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Harlequin stops by to jam with Chevelles after Whoop Up Days show

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The fun thing about Whoop up Days is anything can happen after the main show is done. So Average Joes was hopping with another hot show from local classic rockers the Chevelles, Friday, Aug. 24, playing a fundraiser for Extreme Cheer Sensation. They had a good sized crowd dancing up a storm.Harlequin jamming with the Chevelles at Average Joes, Aug. 24. photo by Richard Amery
 They ran the gamut of classic rock from ’80s ballads including Poison’s “Every Rose Has it’s Thorn, ” The Beatles’ “ Come Together,” a stripped down version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s  some AC DC and more modern pop material  like “Tonight’s Going to be A Good night” from the Black Eyed Peas. And it was a good night with the hep of some very special guests.

 Country singer Julian Austin, who opened the show wearing his classic rock hat with his band Trixx and celebrating his birthday in Lethbridge, stepped on stage  to sing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”  with the help of Rob Habetler on keyboards. Austin also played the next night with his country band.
A few members  of Canadian classic rockers Harlequin were hanging out after their Whoop up Days and were coaxed on stage to play Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” and their big hit “Thinking of You” with the help of Kitty Chevelle on bass.
 The rest of the Chevelles returned for ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down.”

—by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:54 )

Erin Ross sings beautiful blues with the Rhythm Method

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Calgary blues/ country musician Erin Ross never gets the audience she deserves in Lethbridge, even when accompanied by a hot band of drummer Lloyd Peterson and bassist Brenden McGuigan, called the Rhythm Method, for a sparsely Erin Ross returned to the Slice with her band, Aug. 24. Photo by Richard Amery attended show at the Slice on Friday, Aug.24. Granted she was competing with Harlequin at Whoop up Days and the opening night of Flipfest. But unperturbed by lack of numbers, she still killed it through a set of traditional blues and country music plus several of her own songs.
 Ross is always a delight to watch and hear, and having the Rhythm Method behind her, she was able to show how talented of a guitarist she is by breaking into some tasteful soloing.

She sang in a voice that was alternately sultry and twangy depending on what she was playing. Her more country numbers reminded me a little of Bobby Gentry, but she could also belt out the blues beautifully as her  more bluesy numbers reminded me more  of Sue Foley. “Another Empty Day,” was an original highlight.

She played some tasteful slide guitar as she switched axes to a Resonator guitar for a few older blues numbers. She showed a lot of range from an excellent version of ZZ Top’s “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” and some older blues from Skip James and even tackled some BB King.

She wound down her first set with some of her original country music.
Three fifths of Rancho Deluxe including George Arsene, bassist Paul Holden and drummer Brad Brouwer opened the show with a set of mostly original country and folk music.

—by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:46 )

Lethbridge Folk Club opening fortieth anniversary season with the Wardens

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 The Lethbridge opens their 40th year with the Wardens, returning to the Cave, Sept. 8 with Cathy Hawley.Cathy Hawley opens  for The Wardens for the Lethbridge Folk Club’s season opening concert at the Lethbridge College Cave, Sept. 8. Photo by Richard Amery
 They don’t have anything special to celebrate except bringing back some old favourites and extending memberships.

“We thought we’d give our members a gift, so we’re extending our membership season until the end of 2019, ” said Lethbridge Folk Club president Morris Soenen, adding you can buy tickets for the shows at Street Legal Records. Tickets remain at  $30 for non-members  including a five dollar membership for the rest of the season and $25 for members, $20 for students who aren’t members and $15 for students who  are members.

This year’s season opens with the return of the Wardens, Saturday, Sept. 8 to the Lethbridge College Cave with Cathy Hawley opening.

“They’re wardens in Banff and Canmore. Two of them are retired and I think the other is in the grizzly bear management program. He was an IT guy,” Soenen said.
“Last time they were here, they had a slideshow of some of the pictures they took. They have a lot of stories to tell,” Soenen said.
 Calgary based newgrass  and folk band Rotary Park play for the Folk Club on  Oct. 13 with Bob Blair opening.
“Bob  is a top notch steel guitar and lap steel guitar player,” he said.
A big highlight for blues fans of this year‘s  season is  the return of Doc MacLean.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:22 ) Read more...

Rae Spoon returning with “Bodies of Water”

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  Rae Spoon is excited to return to Lethbridge, Sept. 11 for a show at the Owl Acoustic lounge for Flipfest.Rae Spoon Returns to Lethbridge, Sept. 11. Photo Submitted
The popular non-binary artist is touring in support of a new ninth album “ Bodies of Water” featuring the new single “Do Whatever The Heck You Want.”
The new album will officially be released on Sept. 7.
“We’ve released two singles so far including ‘Bioluminiescent,” said Spoon from home in Victoria.
 Spoon is touring with Saskatoon based non-binary electronic artist Respectfulchild aka Gan and the Ground Sloth Orchestra at the Lethbridge show.
“Respectfulchild is coming to play keyboards and I’ll be playing some electric guitar,” Spoon added.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:37 ) Read more...

The Lethbridge Folk Club and Geomatic Attic begin their new seasons this week

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Things pick up for fall this week with two major concert series opening their new seasons and  big events welcoming back students.Hollerado are one of several bands playing Freshfesst this week. Photo by Richard Amery
The Lethbridge Folk Club opens their new, fortieth anniversary year by bringing back the Wardens to the Lethbridge College Cave on Saturday, Sept. 8.
 The Wardens are a folk trio from the Banff and Canmore area who work as park wardens and have stories and photos to share. Tickets are $30 including a membership for the season which also includes membership through to the end of 2019. Tickets are $20 for students who aren’t members and $15 for students who are members. Cathy Hawley opens the show. at 8 p.m.

 The Geomatic Attic also opens their new season this week with John Wort Hannam’s CD release party for “Acres of Elbow Room” The show begins at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $32.50 for that show.

 U of L students are in for a treat if they like indie rock with an expanded Freshfest, Sept. 7 and 8 outside the Student’s Union building. The first day features Halifax indie Rock band Wintersleep, Ottawa rock band Hollerado, local indie rock bands the Silkstones and Biloxi Parish and  the Zolas from Vancouver.
 Saturday includes Calgary power trio the Static Shift and Calgary pop singer Jocelyn Alice plus Toronto pop band Valleys. New York City based pop/soul singer Max is on the bill as is local country musician Tyson Ray Borsboom. Local DJ Zodiaque performs each night. Freshfest is only open to  students or guests of students.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:30 ) Read more...
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