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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 )

Fawns wind up Upside Downtown with upbeat original music

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Local alternative rock group Fawns finished the Allied Arts Council Upside Down town concert series, in Rotary Square outside Casa, Thursday, Sept. 9.



  All summer long, the Allied Arts Council has featured local musicians playing after work concerts from 5-7 p .m. every Thursday.


 it is such a wonderful, intimate location and with being blessed with beautiful weather all summer long, it’s surprising they haven’t done this a lot earlier.


 It’s always a a pleasure to  see Mercedes Fawns and Richard Charlton and company play.

 They released  an EP “Unsafe” last year during the first round of Covid 19 restrictions, so they played the three songs from that, introducing them as brand new songs.


 “Astraphobia” came near the end of the set and Fawns prefaced “Unsafe” with a long diatribe about inclusion and tolerance.

 They played an energetic  and tight set of original alternative rock with shades of Alanis Morissette, which the attentive audience really enjoyed.

 Fawns was really into her music, bouncing all over the stage and throwing every ounce of her endless energy into her vocals.

 Richard Charlton howled background vocals.


F awns alternated  between soinging and leaping around with playing some rhythm guitar. 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2021 15:14 )

Cancellations, comedy, country and Word on the Street This Week

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This week is all about blues and country music and plenty of comedy. So enjoy it while you can.

 Lethbridge College has officially cancelled Couleefest due to rising Covid cases.  It was originally supposed to happen, Saturday, Sept. 18. Uncovered’s  Sept. 18 show at Mojos Pub has also been cancelled due to Covid concerns.


Harpdog Brown returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

But the week’s fun begins now.

 Calgary punk band Quit It! formed last year during  the Covid shutdowns as an off shoot of Calgary Celtic-punks the River Jacks.

 They released their self titled EP, which they bring to the Owl Acoustic Lounge tonight, Sept. 13.

 MomBod Opens the show at 8 p.m.


Word on the Street returns with events throughout the week. Eric Dyck hosts a couple of panels.

 On Sept. 14, J Torres, David A Robertson and Gillian Goertz will be speaking  at a panel “Comics for the Young At Heart: Graphic Novels for kids and teens at the Lethbridge Public Library downtown at 7 p.m.

 Dyck moderates Cyclopedia Exotica with Aminder Dhaliwal at 7 p.m. Sept. 16.


 There are Word on the Street  activities on Sept. 17.

 In the morning, CVS Midwest Tapes Kids Program features Jill Heinerth, Kathy Stinson, Eric and Terry Fan, Kevin and Basil Sylvester, Michael Hutchinson, Marty Chan, and Karen Oheasant- Neganigwane.

In the afternoon, The Lethbridge Herald Teen program features, Ben Phillippe, Heather Smith, Sabina Khan, Louisa Onomé, Tanaz Bhathena, Adam Jerreat-Poole, June Hur and Tash McAdam.

 There will be lots of Word On The street activities Sept 18. Guy Delisle, Trevor Lui, Mary lawson, Bertrand  Bickersteth, Dallas Hunt, Nisha Patel, David A Robertson, Candas  Jane Dorsey, Robyn Harding, and Anna  Marie Sewell will be reading from their works and there will be live music.


Laughter and blues music is on the agenda for Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Good Times features their weekly comedy open mic at 7 p.m.

 And over at the Slice, Keith Woodrow will be hosting a blues jam from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 September 2021 14:11 ) Read more...

Frankenfest to get Creepy Hollows into Halloween spirit early

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Get into the Halloween spirit early at Creepy Hollows outside of Warner.


Eleven local bands play the first Frankenfest  beginning at 1 p.m.  and going until late.


“I’ve spent the last four years building  this new stage. It’s not quite done but this will be our first concert on it. It’s a pipe dream come true,” said Richard Reimer of Creepy Hollows, noting there are nine bands performing beginning with Chis Drew at 1 p.m. and ending with local Misfits tribute 138 at 12:45 a.m.

Local Misfits tribute 138 will wind up Frankenfest, Sept. 11. photo by Richard Amery

There will be two food trucks and a store for patrons to get things not available at the food trucks.

But there will be no beer gardens.


“ That’s something we’ll work on for next year.  We were on a tight deadline this year,” he continued, adding he is proud of the stage itself.


“It’s  32 feel long and 38 feet deep and a 12 foot ceiling, so there’s lots of room, he enthused, adding Creepy Hollows hopes to host live music three or four times a year. He plans to make Frankenfest an annual event.

“That’s the plan,” he said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 September 2021 12:26 ) Read more...
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