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New material from Keith And Renée

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Winnipeg pop/folk duo Keith Macpherson and Renee Lamoureux premiered some excellent new material during an opening set for fellow Winnipegger Jodi King at the Slice, May 29. Some highlights included Macpherson’s ode to having a crush on Jennifer Aniston called “Jenny” and a moving tribute to the duo’s favourite charity  “Free The Children” which is about stopping third world children being forced to work in factories producing products like carpets for western consumption.

 Another good song  Macpherson performed was one he wrote about his experience competing in Canadian Idol 4. They  are just about to release their fourth CD, which was recorded with a full band and is due out in September. They said we were the first to hear the new material, which makes one wonder if we really were the first, or if they tell that to everyone. Either way, they continue showing development and musical growth.

 Of course their  hit “Good Year” which is part of an AT and T commercial in South America was a highlight. I got a kick out of Macpherson‘s rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s ’80s hit “Time After Time” which drew their set to a close.

Jodi King, touring on a brand new CD, “ Street Lights” displayed her impressive set of pipes, but her style of piano /pop just wasn‘t my style. But you have to respect a voice that beautiful.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 20:34 )

Mobadass is Marvelous

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Have you ever gone to a gig not knowing what to expect, then returned home wondering what you witnessed, but was  impressed nonetheless. That was of Mobadass and Kyprios’ May 29 gig at the Blarney Stone. Not being a rap fan, I wasn’t sure what I was about to see, but I had to check out rap performed with a crack live band behind it.

Kyprios kept the crowd hopping and dancing while Wide Mouth Mason bassist Earl Pereira proved he is a dazzling bassist,  as well as has a wicked voice, which leans heavily on the R and B side. His voice was complemented perfectly by Kyprios, who had a crowd bouncing  in front of the stage, keeping up their energy. He also proved to be quite the singer as well

They played their hit “Nobody Knows” as well as some Sweatshop Union hits as well as original Mobadass/Kyprios material  which they said on stage they hadn’t played before an audience before.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 20:34 )

Tough choices to make June 2-9

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This is a week of tough choices if you like all types of music and entertainment.

On Thursday, Ray Lemelin  and Bill Hills return to the Slice on June 4. They play thought provoking and energetic acoustic blues. On the other hand, if you are a “Spaceship Superstar” or just like Canadian rock n’ roll, Prism is at Average Joes Downtown. They have a plethora of catchy synth and guitar powered hits like “Spaceship Superstar,” “Take Me To The Kaptain,” “Young and Restless,”  “ See Forever Eyes,” and numerous others. If you like jazz music, the Dave Renter Quartet is playing Henotic the same night. They are also hosting the open stage at the Slice tonight (June 2).

Friday night is going to be  a night of really tough choices.

Not only are Dave McCann and the 10 Toed Frogs back in town to play heartfelt, energetic alt-country music at the Slice, but Henotic is going rockabilly with Bent 8, the Hurricane Felix and  the Southern Twisters. “metal Queen” Lee Aaron is also back in town to play Average Joes downtown, Friday night.

For something a little more country, Karen Romanchuk begins a two-day run at the Mocha Cabana. James Oldenburg will be playing laid back singer songwriter material at the Cottom Blossom Lounge, Friday and Saturday as well. If you want to laugh, lisping, trucker-mouthed Cape Breton comedienne Nikki Payne is at HBs Lounge.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 June 2009 21:05 ) Read more...

Cumako provides a preview of this year's South Country Fair

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Cumako flautist Ai Hagiwara was a highlight of the band’s May 30 show at the Slice. L.A Beat Photo by Richard AmeryThings are good to go for the twenty-third annual South Country Fair in Fort Macleod, July 17-19 . There are three Lethbridge bands including this year’s songwriting competition winner Shaela Miller, Treeline and the Darby and Joan Club playing amongst a line up which not only has a broader world view, but also shares some acts with the Calgary Folk Festival.

Plus there are going to be several poets and musicians still to be announced.

“There‘s a big focus on Alberta music. We‘re sharing acts with the Calgary folk festival,” said publicity co-ordinator Trent Moranz observing they didn’t intend to broaden their musical  horizons or share acts with Calgary this year, but is pleased that‘s how it worked out.

On May 30, Calgary based energetic Latin/world/reggae act Cumako introduced a packed Slice to what  they have in store for South Country Fair fans, during their Friday, July 17 9:30 p.m. set during the this year‘s fair. 

Their hyperactive show featured wicked flute and saxophone interplay, some phenomenal bongo drumming and even  a dual bass solo.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:46 ) Read more...

Wide Mouth Mason bassist is Mobadass playing with Kyprios

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 Earl Pereira, bassist for Mobadass and Wide Mouth Mason is looking forward to playing the Blarney Stone, May 29.

Earl Pereira, best known for playing bass for Saskatoon blues rock trio Wide Mouth Mason, is looking forward to flexing his musical muscles in Lethbridge, Friday with his band Mobaddass, which comes to the Blarney Stone on Friday, May 29 with rap star Kyprios.  

“We‘ve only done three shows but we’re confident we want to do it again in September,” Pereira said during a weekend stop in Nanaimo.

Kyprios  is best known for performing with Sweatshop Union as well as a solo artist.

“We‘re old friends from back in the day,” Pereira said, enjoying a day off in Nanaimo, three days into their two week tour of B.C. and Alberta.

Pereira got to know Kyprios years ago when the budding rap star was dating Pereira‘s cousin and Wide Mouth Mason was opening for ZZ Top in Vancouver. Pereira got them backstage passes and  a relationship began.

“Kyp and I both like all different types of music, which is really what Mobaddass is all about. Mobaddass is based on reggae music like Wide Mouth is based on the blues. But that‘s not all we do,” Pereira said adding they will be playing a 90 minute set together with with the Saskatoon version of Mobaddass.


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