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Plenty of great local music for Rotary Dragon Boat Festival

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 The Rotary  Dragon Boat Festival is always a blast, even when battling spurts of  rain. I caught a few different acts in between storms, June 21 and 22.Chayce Mihalcz singing with Chinnook Rock and pop at the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery

The Chevelles’ Tim Carter at the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Chinook High School rock and pop program played an impressive array of ’90s songs and classic rock, with a couple of different lead vocalists belting out beloved hits by the likes of Guns N Roses and Nirvana.


 The main act of Friday night was the Chevelles.


 They played their usual strong set of classic rock, opening with “The Boys Are back in Town,” “ Twilight Zone,” and a couple of Rolling Stones classic s “Gimmie Shelter” and “Sympathy For the Devil,” coming on top of each other.


 I left as they went disco for a song or two.


I also caught a couple  of acts on Saturday, June 22 at the rotary Dragon  Boat Races.


 I mainly wanted to catch local blues rock band Coda. I caught them in the middle of a heartfelt version of the Allman Brothers/ Govt. Mule’s song “Soulshine,” but they also put a bluesy stamp on “Hold on I’m Coming” and the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride.”Global Drums at the Rotary Dragon boat Festival, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery


 They went classic rock with a cover of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s last dance.
 While Dory Rossiter and  her band Horizon were setting up, not to mention trying to track down their bassist.

Global DrumsSheldon Shukaliak of Coda at the Rotary Dragon boat Festival, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery put on a spirited set in front of the stage of Caribbean music and more impressively a percussion powered  version of Nirvana’s “Smell’s like Teen Spirit.”


 I was just expecting a set of classic rock from Horizon, but was pleased to hear them branching out on a variety of different pop and rock songs powered by Dory Rossiter’s big voice.Dory Rossiter of Horizon at the Rotary Dragon boat Festival, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery


 Coda bassist Rick Maddeaux stepped up to fill in on  the first couple of songs including a cool version of Barns Courtney’s “Fire.”


I’m really starting to appreciate Ottawa songstress Kathleen Edwards, so I was really pleased to hear Horizon cover Edwards‘ “ I Make the Dough.”


And I love their cover of Kacey Musgraves’  “Follow your Arrow, so I was excited to hear that as their bassist arrived and took over for “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 July 2019 00:17 )
 

Steve Keenan band focus on original blues for Casino Lethbridge show

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A rare local show  from local blues rock band The Steve Keenan Band is not to be missed. So I was especially glad to hear them play a solid set of mostly oriSteve Keenan playing Casino Lethbridge, June 21. Photo by Richard Ameryginal music at Casino Lethbridge, Friday, June 21. They were also at the Casino, June 22. They had a busy weekend as they also played the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, Sunday afternoon, June 23.


 The band, featuring Steve Keenan on guitar and vocals, drummer Darwin Romanchuk, keyboardist  Gary Drayton and  bassist David Popovitch played a strong, tight set of blues. And everybody got to solo, especially Gary Drayton, tickling the ivories beautifully.


As usual, they showed a strong Stevie ray Vaughan influence. they played some brand new music and older favourites like “Whiskey Drinking Blues.”
They ended  their first set with a  spirited version of BB King’s “the Thrill is Gone.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 July 2019 00:01 )
 

Papa King and TJ Waltho play the blues at Watertower

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 I only caught the end of Papa King and keyboardist TJ Waltho’s first set at the Watertower Grill, Friday, June 21.

Papa King and TJ Waltho at the Watertower, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
  Waltho’s  keyboards added a beautiful extra dimension to Papa King’s gravelly guttural acoustic delta blues based sound, so I was sad to have only caught the end of one song.

Waltho played subtle lines never overpowering King’s voice and acoustic guitar.

 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 July 2019 23:55 )
 

Chasing Illusions lay down mellow sounds

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The Owl featured some upbeat, dream pop and impassioned indie rock from  Saskatoon’s “Chasing Illusions.” Chasing Illusions at the Owl, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery

I couldn’t see them at all in the poorly lit room, but they played an addictively catchy and impassioned set of guitar  driven pop rock music along the lines if the Gin Blossoms and Jimmy Eat World.


“ This is the dopest room we‘ve ever played,”  bubbled lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist  Dawson Wayne, who was happy to warm up the full house for what was sure to be a hot set from local favourites Biloxi Parish.


 I was thinking of calling it a night after Steve Keenan and  Papa King’s shows elsewhere, but was glad I stopped by for an enjoyable set.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 July 2019 23:51 )
 

21st Avenue play favourites and originals

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I’m really starting to enjoy  new local rock band 21st Avenue, so I had to catch them at the Slice. They didn’t have the crowd they deserved, which was to be expected with so many other shows happening in town on a hectic Friday night, June 21.

21st avenue at the Slice, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played an easy-going set of  music  spanning alternative rock and pop music from all over the ’90s including originals which referenced the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They even tackled  the Pepper’s “Under the Bridge.”


 They also played a  solid cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “ The Middle” and impressively tackled the Glorious Sons’ ”Mama.”
 In between they bantered hilariously between themselves.

They also covered Weezer’s “ the Sweater Song,” and Marilyn Manson’s version of the Eurythmics’“Sweet Dreams.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 July 2019 23:45 )
 
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