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Local shows and comedy mark slower week

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After a crazy St. Patrick’s Day week, things slow down a lot this week.

 A lot of this week’s live music is local.Outrun the arrow play Casino Lethbridge, March 24. Photo bY Richard Amery
 One of the highlights is the wind up show for CKXU’s annual FUNDrive at the Slice.

 All week long, the local University of Lethbridge based community radio station has been hosting events and taking pledges to reach their $30,000 goal. The fun culminates at the Slice, March 24 with several local bands playing “banned” songs or songs that have been banned. Admission is $10 advance, $15 at the door.

 It is  great weekend for comedy as well.

 Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham returns to the Enmax Centre, March 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $54 and $70.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:59 ) Read more...

Devon Coyote bringing some blues back to Lethbridge

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Kelowna based blues rock trio Devon Coyote are  excited to be back on the road after staying close to home for a year.Devon Coyote returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo By Richard Amery

They return to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 23.

“We’ve been playing a lot. But we’ve been playing  close to home because D’Arcy (Booth), our bass player had a baby with his wife,” said lead singer/ lead guitarist Devon  Bjarnason. Drummer Rod Anderson completes the trio.

“We’ve  also been writing new material, but we’re in no rush to release anything,” he continued, adding they have had  a busy winter  playing ski hills and private parties.

“So we’ve been doing a lot of practicing and playing. There’s a lot of ski hills around here, so we’ve had a busy winter,” he said, adding it has been nice to spend some time with family and friends at home.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 March 2017 09:30 ) Read more...

Ben Caplan expanding music to include band

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Halifax based songwriter Ben Caplan is excited to bring his latest CD and a full band back to Lethbridge, Tuesday, March 21 for a sold out show at the Geomatic Attic.Ben Caplan and Taryn Kawaja play piano together. Photo by Richard Amery

Caplan, who plays piano and guitar, will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Taryn Kawaja playing melodica, keyboards, flute  and vocals, upright bassist Anna Ruddick and new drummer Jamie Kronick, who joined the band six months ago.
“Jamie started out playing fill in gigs. he must o have played 200 or 300  shows. Then he joined the band officially six months ago,” he said.

“And Taryn started touring with us selling our merch until we discovered her latent musical skills kept popping up. She plays like seven or eight instruments. And Anna, out bassist came highly recommended through  really good friends” he continued.

“This line up has been together for about six months. It’s exciting,” said Caplan from a tour stop in Grande Prairie, which is a part of a quick Alberta and B.C. tour which will eventually end up in the northern United States. they are still touring in support of their CD “Birds With Broken Wings.”

“Things are going great. The tour has been beautiful. We’ve had sold out shows 10 out of 10 so far,” Caplan continued, adding he is pleased with how well his band are playing.
“We should we’ve been playing a lot and we’re feeding off the energy of the crowd,” he said.

The last time Caplan played Lethbridge was in 2013 which was quickly followed by a hit appearance at the South Country Fair.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 March 2017 09:29 ) Read more...

Old Man Luedecke entertains appreciative Lethbridge crowd with songs and stories

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I’m glad Halifax folk musician Old Man (Chris) Luedecke gave Lethbrdge another chance, because he had a good sized, attentively listening audience for an exceptional show full of stories and song at the Slice, March 8. The last time he played Lethbridge a couple years ago, he had aOld Man Luedecke and Joel Hunt play for a good crowd at the Slice, March 8. Photo by Richard Amery dismal turnout.

But people were there in force on a chilly Wednesday night this time.

 I caught the end of his early starting show.

Luedecke accompanied by mandolinist Joel Hunt were playing an upbeat set of music from his most recent CD “Domestic Eccentric,” which has done well for him. A sweet song about parenting called “The Early Days” was an early highlight.

 He played a Grammy award winning song and talked about the artist getting banjo whiz Bela Fleck to play on it.

“I wasn’t available. I was busy at home raising kids. He can play it better than me anyway,” he quipped.

 He played some impressive clawhammer banjo on that song before playing a request from the crowd for an older highlight “I Quit My Job.”
He switched from banjo to guitar for a couple of songs including “ Year of the Dragon,” a highlight from his new CD which was a highlight of the set as he wound things down for the appreciative crowd.
 He was called back for an encore.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:07 )

Dany Laj and the Looks rock a Tuesday with the Dirti Speshuls

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 A very cool Tuesday rock show drew decent crowd on an off night to the Slice, March 7.

 While I missed a hot opening set from local alternative rockers Fox Eyes, I was just in time for Montreal’s  Dany Laj and the Looks.

Dany Laj and the Looks rock a Tuesday. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played scrappy ’60s style garage rock to begin a tight set of songs mostly from their new CD “Alive & Kicking.”

They switched into a more ’90s power pop mode, with plenty of crunchy, catchy jangling upbeat guitar which reminded me a little of Sloan, a touch of the Replacements , a tad Tom Petty and more modern bands like the Dudes, especially due to Dany Laj’s voice which was eerily reminiscent of the High Kicks/The Dudes’ Danny Vacon.

 Bassist Jeanette Dowling played with a lot of groove, laying down some catchy bass licks.

It is great to see local hard rock/ power pop band the Dirti Speshuls playing more often. They closed off a Tuesday night with some energetic ’90s style power pop music along the lines of Treble Charger.

They opened with a couple of up tempo rockers from their debut CD.The Dirti Speshuls’ Todd Carter at the Slice, March 7. photo by Richard Amery
They moved on to some newer material featuring plenty of crunchy guitar and a relentless rhythm plus some melodic solos.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:39 )
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