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Honkers Pub parking lot heats up with local music at second annual festival

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Honkers Pub heated up their patio, literally with the second annual Honkers Pub Outdoor Festival.


Steve Keenan playing Honkers second annual parking lot festival, July 9. Photo By RichardAmery

 I caught a handful of the acts playing in the parking lot.


 One I really wanted to see was new local country band  the Midnight Sons.


Frontman Bryan Horvat  Keyboardist Gary Drayton, bassist Ed Knelsen , drummer Craig Fellner and Mark Holden Hall  filling in on guitar, played a set of  mostly country music, but also some soul and R and B.


 They opened with Bob Seger’s Turn the Page” and moved on to a highlight “ It’s Hard Around  Here”


 Their version of Ray Charles  “Seven Spanish Angels ” was another highlight as was their version of “Under the Boardwalk” which was especially soulful.

 Steve Keenan was up next with another  solid solo set of songs from his albums as well as crowd pleasing covers.


He was also in a Bob Seger mood , playing several Seger hits.

 But he opened with  Blue rodeo’s “ Cold  December Night.”


 He added  “ I Don’t Need A Million” from his latest CD “ In My Hands”

 Keenan played a medley of Johnny Cash hits including “Folsom Prison Blues”, “One Piece at at a Time” and  A Boy Named Sue,” before going back to the Bob Seger well.

Keenan wound his set down with a cover of  Neil Young’s “ Old Man,” before ending with Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.”


 Luke James Bruce played a solo set of mostly original music, but focussing on songs about drinking including country hit “Dust on the bottle” and his own “ Till Drink Does Us Part.”

 I left to do my radio show as he was playing the Nitty Gritty Dirt band’s“ Fishing’ in the Dark.”


Luke James Bruceplaying Honkers second annual parking lot festival, July 9. Photo By RichardAmery

 I missed sets by  Train Wreck, The mark Hall band, Saints and Sinners and the closing set by local Tragically Hip Tribute  The Hip Trip.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Bryan Horvat of the Midnight Sons playing Honkers second annual parking lot festival, July 9. Photo By RichardAmery
Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 July 2022 18:29 )

Casino Lethbridge’s Pure Summer festival features the Bamboo Guppies and Karen Romanchuk

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I keep forgetting that Jason Eveleigh, in addition to being a great sound guy, is also an excellent musician.


Jason Eveleigh playing with the Bamboo Guppies at Casino Lethbridge. Photo by RichardAmery

 Eveleigh and his trio the Bamboo Guppies featuring drummer Rick Kawa and bassist JP Lorge played a couple of sets at Casino Lethbridge’s Pure Summer Festival, July 9

 They played. Laid back, fun set of  classic rock and country music with each musician taking turns on lead vocals.


 Eveleigh sang Pagliaro’s hit “ What the Hell I Got,” then passed lead vocals duties to drummer Rick Kawa for a hilarious version of the Arrogant Worms’ “Last Saskatchewan Pirate.”


 Lorge brought out the more country side of the band singing  Brooks and Dunn’s “My Maria.” And Great Big Seas “Lukey’s Boat.”

Karen Romanchuk playing at Casino Lethbridge. Photo by RichardAmery


 They showed off their classic rock roots and vocals on “ Some Kind of Wonderful” And on some Beatles “ Oh ! Darling”


 They went back to the country for  “ Working man’s Blues.”


 I caught most of Karen Romanchuk’s set of solo, earnest, acoustic folk music.


 She concentrated on optimistic originals like. “ It’s Going to be Fine” and a touch of blues.


 She added some choice covers of Dolly Parton”s “Jolene” and took the intimate audience starting to swelter back to the ’90s with a cover of the Bodeans’ ’“Closer to Free..”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 July 2022 18:10 )

Mega festivals include Arts in the park at Legacy park

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Lethbridge was lousy with festivals , Saturday, July 9.


 I hit bits of three out of four of them.


The Atomicos’ Tyson Wiebe at Legacy park, July 9. Photo by RichardAmery

Local surf rock band the Atomicos played a laid back set of instrumental surf music in Legacy Park opening this week’s arts in the park festival.


People were just starting to settle in front of the stage as they played an array of classics like “MIrsirlou,” to original  surf rock jams.


 It’s been a while since I’ve seen them play, so they had a brand new line up with Tyson Wiebe fronting the band and shouting out stories of some of their originals. including a song about sharks.

 They switched things up for a few more country/ spaghetti western style songs before going back to  surf rock 


 Mickey Hayward sat comfortably on a stool to play bass , Tyler Bourne added extra guitar and  Chris H  added the backbeat on drums.


 They were kicking off an afternoon of entertainment including the Mini Dancers, Troyanda Ukrainian Dancers, Local Celtic band Celtic Roots and the Eric brand band, who were  playing all over  town at a variety of events including at an outdoor festival at Casino Lethbridge.


Arts in the park is in Galt Gardens on Saturday, July 16 with Fawns opening the Rocking in the Park Too at 1 p.m. with Kai Brooks,  the Bridgette Yarwood Band, Rudy Strangling Wolf and the Eric Braun band.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 July 2022 17:58 )

Chevelles rock the Place for Street Machine weekend

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 The Chevelles always pack the Place, especially during Street Machine Weekend, where people are hankering for  the hits.


Joe Brewster and Tim Carter of the Chevelees at the Place, July 8.Photo by RichardAmery

 The local classic rock veterans were excited to supply  everything from classic rock to contemporary hits at the Place, Friday, July 8.


I arrived in the middle of a rousing version of “Spirit in the Sky”


 Drummer Don Plettell sang  Franky Valli and the Four Seasons’ “December 1963,  Ooh What a Night ” as guitarist / vocalist Tim Carter sang the falsetto.

 He took the lead on Trooper’s “ Raise a Little Hell.”


 Bassist Joe Brewster (Seamus Chevelle) sang lead on ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” and  a couple more ’80s punk hits including Iggy Pop’s version  of “Real Wild One” and Billy Idol’s crowd pleasing cover of “Mony Mony.”

They went modern for a moment with a coverer off the WKND’s “Blinding Lights” before going back to the ’80s with a cover of Prince’s “ Let’s Go Crazy.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 July 2022 17:45 )

Kentucky Eileen have fun switching it up and turning covers into their own

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge welcomed back Kelowna bluegrass/ country quartet Kentucky Eileen, Friday, July 8.


 They had an enthusiastic crowd inside and even more out on the patio listening to a set strong on songs about whiskey and weed.

Kentucky Eileen playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 8. Photo by RichardAmery


The band, vocalist, guitarist ukulele player and banjo player Joshuah Smith, Vocalist/bassist, percussionist and harmonica player Dan Tait, Vocalist/violinist Mitch Howanyk and vocalist, mandolinist and lead guitarist Sam Balson played a variety of songs showcasing four part vocal harmonies. They played original music, plus covers of mostly folk and alternative country bands like  The Devil Makes Three.”

Impressively they traded instruments almost every song.


 They  had an Elliott Brood feel and indeed played a medley of two Elliott Brood and the Doobie brothers’ “Long Train Running.”


“ These are two songs that should never be put together,” quipped Smith  to preface that number.


 They played a their new single “Takes a Lot of Work,” and another song about “being a weirdo.”


 They tipped their hat to Alberta by playing a spellbinding mandolin and fiddle fuelled cover of Big Sugar’s “All Hell For A Basement.”


 It was just one of a variety of covers they turned into bluegrass songs which also included country hit “Old Coach Road”and  a beautiful cover of “Ooh La la,” which sounded like Steve Dawson’s interpretation of the Faces’s 1973 hit and powered by Dan Tait’s harp.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 July 2022 17:35 )
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