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Slice celebrates sweet 16 with sweet music from Shalea Miller, Starpainter and Queen of the Worms

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Any city with a music scene worth it’s salt has a core of key bars and venues that support and nurture the scene. Musicians meet other musicians there, form bands  play there a lot and if they are lucky enough to stay together, improve tenfold there.


Starpainter’s Joel Stretch singing at the Slice’s Sweet Sixteen show, Nov. 5. Photo by Richard Amery

The Slice has been the cornerstone of the Lethbridge original independent music scene for the past 16 years, so The Slice celebrated the past 16 years with some of their long time performers taking the stage, Friday Nov. 5.

A lot has happened since then. Bands have formed, played shows, made albums, disbanded and reformed under different names. It got pretty drunk out a lot of times and a lot of great songs were performed. Fans and band members have moved on, married, had children and some have unfortunately passed away.

Shaela Miller thanks the Slice for their support at the Nov. 5 Sweet Sixteen celebration. Photo by Richard Amery


 The Slice itself almost passed on in 2016.

Luckily Jesse Smith took up the torch, and now Derek Hoyle is keeping this bar alive.


 It was fitting that Slice favourites Starpainter, Shaela Miller and Queen of the Worms would play the sweet 16 anniversary party as they have been mainstays at the Slice pretty much from the beginning..


 Starpainter (Lead guitarist /slide guitarist Joel Gray, drummer Mickey Hayward, lead vocalist/guitarist Joel Stretch and bassist Colby Stolson opened the show with a solid set of ’90s style alt country music reminiscent of  Wilco and more particu

larly Son Volt and pleasant ambient indie rock.


They focused on songs from their debut CD “Bury Me with my Family.”


“Gray’s slide guitar bit through the chatter of a full house of friends who, thanks the Covid and the above, hadn’t seen each other in a long time.

Stretch also played several brand new songs in addition to songs from their debut album.


 They started  their set on a more ambient, mellow indie rock kick, then kicked things up a notch by the end of their set.


The gestation of the Shaela Miller band including lead singer Shaela Miller and band mates, lead guitarist Taylor Ackerman, Steel guitarist Ryan Skinny Dyck, drummer Tyler Bird and bassist Paul Holden pre date the Slice to the glory days of the Tongue N’ Groove. I’ve been privileged to watch them all grow throughout the years.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 November 2021 14:08 ) Read more...

Misfits tribute 138 play Halloween hits with Biloxi Parish

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Halloween was on the Sunday this year, but that didn’t mean three days of partying had to stop. Biloxi Parish and local Misfits tribute 138, who played the Slice the night before, played the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Halloween proper, Oct. 31.


The Misfits tribute 138 providing a perfect soundtrack for Halloween at the Owl, Photo by Richard Amery

 Biloxi Parish always put on an energetic, tight and really fun show.


 Their audience was clustered in front to the stage bouncing and bopping the night away for a set of mostly  original music. 

Though they did put their own stamp on  Halloween classic “Monster Mash.” They were called back for an encore of Warren Zevon’s “ Werewolves of London.” 


Barbraedean Nickele playing with Misfits Tribute 138  at the Owl, Oct. 31. Photo by Richard Amery

The members of 138 gave  the audience a taste of their  set by joining  Biloxi Parish on stage for a Misfits cover.


As usual, local Misfits tribute 138 played an incendiary set of original horror punks the Misfits classics.

 They had the Halloween spirit and even had a crowd surfer.


Lead vocalist Donovan  Howell , bassist, Barbraedian Nickel, guitarist Devin Gergel  and Cole Howg, doing double duty on drums with Biloxi Parish welcomed Shaela Miller on stage to sing extra background vocals.

Biloxi Parish and Misfits Tribute 138 jam at the Owl, Oct. 31. Photo by Richard Amery


 They played a lot of Misfits classics, ending with “Dig Up her Bones” and  “Last Caress,” but were called back for an encore.

— By Richard amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 November 2021 14:05 )

Uncovered return to regular Halloween haunt with a heap of hits

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 Uncovered returned to their regular Halloween haunt, Pops Pub West, Oct. 30.

Uncovered playing Halloween at Pop’s Pub, Oct. 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 they had a full, and fully costumed house  to hear them play  all their favourite ’80s and ’90s rock, pop and country hits.


The band, Chris “Juno” Craig, Danny Douglas, Kelly Klimchuk, Ryan Kasteel and lead singer Alison Hawkins Fehr were having a lot of fun playing their  favourites.


Alison Hawkins-Fehr was busy belting out  Keith Urban’s “ I Want to Love Somebody like You”  as I arrived before jumping right into a spirited version of Katrina and the Waves’ “ Walking on Sunshine.”


 Chris Juno Craig, followed it up with Roxettes’s “She’s Got the Look” before Hawkins-Fehr returned with The Dixie Chicks’s hit “ Goodbye Earl.”


 Juno  added a great version of Hall and Oates’ ’80s hit “Maneater.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor


Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few have a haunting Halloween show

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Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few rocked the Slice on Halloween night for an intimate audience, Oct. 31. Draper, dressed as a sexy Siren and bassist Steve Martin started the show slowly with a more acoustic, jazzy set of Halloween themed music to open  the show including an Elvira song.

Jolene Draper and Steve Martin of Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Fest playing the Slice for Halloween. Photo by Richard Amery


They brought lead guitarist Braeden Rouse and drummer Dino Scavo on stage for a hot set of heavier music including Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” and Rammstein’s “Du Hast.” Rouse played note played the solos note perfect.


It was very cool hearing Draper unleash her metal side.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 November 2021 16:48 )

Adequate bring the funk out of the house for Halloween

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 Halloween is for  dancing, so local funk rock duo Adequate got  a good sized crowd primed for Halloween by doing both at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Oct. 30.


Adequate get funky for Halloween at the Owl, Oct. 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 Keenan Pezderic, Scott Mezei and Josh Thorlakson, dressed as space billionaires Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and  Richard Branson, opened up their second set with the theme from Shaft which segued into a plethora of funk fused favourites including  the theme from the TV show“ The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire.

Pezderic sang the falsetto vocals from behind his drum kit as usual .


 Thorlakson took lead vocals fro a great cover of Lou Reed’s “Take A Walk on the Wild Side, with Mezei really making the audience feel the sleazy bass line.

They stepped out of the ’70 for a second by covering Lizzo’s “ Juice”

— By Richard Amey, L.A. Beat

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 November 2021 16:53 )
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