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Desirée Dawson excited to “chill” on western Canadian tour with Serena Ryder

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Squamish musician Desirée Dawson is living the dream, opening for Juno Award winning musician Serena Ryder.

Desirée Dawson opens for Serena Ryder in Lethbridge, Oct. 1. Photo submitted

Their tour stops by Southminster United Church, Oct. 1 for a Geomatic Attic show.


“It’s been so much fun. There has been a lot of learning. It’s been amazing,” said Dawson from a tour stop in Kamloops. The tour began Oct. 14  in Mission and ends with two shows in St. Albert, Oct . 7 and 8.


“I met Serena at the Juno Awards. We were both nominated for adult alternative album of the year, and  she won,” said Dawson, whose mother is French-Canadian settler ancestry from Ontario and her father is of African descent from South Carolina.


 “I’ve been listening to Serena since I was really young. So it’s been a beautiful thing to get to know her before and after the show and to see her perform every night. It’s been amazing,” Dawson enthused.


“We don’t get to play together on stage, but that would be a dream come true,” Dawson enthused, noting her 30 minute set only includes one track, “ Mountain Tops” from her new CD “Meet You at the Light.” 


 Dawson is touring with  guitarist/ vocalist Matt Storm, cajón/ percussionist / videographer Sally Zori and  partner and tour manager Jules Tatone.


“I’ve been touring as a duo, as a trio and solo. For Lethbridge, I think it will be a duo. I want to present people with a show that  helps them to be joyful and connected,” said Dawson, who just released a well received album, “Meet You at the Light,” which has a lot of laid back pop influences, but is also reminiscent of Allison Russell’ folk stylings.


It is a sparse sounding album with multi-layered harmony vocals, subtle piano and cello. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 September 2022 12:29 ) Read more...

Rock in October this week with lots of music

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September ends withs a smorgasbord of  different kinds of music.

The Devil’s Sons return to Lethbridge this week. Photo By Richard Amery


 The week starts early on Monday with a special early week show from Orillia via Saskatchewan singer songwriter Zachary Lucky who’s tour in support of his latest CD “Songs for Hard Times ”stops by the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Monday.

 On the west side, Luke James Bruce hosts his  usual open mic at Mojos Pub.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s usual weekly open mic is on Tuesday.


And because it‘s the end of the month, Teri Petz return’s to the Owl Acoustic Lounge to host their monthly Poetry open mic.


 Things get loud at the Slice with Vancouver punk blues duo The Pack AD and Hell Diablo plus local riot grrl trio Mombod at the Slice, on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $16.93 for the Pack AD’s last tour. The music begins at 9 p.m.

 Get a little more mellow at the Slice on Thursday, Sept. 29 as Sweet Alibi stop by in support of their latest CD “Make a Scene,” with Chris Drew.


 Then turn it up again at the Slice on Friday Sept. 30 with Edmonton psychobilly/punk  rock band The Devil’s Sons supporting their new CD “Broken Bones, Bottles and Hearts. If you like Social Distortion and the Supersuckers , you will like the Devil’s Sons.  The Hockey Moms, Bob Scallywag and for something a little different  l’omelette will be joining them. Admission is $10 at the door.

The Slice hosts a big local rap and hip hop show on Saturday, Oct. 1 to open October.

 Zimbabwe artist of the year  Kay L is the headliner with support from JPB, Indigidrip, Stratum403, Atomic Lane, Kropp Hopper and Knixxen Out. Tickets are $17.87 through Eventbrite.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 September 2022 07:35 ) Read more...

Sweet Alibi to share sweet harmonies and new music at the Slice

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Winnipeg folk pop trio Sweet Alibi are ready bring their sweet harmonies back to Lethbridge, Sept. 29 at the Slice along with a more pop  inspired CD “ Make A Scene.”


Sweet Alibi’s Amber Nielsen playing with Richard Inman and Fortune Block this summer. Photo by Richard Amery

 Amber Nielsen hasn't stopped running since things opened up,  as she was just in Lethbridge in July supporting Richard Inman for Upside Downtown, is excited to return to Lethbridge with Sweet Alibi band mates, Jessica Rae Ayre (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica) and Michelle Anderson (electric guitar/banjo/ background vocals) plus  bassist Alisdair Dunlop and drummer Sandy Fernandez.


 “ I’ve been playing with Richard Inman and before that I was touring with Sweet Alibi,” Neilsen said.

 She is excited about the new CD, agreeing. the band’s sound has evolved.


“it still has folk rock roots. This time we worked with producer Matt Schellenberg and Matt Peters  (from Royal Canoe). We experimented with different sounds, so it has evolved organically,” she said, noting there are a few horns on the new album.


“It’s our fourth album. We’ve tried to make each album different,” she continued.


Since the interview, they won  a WCMA Award for Roots Artist of the Year.



 “ I think we were touring with the band the last time we were in Lethbridge, which has been a few years (in 2015 for the Lethbridge Folk Club).”


 They recorded the CD right before the pandemic , but were unable to tour on it, so Neilsen is excited to finally be able to support the new music.


“I love the way it sounds. it’s exactly like we wanted . So were excited to tour, though we aren”t bringing the horns, ” she continued, adding they have been playing a lot more soft seat theatres in Germany.

“ It’s fun to play theatres,” she said.


“ We did a small tour of Germany in the summer and we hope to go back next year,” she said.


“ It’s definitely a been a fun year,” she continued.


 They explore a variety of emotions through the lyrics for this CD.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 September 2022 17:33 ) Read more...

Bow City Underground play a range of hits at Casino Lethbridge

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Local rock band Bow City Underground rocked Casino Lethbridge  for the weekend, Sept. 16 and 17.


Bow City Underground at Casino Lethbridge last weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

I caught part of their Sept. 17 show.


 I arrived as they were tying into a cover of the Zombie’s “ Spooky.”


 They spanned the decades, covering the Zombies,  and Beatles  up to more contemporary numbers like Counting Crows’ “ Mr. Jones.”


 Another highlight was a cove of the Blue Oyster Cult’s “Burning For You.”


They played a tight set featuring lots of multi-part vocal harmonies.


The  delved into Canadiana with Covers of Trooper’s “Boys in the Bright White Sports Car,” and an exceptional cover of Doucette’s “ Mama Let Him Play.”


 They showed off their country side onsome Rolling Stones as well as  Dwight Yoakam’s version of “Little Sister.“


 They showed their more country side with a couple Midland covers — “Baby Put the Hurt on Me” and “ Mr. Lonely.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 September 2022 09:48 )

Couleefest back with Lemon Cash and college fun

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 Couleefest was almost over by the time I arrived, Sept. 17.


Lemon Cash’s Cory Papineau playing Couleefest, Sept. 17. Photo by Rochard Amery

Everything was outside this year. The food truck caravan was in the parking lot as well as most of the displays, which had pretty much closed by the time I arrived.


 i was just in time for Ontario country band Lemon Cash, whose name, frontman Cory Papineau said was  inspired by the Lemonade stand he and his brother Jeff ( playing drums) had a s kids and put all the cash they made into buying more lemons.


 They started out  with more of a Shooter Jennings feel.


But they played a an array of covers ranging from ’90s county like “Dust on the Bottle,” ’80s pop like a countrified cover of Michael Jackson’s “ Black or White,” and more modern pop like “Watermelon Sugar.”


 Interspersed in between the covers were a few mid-tempo, contemporary country style originals.


 They picked up the tempo a little for an excellent original called “Stepping Stone.”

—  By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 September 2022 09:36 )
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