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LEMF and Arts Days are highlights this week

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Arts Days is the big this happening this week.

 But there is a lot more.

Tuesday is open mic night with the Owl Open mic happening at 7 p.m.

 If you think you’re funny, then show it at Good Times’ comedy open mic, which begins at 8 p.m.


Biloxi Parish return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge this week. Photo by Richard Amery

Friday will be off the hook.

 Get your kilt out as the Edmonton Celtic Rock band the Derina Harvey Band return to the Slice on Friday.

 Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The fun begins at 7 p.m.


The Canadian Brewhouse goes modern pop on Friday with the new Testaments and a variety of special guests including Danica Sommer and DJ lRev, LRev, Chris M and Max Hopkins also performing. The show begins at around 8:30 p.m. The New Testaments play contemporary pop and R and B music. Tickets are $10 including a bottle of beer.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge features the Southern Exposure Tap Takeover this weekend.


 Friday features music by Biloxi Parish. Mud Bog and Night Terrors.

Saturday’s line up is alt country band Liquor Mountain and Muddier Bog. Admission is by donation for both.


If you want to dance, the ninth annual Lethbridge Electronic music Festival (LEMF) returns to   Galt Gardens, Saturday, Sept. 25 beginning at at 11 a.m.

 Due to Covid, there will be no after party at Club Lime as originally planned due to Covid and organizers wanted to focus on the main event..

 There will be a beer garden, sanitization stations and two stages.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 September 2021 11:58 ) Read more...

Quit it! don’t stop the energy for first gig

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It was punkday on Monday at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Monday, Sept. 13. It was pretty quiet for Quit it!’s first gig ever.


 While Mombod wasn’t on the bill as expected, Calgary band Quit It!, was ready to go, but waited for a crowd that never came.



Quit It! formed as an offshoot of the RiverJacks during the pandemic and released their debut eponymous 7 inch EP.


While they haven’t played together as Quit It! they have played for years  as the RiverJacks and that experience showed.

 They played a variety of songs including the songs from the EP as well as a few River Jacks songs and  obscure covers including a song from One Man Army.


 They played a short, fast, hyperactive set full of energy, lots of slashing guitar and gang vocals. The two guitarists and bassist took turns  shouting lead vocals.


 They bassist thrashed and leaped all over the stage.


  Their set was more raw, straight ahead punk than the Celtic inspired RiverJacks.


 They  were reminiscent of Irish punk pioneers Stiff Little Fingers.”

 The enthusiastic audience called them back for an encore so Quit It! quit it with a RiverJacks cover.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 16:38 )

The Plaid Ramblers bring country to Canadian Brewhouse rooftop

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The Canadian Brewhouse is starting to have live music on their roof top patio.

Plaid Ramblers at the Canadian Brewhouse rooftop patio. Photo by Richard Amery

 Local country/rock band the Plaid Ramblers were on the bill, Friday, Sept. 10.

 They played a fun, solid set of modern rock, pop and country music including Jake Owen’s “Anywhere With You.”


 They also added a couple catchy ’90s pop rock numbers and a little grunge with Alice in Chains’ Rooster before returning to the country rock.


 They wound up their set with a trio of country favourites including Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane” and Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet’s “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere.”


  Except for the line  “ What Would Jimmy Buffett Do?,” they added “What would the Canadian Brewhouse Patio Do?”


 They wound up their set with  Eric Church’s “Drink in my Hand.”


 New Testament Play the patio on Sept. 24 and Coda Lite play on  Oct. 1.

— by Richard Amery , L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 16:25 )

Long awaited Lady Misery CD release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge for Makiisma

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Megan Brown’s Makiisma played their long awaited and Covid delayed CD release party for their debut “Lady Misery,” at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Sept. 10.


Megan Brown and James Swinney playing Makiisma’s Cd release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 10. photo by Richard Amery

 Brown’s voice and rhythm guitar and TJ Waltho’s keyboards powered an intense set of dark folk and country music.


 As expected for a CD release party, they focused on playing songs from the CD.


 As usual Brown had a captivating stage presence and voice. 


 James Swinney stepped up on stage to play guitar for a couple of songs, while Brown picked up her violin for a couple of the show’s highlight.


 As always they played an entertaining set of original music.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 16:19 )

Steve Keenan and Paul Kype fill in for cancelled Windy City Opry revival

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 Steve  Keenan and Paul Kype played a spontaneous set of  familiar hits at t  a last minute show  at the Slice, Friday, Sept. 10.


 They were called in to replace a cancelled revitalized Windy City Opry and as expected played an intense set, making enough noise for three or four guys instead of two guys with guitars.

Steve Keenan and Paul Kype at the Slice, Sept. 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 They took turns singing lead vocals and trading leads on a set of  classic rock and blues though Keenan snuck in one of his originals “Lucky One.”


 Their set was familiar Kype sang Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” Neil Young’s “Rust Never Sleeps” and several Stevie Ray Vaughan songs.


“Can’t You See” was another highlight in a set full of highlights.

 There wasn’t a great crowd, but a couple people had never seen the duo perform and were justifiably impressed.


They wound up their set with Kenny Wayne Sheppard’s “Blue on black.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 15:22 )
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