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Boots and the Hoots come back for Windy City Opry

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Boots and the Hoots always play an entertaining show in Lethbridge and they play here quite often. They returned to the Slice for the January edition of the Windy City Opry, Wednesday, Jan. 10 for approximately 30 folks braving bone chilling winter weather. This show as no exception. There was plkenty of earthy jokes and catchy traditional country style songs.

Boots and the Hoots played the Windy City Opry at the Slice, Jan. 10. Photo by Richard Amery
Unfortunately I missed opening sets by Kory Istace and Aryn El Hefe, but Boots and the Hoots aka Boots Graham and lead guitarist Tyler Allen played an exceptional show for the enthusiastic audience and broke in new upright bassist  Dick Curtis in the process.

Frontman Boots Graham thanked Istace and El Hefe for playing excellent solo sets, quipping he was thankful they didn’t have backing bands behind them.

 They played a solid set of original, quirky country music including “Lower the Bar” and crowd favourite “Whisk All The Drinky,” as well putting their own unique twist on traditional country like the Big Bopper/ George Jones hit “White Lightning.”

And Hank Williams’ “Honky Tonk Blues,”which kicked off a quick encore set they played at the request of host Shaela Miller.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:50 )

Hippodrome heats up a chilly January night

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Hippodrome came ready to party and heat up  a cold January night, Jan. 6 at the Slice. I arrived in the middle of a hot, sweaty set by the local  R and B, pop, disco band and a floor full of enthusiastic dancers.

Juran Greene of hippodrome at the Slice, Jan. 6. Photo by Richard Amery They played a usual strong set full of toe tapping, booty shaking hits  including “That’s the Way I Like It,” and “the Beat Goes On.”

Erica Hunt, Shawna Romolliwa and Juran Greene shared lead vocal duties, with Greene being the affable party host as always.

 The band was tight as usual, with  the horn section and rhythm section all locked in.

 Greene was enjoying himself to full measure, belting out “Mustang Sally,” and shone on “Soul Man.”

 They showed their bluesy side with “Flip, Flop and Fly” and their disco side on songs like “Burn, Baby Burn.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:27 )

Richard Inman tells stories and sings new songs

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Richard Inman returned to  the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 6 to play a solid, heartfelt set of original music for an enthusiastic  audience.

He told stories about playing gigs in rural Ontario and finally relocating in Central Alberta, noting you can get physical copies of his CDs on,  and sang in a big baritone reminiscent of  country star Travis Tritt.Richard Inman singing heartfelt songs, Jan. 6. Photo by Richard Amery

He was backed by a steel guitar player and lead guitarist for most of his set, but played a few newer songs on his own.

He sang a lot of sadder songs, but picked added a couple more optimistic numbers.

 In addition to his own material, he also played an excellent cover of Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Drunken Poets Dream.”

 The Crooked Creek Warblers were also on the bill, but I missed their set.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:19 )

Things get back into full swing this week with jazz jam and Flipfest fundraiser

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Things pick up this week, beginning tonight at the Slice with a big rap show featuring Evil Ebenezer of SDK plus West Coast O and J Marsh. There will be local support from the PSychonauts, Pyke, ONTK  and JPB.

 Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets James Oldenburg plays gigs with Bandemonium and hosts the jazz jam at to Owl Acoustic Lounge with HBO3. Photo by Richard Ameryare $10 in advance $20 at the door.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 17,  the Slice features a special FLIPfest fundraiser with Montreal’s Duchess Says, Windsor, Ontario’s Partner and local band W.I.T.S.

Duchess Says are members of the Church of Budgerigars who formed in 2003 to spread the word of the Duchess (spiritual Budgie) through synth powered indie rock.

 Partner are  best friends Josée Caron and Lucy Niles who released their debut CD in πIn Search of lost Time” who were named best new band in Canada by the Globe and mail. W.I.T.S Are a local synth pop band.

 Tickets are $15 from the Slice or Blueprint or $20 at the door. It is a fundraiser for this year’s edition of FLIPfest, a  multi-venue Femme positive music festival which was a highlight of last year.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:52 ) Read more...

Derina Harvey Band ready to get your toes tapping and hands clapping

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Edmonton based Celtic band the Derina Harvey  Band are excited to return to the Slice, Jan. 19.

The Derina Harvey band return to the Slice, Jan 19. Photo by Richard Amery
They have added  a new member to the family in  new fiddle player Jessica Blenis.

“ Our other fiddle player moved to a different part of the province. We’ve played with a lot of different fiddle players. She played her first gig with us last weekend in Fort McMurray. Though she has got on stage with us before,” observed lead singer Derina Harvey.

“ She’s from New Brunswick, so we’re still the most authentic eastern band in the west,” Harvey continued, adding the transplanted Newfoundlanders released two CDs including their most recent “Rove and Go” in 2016, has been playing together for many years.

“ Me and Steve (Pinsent, drummer) were in the same music program in 1998 where we met our guitar player Scott (Greene) who was in the recording program. As it happens, he has been playing with our bass player Ed Smith since they were 14, so we’ve been playing together for a long time. We’re like family,” she added.

They have spent most of the  year playing all around the province as well as into Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They returned to Newfoundland during a summer filled with festivals including the George Street Festival in St. John’s the North Country Fair in Driftpile, Alberta, Springfest in East Coulee, went to Ontario for the Ontario Contact in Petrolia and even played Yellowknife for the first time at the East Coast Garden party this summer under the midnight sun.

They enjoyed playing Newfoundland.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:29 ) Read more...
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