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Adequate bring the funk into the new year

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As expected, things got funky at the Owl Acoustic Lounge for New year’s Eve, Dec. 31with local funk rock trio Adequate.

Adequate getting funky for New Years at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 31. Photo by Richard Amery
 I was delighted to hear they have added a few more funk fuelled originals. Guitarist Josh Thorlakson was singing one of their older originals, “Get the Funk Out of My House”  as I arrived. It fit in well with their set of ’70s funk, disco and R and B classics. During a campy  prerecorded interlude, Keenan Pezderic took over on lead vocals, singing castrati, while Scott Mezei traded him his bass for a seat behind the drums.

 They had a good sized crowd up on their feet dancing and celebrating.

Pezderic sang another original in between plenty of sweaty, sexy funk including Rick James’ “Superfreak, and “Don’t Let Me Down.”

 Thorlakson took over on lead vocals again to sing some Earth Wind and Fire.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 January 2019 10:40 )

Lots of rock with Harsh and Mombod for an early New Year’s Eve

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge featured abrasive punk from a new Calgary band Harsh, Friday, Dec. 28 in a New Year’s Eve Eve eve celebration which also featured local alternative rock trio the Supervoid and Mombod, who closed the night.

Harsh playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 I just missed the Supervoid, but was in time to be impressed by a short set of abrasive 1977 style punk rock they described as  “Queer/Feminist/ Rage intensifies, which might have been apt if lead singer Rebecca Siferd wasn’t beaming and smiling as she danced.

 Siferd’s piercing voice reminded me of the X-Ray Spex with a touch of Siouxie and the Banshees. They played an enjoyable set despite the singer being drowned out by the rhythm section. They ended their set with a song about toxic masculinity.

MomBod playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 MomBod were in the mood to try out a couple new tunes, opening with one of them after after a few false starts.

They still draw heavily from ’90s alternative rock Riot Grrls and bands like Hole, L7 and Kittie but have shown a little bit more musical growth, adding a new instrumental and a cover from Moose Jaw based alternative rock/math rock duo the Faps.

 The three, Drummer Amberlea Parker, guitarist Mandy Fox and bassist Sil Campus alternated singing lead vocals.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 January 2019 10:33 )

Lots of open mics, blues and laughs this week

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Ease into January and take shelter from the wind with some live music this week.John Wort Hannam opens the new year for the Lethbridge Folk Club. Photo by Richard Amery
There is a variety of music happening this week, as there usually is.
There will be no  Windy City Opry in January, but Petunia returns to play the Opry in February on Feb. 13.
Tyler Bird hosts the Slice’s open mic on Thursday night beginning around 9 p.m.

 The first of several CD release parties already scheduled for this year happens at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 11 as Mercedes Fawns releases her new CD “I Grew Up Here.” Special guests the New Weather Machine and Bailey Kate will also be performing. Admission is by donation.
Keith “Catfish” Woodrow breaks out the first blues show of the new year at the Slice, Jan. 11. Though local blues rock band Coda is likely to also bring out some blues at Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12 at Casino Lethbridge. The show begins at 8 p.m.

The Lethbridge Folk Club opens the new year at the Lethbridge College Cave on Saturday, Jan. 12 with John Wort Hannam, who released his new CD “Acres of Elbow Room, last year. The show begins at 8 p.m. with Gabriel Thaine opening with a set. Their first open mic of the season the night before, Jan. 11 at Casa beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 January 2019 11:16 ) Read more...

Greg Rekus touring in support of vinyl release of Punkoustic

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Winnipeg Folk punk Greg Rekus is ready for his annual January pilgrimage to the Owl Acoustic lounge, Monday Jan. 7 when he will be hosting the open mic.Greg Rekus returns to the owl Acoustic lounge to hos tthe Jan. 7 open mic. Photo by Richard Amery
The Lethbridge show is part of a tour which winds up in Hawaii on Feb. 5.
“ I played there in 2015. This time I have three shows there,” Rekus said from Woolsley , Saskatchewan en route to Regina.
 “January is a good  time of the year to be away from Winnipeg,” he said.
 He is touring in support of the vinyl   re-release of his second album “Punkoustic.”

 He always looks forward to returning to the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
“ I wish every town had an Owl. It is such a great venue and Steve is great guy to work with, he is always so supportive of bands. I think the reason it works is because it is also a restaurant rather than trying to make it just with music. We‘ve got a new venue in Winnipeg called Bulldog Pizza, which is a pizza restaurant. They do  deliveries and everything, but they also really welcome live music,” he enthused.

“ So I usually  plan to be in Lethbridge in January and again in September,” he  continued.
 Since his last Lethbridge visit, he has toured all over the United States in support of “Punkoustic” which  he re-released on a small independent record label based out of Sioux Falls South Dakota called Loud Broke and Dumb.

“ It may be the last record they released, so they threw some money my way to do it. I wanted to do  vinyl originally because the artwork on it is so amazing, but it wasn’t feasible. I’ve actually played with  one of the guys. We did three shows together in Minneapolis, Fargo and Sioux Falls,” he said.


Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 January 2019 11:04 ) Read more...

HoverKraft make an impression despite technical issues

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 Local band HoverKraft are starting to make some waves this year, not the least was laying Bigwood 10 this year. and placing second in a battle of the Bands in November. They played the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, Dec. 21, which was the first time I actually got to hear them.

HoverKraft playing the Owl Acoustic lounge, Dec. 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 Other than dealing with a few technical issues , they played an excellent show which included the Silkstones opening up, so they already had a pretty decent sized crowd.

 HoverKraft played up beat female fronted pop rock music along the lines of Avril Lavigne.
 They played a tight set and had a solid groove.

— By Richard Amery, L.A, Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 January 2019 10:09 )
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