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Montreal siblings, the Castagne’s, shake up the Slice

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Montreal brother and sister duo the Castagne’s played their hearts out for a handful of people at the Slice, Wednesday, July 25.

The Castagne’s playing the Slice, July 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 You’ve got to appreciate the duo not being subdued by a lack of numbers. I wasn’t sure  what to expect as I arrived as they opened their second set , with Marjo  Castagne  singing laid back indie pop and wandering in front of the Slice stage while her brother Phil played laid back tender melodies on electric guitar.

 The show took an abrupt turn for the louder and more energetic  as Marjo took her seat behind the drum kit for most of the tight, noisy set full of blues tinged punk rock and alternative rock. Her arms were a blur as she pounded the skins, grabbing and stopping the cymbals and seamlessly keeping up with her brother’s abrupt tempo changes. he sang in a high pitched, melodic voice.

 Together they sounded like a blend of the White Stripes and the Pixies thanks to Marjo’s haunting vocal harmonies sung from behind her kit. Her bother’s voice reminded me of Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner in their early more punkier days.

 They slowed down abruptly mid set as Marjo took centre stage for another more mellow, introspective number allowing Phil to show off his more melodic, bluesy side, before picking up the pace again behind the kit.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:37 )

Bigwood 10 has all local lineup this year

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The big event of the week is Bigwood 10, Friday, Aug. 3, an annual celebration of local music, which takes place on Research Centre Road.

Shaela Miller performing at the South Country Fair, July 21. She is also at Bigwood 10  on Aug. 3. Photo by Richard Amery
 While the organizers took a break last year, they are back in force this year with an all star line up of local musicians who have accomplished a lot this year.
“We took a year off to reorganize. This year we‘re excited to have an all local line up,” said one of the organizers, Todd Carter, who sings in the host band the Dirti Speshuls who, along with landowner Tom Glover, put on the event every year.

Usually the event takes place during Whoop up Days, this year, it has been moved so Leeroy Stagger can perform at it.

“The landowner Tom Glover has been a long time friend of Leeroy Stagger. Leeroy brought in Dave McCann and John Wort Hannam because they tour as the Highway 3 Revue every year,” Carter  continued, adding they will all be bringing their bands for this show.
  They will be joined by Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset, Shaela Miller and a newer band Hoverkraft. Adequate will end the night on a funky note.

Leeroy Stagger‘s latest CD ‘Love Versus’ has been nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards forRecording of the year and Roots Solo artist of the year.

“John has a new album coming out in August and Shaela is doing well in the WILD competition and was number one on the Earshot roots music charts,” Carter observed.
Bigwood began as an all local festival so members of the music community could get together and socialize when they’d usually be playing gigs and unable to see each other.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 July 2018 09:20 ) Read more...

Big festivals and fun shows this week

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It’s a big week in Lethbridge with two festivals happening.Matt patershuk returns to Lethbridge, Aug. 3. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Wide Skies Music Festival features a lot of fun, July 30, 31 and Aug. 1.
 There is free outdoor party outside, tonight, July 31 with The Weber Brothers, Vancouver blues musician Shakura S’Aida and Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer. Skinny Dyck and Friends plus Tom Phillips and Shaye Zadrevec performing on a side stage. Phillips plays an after party at the Slice, July 31 as well. Toronto musician Tennyson King is also performing at the Slice tonight as well.

 The Weber Brothers play an after party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 31 as well.

 Wide Skies music Festival ends on Wednesday, Aug. 1 with Frazey Ford and the Quiet Revolution and Seattle’s the Cave Singers at Southminster united Church. Tickets for that show are $55. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Things cook on Friday night with Bigwood 10, happening on Research Centre Road featuring an all local line up including HoverKraft, Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset, Dave McCann, John Wort Hannam, Leeroy Stagger, the Dirti Speshuls and Adequate.
The event starts at 6 p.m. and will end around 2 a.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 July 2018 09:08 ) Read more...

Union Barbershop helps Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp with music

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In between checking out cool cars at the Street Wheeler’s show and shine in  Galt Gardens, I caught a few bands from  Union Salon Barbershop’s annual Back Alley Bash for the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp, playing nestled in their downtown parking lot, Sunday, July 15.

quint Viskup of MTBC play  the union Barbershops fundraiser for Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Warriorettes, fronted by Fox Mandy of Fox Eyes, who were playing more melodic, piano based pop and rock  music allowing Mandy to show off her voice.

 I hung out for a few songs from local alternative rock band MTBC who are starting to play more lately.

They played ’90s era alternative rock with a heavy Pixies influence.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:44 )

Decadent Phase play the hits of the ’60s and ’70s

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Local jam rock the Decadent Phase have been going through their grandparents record collections.

They played an entertaining and laid back set of late ’60s and early ’70s rock and roll at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 14.

The Decadant Phase playing  a whole lot of classic rock. photo by Richard Amery
 I caught them on a set break, so most of their audience was smoking with them. After they finished their smokes, the band, who looked like they stepped right out of the ’70s except their drummer who sported a toga and laurel wreath, opened their second set with a creditable version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”

They also played a cool version of Jefferson Airplane‘s “Somebody to Love,” and showed some tasteful guitar chops on Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe.”

 I was impressed with their version of the Who’s “Squeeze Box,” as frontman James Swinney joked about the sexual innuendos of the song.
 They also played some hot Beatles covers — “Get back” and “ Helter Skelter.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:24 )
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