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Freshfest, open mics and plenty of punk rock mark first week of September

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September begins with a variety of live music happening beginning now.

Kimberly MacGregor and  Eliott Thomas return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge return to host the open mic the Owl Acoustic Lounge tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 5.


Syryn returns to the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Amery

Ol Ben continues another busy week of open mics by hosting the Slice open mic on Wednesday, Sept. 6.


 Theoretically Brewing brings back Celtic Routs to host a Celtic jam, Thursday, Sept. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. 


The Lethbridge Folk Club begins their season with a new regular open mic at McKillop United Church on the second Friday of every month, beginning this Friday, Sept. 8 from 7-9 p.m. Admission is by donation to pay for the room.

Also on Friday, Honkers Pub welcomes new hosts 90 X Over to the stageat 7 p.m.


The Slice was to host  the first of several punk shows happening this week tonight, Sept. 5 with  a “mom” themed night of rock and roll including Lethbridge’s Hockey Moms, London, Ontario’s Single Mothers and No More Moments. But unfortunately the show has been cancelled.


 The Slice will be back and even heavier on Thursday, Sept. 7 with  Calgary metalcore band Abrupt Decay, Edmonton hardcore Calder 40 Hands and local metal/ emo band 4 BPM and Fatal Dose . There is a $10 cover for the show.


 Saturday, Sept. 9 rocks on all fronts as the Slice welcomes Motörhead Tribute M1, Calgary pirate themed metal band Syryn and local rock band Drearius. There is a $15 cover for that show, which begins at 9 p.m.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge features local roots rock band Yarboro plus Calgary post punk, power pop band Niku and Eilish Lazenby

The Owl Acoustic Lounge will explore the fun side of punk rock with Calgary’s the Morons, Calgary punk band Upside Down man and punk cover band the Loadies all playing beginning  at 9 p.m. on Sept. 8. Admission is by donation.


Take a groovy break at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Sept. 6 with  local ’60s and ’70s inspired rock band the Decadent Phase and Kamloops psych rock band Mother Sun. The show begins t 9 p.m. Admission is by donation.


Cal Toth and AnnA mcBryan bring back Duelling pianos to Hinkers Pub, Saturday, Sept. 9.  The show is 7-9 p.m.  Admission is$15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 September 2023 20:21 ) Read more...

Buns bring psychedelic spirit to the Slice

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I had to be up early for  a road trip to the Edmonton Blues festival, so couldn’t stay long but couldn’t resist  a taste of delicious “Buns,”’ the Calgary based jam rock trio who rocked the Slice, Saturday, Aug. 26.


Buns bassist Luc Levesque at their Slice, Aug. 26. Photo by Richard Amery

 They baked a beautful blend of the Grateful Dead (whose sticker adoerned lead guitarist/vocalsit Nick Basque” axe) with a few dashes of Phish, a dab of ’70s funk and a sprinkling of moe as drummer /vocalist Nate Raboud  and bassist vocalist Luc Levesque held together the groovy blues basted rhythm.


 Luc Levesque added extra layers of sound with an effects laden rack hooked up to his bass drenching his sound in wah wah.


 There was a lot of fine guitar playing and plenty of gang vocals and a lot of catchy, really uplifting themed songs, which grooved hard.


 They didn’t have a lot of people in the audience, but the 20 some who were there were really into it.


 Before that, Red Deer band Bitter Rivals put on a more stoner rock/ grunge feel on the standard rock trio.


 They had a solid, plodding, detuned, grinding groove that referenced bands like Queens of the Stone Age.


They wound down their set  with a Queens of the Stone Age song and finished off with some Limp Bizket.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 August 2023 14:56 )

Kai Brooks opens for Rae Spoon and Starpainter

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 The depth of musical talent  runs deep in Southern Alberta.


Taber based musician Kai Brooks opened up a  great show at Theoretically  Brewing, Thursday, Aug. 24.


 I missed  Starpainter and Rae Spoon because I didn't want to miss Shaela Miller at Whoop Up Days, but caught most of Brooks’ impassioned set.


Kai Brooks playing Theoretically brewing, Aug. 24. Photo by Richard Amery

 The 16-year-old  Taber songwriter, who won one of the SouthCountry Fair songwriting contests this year, played an emotional and impassioned set of original folk inspired music mostly about heartbreak, though her voice was reminiscent of Portishead.


“Second Hand  Suffering,”  with the plaintive refrain  “ I Don’t Ever Want to See You Again” was a highlight of the set which got a lot of applause before I had to go.

 Kai Brooks can be found on Instagram at 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 August 2023 22:01 )

Badlands bring Whoop Up Days outlaw country spirit to Upside Downtown

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 Local alternative country band Badlands got folks in the mood for Whoop up Days for a busy Thursday night, for Upside Downtown at casa.


Badlands Ali Cat at Upside Downtown outside casa, Aug. 24. Photo by Richard Amery

They played a tight set of original, melodic and heartfelt country music for a good sized crowd winding down summer  at casa.


 Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ali Cat lead a tight band including Devin Gergel  on bass, drummer Avery Friesen and lead guitarist Brett Skauge through their set of  music when  fell within the realms of  Sara Shook and the Disarmers and Nikki Lane.



wound down the show by singing lead vocals on the last song.


 Hippodrome plays the last Upside Down  concert of the summer today at casa from 5-7 p.m. 

– By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 August 2023 14:56 )

Plenty of punk and roots to rock in September

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I don’t want to be the one to say it, but summer is ending, which means a lot of the summer mainstays are also ending.

Hippodrome play the last Upside Downtown of the season at casa, Thursday, Aug. 31. Photo by Richard Amery


 The last Upside Downtown concert of the summer features local disco/ funk/ R and B band Hippodrome playing outside casa, Thursday, Aug. 31 from 5-7 p.m.

 But there is still a lot happening for the Labour Day long weekend especially for punk rock fans.


A busy week of open mics opens tonight with the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s open mic, Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Danica Sommer hosts the Slice’s open mic on Wednesday, Aug. 30. 


 Gabe Thaine returns to Theoretically Brewing to host their open mic beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 31.


 There are no open mics at Honkers Pub on the long weekend.


 If you think you’re funny, Brian Dawdniuk hosts pro amateur Night at Good Times, Wednesday, Aug. 30.

 Chris Griffin will provide the  laughs at Good Times Friday and Saturday.


 The Slice welcomes back Ty Vanden Dool for a big pop show, Aug. 31 featuring B.C musicians Half/Asian and Amy the Coda for a night of pop music and  sign language performance.

Doors open at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 August 2023 19:09 ) Read more...
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