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Adequate heat up miserable New Year’s Eve with a whole lot of funk

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New Year’s Eve was miserable and I wasn’t feeling well, so I only caught a couple of New Year’s Eve shindigs on a night of record setting cold.

: Adequate playing New Year’s Eve at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. photo by Richard Amery
 Adequate and Ben Price magic were just the trick to heat up New Year’s Eve at the Owl Acoustic Lounge Dec. 31.

 Adequate was well underway when I arrived around 9 p.m.

 They played their usual exuberant, funk fuelled, toe tapping set of R and B and soul music, and as usual, looked like they stepped through the smoke on stage right from the ’70s. And even though it was -32 in the shade, Adequate bassist Scott Mezei showed he was  in a summer kind of mood by wearing shorts.

 Drummer Keenan Pezderic sang most of the soulful number including an excellent version of Dr. John’s “Right place, Wrong Time,” though guitarist Josh Thorlakson sang “I’ve Got Sunshine.”

Mezei added the third harmony for “My Girl.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:09 )

The show goes on for Papa King despite semi rollover and chilly New Year‘s Eve

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Local bluesman Papa King Cole is a real trooper. Even though he was in a semi rollover the night before from which he escaped relatively unscathed, the New Year’s Eve show went on at the Slice, Dec. 31.

Understandably, King played the show sitting down, but still managed to kill it, singing the blues in his gravelly voice, passing most solo duties to Papa King playing the Slice for New Year’s Eve. Photo by Richard Amerykeyboardist Earl McAuley. Doug Freeman played groovy bass.

 They eased into the evening with one of my favourite King originals “Beale Street  Blues,” which King began solo before being joined by Freeman on bass.

 He followed it up with a solid set of original and traditional blues songs including another one of my favourite “Sugar Babe.”

He brought out the slide for a couple more Delta blues numbers. I enjoyed  “Going Down to memphis,” and “Mellow Down Easy.”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:54 )

Bandemonium take the place of ailing Mwansa Mwansa

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Bandemonium warmed up a bone chillingly cold and miserable snowing night, Friday, Dec. 29 stepping in to play in place of Mwansa Mwansa, who had to cancel her scheduled show due to laryngitis.

Bandemonium playing R and B at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 I hadn’t seen Bandemonium for a while so was pleased to hear guitarist/ vocalist James Oldenburg, bassist Paul Holden,  drummer Brad Brouwer, lead vocalists Shawna Romolliwa and  Erica Hunt and keyboardist Don Ponech.

They played an array of popular ’70s hits including country and  R and B music.
Hunt and Romolliwa shared vocals on a cover of Jolene. Oldenburg followed that up with a beautiful version of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” as well as a re-arranged version of “Here Comes the Sun.”

Hunt followed that up with a funky, soulful number called “The Beat Goes On.”

Oldenburg answered with a smooth version of “Lay Down Sally.”
 They will be playing Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 19 and 20 if you missed them.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:32 )

Crooked Creek Warblers sing country on a chilly night

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 The Crooked Creek Warblers were in a folky kind of mood on a chilly blustery , Dec 29 at the Slice.

 Chris Drew and Gabriel Thaine added the big upright bass of Steve Martin to fill out the bottom end in a set full of excellent blues, Gabriel Thaine and Steve martin of the Crooked Creek Warblers. Photo by Richard Ameryroots and country music.

 Thaine and Drew took turns singing lead vocals. Drew’s “ If the Whiskey Don’t Kill Me” was an immediate crowd favourite for the intimate audience.

Thaine followed it up by a John Prine song which inspired it.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:16 )

Windy City Opry and Lethbridge Folk Club open new year this week

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Things start to pick up this week with two major concert series starting the new year this week.

Peter and the Wolve open up the new year for the lethbridge Folk Club, Jan. 13. Photo by Richard Amery
 First up, The Windy City Opry returns to the Slice with a slate of performers including former  Lethbridgian Kory Istace, fellow Saskatoon based tour mate Aryn El Hefe and Red Deer‘s Boots and the hoots, whose founder Boots Graham started the Pinecone Opry in Red Deer and inspired Shaela Miller to start a similar series in the Windy City Opry. As always the evening begins at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover charge.

 The Lethbridge Folk Club rock in the new year with frenetic piano powered Calgary based rockabilly trio Peter and the Wolves, who play the Lethbridge College Cave, Saturday, Jan. 13. That show also begins at 8 p.m. sharp. 

The Folk Club also has their first open mic of the Year at Casa, Friday night at 7;30 p.m.
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has a busy week as usual. The Bryant Watson duo return, Friday, Jan. 12. The next night  things get loud and a little weird with Lethbridge’s MTBC and pop band  Open Channels plus Calgary rock and roll group the Night Committee.

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