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Friday night freak out with Ghost Woman at the Owl

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Lethbridge psychedelic rock band Ghost Woman like to combine multi-media elements to their shows, like their well attended Dec. 7 show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

Ghost Woman returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 7. Phoro by Richard AmeryThey turn off all the lights at their shows, so going to one is like entering a cave with random psychedelic images flashing on the wall behind the stage.

It’s also tough to see who is actually in the band in any given performance.

For this show, it looked like a blissed out  Aaron Trozzo was playing bass as frontman Evan Uschenko lurked in the shadows crooning spooky lyrics and playing ambient,  delay laden surf tinged  guitar licks.

 But the audience cheered every song and were impressed by their groove and tightness..

— By Richard  Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 December 2018 10:10 )

Get ready to rock before Christmas

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Get ready to rock before Christmas.

Tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 18, Gabe Thaine brings his high level  Variety show back to the Slice. Katt Panic hosts an eclectic evening of entertainment including host band the Crooked Creek Warblers followed by music, magic, juggling, anything you can imagine. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. There s a five dollar cover.


But start things off on a jazzy note as HBO3 and Josh Davies host The Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Dec. 19. The same night, down the block, Calgary raised jazz musician Stefan Hegerat has a CD release party at the Slice for his debut CD  “Icterus,” described as a fusion of rock and jazz. He has performed with JJ and the Pillars, Lisa Bozikovic, Blue Sky Miners, Ryan Carley and The Naive. This is an early show that begins at 7 p.m. There is a $10 cover.Rancho Deluxe are one of several local shows happening this week. Photo by Richard Amery

As expected, there are plenty of Christmas related activities happening this week. Chris Roedler is hosting a Christmas afternoon at Galt Museum, Dec. 19 from 2-3 p.m..
The Owl Acoustic Lounge is  taping into their inner Potterheads by hosting an adult version of the Yule Ball, Dec. 20 with music and “butterbeer.” And local vocals instructor Andrea Roberts’ students are performing a Christmas concert at city Hall, Dec. 21 from 1-2 p.m.

New West Theatre opens their annual best of music-comedy revue show “Hit Parade” on Dec. 19. It runs until Jan. 5 Expect to hear a lot of old favourites from previous shows and a few new numbers and lots of laughs.

On the stranger side of the season, the Slice hosts an unusual show, Thursday, Dec. 20  with the Taitanium WTF Variety Show. Performers include model  and “circus punk”  Harley Page plus burlesque dancer the Real Green Fairy plus Fatt Matt and Santa Claus. There is a $10 cover or $7 if you wear a onesie or PJS.

 But this week is all about the rock, Yuletide themed and otherwise.

 Saskatoon’s One Bad Son bring their beloved holiday show Average Joes, Dec. 20. They will be be performing big hits like “Scarecrow” and “Raging Bull,” deeper tracks and a lot more,
One Bad Son and Guests play Average Joes, Thursday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $20 in advance, $35 on the day of the show. Daylan Delaney will be opening the show.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 December 2018 10:42 ) Read more...

One Bad Son celebrate successful year by bringing hometown holiday show on the road

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One Bad Son is bringing their annual christmas/ new Year’s Eve party to Lethbridge, when they return to Average Joes, Dec. 20.One Bad Son return to rock Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
the Saskatoon based band have had an exciting year which included touring with ’80s hair metallers Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach.
“We did our first tour of the United States. We played everywhere. We played like 27 shows,” said One Bad Son frontman Shane Volk driving from his home in Calgary to meet the rest of the band in Saskatoon for one rehearsal  before hitting the road  their Western Canada Christmas tour, starting in Red Deer, continuing to Calgary on Dec. 15 and Lethbridge  on Dec. 20.

“There might be some Christmas music,” Volk chuckled.

“Every year for the past 10 years we’ve been doing this big Christmas/ New Year’s show at home in Saskatoon, which is always a lot of fun, so we decided to take it on the road to some of our favourite  western Canadian cities. And Lethbridge has always been one of our favourites,” Volk continued.

“We’ll be playing a lot of songs  people have heard before and a lot of songs we haven’t played in a number of years,” he continued, reflecting on a successful year which included seeing “Raging Bull ” hit number one, lots of touring and home town recognition as they were nominated for rock and pop artist of the year  at the first ever Saskatchewan music awards and Saskatoon magazine Planet S naming them best band for the third year in a row.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 December 2018 10:23 ) Read more...

In Cahoots show many sides for CD release party

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge seems to be the place to be lately, as most of the shows I’ve attended there lately tend to be packed wall to wall. It helps if familiar faces and their bands are releasing new CDs.

Don Cassell of In Cahoots playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30. photo by Richard Amery
 So local band In Cahoots, featuring vocalist/ ukulele player and Bodhran player Eya Kelly, vocalist/guitarist/ harmonica player Don Cassell and  bassist/vocalist Dil Jopp had a full house at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Nov. 30.

 They were performing two varied sets to reflect the diversity of their new CD  “Across the Coulees.”

I caught the end of their first set, which mostly featured Eya Kelly singing lead vocals and playing Ukulele on the more laid back folk songs including the title track “Across the Coulees.”

After that, they augmented their sound as Dil Jopp switched to electric bass, Brad Brouwer took a seat behind the drum kit, guitarist Patrick Thom had to hook up an amp and his axe as Cassell took Eya Kelly and Dil Jopp of In Cahoots playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30. photo by Richard Ameryover on lead vocals. Cassell sang like John Fogerty , strumming acoustic guitar and blowing harp solos and drawing enthusiastic applause from the audience.

 Cassell sang the more up tempo, gritty rock tracks from the album as well as a song from the Juxtaposers, one of his previous bands.

But he also sang a pretty, more Spanish flavoured number called “Don’t Go Away.”

They also played a few covers including the Band’s “Ophelia” and “Johnny Too Bad, ” which had more of a reggae feel.

By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:04 )

Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset returns to the Owl

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 It is great to have Taylor Ackerman back in town and even better to see him returning to his blues rock roots with his band Global Acid Rest, featuring his dad Pat Ackerman on bass and drummer Dustin Gergel.

Taylor Ackerman and Global Acid Reset playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 1. photo by Richard Amery
 I caught their second set at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Dec. 1.

 They had a decent crowd as Ackerman was just hitting his stride with an excellent cover of Blackberry Smokes’“Ain’t Much Left of Me.”
He stayed true to his blues rock muse. So he supplied plenty of big riffs, wah wah pedal soaked guitar solos and  a voice which reminded me of Kenny Wayne Shepherd in a few places.

 He switched guitars to play a couple  slide  powered numbers and dug deep  for his covers including a superb, slide powered cover of the Perpetrators’ “I Must Be Crazy.”

 He went back in time for a Captain Beefheart cover “Twist Ah Luck.”
 They also played some Lynyrd Skynyrd but wound up their second set with an original  “Who I Am.” and another song about playing with  a lot of different bands as Taylor Ackerman does do.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:34 )
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