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Check out some live music to recover from Thanksgiving.

 Most of the week is dominated by tribute acts and open mics

 However the fun begins on Tuesday, Oct. 12 with a blues jam at the Slice hosted by  Keith Catfish Woodrow.

James Swinney is playing with the Decadent Phase this week. Photo by Richard Amery


 Tuesdays are busy days now as the Owl Acoustic Lounge has their weekly open mic and  Good Times’ weekly comedy open mic is also on Tuesday.

 Scott Davidson and some of his talented music students are back at the Slice on Wednesday, Oct. 13 as he hosts another Alumni night at the Slice.  If you miss that show  There is another Scott Davidson alumni night at the Slice on Oct. 22.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge welcomes back Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds for a mid week show on Thursday, Oct. 14.

 There is more comedy at the Canadian Brewhouse  on Thursday for Comedy Club night.

As always the Slice has their weekly open mic on Thursdays.


A new group called JD including Danny Douglas, Jackie French  and Jasmine Mitchell host the open mic at Honker’s Pub on Friday.  They will begin at 7 p.m. with a 45 minute set and will open the stage to jammers after.Coda Lite hosts their Saturday afternoon jam.


The Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp’s family jam returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Saturday afternoon, at 2 p.m.

Steel Cut rock Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday.


 Bridgette Yarwood and her new band including Yarwood on vocals, guitar and keyboards, bassist/vocalist Ian Morrice, guitarist/vocalist Mel Gaydos  and drummer Beau Sommerfeldt make a long awaited return to the Slice on Friday, Oct. 15. The Decadent Phase’s Doors tribute will open the show.

 The Decadent Phase will play their own show at the Slice on Saturday.

 Richard Inmann returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge with his band, Friday, Oct. 15

 And Edmonton country punk pioneers Jr. Gone Wild return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

Their new CD “Still Got the Jacket” is due out  Nov. 12. Admission is $10.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 October 2021 15:41 ) Read more...

CKXU FUNdrive 2021 is about peace, love and Flower Power to the Tower

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Fall means Fundrive for  University of Lethbridge  based Community radio station CKXU 88.3 f.m.


 This year  FUNDrive smells like flowers. CKXU has set a goal of raising $20,000 worth of flower power, OCt. 15-22 though the usual on air pledge drive and a few online events which begin this week.


Imogen Pohl and Genna Bourchier show off some of this year’s CXKU's FUNDrive Swag. Photo by Richard Amery

“The money will go towards a new website which will allow us podcast capabilities and more accessibility for listeners who want to read about their favourite shows and their playlists,” said Genna Bourchier, CKXU Executive director.


“We have a surprisingly large international following who tune in to their favourite shows. Podcasting is something our listeners have requested,” she continued, noting First Nations music show Universal languages has a big following in Australia and some of CKXU’s World music programming also attracts a lot of interest overseas.


“And Covid as pointed out some holes to us that need to be filled like recording equipment so our volunteers can record their shows from home,” added Volunteer Coordinator /operations director Imogen Pohl.

 The first event, Beer Survivor begins on Friday, Oct. 8.

 Beer survivor is an online draw. Participants can form teams of up to five. For $15 per person entry fee. You  enter your name in a draw. Each name will drawn, which you can see on  a live stream. The last person standing’s team  takes home 50 cans of craft beer, Second last gets 30 cans of beer and third last gets 20 cans of beer for their team. The draw will be Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

There is also an online 50 50 draw and a poetry contest. Submissions are open now for poems. with a theme of  Flowers, Environmentalism and ‘Growing Anew,” to go along with the theme of this year’s FUNdrive.

Submissions are due on Oct. 13. The event itself is on Oct.18. Submissions will be judged between Oct. 14-17 

A panel of judges will rank the poems from their favourites to least favourites. Submit poems to


 CKXU has teamed with local apiary “Forever BEE!‚ to do Honeygrams. So participants can send honey flavoured treats to their “Bee” loved. Honeygrams include a four pack of  Beeswax candles, 10 Honeystix, Forever Bee lip balm, a 125 g jar of Clover Honey, a printed planet saver checklist, printed recipe card and a message from the sender. They are available online from Oct. 8-22 for $20.


“ We’re playing it safe this year. But we weren’t sure what was going to happen with Covid.  If there is another shut down, we ’d have had to cancel. So all of our events are online this year,” Pohl said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2021 17:34 ) Read more...

Vessel experiments with progressive rock

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 Local punk band The Waterfront’s CD release party at the Slice was overshadowed  by Shaela Miller’s CD release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.


 I only caught part of opening band Vessel’s set of progressive rock.


Vessel at the Slice, Oct. 2. Photo by Richard Amery

 Vessel were solid, playing a set of experimental , instrumental progressive rock and metal with big riffs and jazz tinged drumming.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2021 14:55 )

Shaela Miller has big time at Big Hair Small City CD release party

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  I only caught the second set of Shaela Miller and her band’s set for their “Big Hair Small City” Cd release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Oct. 2.

 I caught a quick Brandy Cox drag set before Shaela Miller began her second set.


Shaela and drag  performers Chrissy Cox and Brandi Jayne danced together as a recording of one of her songs  played.

Shaela Miller and special guest Vissia at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, oct. 2. photo by Richard Amery


 The band began their second set by going old school with crowd favourite “Station.”


 As usual, the band, drummer / singer Tyler Bird, lead guitarist Taylor Ackerman, Skinny Dyck on steel guitar and Paul Holden holding down the bottom end  on bass played a solid set of vintage Miller. They've been playing together for a long time , so they were a s tight as usual, providing plenty of twang and sighing steel guitar.


 Edmonton musician Alex Vissia joined the band to add extra background vocals, tambourine and some sweet dance moves which fit right in.


 Most of the audience joined them in front of the stage, showing a few moves of their own.


 I must have missed most of the new material.


Drag performances were a part of Shaela Miller’s Cd Release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 2. photo by Richard Amery

 But the classic Shaela Miller stood out. They played all the favourites including “Half Way in Love” as well as a couple classic country covers. Most of the set was pretty mellow, which made it perfect for slow dancing, which the audience gladly did.


 She picked up the tempo to wind up her set with another Shaela Miller classic “ Vicious Bitches,” picked things up a bit more with “Cheating and Lying” and ended her show with  an apt cover of “Thanks A Lot.”


 The audience called the band back for one last encore before calling it a night.

 The sold out show raised $2,500 for local organization   Aakah'kohsiiksi (Those Who have Many Children, a local organization which helps  indigenous women, families and marginalized people such as sex workers.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2021 14:40 )

Citizen Rage make red hot return to Lethbridge

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Citizen Rage made a long awaited return to the Slice, Friday, Oct. 1. But I had  to wait until well past midnight to see them. I arrived in the middle of a rare  full band Scallywags performance.

Citizen Rage at the Slice, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery

 The local punk rock band played a loose yet tight set of mostly original punk rock music mostly about drinking.


 They had plenty of gang vocals and shout along choruses. I couldn’t understand any of the lyric, but appreciated their energy

 They are alway a lot of fun.


 Berserker  were up next with their usual set of ’90s inspired alternative rock and screamo music with elements of The Foo Fighters and Rage Against the Machine.

They added a few new songs as well including one called “Berserker hates the kids.”. As always, Jon

The Scallywags at the Slice, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery

 Vornbrock bellowed out the vocals from the shadows on the side of the stage.


Calgary’s Citizen Rage showed everyone how it was supposed to be done, playing an incendiary set of hardcore punk.


They were incredibly tight, they  opened with “I Will Fucking Kill You” from their most recent Ep “Black.”

Frontman Mark Russell jumped all over the stage, bellowing out the lyrics while the band added furious drum, bass and guitar attacks.


During the brief stops between songs, Russell asked the audience members to hug the person next to them.


They had plenty of snarling guitars and lots of gang vocals.

They played songs  from all of their EPS  of which “Struggle ” was a highlight .

 They played  aa couple of new songs including “Watch What You Say”  and “ Back in Time”  to appear on their upcoming full length debut Cd.

“ Twitch” from the “Black” Ep was another highlight as they wound up a short, swift and loud set of heartfelt hardcore punk music.


They ended with “What’s it To You.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2021 14:11 )
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