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Lindi Ortega and Chic Gamine entertain full house at Geomatic Attic

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The Geomatic Attic had another sold out show on their hands, Tuesday, Sept. 29 with Winnipeg pop/ soul band Chic Gamine and country/ soul singer Lindi Ortega.The Lindi Ortega band play the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard Amery
 While organizer Mike Spencer removed a row of seats to allow room for dancing, surprisingly, there's wasn’t a lot of it.
 Chic Gamine enveloped the crowd in layers of sound and vocal harmonies with the occasional tasteful guitar solo. The three frontwomen Andrina Turenne, Alexa Dirks and Annick Bremault crawled over wires and instruments to play three different different keyboards, plus guitar and hand drum as they took turns  singing lead vocals, all the while adding gorgeous vocal harmonies throughout. They rhythm section was tight with steady drums, pretty guitar licks and occasional bass.

 They began their set with “Light a Match,” the title track off their new their new album, which featured nice organ playing. They sounded like a blend of Sweet Alibi and Destiny’s Child, especially on outstanding tracks like “Girlfriend,” one of the more perky tracks. A lot of their set was like “Daydream” was daydreamy sweet, slower pop music. Much of their set was laid back, dreamy pop influenced music, though more experimental numbers had a Pink Floyd feel.
 They played much of the new CD, winding down their set with “ I Could Be Your Girl,” which reminded me of Miss Quincy and the Showdown’s.“ Bad Love.”

 After a quick tear down, Lindi Ortega and her hot band (guitarist Champagne James Robertson, bassist Ben Martin and drummer, whose name I missed) brought a more straight ahead country sound with a touch of soul.

 Ortega focussed mostly on her last two CDs “ Tin Star” and the most recent “Faded Gloryville.”
 They opened with “Run Down Neighbourhood,” and hit a lot of the new CD's highlights including their cover of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody.”
 She noted “I get to play guitar on this one, which is always fun,” as she picked up the guitar for “ I Ain’t  the Girl,” one of my favourites from the new CD and added a few older tunes like “Demons” and “Angels,” which is when her guitar died, forcing her to sing on her own, while her band expertly improvised around the missing instrument.

It resulted in a set which perfectly showcased the Toronto born Nashville transplant Ortega’s beautifully unique and soulful voice, supplemented by some excellent picking by Champagne James Robertson, who in addition to playing multiple musical parts on the guitar, added some sweet slide playing as well.

The petite brunette Ortega was dressed in a black veil, a shapeless black skirt and bright red cowboy boots. She had a beautiful voice reminiscent of a mix of Dolly Parton and  Kasey Chambers.
  A lot of the lyrics were about lost love, fighting personal demons and being lonely while trying to make it in Nashville.

Chic Gamine playing the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard Amery They ended their set on an up tempo rocking note with the dirty, blues tinged“ All These Cats,”  but were called back for an encore of Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz” and a spooky, psychedelic version of Johnny Cash’s “ Ring of Fire.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A, Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 October 2015 10:10 )

Have a rock and rolling Thankgiving weekend

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It’s a good weekend to be thankful for great rock and roll and live music for this Thanksgiving weekend. Most of the big shows this week are punk and metal shows, but there are also some choice folk and roots shows.

B.A.Johnston returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 The big folk/ roots show of the week is a fundraiser for the Lethbridge Food Bank.
 Latin guitar whiz Oscar Lopez will be playing a special supper time fundraiser at the Mocha Cabana, Oct. 8. The tickets, which cost $82.50, include a three course meal and the show with Oscar Lopez. Doors open at 5 p.m. dinner is served at 6 and the show begins at 7 p.m.

The other big roots show is New Brunswick musician Andy Brown, who returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 9 in support of his third CD “Seasons,” which he released in August.
 The show begins at 9 p.m. There is no cover.

Another fun roots show comes courtesy of Nanton country band Tin and the Toad, who return to the Slice, Oct. 9 with The Carter Felkher band. There is a $10 cover for that show.
If you want to bang your head for the Thanksgiving weekend, local Metallica tribute Damage Inc. — A tribute to Metallica play Average Joes, Oct. 11. If that’s not enough head banging for you, Motley Whu, a Motley Crüe tribute are also on the bill. Tickets cost $10. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.
A couple of classic punk shows happen this week.

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 October 2015 15:07 ) Read more...

Andy Brown excited about bringing more mature music to Lethbridge

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New Brunswick folk singer/ songwriter Andy Brown has been calling Calgary his home base for the western leg of his Canadian tour in support of his third CD “Seasons.”Andy Brown returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery

“ I like Calgary a lot. I just like it out west. It’s like being in a totally different country than Eastern Canada. In a way it is because Canada is so big. Especially when you drive across it,” he said.

“There’s a different energy and feel,” he continued.

 He enjoyed his last visit to Lethbridge so much that he made a point of booking a show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 9.

“ Time has just flown by since I was there last. and the Owl is just a really unique spot when it comes to supporting entertainment,” he said.

“So I’m just excited to play a lot of new songs for everybody,” he said.
he said the new music is in a similar vein as his previous two CDs.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:06 ) Read more...

The Ripcordz plan on a fun punk rock weekend in Alberta

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While a lot of men define themselves by what they do for a living rather than who they are, Paul Gott, frontman of Montreal Canadian punk icons  the Ripcordz , defines who he his by what he does. He has worked in journalism for almost as long as the three-and-a-half decades he has been fronting the band.The Ripcordz come to Lethbridge, Oct. 11. Photo Submitted

“A lot of people define themselves by what they do. I’m a punk rocker first, then a journalist. No, I’m a father first, then a punk rocker, then a cat lover, then a pizza eater, then a journalist,” observed Gott, picking up his 10-year-old son Xander from football practice.

“I’m lucky that at most of the places I’ve worked, I can dress pretty much like I do on stage,” he said.

Gott brings the Ripcordz, also including bassist Matty Fortyfive and drummer Alex Roy, to Inferno, Oct. 11. Gott, who has worked in print journalism and with a variety of television stations including Global, CBC and most recently, a new independent TV station Mat TV, a new web magazine and urban culture connection, is excited to take a break and spend the weekend partying in Alberta, playing music and drinking beer.

“To think we used to make fun of television.  Life gets in the way, but we still play 25-30 shows a year. We never thought we’d be doing the rock star thing, flying in to play shows on the weekend, ” he said.

“Nobody’s making any money on this trip, but it’s going to be a great weekend,” he said.
“ I’ve been playing punk for three-and-a half decades because it’s fun and because of the girls,” he chuckled.
He noted it has been at least a decade since the band played Lethbridge, but over the years they have earned fans all over the place, who started out as fans in smaller centres, many of whom moved on to larger centres.

“In punk rock someone is always moving or going into rehab or something. A lot of people tend to move to bigger centres,” he said adding he first met a lot of the band’s western fans from cities like Winnipeg, Edmonton or Calgary in smaller cities like Lethbridge.

He has a lot of stories about Lethbridge shows from the tragic like the band’s drummer being beaten severely in the parking lot of one of their shows and the more amusing like a time before GPS when the band got lost looking for the venue in the old firehall, only to find out they were parked outside the building all along.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:43 ) Read more...

The Matadors returning for some devilishly good fun

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Joel “Hooch” Parkins, frontman and guitar “virtuoso” of St. Thomas, Ontario born horrorbilly band the Matadors and “ foremost purveyors of Lucifarian Gospel music” is a real character, even when he isn’t playing one.

The Matadors are no strangers to stirring the pot of controversy, being a tribute to Jimi Hendrix that went  horribly wrong with the politically correct crowd a few years ago or their latest Porn for the Unborn Drive or simply their avowed affinity for Satan.

The Matadors' Hooch Parkins. Photo by Richard Amery

 Parkins brings the Matadors  and his ’90 something rock and roll alter ego Butch Haller back to Lethbridge to play the Moose Hall, Oct. 9 to play a show with the Conniving Cadavers.

“Back in 1995 I was playing in a rockabilly band that was the Matadors with a different line up for a room full of drunk farm workers outside of Chatham and I was approached by representatives from the Lucifarian Brotherhood and they said they could make me a superhero with the superpower of being a virtuoso guitarist. And look at me now. Our relationship is more of a working relationship,” Parkins laughed, breaking character.

“I almost said all that without breaking character,” he chuckled.
 He has been in the studio with Butch Haller recording rockabilly/ country versions of some of the favourite ’80s hits “that he wrote.”

“ It will have eight to 10 songs on it and all of them are hits. There's even a video of him we found,” he said adding he hopes the CD  will catch the essence of Butch Haller.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:18 ) Read more...
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