photo submitted
“We’ve been itching to get back on the air,” Smith said, adding she is excited about this year’s theme.
“The ’50s and ’60s were a great time for music and television and  movies,” she enthused.

“When everything shut down, we didn’t want to be yelling ‘we‘re alive’ when so many things weren’t. We know these are tough times for everyone, so we thought it would be most appropriate to postpone FUNDrive. And the theme is perfect for Halloween,” Smith continued, noting there are a lot of changes this year due to Covid, including cancelling all of the live events that usually happen during FunDrive.

“ We had to make a lot of changes that we‘re trying out this year. This year FUNDRive is a lot shorter. Usually we run for eight days. But there’s FUNDrive fatigue and it‘s really difficult to fill eight days with live programming,” she said.
“We’ll be 100 per local programming,” she enthused.

“ We have a skeleton crew of programmers going live,” she said, emphasizing safety and security in the community was a priority. All programmers had to undgergo extensive screening and safety  training.

Another change is instead of pledge packages, you can bid on individual swag items including  the killer keychain, panic of the pins, for $15 each. The best deal is the Dr. Frankenstein”s Friend’s Card for $30, which gives you a discount at many local businesses.
 The coffee from the Black Lagoon mug is $30, the purple people eater T Shirt is $40 and the Haunted  Howling hoodie is $75.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 October 2020 13:46 ) Read more...

Coda plays the blues and the rock at the Slice

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Coda had a small but enthusiastic audience at the Slice, Saturday, Oct. 17.

Sheldon Shukaliak playing with Coda at the Slice, Oct. 17. Photo by Richard Amery
 I was sad to have missed Fawns, but excited to hear a full set of blues and classic rock from Coda.

I arrived as drummer Ben Lamb was launching into  their cover of Bad Company’s “ Can’t Get Enough.”
Guitarist Sheldon Shukaliak took over lead vocals for “ Some Kind of Wonderful.”

 For this set they went blues with a cover of “Cocaine.”

Lamb, Shukaliak, bassist Rick Maddeaux and keyboardist  Cory Rasmussen, hidden in the shadows, showed off their vocal harmonies on a cover of the Marshall Tucker Band’s “ Can’t You See.”

 Rasmussen showed off his prowess on a groovy cover of Booker T and the M.G’s “Green Onions.”
Lamb returned to lead vocals on a fast version of Blue Rodeo’s “Lost Together.”
They showed off their vocal harmonies again on the Eagles’ “Heartache Tonight.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 October 2020 11:00 )

Joel Stretch plays favourite Starpainter and Utilities songs and new originals

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Joel Stretch played to a full house at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Oct.17.

Joel Stretch playing a solo show at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Oct. 17. Photo by Richard Amery
 As all musicians do at the Owl, Stretch played inside a plexiglass box. Most of his fans sat masked and were rapt in attention. Some of them were singing along with their favourite older numbers.

 Stretch strummed his acoustic guitar throughout a heartfelt set that included songs from his bands the Utilities and Starpainter as well as some brand new solo material.
 They all fell into the folk, roots/ country vein.

 Some of the stand outs were The Utilities’ “Hang Dog” and “Gasoline.”

 He would up his show with a couple of new Starpainter songs including  “Grocery Store, which had more of a rock and roll sound.

— by Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 October 2020 10:45 )

Metal and much more this week

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Band wars and a a lot more are happening this week. It should go without saying that if you do go out, that you take Covid precautions including proper social distancing and wearing a mask, and staying home if you aren’t feeling well.
 As usual, there  are plenty of open mics happening , beginning with a comedy open mic at Good Times on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and an open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, also on Tuesday.

Breanne Urban And Southern Flyer play Sound Garden this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 Devin Gergel hosts Beaches’ open mic on Wednesday and James Joseph hosts the Slice}s Thursday night open mic this week.

 Kelly Klimchuk returns to Honker’s Pub to host an open mic on Friday night, while Jackie French aka Amity hosts Honker’s Pub’s afternoon open mic beginning at 4 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Bang your head on a Friday night as The Slice features a battle of the bands, Friday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.

 It will be a great night of rock and meal with  North Door, Switched off, Vintage Wine and Revanchist competing for  prizes including recording time at MYLODON and a second prize of a photo shoot with Gabriel Thaine. There is no cover to attend.
 Gabe Thaine will be performing at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 23.

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 October 2020 15:29 ) Read more...
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