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Vancouver blues rocker to “Whip it onYa”

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Rich HopeVancouver based blues rocker Rich Hope is going to “Whip it on Ya” at the Slice, Oct. 10 with the Manvils and the Ramblin’ Ambassadors and in the process, they’re going to help officially launch L.A Beat magazine.
“There isn’t going to be a better one this year,” said Hope taking a break from renovating his kitchen in Vancouver.
“ I hope  a lot of people come out because it is really going to be a great party,” he said, noting while he and drummer Adrian Mack play with the Manvils a lot on Vancouver, they have never toured together.
“It’s going to be great,” he enthused adding he is just as enthused about his third record “Whip it On Ya.” As always, the duo had a two take mandate for all songs, and three of them (“Death Bed Blues,” “Rollin’ On” and “When My Light Comes Shining”) weren’t even finished where the entered the studio in 2008 to record the follow up to 2005’s Rich Hope and His Evil Doers CD. “Saying we were unprepared is the wrong thing to say because we had been playing the songs steadily for about three years. They were road prepared and ready, we just didn’t get a chance to record them because I had a kid and was moving into and renovating a house which took more priority in my life than making a new record,” said the Edmonton born Hope, who moved to Vancouver in the early ’90s
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 October 2009 13:32 ) Read more...

Blue Man Group mark another busy week

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This week is another busy one. Not only is L.A. Beat officially getting launched at the Slice, Oct. 10, but the Blue Man Group is performing at the Enmax Centre, Oct. 11. The Blueman group
L.A Beat has given away a pair of tickets and a Blue Man Group DVD to Matthew Graf  for being the first person to e-mail me with the correct answer to  the question “What are the names of the three groups performing at my launch party, Oct. 10 at the Slice and where are they from?” Rich Hope is originally from Edmonton, though he is based out of Vancouver now, the Manvils are from Vancouver and the Ramblin’ Ambassadors are from Calgary.

In addition to that there are several really choice shows happening this week.
Henotic is outdoing themselves this week with Hamilton poet/rocker B.A., Johnston returning, Oct. 7 with Shotgun Jimmy and the Moby Dicks. They’ll play the main room for a $10 cover while upstairs, the Wind Whistles and the Paper Tigers perform.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 October 2009 15:22 ) Read more...

Stagger and Zeus were kings of Sunday night

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 Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers played a wicked show at the Slice, Sept. 27. Photo By Richard AmeryThere were a couple of sweet shows on Sept. 28, both of which started early.
 I only caught the end of Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers’ set of energetic country rock tinged folk which approximately 50 people were enjoying. They heard several tracks from his latest CD, “Everything is Real” including “Red Bandana,” and one of his best known songs “Just in Case,” plus  a few choice covers.
 Stagger’s band including lead guitarist Kevin Kane and bassist Tyson Maiko, played extremely tight and Stagger’s voice was in fine form. He brought local bluesman Paul Kype on stage for a couple of electrifying numbers and opening act Patrick Brealey on stage for the encore.
Down a few blocks at Henotic, I caught the end of a set by a really cool Toronto blues influenced garage rock band called Zeus.
 Zeus ended a set at Henotic  with “That’s All.” Photo by Richard AmeryThey had harmonized vocals and some sweet and dirty harmonized guitars on a wild cover of Genesis’ “That’s All” which ended their set.
— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2009 15:31 )

Mason Rack band was fantastic

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On Sept. 26, the Mason Rack Band played a fabulous  show for a good sized crowd at the Slice. It is always an event and an entertaining time when this Australian guitar picker comes to play. This was the third time in about a year he has torn up the Slice and this time he had an enthusiastic crowd cheering him on.Local blues trio Fat Baby Jake were in fine form to open the show. Steve Keenan was on fire,  showing as many guitar faces as guitar licks. Fat Baby Jake’s Steve Keenan. Photo by Richard AmeryDarwin Romanchuk was solid behind the skins and David Popovitch held the groove down on bass.
Mason Rack takes a turn on drums. Photo by Richard AmeryBut the Mason Rack band mesmerized the full-house right from the start as frontman Mason Rack started it off by playing some intense mid-Eastern flavoured slide guitar while tapping out a cool delay-laden percussion progression on his guitar’s body, which was enhanced by the creative use of chimes attached to his mic stand. Then he tore the blues apart on the guitar and moulded the music into his baby in between joking with the crowd. As always, his first set ending dual drum solo was a hit during “Who Do You Love” which took him into the crowd, drumming on tables, chairs and a beer keg as well as on the drums alongside Joel “Thunderfoot” Purkess. New bassist Marcus Engel, from Winnipeg, played in the pocket and kept up with Rack’s intense energy. His second set was more rock flavoured  and included my favourite Rack original “Seen Her B4.”

— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2009 15:18 )

Manvils carefully craft new music for Lethbridge visit

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With the help of Age of Electric and Limblifter’s Ryan Dahle acting as producer, Vancouver rock band the Manvils spent a solid year carefully crafting the songs for their new self titled CD. The Manvils along with Rich Hope and His Evil Doers and the Rambling Ambassadors will be playing the Slice, Oct. 10 and help officially launch L.A. Beat.
“The new CD was written over the span of two years,” explained Manvils’ frontman Mikey Manvil adding the band also trimmed down to a svelte three -piece rock and roll juggernaut (including bassist Greg Buhr and drummer Jay Koenderman and in the process added a more progressive rock feel to their energetic songs.The Manvils hit the Slice, Oct. 10.
“We hired Ryan Dahle because we wanted a producer who really fit in with the Manvils. That’s really important to us. We wanted someone we respected and who was willing to go to bat for us,” he continued.
“We wanted to transfer the live show to tape and catch that energy,” he observed adding the new music retains the ’60s era Who and Kinks feel while adding more elaborate textures to the tunes.
“ It was a completely different experience, He (Dahle) really challenged us. He was a real catalyst. It was stimulating and stress free,” Manvil enthused, observing the songs all clock in at under three minutes.
“That’s as about long as people want to hear so that’s what we aimed to keep them at. We made sure every phrase and each element of each song had a purpose,” he continued, adding crowd response has been very positive to the new music.
“It’s been really nice, people  really appreciated the songs right off.”
He works as spokesman for a new Vancouver based record label called Sandbag Records  which only handles three acts (Rich Hope, The Manvils and  Ryan Dahle) .
Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 October 2009 12:12 ) Read more...
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