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Elliott Brood entertain sold out Slice with danceable folk

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If you book them they will come. Well that depends on the band. Some bands are guaranteed draws in Lethbridge, others are a crapshoot.

Elliott Brood’s Mark Sasso plays kazoo at the Slice, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 Hamilton trio Elliott Brood are in the former category even on a Tuesday night at the Slice, Sept. 25.

 I expected the show to start at 8:30 and the crowd was already starting to trickle in for what ended up being a sold out concert which didn’t start until well after 9 p.m. when opening act Steve Foord took the stage, turned off pretty much all the lights in the house  and howled his original, spooky, dark country music, accompanying himself on mandolin, guitar and suitcase percussion. I had heard most of his songs before including his cover of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War.” but it has been while.

The lights went back up as  Elliott Brood’s  singer, guitarist, banjo player and ukulele player Mark Sasso observed they love playing Lethbridge and the sold out audience returned that love to them.

Most of them were up dancing in front of the stage from the first song on. Casey Laforet and Sasso took turns singing lead vocals in a similar gritted teeth Neil Youngish growl, while switching between guitars, banjo and ukulele for the last couple songs. Stephen Pitkin held down a massive rhythm on drums.

 As always the trio put on a compelling show. They included brand new songs, songs from their most recent CD “Ghost Gardens,” and some older songs like “Coming Home,” which had most of the audience singing along.

They dedicated an older song “Rock and Roll to former Slice owner Jesse Freed.

 Some of their more mellower, impassioned numbers reminded me of Leeroy Stagger.
They introduced a new song “Don’t Want to Go No More.”

 They are always a lot of fun and funny. Sasso played kazoo with an extended bell horn for one song.Steven Foord opening for Elliott Brood, Sept. 25. photo By Richard Amery
They wound up their official show just before midnight with Sasso and Laforet breaking out the ukuleles for a couple of older crowd favourites, but were called back for an encore of a couple other old favourites including “I Miss You  Now,” which lasted past that.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:55 )

Biloxi Parish packs the house for “Providence” CD release party

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 I’ve never seen the Owl Acoustic Lounge as busy as it was Sept 22  for the “Providence”  CD release party for Biloxi Parish. The place was wall to wall packed.Biloxi parish tearing it up for theior CD release party, Sept. 22. photo by Richard Amery
 They had the full band, which played a tight set of original music, mostly from the new CD.

 They started out full blown electric as frontman Zach Passey wielded and thrashed around the stage with his  Telecaster and witched to acoustic for a couple slightly slower songs and switched back for “Loose End.”

 They started off slightly slower and built up the intensity. The dance floor was filled from the start with revellers.

 After an exuberant set, the rest of the band took a break as Passey did a couple numbers solo with acoustic guitar.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:44 )

Kane Incognito returns with new music and vocal harmonies

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I had to cut the Biloxi Parish’s CD release party short because I needed a break from the crowd. I caught the end of an upbeat set of keyboard powered pop from Saskatoon duo Too Soon Monsoon who played a lilting set of appealing pop music, Sept. 22 at the Slice.

Kane Incognito playing the Slice. photo by Richard Amery
Too Soon Monsoon at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery Medicine Hat rock foursome Kane Incognito returned after that. They played a set of upbeat ’90s tinged alternative rock. They started off with a funky number which showed off excellent multi-part  vocal harmonies.

 They played another slower number which reminded me of  Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”

At the end of their set, the band all surrounded the lead singer and his acoustic guitar which drew a lot of applause.

 A highlight was “Devil’s Gold.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:23 )

Richard Inman delights old fans with new music

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 Winnipeg singer songwriter Richard Inman had a good sized crown at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Sept. 21.Richard Inman returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 He sang in his rich baritone voice which reminded me of country singer Travis Tritt, Chris Knight and John Mellencamp to an extent. Though he plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge a lot, seemed surprised that a lot of the audience had heard him before, though he may have been joking.

 He told stories and,  as usual, picked some pretty acoustic guitar.

He told stories about living in Ponoka and sang a song about Crowsnest Pass. He sang mostly original songs, but added covers of Utah Phillips and a Willie P Bennett.
 He noted he will have a new CD out on Oct. 17.
 He ended his set with Waylon Jennings’ “Lonesome Orn’ry and Mean.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:10 )

Jon Creeden ready to rock with the RiverJacks aka the Flying Hellfish

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Ottawa based musician Jon Creeden is excited to bring the Alberta wing of Jon Creeden and the Flying Hellfish to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 5. He released his  debut CD  “Stall” in April.

Jon Creeden and the Flying Hellfish play Lethbridge thiis week. photo by Chris Wedman
“I’ve been playing acoustically for years, but it has always been more of a pop punk sound. When I met drummer Jason Adair the first song we wrote was “Nailbiter” which is on the album. I went home and wrote lyrics, but  the music came together in like 10 minutes,” he said, adding he met the Calgary based Celtic punk band RiverJacks while touring Ontario and Quebec in 2015 and enlisted them to be the Alberta contingent of the Hellfish.

“So they’re returning the favour on this tour. I’ll have Spencer Jo playing guitar and Jordan Barrett playing guitar and Miles  playing drums and Jeff Barrett from the Medicine hat band One Shot Left who are one of my favourite bands, playing bass,” he enthused, adding he will also be playing guitar.

“ There’s five members in the Ottawa band and five in Alberta. There will be three guitars so it is a little bit of an overkill but it’s a lot of fun,” he said, adding he is flying out to play a trio of weekend shows in Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat with One Shot Left.

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