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Queen of the Worms help celebrate birthday with a masquerade

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Local alternative rock band Queen of the Worms celebrated popular Slice server and local musician Megan Rourke’s masquerade birthday party with  a whole lot of alt country tinged rock music at the Slice, Friday, Nov. 16.

Tyler Bird of Queen of the Worms dressed for a masquerade. Photo by Richard Amery
A small, but enthusiastic  audience danced in the dark, sporting a variety of fancy masks.

Frontman Tyler Bird was joined by bassist Paul Holden and  drummer Clayton Smith for the show.

 They played a variety of original  material ranging from roots rock to blues with a touch of country and a lot of alternative rock.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2018 00:29 )

Chris Snelgrove and Craig Baceda meld their musical minds on Mind Merge

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Local singer Chris (Giph) Snelgrove’s mind merged with his singing teacher, multi-instrumentalist and guitar whiz Craig Baceda for a new CD Mind Merge.

Mind Merge combines the talents of Chris Snelgrove and Craig Baceda.
“I’ve actually  been doing vocal lessons with Craig and we ended up working on these songs together, which is pretty cool,” said Snelgrove, who was formerly the lead singer for local metal band To The Mountains.

“ This CD more is more classic  rock, which is different for both of us as Craig usually does  a lot of Yngwie Malmsteen shredding. When To The Mountains fizzled, I started collaborating with Craig,” he said.

Baceda plays, drums, guitar and bass on the CD while Snelgrove provides his lyrics, voice and some keyboards.
 He had a lot to get off his chest lyrically, so the CD explores his feelings after his divorce as well as his love for the mountains.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2018 00:19 ) Read more...

Plenty of country to start December

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Welcome in December with live music. The biggest show of the week is rising country star Brett Kissel who returns to Lethbridge to play the Enmax Centre, Thursday, Nov. 29 as part of his  “We Were This Song tour. Tickets are $58. The show begins at 8 p.m. Dan Davidson is shares the bill.

In Cahoots release their new Cd at the Owl acoustic Lounge, Friday, Nov. 30. Photo by Richard Amery
But before that, get your fix of blues, folk, exotic music and heartfelt stories from Vancouver musician Bocephus King, who returns to Lethbridge to play a special show at the Slice on Wednesday, Nov. 28 with the Lethbridge Belly dancers beginning at 9 p.m.

The Lethbridge Jazz Ensembles perform at  the University of Lethbridge Recital hall on Wednesday, Nov. 28 as well at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 for seniors, and alumni and $12 for students.

Or end November with lots of laughs at the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s monthly stand-up comedy open mic on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
There’s a whole lot of country going on this week. In addition to the Brett Kissel concert, Nov. 29, Suzanne Scott and the Dusty Rose band return to Casino Lethbridge on the weekend.

 On the more Canadiana side, Grande Prairie’s Brad Lynch band play the Slice, Friday, Nov. 30 with Winkler , Manitoba’s  Joe Wilson who considers Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, Colter Wall and Whitey Morgan to be among his many influences.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2018 21:24 ) Read more...

Trevor Panczak in the running for ACMA awards

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Local country musician Trevor Panczak is up  for several ACMA music awards including male artist of the year, rising star, video of the year for Cheap Shades, album of the year for “Where I Go To Come back” and fans choice.

Trevor Panczak is up for several ACMA awards. Photo by Richard Amery
“And my bassist Ray Banman has been nominated for musician of the year,” Panczak said, noting he made the top 10 finals, and expects to hear if he made the Top 5 in mid December.

“I’ve been nominated for awards before. They just show what I’m doing is on the right track,” Panczak said.
 The top five perform at the  ACMA awards weekend in Red Deer, Jan. 26-27.
THat’s a great excuse for artists to socialize , because running in the same circuit, we don’t often get to see each other,” Panczak said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:45 ) Read more...

Brett Kissel celebrates life on the road with family

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Country star Brett Kissel has a lot of great memories — winning a Juno, touring with Garth Brooks and having Garth give him his autographed guitar, touring the world, but  the one thing  that stands out  is being able to spending time with his wife and daughters.

Brett Kissel played the Enmax Centre, Nov. 29. Photo by Richard Amery
“Over the past 10 months we’ve done 100 shows in 10 provinces and territories and we’re doing the last five in Alberta,” enthused Kissel, pulling into Terrace, B.C for “another sold out show.”

He brings his “We Were that Song” tour  to the Enmax Centre, Nov. 29.
“I feel so thankful people have got behind my music and the live show,” he said.

“ It’s been three years since I’ve been to Lethbridge. So I’m excited to come back with this tour and album,” he said.

He is touring in support of his new single “Cecila,” the fourth single from his CD  “We Were that Song” is about his wife.
“When you’re writing a song called ‘Cecilia,’ like Paul Simon has done, it would be easy to  write something soft and romantic. But I wanted to write something that is strong and upbeat, like my wife is,” he said, adding he wrote it with High Valley’s Brad Rempel.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:47 ) Read more...
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