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Oktoberfest comes early again

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It’s never too early to celebrate Oktoberfest, So the Pogo brothers had a hit on their hands on the weekend in Festival Square and their usual visit from familiar Oktoberfest faces oom pah pah band Alpen Schatz.

On Friday they provided  the soundtrack for a fun evening  filled with German craft beer, pretzels and German food.


Alpen Schatz playing the Pogo Brothers’ Oktoberfest in Festival Square, Sept. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

They  played a fun set of jazz, horn filled  German tunes and put their own Oktoberfest stamp on  old songs like “ Sloop John B.”


 A highlight was a jazzy version of “ You Ain’t Nothing but A Hound Dog.” for which they tried to get the audience

howling like hound dogs.

— bY Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 September 2023 23:27 )

Danica Sommer bares soul at Slice

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Danica Sommer returned to the Slice to play an assortment of  originals and covers to open for the Richard Inman band, Friday, Sept. 8.

Danica Sommer and Austin Phillips at the Slice, Sept. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

I arrived in the middle of Sommer and lead guitarist Austin Phillips’s beautiful version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.”

Danica Sommer is always a joy to hear, with her plaintive, heartfelt vocals.

 She  played a couple originals inspired by her dad.


“10 years” was a highlight as usual as she talked a little about  how angry she=e was at her dad,  then at age 27 decided to let it go and write a lot of songs abut it.

 She also played ‘24 Frames,” but I don’t think it was the Jason Isbel song.'  She blended elements of folk, jazz on pop into her music.


 The Richard Inman Band  played a similar set to last week”s show at the Owl Acoustic lounge, but this time featured Megan Brown on fiddle, which added a lot to covers of  the Turnpike Troubadours’ “Pay No Rent.” and  Sturgill Simpson”s “ You Can Have the Crown”

 They played a hot version of Johnny Cash”s  “ Folsom Prison Blues ” as Brown wandered into the audience, playing her fiddle.

 I had to wander off myself as they were playing their beautiful version of  the Chick’s  hit “Travelling Soldier.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 September 2023 23:21 )

Entertainment highlights include Couleefest, punk and Lethbridge Folk Club shows

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Things don’t stop in Lethbridge.

 As always there is a lot of entertainment happening in town with Couleefest at Lethbridge College capping off an incredible week of entertainment , Sept. 16.

 But first start off the week on a blues note as Keith Woodrow returns to the Slice stage to host a blues jam beginning at 8 p.m.


 If you are in the mood for something heavier and louder, Edmonton based psychobilly band the Devil’s Sons join Calgary skate punk rock stalwarts Belvedere and local surf rock band the Atomicos at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Tuesday,  Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. The Devil’s Sons are supporting last year‘s album  “ Broken Bones, Bottles and Hearts.”

 Tickets are $20.

Eric Braun is one of several local musicians playing coulee fest at Lethbridge college, Saturday, Sept. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 It is another big week for punk rock and metal as the Place welcomes back  Calgary’s the Galacticas and  Blink 182 tribute the Rock Show to the stage, Friday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available for $15 at the door.


 Edmonton metal band Hooker Spit plus Medicine Hat deathcore band Raising the Ruins and Medicine Hat thrash band Crimson Calibre tear the roof off the Owl Acoustic Lounge, on Saturday, Sept. 16. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Punk continues at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Monday, Sept. 18 with Brutal Youth, the Hockey Moms and Mombod all performing beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.


Before that, The Owl Acoustic lounge welcomes Windsor rock and roll band Huttch to the stage on Wednesday, Sept,. 13. Admission is by donation.


 If you want tog et your boogie on, Adequate bring the funk to Blowers and Grafton, Friday, Sept.15.  there is no cover for the show. 

 The Slice has a big Hip Hop show on Friday with Blaze ON 3, Two Young and Arrow C. Tickets are $15 in advance for the show which  begins at 8 p.m. Special guest Ario, plus O.Z Shot Caller, Idigidrip, Windy City TRX , Atomic Lane and Stratum 403 are also on the bill. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The Slice has an eclectic weekend  with  Rebel Angels hosting a ’50s sock hop at the Slice on Saturday, Sept. 16. Admission is $10 

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 September 2023 07:33 ) Read more...

Edmonton’s Half Dead bringing new music to Lethbridge on first tour

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Edmonton punk band Half Dead are very much alive  and on the road, when they stop by the Slice, Sept. 21.


 Vocalist Hillary Shields is excited to return home to Lethbridge with her first band, Edmonton based  Half Dead, which includes Kroovy Rookers drummer Mike Martin as well as guitarist / vocalist , Tim Hatch and Saskatoon based bassist Nicole Sanderson to  play the Slice in support of their first full length album “Nasty, Brutish and Short,” Thursday, Sept. 21.


Half Dead play the Slice, Sept. 21. Photo by Desiree Magotiaux

 Saskatoon sludge punk/ hardcore band Man Meat and  Ymir B.C Based psychedelic speed punk band  RadDog will be joining them.


Martin and  Hatch started the band a few years ago by recording a few demos which developed into a full band project.


“We‘ve known each other for years. We’ve been friends and decided to get together and record some demos,” Martin said.


“ When they decided to expand, I was totally interested,” Shields said, adding the band   wears their decidedly left wing politic  unashamedly on their sleeves.


“ We’re kind of outcasts with our left wing  politics,” said Shields who has been living and studying political science in Edmonton for the past eight years.

“Conservative governments make for the best punk rock,” Martin observed.

“ The lyrics are personal and political.  but they’re all relatable to people,” Martin said.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 September 2023 17:11 ) Read more...

Singer Songwriter soldier Tim Isberg returns home to make music of Southern Alberta history to open Lethbridge Folk Club season

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Singer/songwriter /soldier Tim Isberg is all set to come come to play Lethbridge for the first time to open the Lethbridge Folk Club’s new season, Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Lethbridge College Cave.

 Isberg, who grew up in Fort Macleod and now makes his home in Sherwood Park is  excited to come back to Southern Alberta, especially as he is working on a concept album about Southern Alberta  in the 1870s-90s  to be released next year called “ Prairie Fire.”


 He has never played Lethbridge before.

“ I’m originally from Fort Macleod and went to college in Lethbridge  years ago. I’ve played all over the place and somehow Lethbridge has escaped my wrath. So I’m looking forward to actually showing up in really my home town hood and going to student lounge which didn’t exist in that capacity when I was there and playing a show with the Lethbridge Folk Club,” he said, adding he will be joined by his trio  including guitarist/ mandolinist/ vocalist Marc Ladouceur and bassist Derek Vokins who is replacing  his usual bassist John Hewitt, but is busy with his own projects for this tour.

“I normally play in a trio, sometimes a four piece, but this time it will be the trio of myself and I have a side player who plays guitar and mandolin and some back vocals and also a bass player who also does back vocals so it’s a singer-songwriter show. I’ll be playing mostly tunes off of my last two award nominated albums (‘Running on the Edge’ and ‘Tears along the Road’) And I’m going to give the audience a sneak preview of a couple of new songs that we’re literally just recording this week for a new project that is a history based projects about people and events in the 1800s on the Canadian prairies, specifically a couple songs and about people and events about people in and around Fort Macleod and Lethbridge and Southern Alberta in general,” he said.


Singer Songwriter Soldier Tim Isberg Plays The Lethbridge Folk Club for the first time, Sept. 16. Photo by Ivy Jane Photography

“This project was inspired by another degree program I was on once about western Canadian history. Growing up in Fort Macleod and being a former member of the little musical ride there a long, long time ago and working around the Fort Macleod museum and my grandmother growing up in Brocket and teaching in a one room school house out near  Pincher Creek back in the early 1900s. I grew up with history all around me and it’s always been interesting to me and my ancestry as well,” he said adding he is excited about the potential of  this project.


“It has a huge educational component to it of course . But it is real, songs about real people and real events that happened anywhere between basically the mid 1800s to the late 1800s. Even though that was only 30 not even 40 years, so many things happened between Confederation and let’s say 1899 in terms of  the Trans Continental railway, the Northwest Rebellion, the Cypress Hills Massacre, you know Jerry Potts, the local legend, the immigrants, the settlements, all these things happened within a short period of of time. Even the last great  Indian battle at  Indian Battle Park which commemorates that,  all happened within that time frame. So this album reflects that story,” he said.


“All these songs on the new album are story songs and give a little background  to each of these events.I’m hoping that excites people into  the history that is literally all around them, and they’ll leave the theatre perhaps Googling different things to find out more. And I’ve got the three chapters of the Alberta Historical society involved in this project to some degree  including Lethbridge,” he said adding the project is going smoothly as they almost finished recording the bed tracks of the album, which he plans to release in the Spring.

“We‘re over half way though the bed tracks and we’ ll finish in the next couple days and then we’ll do some add ons and overdubs and flesh it out a little bit over the coming month. And there’s a lot of graphics involved. This is very special project,” he said.

The graphics and artwork produced by an artist based on the people and events based on old photographs will be part of the  promotional package, postcards and CD cover and liner notes as well as in the show itself.

“It has Canadian interest and certainly Western Canadian interest certainly Albertan interest. So I’m taking my time make sure it‘s done right because it is a special project. It has a special sound and story behind it. And a lot of research went into even writing these songs. It’s not like the songs I usually write where I could just take something out of my own experience as a soldier as a 35 year veteran or just whatever comes into my head and just write a song. These are songs about real things and required some research despite one of my degrees being in Western Canadian history. It required some work. So the album will be put together over the coming month or two and then we’ll do some shows with some of the songs just to road test them and promote the album, he said, adding he plans to start tour support right. One of the highlights will be taking the album to the Folk Alliance in Kansas City the following February.

“There’s really potential for this project to become one of two things. First and foremost I can take this a portion of this show, some of the songs and some of the information about local history to the local high schools. When I’m coming through communities and combine that with a show. When I used to tour a Rwanda show based on my experiences in Rwanda, it was called ‘25 years after, songs and stories of the Canadian soldier in Rwanda.’  I’d stop by and visit  the Social Studies classes and have a 45 minute presentation with some music and some imagery and some slides and talk about human rights or being a discerning citizen and peacekeeping and that sort of things. And I’d combine that with a show in the town or the city  later on that evening or the next day. However it fell into place. So for this show, this history project I’m hoping to do the same. Maybe I can make a visit a local high school and talk about  local history and sing a few tunes and do some Q and A over a 45 or 50 minute period and then that evening or what have you, do the actual show in the community,” he said.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 September 2023 14:53 ) Read more...
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