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Kent McAlister returns for Windy City Opry

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 I missed most of the October edition of the Windy City Opry on Wednesday, Oct. 11, because it starts at 8 p.n. on the dot and ends early. So I completely missed Saskatoon songwriter Zachary Lucky’s set and most of  Calgary songwriter Kent McAlister.

Kent McAlister playing the Windy City Opry at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 McAlister finished an entertaining set with his big, rumbling baritone voice and introduced his band which included Jay Bowcott playing lead guitar.

They ended their set with an apt song called “That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” but were called back for an encore they were not expecting and improvised a ’50s/’60s pop influenced jam.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:30 )

Royal Foundry play multiple intruments with manic energy

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I was going to give a Tuesday  night show at the Slice a miss, Oct. 10, but was glad I caught Edmonton based pop band The Royal Foundry’s exuberant set of heavily ’80s influenced pop music from husband and wife duo Jared and Bethany Salte and band mates drummer  Robbie Szabo and bassist Jeremy Dehek.

Bethany Salte of the Royal Foundry at the Slice, Oct. 10. Photo by Richard AmeryJared Salte of the Royal Foundry at the Slice, Oct. 10. Photo by Richard Amery
 They were an energetic blur jumping between an assortment of different musical instruments, often within the same song  and without missing a beat.
 Jared Salte beamed as he brandished a sparkling silver keytar which was laying on a keyboard stand, before  he picked it up and swung  the instrument around his head.

 He put it down  and rushed to take up Bethany’s guitar  while she dashed across the stage to beat away at a KAOSS pad. Drummer Robbie Szabo leaped from his drum kit and grabbed his cello for a couple verse of songs before rushing back to his kit.

Bassist Jeremy Dehek also sang harmonies and added extra percussion throughout the band’s frenetic show of perky, up tempo pop music.

 They also slowed down for a couple folk numbers with Bethany strumming acoustic guitar, but quickly picked up the tempo again as her husband played a tasteful solo  for the song.

Royal Foundry incorporating a cello at the Slice, Oct. 10. Photo by Richard Amery
Their catchy hit single “Running Away,” which has been used  by the CFL, came midway through their set.
They were called back for an encore after some delay and returned to put their own pop fuelled twist on Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In the Free World,’ with Jared Salte playing the main riff on keyboard.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:22 )

Vissia plays soulful pop and alternative rock

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I only caught the tail end of Edmonton musician Alex Vissia aka Vissa’s outstanding long weekend show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Oct. 7.

 But I heard enough to be suiAlex Vissia at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct, 7. Photo by Richard Amerytably impressed by her gorgeous, bluesy R and B tinged voice which reminded me of Moose Jaw’s Megan Nash, but with a touch more alternative rock along the lines of the Pixies and  a touch of ’50s and ’60s pop music.

 She mostly focussed on music from her new CD “Place Holder.” She ended her first set with a sultry cover of Neil Young’s “Walk On.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:03 )

Ivory Hours play hot set of pop for sparse audience

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 Though the Fox Who Slept the Day Away stayed away from the Slice upon seeing barely a dozen people in the audience, Saturday, Oct. 7, the show went on for London, Ontario based alternative rock/ pop band Ivory Hours.Ivory Hours’ Luke Roes playing the Slice, Oct. 7. Photo by Richard Amery

 They played an excellent show for the appreciative audience of hook filled set of music, mostly from their new CD “Dreamworld.”

Frontman Luke Roes sang in appealing tenor voice which reminded me of Danny Michel , especially with some of the more world music influenced songs.

Their addictive new single “Shadow Kids, came mid way through the set.
 “Pain” was a highlight as was the set ending “Living in a Dream World.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:54 )

Trevor Panczak pleased with new CD

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 Local country musician Trevor Panczak is excited about his new CD “Where I Go To Come Back To” which was officially released on Sept. 15.Trevor Panczak is proud of his new CD Where I Go To Come Back To. Photo submitted
 It contains all of the singles he has released over the past couple years including “ I Can Be The Lover,” “For a Girl,” “Tan Line” and his most recent single “ Blame It On the Whiskey” which is getting played on local country music radio station 95.5.

 Panczak recorded the CD in Nashville with some high powered talent including Saskatchewan born/ Nashville raised guitarist and producer Bob Funk who has worked with some big names like Mark wills, Rodney Atkins, Ozzy Osbourne, Mackenzie Porter with Patricia Conroy and Beverley Mahood to name a few.

 He has been spending the last couple of months close to home, performing several Calgary Stampede gigs including headlining Nashville North,  performing for a week with New West Theatre, playing a variety of Canadian radio stations and lately playing for  a variety of charities including the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, the Lethbridge Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics  Black Tie Gala and the Lethbridge Interfaith Food bank.

“Lethbridge is always where I Go To Come Back,” quipped Panczak, who has had the honour of opening for a variety of big names like Don Williams, the Zac Brown Band, Michelle Wright, Ian Tyson, Keith Urban Clint Black and Tim McGraw to name just a few.

He is a familiar face on the Average Joes stage as well.
He enjoys his long relationship with Bob Funk.
“I started working with him in 2011, so its been about six years now. He introduced me around to people in Nashville and made a real impact on my career.  And I can still call him for advice about writing and the music business,” he said.

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