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Wine Soaked Preachers play real country for Windy City Opry

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Brooks based roots band The Wine Soaked Preachers make an impression. So I was glad to see them back for the windy City Opry at the Slice, Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Windy City Opry usually draws a decent crowd and they had one,  this night. But, as usual, I missed most of  the show including and opening set from Edmonton’s Vissia.

The Wine Soaked Preachers at the Slice for the Windy City Opry, Nov. 14. photo by Richard Amery
 The  Wine Soaked Preachers, dressed in matching red cowboy shirts and black pants,   were in the middle of a solid cover of cowboy classic “Big Iron,” but soon added a few of their own songs.

 There was plenty of shuddering upright bass and sighing steel guitar and  a voice reminiscent of the D Rangers’ Jaxon Haldane.

 Frontman Jay B switched to electric guitar as he noted it was tough to get friends out on a weeknight and played a song they wrote about it called another night at the Bottom of the Bottle.”

“Lethbridge Provincial Jail Blues,” inspired by a conversation with a man in Brooks who worked there, was a highlight of the set.
They were called back for an encore of Corb Lund’s “Time To Switch To Whiskey.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2018 12:07 )

A La Mode channel their inner ABBA for FLIPfest

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A FlipFest fundraiser was winding down at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 14 by the time I arrived in the middle of a set break.

 After a long few mA La Mode played for FLIPfest, Nov. 14. Photo by Richard Ameryinutes setting up, Winnipeg’s A La Mode took the stage at about 11:20 p.m. for a quickly dwindling crowd of approximately 20 people.

They played a bright, cheery set of keyboard powered pop music.

The Winnipeg quartet, including keyboardist /vocalist Dominique  LeMoine and electric guitarist  Ava Glendinning, plus bassist Gage Salknikowski and drummer Kerrigan Salknikowski, embraced their two female and two male configuration so you couldn’t avoid a comparison to ABBA especially due to the bright vocal harmonies between the guitarist and  the keyboardist, while the guys kept time on bass and drums.

They played addictively catchy pop with a melancholy edge.

Some of their songs included “Bummer Summer” and “Just Go Home” about a a man in his 50s who was out at shows every night to remember his recently deceased son.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:57 )

IKONS: A Kiss tribute plays KISSes hits

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 It was tribute night at Average Joes, Saturday, Nov. 10. While I missed local Metallica tribute Damage Inc.IKONS: A KISS tribute playng Average Joes last week. Photo by Richard Amery, I caught the last couple of songs from Calgary’s IKONS: The KISS Experience.

They were dressed in full ’70s costume, and had a Kiss flashing in lights behind the stage.

They played a tight set and looked and sounded the part, playing Kiss classics including “I Was Made For Loving You,” and “Rock and Roll All Night,” one I didn’t recognize “Let Me Go Rock And Roll” and ended with “Detroit Rock City.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:47 )

Doc MacLean and Albert Frost play the blues for Lethbridge folk club

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It is always a treat when  Doc MacLean plays the blues in Lethbridge. His return to the Lethbridge Folk Club on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Lethbridge College Cave was no exception as approximately 50 people admired his work.

 He is always joined by other talented people. Albert Frost plays guitar with a bow for the Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 10 at the Lethbridge College Cave. photo by Richard Amery

This time is was the pride of South Africa, Albert Frost, who was in the middle of a hot solo set, while MacLean took a seat at the back of the room to watch.

 Frost   played some exotic acoustic guitar, looped a lick of it and switched to electric mid song, produced a violin bow and did his best Jimmy Page imDoc MacLean and Albert Frost plays for the Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 10 at the Lethbridge College Cave. photo by Richard Amerypression over the repeating riff.

 MacLean returned , donned his National steel and played a “spiritual song“ while Frost added a subtle solo.

 Frost played another song, with MacLean accompanying him.

  I was in time for  two of my Doc MacLean favourites as MacLean howled out “Angola Prison Rodeo.”

They were called back for an encore of “Jelly Roll Blues.”
 Maclean wandered into the audience for the last couple notes and the duo bowed good bye.

— by Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:28 )

Lots of blues, jazz and fundraisers this week

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There is all kinds of jazz and blues happening this week in Lethbridge.AC DC tribute Who Made Who return to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 Start off the week on Wednesday as Winnipeg’s Dirty Catfish Brass band return to the Slice for a big show of new Orleans jazz and pop infused tunes beginning at 8:30 p.m. Just down the block, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features their usual bi monthly Jazz jam with HBO3 and Josh Davies on Wednesday night as well.

 On Sunday Winnipeg’s Joey Landreth plays the Geomatic Attic, winding up their year. He was a hit at Whoop up Days this year opening for the Sheepdogs. Tickets are $32.50. As usual, Geomatic Attic shows begins at 8 p.m. sharp.
The Slice hosts a special fundraising concert for flood relief in the southern  India state of Kerala, Nov. 23., Jory Kohn hosts the evening, which will be full of performances by  Ajay Jameson, Fox Kit, Frankie and the Bridge Mix, rapper Latin Rev and blues band Zojo Black. Admission is a minimum $10 donation. Slightly different, local rock band Biloxi Parish return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 23 with Mark Andrew Spencer.
Ocver at the university of Lethbridge, local folk musician Tyson Ray Borsboom and Max Hopkins play the Zoo at the Student’s Union Building.

If you want to rock, AC DC tribute Who Made Who returns to Average Joes, Nov. 23 with local band Old School Admission is $20 on the day of the show,  or $50 including a prime rib buffet.
 If you are in a  ’90s mood, Uncovered play Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:09 ) Read more...
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