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Rotary Dragon boat festival brings entertainment and music to Henderson lake park

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I only caught the last day of this year’s Rotary Dragon boat Festival, Sunday, June 24 at Henderson Lake Park.

And that was mainly because I wanted to hear Karen Romanchuk and Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction who I haven’t seen for a while.Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction performing at the Rotary Dragon boat Festival. Photo by Richard Amery
 Karen Romanchuk sang a solid set of original material and covers including ”Hallelujah” and even turned Cyndi Lauper‘s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” into a pretty cool country song.

A group of Scott Davidson’s Chinook High School musicians were up next with a scrappy set of covers.
 Davidson took centre stage as lead guitarist with Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction.

There was plenty of dragon boating action during this year’s Rotary Dragon Boat Festival. Photo by Richard Amery They played  a rushed set of modern country and classic rock covers including fast versions of Miranda Lambert’s  “Little Red Wagon,” Cheap trick’s “ I Want You to Want Me” Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” and Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”  

They also played an excellent version of Alan Doyle’s “1,2,3,4”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat EditorKaren Romanchuk performing at the Dragon boats, Sunday, June 24. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2018 11:24 )

James Swinney, Chris Drew and Tyson Borsboom play late announced show

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The Slice had to improvise after Shaela Miller had to move her scheduled CD release party to this week due to participating in the Project Wild in Calgary.Chris Drew, james Swinney and Rowan Hill at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 So the Slice brought in some, new, young talent to perform.

 The Decadent Phase frontman  James Swinney looked and sounded like he just stepped out of the ’70s. He sounded eerily like John Denver even while playing Bob Dylan songs.

James Swinney at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 He also  showed some serious fingerpicking skills on the guitar on several original songs.

 He invited Chris Drew of the Crooked  Creek Warblers to add extra harmonies and harmonica to his songs as well as to perform his own songs, which Swinney added harmonies to.

Rowen Hill joined them on stage to add extra harmonies and trumpet on a few songs they wrote together  for a new musical project.
 I missed Tyson Borsboom’s opening set.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2018 11:07 )

Lisette Xavier returns to Lethbridge to sing

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The Owl Acoustic lounge was all about pop music on Saturday, June 23.

 Lisette Xavier performiung at the Owl Acoustic lounge. photo by Richard AmeryWhile I missed local pop band Stars from Streetlights, I was in time for the return of Vancouver based musician Lisette Xavier.
“ A lot has happened since I lived in Lethbridge.

For example I play music now and I don’t work at the Penny anymore,” she observed from behind her piano, in between playing preprogrammed drums and bass.

 She sang appealing, catchy, heartfelt pop music.

— by Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2018 10:52 )

Uncovered and Black Tie Affair perform with AC vocals students

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An intimate audience gathered at the McNally Arts Centre for an afternoon of show tunes featuring the students of AC Vocals, Saturday, July 23.

Andi Roberts sings with her daughter. Photo by Richard AmeryBlack Tie Affair at AC Vocals' recital. Photo by Richard Amery
 “Two Fourths” of Uncovered, who had a busy day as they were also performing at the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival later in the afternoon and at Casino Lethbridge on the weekend.

Jono and Danny played a quick set of ’90s hits including Matchbox 20.

 After their set, vocal teacher Andi Roberts’ students performed a variety of show tune hits from musicals like “Pocahontas, ” and “Wicked” and several others.

Roberts sang a duet with one of her daughters, which was a highlight.Uncovered played several shows on the weekend including at AC Vocals' recital. photo by Richard Amery
The afternoon ended with a rare performance by Roberts’ jazz  combo Black Tie Affair, featuring  Sheldon Arvay on guitar, drummer Brent Hogan and a bassist filling in backing Roberts’ vocals during a brief set of jazz crooner standards including  “Girl From Ipanema.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2018 10:38 )

Eve 6 and Blind Melon bring Average Joes back to the ’90s

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Average Joes took a step back into the ’90s, Friday, June 22 with Blind Melon and Eve 6 playing to an enthusiastic crowd.Blind Melon’s Chris Thorn at Average Joes, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery

 Eve 6's Max Collins at Average Joes, June 22. Photo by Richard AmeryBlind Melon, are best know for their hit “No Rain showed they are much more then their best known hit. I arrived a little late and missed founding member Chris Thorn playing banjo in between playing groovy riffs and fitting solos on guitar. But I arrived in time to see him break out the mandolin for a song.

Their set was all about jamming, big grooves and guitar solos.

 Their lead singer Travis Warren sounded uncannily like heir original singer Shannon Hoon, who passed away from a drug overdose in 1995.
 they had a a lot of die hard fans in the audience, who were surprised Blind Melon was the opening act, yet they sang along with almost every  word including and most prevalently “No Rain” which came near the end of the set.

 I wasn’t as familiar with the music as most of the audience  were, but I enjoyed the experimentation and jamming, though not so much the eye blinding strobes and lasers shooting into the audience.

Warren also showed he was a pretty talented guitarist as well, plucking an acoustic in between scampering and writhing all over the stage.

 Long, mellow jams were the order of the set, though they picked up the pace on “Galaxie,” near the end of the set.
After a break, Eve 6, played an energetic, hit heavy set of late ’90s/ early 2000s pop punk music. Bassist Max Collins, wearing dark sunglasses, ran back and forth across the stage, traded mics with guitarist Jim Siebels.Eve 6 at Average Joes, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery
“Open Road” and “Think Twice” came early in the set.

Collins joked one of their big hits  “Here’s to the night,” had become to go to prom song in the 2000s, but he rededicated as a tribute to Eve 6’s Blind melon's Chris Thorn playing mandolin Average Joes, June 22. Photo by Richard Ameryaudiences. They played one of my favourites “Amphetamines” and I had to leave for another gig.

— by Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2018 10:23 )
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