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Grabow back in town

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Mike Grabow and Ben Brown. Photo by Richard Amery Singer songwriter Mike Grabow was back in Lethbridge for a packed show at Mood with the Ben Brown Trio, Feb. 6. Grabow, back in Lethbridge after a few months in Mexico,  joined the Ben Brown Trio on stage for a version of Collective Soul’s ‘Shine.’ 

Then did a solo set of own material backed by a band.

Ben Brown did a pretty cool version of ‘Careless Whisper’ and Collective Soul’s ‘Gell’ as well as a couple slower originals.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 21:07 )
 

Papa King and Daryll Düus born to boogie

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Daryll  Düus and Papa King ended their first set with an electrifying version of blues classic of ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ which was a lot more up tempo, though something is lacking without their drummer former drummer.

The two bluesmen aptly named themselves theDarryl Düus and Papa King. Photo by Richard Amery ‘Boogie Brothers,’ were both seated and playing.

Papa King was playing some sweet acoustic guitar and singing like Dr. John.

Düus was dancing in his seat whole playing scorching leads through several originals and blues standards including ‘Baby Please Don’t Go.’ and pretty cool version of Johnny Johnson’s  ‘That’ll Work.’

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 January 2019 14:35 )
 

Bridgette a born frontwoman for the Living Luca

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Local rock band The Living Luca, a revamped version of popular rock band NSR had an enthusiastic crowd at Henotic, Feb. 5. It was an even bigger crowd than  the Plaid Tongued Devils playing downstairs, as the Living Luca were playing a packed GCBC Lounge.Bridgette Yarwood and  Ivan DeReina of the Living Luca. Photo by Richard Amery


 Singer Bridgette Yarwood  showed she continues to be a born frontwoman, smiling and chatting with the audience in between dancing all over the stage and belting out uptempo modern rock with those golden pipes of hers.

She showed immense vocal range and didn’t miss a note, proving  she was born to be on stage.

Her band, including brother Brendon on drums who was equally engaging with the crowd as well as new guitarist Ivan DeReina and bassist Mason Schaffer played together like seasoned pros instead of a band who were playing together for just three weeks (as Schaffer only joined three weeks ago.)

They played several old NSR songs as well as some new originals. Excellent.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 21:05 )
 

Plaid Tongued Devils klezmania

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Calgary klezmaniacs the Plaid Tongued Devils brought  some more upbeat klezmer music featuring  dueling electric violins, and an eight stringed guitar to Henotic Feb. 5.Ty Semaka of the Plaid Tongued Devils. Photo by Richard Amery
Lead signer Ty Semaka has a distinctive voice which makes his band sound like System of the Down playing klezmer music.
 The two violinists, Roxanne Young and  especially Jonathan Lewis were a marvel, with their instruments hooked up to a variety of guitar effects and playing some impressive solos, both alone and  harmonizing with each other.  They had dancers almost immediately who stayed on the floor. They dancers multiplied during the second set  which included  crowd favourites like ‘Help, I’m a Logo,’ as well as an intense drum solo, a bass solo and a couple more impressive violin solos.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 February 2010 16:52 )
 

Quitzau exhibits extreme feel for his guitar

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“Where there is music, sweet music falling down like rain,” one of  Lester Quitzau’s lyrics from his beautiful ballad 'In Your Arms Again,' summed up his Feb. 5 show at the Wolf's Den for the Lethbridge Folk Club.Lester Quitzau at the Wolf’s Den. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Gulf Island based bluesman picked and grinned his way through an almost sold out performance at the Wolf’s Den for the Lethbridge Folk Club. He was backed by stand-up bassist Farley Scott, who switched to electric bass for a good part of the first set.
 Quitzau started his laid back first set playing a mellow instrumental on his battered Stratocaster, then switched to a dobro for some tasteful slide playing. A pretty instrumental, ‘Ferris Wheel,’ also included a pretty cool steel drum solo.
 He sang a couple really pretty numbers, but shone on the guitar on which he exhibited supreme feel  and taste for his instrument.  He ended his first set with a restrained and eerie slide powered version  of blues classic ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin.’
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 February 2010 14:55 )
 
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