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Lots of laughs planned for first week of 2019

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Out with the  old, in with the new.Chief mountain play the Slice, Jan. 4. Photo by Richard Amery
It’s been a busy year in Lethbridge, but things are looking to be even busier in the new year with concerts already announced by country star Paul Brandt plus High Valley and guests at the Enmax Centre, Jan. 28, the Trews coming up Feb. 5 at Average Joes, Dan Mangan at the Geomatic Attic Feb. 10, and John Wort Hannam starting the new year for the Lethbridge Folk Club at the Lethbridge College Cave, Jan. 12.


 There are a couple bigger concerts already scheduled for later this year. Classic metal band Judas Priest roar into the Enmax Centre with Uriah Heap, June 10. And also on June 10, Classic rock trio the Stampeders play the Yates Centre.
 

This week is a little slower though with Chief Mountain playing the Slice, Friday, Jan. 4 with jam band Rainbow Patrol and Face Cut. Admission is $10.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 04 January 2019 11:02 ) Read more...
 

One Bad Son dig out old tracks for holiday special

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 One Bad Son always being a lot of people out , no matter what day of the week. So, as expected, they had a good sized and excited crowd at Average Joes, Thursday, Dec. 20.Shane Volk from One Bad Son at  Average Joes, Dec. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
The Saskatoon based rock band capped off a busy year including tours with Shinedown and Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, by bringing their hometown holiday show on the road to some of their favourite cities including Lethbridge.

Shane Volk from One Bad Son jumps at  Average Joes, Dec. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
 That meant, in addition to their big hits like “Scarecrows,” and a few tracks from their most recent CD “ Made in the Name of Rock and Roll,” they also dug deep into their back catalogue to play some of their earlier songs.
 But  they opened their set around 9:30 p.m. with a powerful newer detuned song “ Hurricane,” which was all the more appropriate considering the amount of strong winds we get here.


 They are made for a big stage, but always blow their audiences away with huge riffs and thunderous rhythms, and anthemic rockers.
 Frenetic frontman Shane Volk bounded all over the stage bellowing like a young Sebastian Bach mixed with a touch of Jon Bon Jovi.

They released their first single back in 2005,  ”Alive In Texas” so they have a lot of material to draw from. They played that and many others. Volk reflected on the band’s busy year and their tour with Sebastian Bach.


“It was a grind, but when we look at you guys, we remember why we do this, ” he told the screaming crowd.


 Volk introduced “Alive In Texas” by noting the band didn’t know how to write songs then. The older songs they played definitely had a more classic rock feel, than their newer, more alternative rock sounds. Kurt Dahl beamed as he pounded away at his drum kit and guitarist Adam Hicks even took centre stage in between Volk’s leaping about, to take an extended guitDaylan Delaney opening for One Bad Son at  Average Joes, Dec. 20. Photo by Richard Ameryar solo on a 10 minute jam on “It Ain’t Right,” one of their bigger hits before playing “one more deep cut, ‘Moneytrain.’”


 After that it was back to familiar ground as they blasted into another newer song “ Scream For You” then their crowd pleasing cover of  the Talking Heads’ “ Psycho Killer.”


 Of course, they were called back for an encore.
“You aren’t ready to leave yet are you,” Volk shouted.
 Audience members where shouting out for “Scarecrows” so they played that and “Retribution Blues,  another of their earlier hit singles.
 They were called back for one last encore, an exceptional cover of Led Zeppelin’s “ Rock and Roll.”


Local singer songwriter Daylan Delaney opened the show with a long set of original alternative rock style music, which he sang, accompanying himself on guitar. He also added a cover of Hawksley Workman’s “ Smoke baby,” and a medley of ’90s rap and hip hop.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2018 17:52 )
 

Cody Hall band countrifies ’90s pop

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I stopped by the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Dec. 15 expecting to hear country music  from local country/pop band the Cody Hall Band, but instead heard country versions of pop hits.

The Cody Hall band at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 15. Photo by Richard AmeryThe Cody Hall trio were playing the afterparty for a private shindig at the Owl and the pretty girls were in the mood to dance.

So Cody Hall was happy to supply the ’90s style soundtrack  for the afterparty, breaking out the Backstreet Boys and “OI Want You That Way and Britany spears “Baby Hit Me One More Time.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2018 17:04 )
 

TJ Waltho tackles A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack

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The one Christmas show I was looking forward to was a live rendition of A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Dec. 14, performed by keyboardist  TJ Waltho, bassist Paul Holden and drummer Brad Brouwer.

Keyboardist TJ Waltho playing a Charlie Brown Christmas At the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec.14. he will also be performing New Year‘s Eve as part of Doors Tribute the Morrison Phase. Photo by Richard Amery
 But first Mosrite Holiday started the show late, doing double duty at the owl as well as at the Slice for CKXU’s Christmas party
  Mosrite Holiday, including guitarist Aaron Trozzo, bassist Paul Holden and drummer Clayton Smith played  instrumental version of popular Christmas carols along the lines of the Ventures.

Keyboardist TJ Waltho playing a Charlie Brown Christmas At the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec.14. he will also be performing New Year‘s Eve as part of Doors Tribute the Morrison Phase. Photo by Richard AmerySo it was a veritable  name that tune of  Christmas classics featuring plenty of perky upbeat instrumentals, and twang as they warmed up for their later gig at the Slice.


 TJ Waltho and his trio were as impressive as expected with that line-up.
A Charlie Brown Christmas played on the back wall complete with captions as Waltho flexed his fingers and tore up the  piano heavy soundtrack with aplomb.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2018 16:41 )
 

CKXU celebrates Christmas by rocking the carols

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U of L based radio station CKXU celebrated Christmas with live music at the Slice, Friday, Dec. 14.

Rainbow Patrol playing  at CKXU's Christmas party at the Slice, Dec. 14. Photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived in the middle of a set of rockified Christmas carols courtesy of local Rainbow Patrol,  all decked out in their ugliest Christmas  sweaters.

Sil Campus and Aaron Trozzo of betterhalf playing the CKXU Christmas party, Dec. 14 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 After that, betterhalf, aka bassist /vocalist Sil Campus and drummer Aaron Trozzo busted out the Kinks “ Father Christmas,” before  Mosrite Holiday finished off the night with instrumental, Ventures style Christmas melodies.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2018 16:32 )
 
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