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Dallas Smith excited about playing Florida Georgia Line tour

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While Dallas  Smith was once known as frontman for ’90s alt rockers Default, he has come into his own as a country star.
“ It is creeping up on us,” said Smith, getting ready to open a most sold out Canadian tour with Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith opens for the Florida Georgia Line, April 17. photo Submittedwhich stops by the Enmax Centre, April 17.

“ It’s gravy. Folks are starving for these guys (The Florida Georgia Line) to come up here. They’re hungry for it,” said Smith doing press for the tour in Vancouver.

 He toured with the Florida Georgia Line last year for 20 dates all over the United States. They begin the Canadian tour in Abbotsford, April 9.
“They are really great guys. I knew them before the tour. We did 20 dates all over the U.S. in New York and Texas. That tour was great. They have such young, energetic crowds. They love to have a lot of fun,” Smith enthused adding he knows them from sharing the same management team and producer.

“They heard what I was doing and liked it and were nice enough to ask me to join them on tour,” he said.
“ So I’m looking forward to being in the same building with them, and being part of it all,” he said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:34 ) Read more...

Tribute shows and weird shows this week

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This is a great week for big names and tribute bands.
  There are a couple of excellent tribute acts ringing in the long weekend.

 Soundgarden starts things off Thursday, April 17  with Re/Opened: a tribute to the Doors playing at 9:30 p.m. there is only a three dollar cover for the show.
 Average Joes brings in three huge tribute acts, April 18 with the Monsters of Mock.
 The show featThe Raw Dogs’ Jesse Dixon. Photo by Richard Ameryures Bon Jovi tribute Blaze of Glory, Aerosmith tribute Aerosmith Rocks and  AC DC tribute Who Made Who winds things up.

 Tickets are $30. the shows begin at 9:30  p.m.

If you like modern pop influenced country music, Florida Georgia Line play the Enmax Centre, April 17 with Dallas Smith.
 On the other hand, if you like punk rock music or “puck rock music,” the Hanson Brothers ( not the ’90s pop stars who recorded MMM Bop) play Sidelines in Coaldale. They will be playing high octane hockey and beer inspired songs and will be sharing the stage with Calgary pop punk icons Chixdiggit. Tickets cost $20 in advance with a Pilsner and $25 at the door.

There is an excellent blues / rock show at the Slice this week with Miss Quincy returning with her brand new CD. Miss Quincy and the Showdown play the Slice, April 17. It will begin early at 8 p.m., so don’t miss it by showing up fashionably late.

There are a lot of unusual shows this week.
 Doug Hoyer, Christian Hansen and Mark Mills will be playing weird pop/ synth music at the Slice, April 16.
Saskatchewan band The Faps return to play the Slice, April 18 to add their own, weird twist on psych punk and noise rock  as well.
 And if you want to see a van’s gas tank used as a stand up bass, don't miss Shane Chisholm at Casino Lethbridge, April 18 and 19 where he will be playing his own blend of country, rockabilly and rock and roll music.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:35 ) Read more...

Florida Georgia Line ready to cruise and party all night on tour

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Mega popular country pop duo the Florida Georgia Line are taking life one day at a time.Florida Georgia Line come to Lethbridge to party this week. Photo by Ken Barlowe
 They seemed to explode out of nowhere with their 2012  CD “ Here’s To the Good Times,” which spawned numerous hits including “Cruise,” “ This is How We Roll,” “ Round Here” and “Here’s To The Good Times.”

The bring their “Here’s to the Good Times” tour to the Enmax Centre with Dallas Smith, April 17.
 They began their headlining  Here’s to The Good Times’ Tour in Abbotsford, April 9, and played Pentiction the next day.

“ It’s going good so far. The whole tour is bigger. We played to 7 to 8,000 people last night which is a lot bigger than the Commodore (in Vancouver) the last time we played ( in B.C.)” said Ormand Beach, Florida born Brian Kelley, who met Monroe Georgia born band mate Tyler Hubbard while attending Belmont University  in Nashville.

“It’s always  exciting and it’s always fun. The size of the venue doesn’t really matter,” he said.

“I’m very excited about the whole year,” he said.

“We definitely have a lot of influences from hip hop to christian rock to country. We just wanted to make a sound that was fresh and that you don’t hear anywhere else. It’s just really feel good music,”  he continued adding most of their songs are country, except for a couple which have rap influences.
 He didn’t know why  Florida Georgia Line’s music caught on with fans  so quickly.

“ I guess it was just the right time. I feel blessed to be part of something special and to be able to play and write songs,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:47 ) Read more...

The Hanson Brothers blend home brewed beer and hockey influenced punk

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Vancouver/ Victoria based puck rockers The Hanson  Brothers are pretty much a quintessentially Canadian band- they  love beer, hockey and loud music.The Hanson Brothers return to Southern Alberta this week. Photo submitted
They are pumped about returning “ to the scene of the crime”—  the Coaldale Hotel, where they recorded their live album  “ It’s a Living” a  few years ago and to promote Hanson’s brand new craft beer Punk Rauch ale, April19 at Sidelines in Coaldale.

“We normally wouldn’t tour because we don’t have a new  album out but we wanted to promote  my new beer and NomeansNo is on hiatus, so  we didn’t have anything else to do,” said Hanson Brothers frontman John Wright, who also plays drums for prog-punkers NoMeansNo.
The Hanson Brothers  formed back in 1984  to do something a little different than the more complex progressive punk rock of NoMeansNo by combining the band members  love of hockey, beer and back to the basics Ramones style punk rock.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:48 ) Read more...

Kacy and Clayton give Clayton Linthicum a break from the Deep Dark Woods

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Clayton Linthicum is taking a advantage of a brief hiatus in  the Deep Dark Woods’ schedule to play a few shows with his second cousin, Kacy Anderson.Kacy and Clayton come to Lethbridge this week. Photo submitted
 The duo, Kacy and Clayton play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 18.

“ She’s still in high school, so we can only play on weekends,” he said.

“ It’s very simple acoustic folk music. I play acoustic guitar and Kacy and I both sing,” he described.
“We grew up playing  music together. Her grandfather, my uncle Carl actually taught me to play the music of the ’40s and ’50s,” he said.

“ So we’re keeping it in the family.
 Clayton and Kacy have been playing together for four years, releasing two CDs along the way including the most recent  “ The Day is Past and Gone,” which they released late last year.

“ We play whenever the Deep Dark Woods are on a break. So it is really a treat to play with her. Though you can only do so much,” he continued adding Deep Dark Woods lead singer Ryan Boldt produced the CD at Dahl Street  Records.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:14 ) Read more...
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