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Skinny Leigh returns to Lethbridge to play some jazz, blues and folk

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 Skinny Leigh aka. Richard Doerksen returned to Lethbridge from his home of Montreal to play a  beautiful set at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, July 22.


Skinny Leigh playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 22. Photo by Richard Amery

 Steve Martin eagerly looked at him for chord changes  as he thumped away at his upright bass.


 Skinny Leigh played a solid set of acoustic blues and folk music as he reminisced about  his time in Lethbridge and played a couple songs he wrote while living here.


 I arrived as he was finishing a  John Fullbright  cover.


 He blended folk with a touch of blues and a smattering of jazz.


Throughout he  played some  pretty guitar picking.


  He put on an entertaining show.  

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 July 2022 17:36 )

Singer-songwriter John Hewitt spans genres for Slice show

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Singer / songwriter John Hewitt stopped by the Slice, Thursday, July  21 to play a solid set of mostly original songs  for an intimate audience.


John Hewitt playing the Slice, July 21. Photo by RichardAmery

 He brought a ’60s folk singer vibe, dressed like a long lost member of the Band.


 One immediate highlight made me want to go back and  re-read “Tristessa,”  Jack Kerouac’s short novel about morphine addicts in Mexico City as he noted he wrote his song about some of the characters, but put them in Nashville instead of  Mexico City.


“Smoky Mountain Rain” was a highlight. 


He played some pretty fingerpicked guitar and added the occasional harp solo as he crooned his songs interspersed with a few stories. 



 Hewitt played a variety of styles of music with an emphasis on folk music, but he also dabbled in jazz/ ’70s soft rock for “ Too Many People” and some more rock  oriented songs.


He noted he released an album in 2022 and played  several songs from it before playing a cover of “Angel FroM Montgomery” and a n obscure Tom Petty cover “Angel Dream” followed by Petty’s hit “ I Won’t Back Down.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 July 2022 16:22 )

Classic country with the Tom Price band outside Telegraph Taphouse

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Thursdays have become the day for early evening live entertainment.


 Regular performances are beginning on the stage outside Telegraph Taphouse.


The Tom Price band playing the stage outside Telegraph, July 21. Photo by Richard Amery

 A good sized audience sat at tables in the shade in the square, enjoying  some classic country with The Tom Price Band,July 21.


Though it seemed out of place in summer, they played Stompin’ Tom Connors’“Good Old Hockey Game.”



Their version of  Ian Tysons “ Four Strong Winds.” was a crowd favourite.


 They followed that up with a medley of. Johnny Cash favourites  including “  Cry, Cry , Cry,”“Big River” and “ Ring of Fire.”


After that they segued into Kris Kristofferson’s “ Sunday Morning Coming Down.”


 Tyson Ray Borsboom and Kevin Giron are on the stage this Thursday, July 28 beginning at 7 p..m

— by RichardAmery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 July 2022 16:13 )

Fortune Block featured Richard Inman and band for Upside Downtown

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Upside downtown continued with Richard Inman’s band Fortune Block, Thursday, July 21.

Fortune Block playing Upside Downtown outside Casa, July 21. Photo By RichardAmery

 I caught the second set, just as they were  launching into a Turnpike Troubadours cover.


 But most of their set was original music from their new CD “Might As Well Stay Home.”


 Inman was backed by Sweet Alibi’s Amber Rose Nielsen adding extra acoustic guitar and beautiful vocal harmonies and multi-instrumentalist  Kevin Peters.

 Inman’s resonant baritone rumbled  through Rotary Square outside of Casa and enraptured the audiences, enjoying the shade on a sweltering day


“ Hotdogs In Heaven,” was heartfelt tribute to John Prine and several of Inman and Neilsen’s influences.


 She chuckled when Inman brought  it to her, she “made it better.”


They also played a couple choice covers including  Bruce Robison’s  “Travelling Soldier,” and an obscure cover of  Jonathan  Byrd’s “ Clean” which closes the CD as well as closed their set.


 Steven William Foord plays Rotary Square outside Casa for Upside Downtown, this Thursday, July  28.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 July 2022 16:03 )

Fabulous fair and festival fun finish up July

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Summer hits its stride this week as July ends with a roar and a plenitude of shows.


The Lethbridge International airshow is back at the Lethbridge airport so expect to hear the roar of jet engines, July 30 and 31. The features plenty of aerial performers, a classic car show n shine, monster truck rides, food trucks , a trade show, displays and a beer garden.


 Luke James Bruce hosts the open mic at Mojo’s Pub tonight, Monday, July 25. It is one of several open mics happening this week.


Megan Brown aka Makiisma plays two shows this week. Photo by RichardAmery

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has their usual Tuesday night open mic and they have something special for their end of the month poetry open mic on Wednesday.


 In addition to Teri Petz’s poetry open mic, Wednesday, July 27, Kris Demeanor and Carolyn Mark will be performing.


 Also on Wednesday, July 27, Gabe Thaine and Friends host  their monthly jam for hunger. Thaine and friends play at 8 p.m. followed by the jam at 8:45 p.m.

Good Time Charlie host Honkers Pub‘s open mic on Friday Night.


There is no open mic at Honkers Pub on Saturday because there is an airshow event.


Festivals and concerts series continue this week.


 This is the last week to catch Hootenanny’s summer production of The Junk Show at Galt Gardens this week. So check out this family friendly New West theatre production at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.


Reuben and the Dark, Bullhorn singers and Makiisma perform on the Park n Ride rooftop for the Wide Skies Music Festival, Wednesday, July 27. Makiisma opens the show at 8 p.m. 


 Tickets are by donation, but you must register in advance as seating is limited.


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