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Zojo Black play the Rolling Stones and a lot of blues

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It is always a good time when local blues rock band  Zojo Black play.

Zojo Black at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 With two of Lethbridge’s most talented bluesmen Greg Gomola and Paul Kype, you are going to hear some excellent guitar playing.


 Unfortunately  I only caught the last two songs of their last set  at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 18, where they were holding court, Jan. 17 and 18.


The four band members were seated for the set I saw.


 Gomola was winding up an excellent version of “ Under my Thumb,” as I arrived while he and Paul Kype rose to trade solos.
 Kype finished off the night by singing an excellent version of “Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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21st Avenue bring a little funk

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Local rock band 21st Avenue showed their funky side  to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Jan. 18.

21st Avenue  having fun at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. photo by Richard Amery
 While I missed an opening set from Fawns, I really enjoyed 21st Avenue who were well into the groove by the time I arrived.
 They had a lot of energy and a lot of funk , mostly from bassist Levi Trodd.


 Vocalist Oztin Bowden  howled and grooved throughout, adding extra electric guitar  for a couple of songs.
 they played some songs from their album as well as a few new songs.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 January 2020 15:44 )
 

Celtara lay down laid back Celtic grooves for Folk Club

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 The Lethbridge Folk Club kicked off 2020 with  a sedate night of ethereal celtic music from Edmonton band Celtara, Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Lethbridge Folk Club Cave.Celtera's Tami Cooper and Bonnie Gregory at the Lethbridge College Cave, Jan 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 A decent crowd of approximately 70 people sat enraptured by ethereal vocal harmonies mixed with flute, fiddle and assortment of percussion and guitar.


 Celtara played a tranquil and pleasant  show of “Irish gossip songs” according to flautist/tin whistle player/ vocalist Tami Cooper, who harmonized beautifully with fiddler Bonnie Gregory.


 Cooper promised to “go deeper” and were good for their word.


 I wanted to see a lot of different shows, so cut out during a beautiful instrumental, which seemed to be winding down the set.


 Kavanagh and Hepher opened the show, but I missed it.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 January 2020 15:12 )
 

Citizen Rage return to rock close to sold out show

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After a couple of weeks of  head colds, cold weather and family issues, it was great to finally brave the snow to catch a show at the Slice.  And Citizen Rage couldn’t have been a better choice, Friday, Jan. 17 for a close to sold out show at the Slice.Citizen Rage's Mark Russell at the Slice, Jan. 17. Photo by Richard Amery
  I missed Calgary Celtic rock band Syryn and Invicta Heights and wasn’t able to stay for a revamped  Eons of Earth, who were playing their first gig with a new lineup.


 But Citizen Rage were awesome as always.
 They are an interesting  contrast  of  good vibes mixed with loud, angry, detuned hardcore punk and metal along the lines of Black Flag with a touch of Pantera.


 Frontman Mark Russell shouted at the crowd to “hug the person next to you,” while bouncing all over the stage, jumping back to let guitarists Ross Furguson and Sean Adams solo and bassist Mikey Bastard shout lead vocals for a couple of songs.


 They played an intense, high energy set full of big, detuned riffs which included  some new songs, songs about murder, mental illness and crowd favourites like “Fuck Your Face.”
 They were called back for an encore as Eons of Earth got ready to close the night.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 January 2020 14:52 )
 

Plenty of punk and rock, open mics and Celtic inspired music this week

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Things start to cook again this week with a cornucopia of live music offerings to choose from this week.

Citizen Rage return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Tonight,Jan. 13, folk punk Greg Rekus returns to host the open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge beginning at 9 p.m.

Tomorrow, Jan 14,  Gabe Thaine hosts  the High Level Blues jam at the Slice, taking over from Keith Woodrow who has escaped the depths of a Canadian winter for Mexico for a few months. There is a lot happening, Jan, 14. Métis multi-disciplinary artist Moe Clark will be at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. And laugh with the Good Times comedy open mic as well.

Jazz jams return to the Slice, Jan. 15 as HBO3 is back to host the jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic lounge, beginning at 8:45 p.m.
The same night, Daniel Romano brings his punk project Ancient Shapes to the Slice with Red Deer based ’70s style rock band King Bull and local punk band Face Cut.


 It is only one of several punk shows happening this week.
 On Jan. 17, Calgary hard core punk band Citizen Rage play the Slice with Celtic inspired power metal band Syryn plus local bands  Invicta Heights and Eons of Earth. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The music begins at 9 p.m.


Club Lime kicks off the new year with local Def Leppard tribute band Stage Fright the Def Leppard Experience Jan 17. Tickets are $30.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge is also going rock on the weekend, Jan. 17 with a debut show by Calgary pop rock band  Shuffalo and  North Cold. Admission is by donation.


 The other big punk show is at Theoretically Brewing which hosts Vancouver punk/alternative rock band Blessed and Calgary’s  Body Lens plus J Blissette, Tuesday, Jan. 21 beginning at 8 p.m.
Casino Lethbridge welcomes back Zojo Black to rock the joint blues style. on the weekend.
 There are plenty of open mics as well. Tyler Bird hosts the Slice’s open mic on Thursday. As always Devin Gergel hosts Beaches open mic on Wednesdays. Gergel is also part of local experimental rock band Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra. If you missed them on Jan. 10 like I did, catch them at the Slice, Jan. 18.

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