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Metal takes over town for South Country Fair weekend

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While most of the music community was at South Country Fair on the weekend, and with the two main live music venues closed it left the local metal scene to dominate the Lethbridge live music scene of the weekend.

Edmonton pop punk band Point Place at Inferno, July 18. photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived at Inferno, July 18, in time for Medicine Hat death metal band Renzouken’s set of unearthly howling and menacing, detuned, dark riffs.

In between a muddy mass of sound, you  could hear some intricate bass riffs and some tasteful fretboard tapping on the guitar especially on their last song of the set.

Edmonton pop punk band Point Place followed. They opened by saying they were by far the least heaviest band of the night.

They jumped off the stage and played in the shadows.  They played a solid set of infectious, addictively catchy pop punk along the lines of Blink 182 and Sum 41 though went heavier for a couple of songs.

 I wasn’t able to catch Calgary’s Shark Infested Daughters or fellow Calgarians From the Wolves who followed.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:39 )

Bent 8 bring back rockabilly

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Barely anybody was there to hear  a whole lot of twanging rockabilly July 18 at Casino Lethbridge from local rockabilly trio Bent 8.

Bent 8’s Dean Wilson, Dino Caravaggio and Keenan Pezderic at Casino Lethbridge, July 18. Photo by Richard Amery

They played  a fun set of upbeat original rockabilly music and classics. They turned the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” into a rockabilly song, which was a lot of a fun.

They had a couple of two steppers on the dance floor who were requesting they play something slow.

So frontman/ guitarist Dino Caravaggio, drummer Dean Wilson and upright bassist Keenan Pezderic did their best to accommodate. Their original songs drew quite a bit of applause .

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:32 )

Lethbridge Girls Rock for third year

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 Lethbridge girls got a crash course in the music business last week during the third annual Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp at the Gate.
 This year 20 girls aged 8-14 formed five different bands, named their bands, designed a logo and a T shirt,  wrote an original song and performed it all in the span of a week.

laine Unger-Pengilly helps Kyra Thompson and her band prepare for the Lethbridge Girls Rock showcase. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’s for girls aged 8-17, but we only have girls up to 14 this year,” said Lethbridge Girl’s Rock Camp director Silvana Campus, adding that is average for a year, though they would like to expand the camp.

“ We go through the whole process,” she said, adding they began the week Monday morning by introducing the girls to a lot of different music. After that they divided into bands according to similar musical interests, then learning different musical instruments.

“Some of them have a lot of musical background, others don’t have any,” she said, adding while some of them have taken lessons in different instruments, they usually learn a new one for the camp.
 “We have some girls who have been to the camp every year, others have never been,” she continued.
 They form their bands and start writing their songs immediately on Monday after a songwriting workshop.

 The rest of the week features a variety of  workshops on various aspects of the business , and, of course, lots of rehearsal with their new bands. A new workshop this year is on sound design and setting up a PA system. They were silkscreening T shirts on Thursday and getting ready for the stage presence workshop on Friday. The last workshop of the camp was Friday afternoon on stage presence, preparing them for their show on Saturday night.

“ We’re doing the things that worked the last time and adding some new things,” Campus said.
“We had a lot of different genres, country, dub step, heavy metal, indie rock, jazz, classical and hardcore, Campus said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:47 ) Read more...

Lots of country music happening this week

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It’s mostly all about country music this week.
This week begins with back to back shows at the Geomatic Attic beginning with bluegrass band Slocan Ramblers, on July 29 and a stripped down solo show with Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn the next day.

INternet Love kick off their tour in Lethbridge, July 31. Photo by Richard Amery
 Local country band the Dearly Departed will open for bluegrass band Slocan Ramblers on July 29 at at 8 p.m. sharp at the Geomatic Attic. Tickets cost $10 members, $20 guests, $22.50 online and $25 at the door.

 Unfortunately Fred Eaglesmith is competing with classic rocker John Fogerty at the Enmax Centre. Eaglesmith’s Geomatic Attic show begins at 8 p.m. with a solo set by Tif Ginn, July 30. Tickets cost $30 Advance, $32.50 Online, $35 Door.

John Fogerty, the frontman for classic rockers  Creedence Cleerwater Revival plays the Enmax Centre, July 30 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35-$95. He will be joined by band mates Kenny Aronoff, Bob Malone, Shane Fogerty, James Lomenzo and Devon Pangle.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 July 2015 12:09 ) Read more...

Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn stopping by Lethbridge on stripped down tour

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Canadian alt country icon Fred Eaglesmith is enjoying a rare solo tour which brings him to the Geomatic Attic, July 30.

“ I thought I’d give the band a break. We had  a very heavy winter,” said Eaglesmith from rural B.C., where he is enjoying a lot of places he  doesn’t hit as often as he would like too.
 It’s not every day we get to to Golden, B.C. or Great Falls, Montana,”  he said.

Fred Eaglesmith returns to the Geomatic Attic, July 30. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’s tough for these little clubs. There’s so much music and so many bands playing. They deserve a sell out, so I’ll come in and i can do that for them,” he said.
“I go out on my own every two or three years,” he said.

 He is touring with multi-instrumentalist Tif Ginn, who he has been playing with for six years now.
“ She’s a much better musician than I am. She reminds me of  Willie P Bennett. He was a much better musician than me. He always pushed me to become a better musician. She helps me to become a better musician like he did,” Eaglesmith said.
“ It’s been really great playing with Tif. We started in Chicago. And it’s  great to see people still excited to see us,” he said.

He said the set will include songs from throughout his 20 album career, some from his most recent “ Tambourine” and  a lot of new material.

“The new record will be out in the fall. It is more of a narrative than it is about the band,” he said, adding his band  appears on the new record.
“It is really stripped down. It’s more about the song, but it’s not folk like that, it still has a lot of rock,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 July 2015 11:52 ) Read more...
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