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Local musicians help Richard Inman with fundraisers

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 Lethbridge is a great little city.

John Wort Hannam playing a fundraiser for Richard Inman at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 3. Photo by Richard Amery

Like most cities Lethbridge has issues with crime and trouble but the community, especially the music community will always come together to lend a hand when one of their own needs it.


 The community came together for a super successful  crowd funding campaign to help build the Owl Acoustic Lounge‘s new stage in their new location.


And when talented singer songwriter and new resident Richard Inman got ripped off while playing a gig on the weekend, the community came together to put together a joint, short notice joint fundraiser at the Owl Acoustic Lounge and The Slice which raised $3,000 for him through donations and a silent auction.

 Both venues had  live music, silent auctions and were accepting donations.


 A variety of items were donated including local art, gift certificates, CD packages, guitar pedals and a lot more.


The Owl Acoustic Lounge  was packed as expected. They turned their weekly open mic into a fundraiser, featuring an all star line up of local performers playing three songs each.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 August 2021 20:28 ) Read more...

Henderson Park alive with the sound of Arts in the Park

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Arts in the Park has been something to look forward to at parks all over the city throughout the summer.

Dino Scavo, Jolene Draper and Steve Martin at Arts in the park, July 31. Photo by Richard Amery

On July 31, Henderson Lake was the site of a mini-music festival of local talent.

Host Andrew Legg prefaced each act with jokes, introduction and banjo music including a highlight called “the Pandemic Rag.”


Ryland Moranz, Kyle Harmon and Tyson Maiko at Henderson lake for Arts in the Park, July 31. Photo by Richard Amery

 As the sun beat down, of the approximately 250 people took refuge in the shade of trees or under a few umbrellas set in social distanced circles around the stage. New West Theatre and The Geomatic Attic, who co-sp

onsored the event,  had a couple water stations beneath tents on both sides of the stage.


I arrived in the middle of an entertaining  set from Ryland Moranz, who started off with a solo set of a few upbeat folk/ bluegrass tinged songs which has a few people dancing in the sweltering sun.  

Moranz usually plays with Leeroy Stagger. His band mates, drummer and “my wife”s boyfriend” Kyle Harmon and bassist Tyson Maiko joined him for a couple more up tempo numbers.


 They took a break as Moranz donned his banjo and channelled his inner Bela Fleck and proceeded to play some Bach, after which he switched to mandolin, for a song he “wrote in England.”


Bailey Kate and her band, most of local band Starpainter were up next with a laid back set of original music from her upcoming  CD due out in October.


 They played a laid back set of alternative country and pop music which was reminiscent of Kathleen Edwards. There were plenty of chiming guitars and some subtle slide.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 August 2021 20:13 ) Read more...

Are you entertained? You will be this week

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As always there is a lot going down in this town this week, with festivals, concert series and  fundraisers. Plus live music returns to Casino Lethbridge this week.

 First of all, the Lethbridge  music community shows their love and support for one of their own at two very special  shows on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

James Swinney has a couple of gigs this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 Richard Inman, got ripped off while he  was playing a gig this past weekend, a thief or thieves stole his truck, phone and wallet with this month’s rent in it

 The Owl open mic features some high profile local talent with Ryland Moranz, John Wort Hannam and Shaela Miller and many more performing.

 So far the line up is  8 p.m. Steven Foord; 8:20 p.m. Kevin Giron; 8:40 p.m.  Don Cassell (The Dark Wrangler); 9 p.m. John Wort Hannam; 9:20 p.m.  Ryland Moranz; 9:40 p.m.  Tyler Bird (Queen of the Worms) and Shaela Miller at 10 p.m.

 There will also be a silent auction featuring  donations from the Slice, Owl Acoustic Lounge, Populess, Sinking Ship Supply, Lauren Hart Yoga, Len Komenac  Art, Village Brewing, Scott Cook and more. You will even be able to bid on the items from home.

 Gabe Thaine’s  High level Variety Show at the Slice, Aug. 3 will also be a fundraiser for Inmann.


 The Centric music  festival returns on Wednesday, Aug., 4  with the Unconventional Trio (trumpeter Josh Davies, bass trombonist Nick Sullivan and pianist Deanna Oye) performing at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre for a limited audience, though it will also be online. Donors get first dibs for seating for the concert, which begins at 7 p.m.


 The Upside Downtown concert series continues at Casa. This Thursday, Aug. 5, Lemba will be performing from 5-7 p .m.

After that, the Ammena Dance orientation show begins at 7 p.m. at the Sterndale Bennett/ Yates Theatre, though the registration date was July 24.

 And after that, the Slice has their regular Thursday night open mic.


Things are cooking again on Friday night.

The West Side community church hosts Blessing the Children, a fundraiser for children in Ethiopia featuring performances by sopranos Olivia Earl, Sophia Makela, Lauren Reisig; guitarist Carson Froelich; tenor Spencer Van Dellen and pianist Cheryl Emery -Karapita. Admission is by donation. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Local classic rockers The Chevelles hold court at the Coast Hotel for LA Chef’s Summer Sizzler. Doors open at 6 p.m., Cal Toth entertains during a barbecue dinner and the Chevelles kick off the party at 8:30 P.M. Tickets are $40-$50.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 August 2021 07:46 ) Read more...

Eamon McGrath plays Owl Acoustic Lounge patio

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The Allied Arts Council hoped  their new upside Downtown would encourage people to hang around downtown after work  to listen to live music.


 So The Owl Acoustic lounge’s July 29  patio show featuring Eamon McGrath was perfectly timed, as several people enjoying Shaela Miller’s Upside Downtown show in Rotary Square outside of Casa , wandered across the street to check out McGrath.

 I think he’s the first out of town touring artist to visit Lethbridge since everything reopened, July 1. 


Eamon McGrath playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge patio, July 29. Photo by Richard Amery

He always puts on a great show either alone as  he was this evening or with the full band. He was performing for a packed patio. Luckily his music was being piped inside as well  for people who couldn’t fund a seat outside or who were just looking for a respite from the heat.


He was playing a blend of covers and original music including some brand new songs.


 He did  antastic versions of  Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty” a heartfelt version of the Tragically Hip’s Bobacageon and  turned to Clash’s  “Straight To Hell” into a folk song.


He added harp to a brand new original “Cannonball” and to a couple of other songs before taking a break.


He opened his second set with  a great cover of Richard Thompson’s“Vincent Black Lightning ’54.”


 He sounded like Gordon Lightfoot in places and Neil young in others. his show included plenty of pretty  fingerpicking and harmonica.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 July 2021 13:10 )

Shaela Miller opens Upside Downtown Concert Series

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 The Allied Arts Council kicked off their new Thursday afternoon concert series Upside Downtown with a performance by Shaela Miler and her band, July 29.

 I only caught the last hour of it, but Miller, playing a Telecaster ran though the music of her entire career to date.


Shaela Miller playing the Upside Downtown concert series in Rotary Square by Casa, July 29. Photo by Richard Amery

 She was backed by a crack band of Ryan Skinny Dyck on steel guitar, Taylor Ackerman on lead guitar, Paul Holden playing bass and Tyler Bird on drums and background vocals.


 I arrived during one of my newfavourites “ Hard Knock upside My Head.”

 “Jukebox” was a highlight, showing off Miller’s smooth, impassioned voice, which has only improved with age.


 Taylor Ackerman added solos and baritone guitar and a cool double neck Danelectro guitar.

 In addition out originals, they also played some classic country including some Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash deep cuts.



Shaela Miller , Tyler Bird and Jon Martin playing the Upside Downtown concert series in Rotary Square by Casa, July 29. Photo by Richard Amery

She would down the show with “Half Way In Love,” then dug really deep for a couple of old crowd favourites from her early days including “Station,” and another older song for which she welcomed Jon Martin on stage to add some solos on her Telecaster.

 She ended with another popular cover “Thanks A Lot.”

– by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 July 2021 13:02 )
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