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Couleefest and much more this week

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 There are quite a few events happening this week.

Papa King and Darryl Düus play a couple shows this week. photo by Richard Amery
 Rae Spoon plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Tuesday with Respectfulchild and Ground Slot Orchestra for FlIPfest. Admission is by donation. The show begins at 9 p.m.

New West Theatre opens their new season with Million Dollar Quartet which tells the story of a jam session at Sun Studio from Sept. 12-29. It runs at 7:30 p.m. each night and a 1 p.m. matinee on the Saturdays.

The biggest event is the Second Annual Couleefest, happening, Sept. 15 at Lethbridge College from 1-7 p.m..
 The free event includes displays from all the programs, a market family fun including bouncy castles and face painting and live music with Adequate, White Chocolate Thunder and Kavanagh and Hepher.
 But the week begins with the September edition of the Windy City Opry with Boots and the Hoots, hosting for Shaela Miller who is on tour. Pig Water aka Lance Loree and Toby Malloy will be performing. As usual the Opry begins at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
 Just down the road in Fort Macleod, Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn perform at the Empress, Thursday, Sept. 13. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.
It‘s going to be a busy weekend. The Lethbridge Folk Club has their first open mic of the season, Sept.14 at Casa in the ATB Community room. it runs runs from 7-9 p.m. Admission is five dollars to cover room rental.

Punk band Chief Mountain are starting to play more. This week they play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 14 with Face Cut.
Calgary power trio Bazaraba bring big riffs and vocal harmonies to the Slice, Sept. 14. They will be joined by local stoner rock band the Rainbow Patrol and Iron Tusk.
Bagpipes take centre stage with local rock band Soup of Flies, who return to the newly renovated Pop’s Pub North. They play from 8-11 p.m.
 For something a little more mellow, Dueling pianos with Cal Toth returns to Average Joes, Sept. 14.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 September 2018 17:15 ) Read more...

Kimberley MacGregor excited to visit with old pals and play with friends

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Edmonton singer songwriter Kimberley MacGregor is excited to return to Lethbridge to visit some pals, with good pal Jenny Allen and new pal October Poppy, next Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
“I love Jenny. I played with her at Waynestock and the North Country Fair and  enjoyed it so much we booked a couple of shows together,” said MacGregor.

Kimberley MacGregor returns to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
“Because we  live in different cities, I find  the best way to spend some time with someone is to book a show or two with them. So we’re taking a weekend to do that,” she enthused, adding she doesn’t really know October Poppy, who is part of Vernon band She Hangs Brightly.

“Our mutual friend Tyler Allen from Red Deer booked the show at the Owl on the same night, so I reached out to her, her name is Eryn, and asked her if she’d be interested in playing a songwriter in the round show with us,” she continued adding she loves songwriter in the round shows.

“ It’s a lot more fun than just watching one person playing , though that can be cool too, but I like watching them play together on each other‘s songs,” she said.

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 September 2018 16:06 ) Read more...

Female powered punk at the Smokehouse with the Shit Talkers and Daisy Stranglers

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The Smokehouse hosted a plethora of B.C. female powered music, Wednesday, Aug. 29.The Shit Talkers at the Smokehouse, Aug. 29. Photo by Ricahrd Amery
 I missed local band The Hockey Moms, but I arrived in time for most of Nanaimo trio the Daisy Stranglers who played a solid set of super tight 1977 style punk rock punctuated by bursts of  eardrum piercing feedback for their very first Lethbridge show and indeed, very first tour together. Bassist/vocalist Coral Miller and guitarist Diana Slack provided gang vocals while drummer  Patrick Barrett held down the beat.
They brought to mind a touch of the Plasmatics and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

 East Vancouver punks the Shit Talkers wound up the night with an energetic and spirited  set of all original punk drawing from their new EP “I Scream” and their previous  two EPs as well as some brand new songs.

 Guitarist Liz The Daisy Stranglers at the Smokehouse, Aug. 29. Photo by Richard AmeryMantle, drummer Nadja Feutlinske, bassist Michelle Duff and guitarist Brooke Fujiyama all took turns singing lead vocals and supplying gang vocals. They drew a lot from classic punk plus ’90s grunge like L7 and classic Vancouver punk like the Dishrags.

 But they were more than just punk. They effortlessly switched tempo and ever  did a funky breakdown in the middle of one of their songs without missing a beat.

“Eewww”  was a highlight as was “Shut Up” and set enders “All My Friends and “Fukin’ Guys.”
 They wound down with an older song “Canadian Peasant,“ and ended with a tribute to their home with  “East Van.”

—by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:44 )

Trevor Panczak gets into Whoop up Days spirit

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Local country singer Trevor Panczak was holding court at Average Joes, Saturday, Aug. 25. Somewhat surprisingly, Panczak, who had a  busy week of Whoop up Days and Taber Cornfest gigs, didn’t have as big of a crowd as he usually does.Trevor Panczak at Average Joes, Aug. 25. photo by Richard Amery

But the big, affable Panczak grinned and belted out his original songs backed by a band who mostly looked like newcomers save bassist Ray Banman and his rhythm guitarist, who was also playing the saloon with him earlier in the week.

 An early highlight was a cover of Justin Moore’s  “Put the Old Back in The New School.”
 He belted out Waylon Jennings’ “Lonesome, Orn’ry and Mean,” and the Turtles’ “Happy Together” and played his mash up of “If I had a Million Dollars” and “Wagon Wheel.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:18 )

Lots of different music for FLIPfest

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FLIPfest opened on Friday night, Aug. 24 at the Owl Acoustic lounge.Mombod opened Flipfest 2018 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 24. photo by Richard Amery
 I caught the first show of the weekend in the middle of a set  break but hung around for local alternative rock trio MomBod, who formed for last year’s Flipfest.

Janette King playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge For Flipfest, Aug. 25. photo by Richard Amery
 Guitarist / vocalist Fox Mandy, bassist vocalist Sil Campus and drummer Amberlea Parker played their usual set of ’90s style grunge and post grunge music along the lines of L7 and Hole. Sil Campus sang the first few more melodic songs including one about “What’s Going on in Lethbridge.” Mandy Fox took over lead vocals for the more screamo/ heavier part of their set.

The second annual female and non binary artist focused multi-venue downtown festival featured a variety of different styles of music including rap, pop, electronica, folk, country and metal and punk. It was in full force by Saturday, Aug. 25.

 I arrived at the Owl Acoustic Lounge in the middle of a set of synth pop from Janette King, Aug. 25. She sang appealing soulful R and B and pop music   with  the music playing on her laptop. While it wasn’t really my bag, I could appreciate her beautiful voice. I was there to hear some folk and country music  from the always amazing Bobby Dove, who was joined by Skinny Dyck on steel guitar.

She sang plaintive, heartfelt folk and heartbreaking country ballads. Most of her music was original but she sang a credible version of George Jones‘ “She Still Thinks I Care.”Bobby Dove and Skinny Dyck playing for Flipfest at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
Things got loud at the Slice, Saturday, Aug. 25 for a decent sized audience.

Hedks playing the Slice for FLIpfest, Aug. 25. photo by Richard Amery
 I only got to hear abrasive Vancouver drum and guitar duo Hedks, who played an energetic set of loud, sweaty, riff heavy punk and metal. They were reminiscent of the Pack A.D.and a touch of Hole era grunge.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:10 )
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