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Queen of the Worms show more straight ahead rock and roll side

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I always look forward to the return of  Edmonton rock trio Tallest to Shortest, but missed most of what was a great show, Saturday, May 26 at the Slice.
 I also missed Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset, but look forward to heating them play again.

 I was glad to catch a  rare performance by Tyler Bird’s band Queen of the Worms, including Bird on guitar and vocals, bassist Paul Holden and drummer Clayton Smith.Queen of the Worms returned to the Slice last week. photo by Richard Amery

 The band has undergone a slight modification of sound since I last heard them, moving from heavier alternative rock to a more accessible, alt country tinged rock and roll.

 They played a tight set which had most of the good sized crowd dancing within a few songs.

 They were called back for an encore of the always popular “Pussy on Wheels.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 June 2018 13:40 )

Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival dominates entertainment scene this week

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An extremely busy June takes off this week with several Lethbridge Jazz and Blues festival events. The fun begins on Friday with  the Young Lions Concert at the gate featuring numerous school bands. The big free outdoor festival Jazz in the park is across the street at Galt Gardens at noon, June 9 with an all local line-up including Hippodrome, Papa King, Texas Flood, the Metrik Tentet and Lethbridge Big band.Megan brown and Steve Martin play with Makiisma this week. Photo by Richard Amery
There is a blues brunch on Sunday featuring Papa King at the Stoketown Café at noon.

 Jazz fans get a day off on Monday, but are sure to be at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Tuesday, June 12 with the jazz jam with HBO3 and Josh Davies.

 And the Sojourners’ Marcus Mosely hosts this year’s  Sweet Inspiration gospel jazz show at  the Southminster United Church, June 13. There is a $10 cover for that event.
 But there is more than just jazz happening  this week.

The Silver Creek band plays Casino Lethbridge on the weekend.
The Slice is hopping this week beginning  with an early starting rock show, June 5 featuring Winnipeg emo/pop duo Alone I Walk/Tanner Cyr and the Rainbow Patrol. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is a  $10 cover.

Local bluesman Keith Woodrow plays June 6 and Prince Albert based, female indie rock trio The Wolfe hosts the jam on Thursday. They were a top 4 finalist for the CBC Searchlight competition in 2017 and just released their second album Strange Words. The Slice features Megan Brown’s band Makiisma on Friday, June 8 with Riley McKinnon. Calgary pop punk band the Galacticas return to the Slice on June 10 with sessions. There is $10 cover for that show.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 June 2018 15:14 ) Read more...

Echo Nebraska expand on pop side on new CD

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Vancouver folk/rock band Echo Nebraska have embraced their  more pop side on their sophomore  CD “Hold up to the Fire.”Echo Nebraska play Lethbridge this week. photo submitted
 They visit the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 8. as part of a two week tour of Alberta and B.C.

“ Though I flew in to Regina to do a solo show,” said frontman Devon Christoudoulou, back with his band mates Carly Frey, Mike Lauder, Dan Ponich and Andy Schichternear, just outside of Kamloops.

“We’ve been working on this new record. We recorded it with Jeff Dawson. We’re really excited about it, so we want to play it for people,” he said, adding it marks a change in direction for the band.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 June 2018 15:06 ) Read more...

Nobuki Takamen excited to return to Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival with trio

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Hiroshima born, New York city based guitarist Nobuki Takamen returns to play The Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens  for the Lethbridge Jazz and blues Festival, June 10.Nobuki Takamen returns to the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival this year. photo submitted
“The Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens thought it was a great show and wanted to do it again, so they thought about how to make it different. So this time he brings his trio,” said festival organizer Don Robb Tickets are available through for $35.

“I played Lethbridge back in 2010, and always wanted to go back, but never did until last year,” said Takamen who is excited to  return to the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens for this year’s festival, with his trio of  drummer Naoki  Aikawa and bassist Toshiyuki Tanahashi.

“I met Naoki in 2005 shortly after I moved to New York. And I have been playing with both of them for a while, but we formed the trio in  March,” he said, adding they went into the studio to record music together shortly after.

“ I enjoy playing with the trio. I write music including bass lines and percussion. With the trio, I can focus on soloing,” he said, noting he counts the fingerpicking style of Chet Atkins as being one of many influences on his playing.

“We’ll be playing a lot of new music that we‘re releasing  on Nov. 27,” he said, noting two of the songs were inspired by and written during his previous visits to Lethbridge.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 June 2018 23:22 ) Read more...

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra ready to “Make Really Party” for Windy City Opry

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Victoria based, eastern European influenced indie rock and folk band the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra are excited to return to Lethbridge to play the Windy City Opry, Wednesday, June 13 at the Slice.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra return to Lethbridge, June. 13. photo by Richard Amery
“We‘re excited Shaela (Miller) asked us to do it because we‘ve never done that before,” said frontman Kurt Loewen from his home in Edmonton.

 They are supporting a new EP “We make Really Party, which was released late last year.
“This album goes back to our beginnings, when we were really interested in eastern European music,” he said.
“There are songs we‘ve been playing live for a while.  A lot of them have a gypsy vibe to them and went well together. And a lot of them, like ‘Bella Ciao,’ have really changed so we needed to get them onto wax,“ he continued.

 The name of the Ep comes from a friend they met while touring in Eastern Europe.
“He always says, ‘We make really party,’ which is what we do,” he continued.
 As expected, the fiddle plays a prominent role on the CD.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 June 2018 06:54 ) Read more...
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