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Local musicians help out at fundraiser for Maggie Hall's sister

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 Maggie Hall held a successful fundraiser at KC’s pub in Coaldale, Saturday, Nov. 3. The place was already getting busy for one of several birthday parties happening  simultaneously with the event  which was The Mark Hall band playing a dfundriaer for Maggie Hall's sister. photo by Richard Ameryto raise money for Hall’s sister in Ontario, whose family lost their home in a fire.Andi Roberts singing at a funderaiser for Maggie hall;s siter, Nov. 3 at KCs Pub in Coaldale. photo by Richard Amery

I arrived in the middle of a set of classic rock and country from the Mark Hall Band, who were playing early for one of the parties.

The trio welcomed a special guest to sing a couple songs with them including Me and Bobby McGee.

 After that, local singer/ vocals teacher Andi Roberts sang a variety of pop and classic rock music accompanied by to backing tracks. She covered U2’s ‘Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, a  few ’90s moments and even tackled  “What A Wonderful World.”

A friend texted her during her set, a request for Heart’s “Alone,” which  brought her set to a fitting close.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:39 )

Bazaraba and Hypnopilot provide loud, detuned fun

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Things got loud, dark and detuned at the Slice for a big stoner rock show, Saturday, Nov. 3.

Hypnopilot playing a stoner rock show at the Slice, Nov. 3. Photo by Richard Amery
 While I missed Iron Tusk and Chief Mountain, I caught most of a blisteringly loud and massively detuned show from Calgary’s Bazaraba.

 The trio played an intens

Bazaraba at the Slice, Nov. 3. Photo by Richard Amery

e set of post grunge stoner rock which was equal parts  Black Flag and Soundgarden and Kyuss, with more modern influences like Black Thunder and Monster Truck. They shouted out three part gang vocals and the drummer sang lead on several songs.

Calgary/Lethbridge stoner rock band Hypnopilot played a great deal slower, laying down  a big, slow, ponderously heavy groove.

They had more of an Alice in Chains, grunge era feel.

They ended with a big jam on a Black Sabbath cover as an encore.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:22 )

F&M play chill set for chattering crowd

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Performers usually  are able to ignore people chattering during their set. That wasn’t the case for Edmonton indie folk/ pop duo F&M who played a pretty set of really chill, laid back originals music  featuring the guitar and vocals of  Ryan Anderson and his wife Rebecca playing singing, playing ‘chiming planetarium sounds’ on organ, sometimes guitar and even accordion, by rF&M’ Rebecca and Ryan Anderson playing the Owl last weekend. Photo by Richard Ameryequest.

Ryan Anderson quipped “Thanks to some of you for listening and others for not knowing there’s a band playing.”

The chattering crowd applauded each song nonetheless. More people trickled in from the Reuben and the Dark concert at Southminster United Church as F&M laid down a super laid back, mellow, melancholy  and ambient groove  as the two harmonized beautifully together.

Their song “Wish You Were here,” not the Pink Floyd classic, could have been called ‘wish you weren’t talking.”

 They played a lot of songs from their new CD “ Lessons From Losers ” including the title track.

 By request, Rebecca Anderson picked up her accordion  for a few songs, and stood next to her husband including ‘Darkness,’ one of several more exotic French cabaret jazz tinged tracks.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:10 )

George Canyon celebrates Canada with new tour

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Nova Scotia born, Calgary area based country star George Canyon celebrates Canada with his new tour “Made in Canada,” which stops by Average Joes, Nov. 16.George Canyon returns to Average Joes, Nov. 16. Photo by Richard Amery
“I love Canada, I was born in Canada, I met my wife and married her in Canada and had my kids in Canada,” said Canyon, boarding his tour bus en route to a concert in Edmonton.

“I don’t think Canadians toot their own horns enough. So this tour is about celebrating all of the wonderful things about Canada. I’ve been blessed to have a music career over the past 28 years mostly in Canada,” he continued.

 He has won two Juno Awards for  Country album of the year and over 30 CCMA nominations. Canyon has also been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.
“So we’re touching on a few Canadian icons like Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Tyson, Ron Hynes and Anne Murray. We’re also doing a tribute to The Tragically Hip and Gord Downie — we’re playing Blow at High Dough,” he said.

“ There’s so many Tragically Hip tunes we could do, but we want to be able to do them justice,” he said.
There is no dust on George Canyon, who released “I Got This,” last year, “Southside of Heaven” earlier this year and is already working on a third CD to be released early next year. He also has a new children’s record ready to go.

“It’s in the mixing process and we‘re just deciding the right way and time to release it,” he said.
The new CD has a strong Canada influence on the CD. It includes a cover of Stompin’ Tom’s  ‘The Hockey Song,’ as well as a cover  of fellow Nova Scotian musician Bruce Guthro‘s ‘Falling.’
“I’ve been friends with Bruce for a long time. I’ve always liked ‘Falling,’ so I called him up and asked him  if I could cut it for the album. Then I asked him if he’d like to sing on it,” he said.
 He said he is only playing a few of the new songs on this tour including “The Hockey Song,’ “Old Man’s Son“  and “Better Off In Love.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 November 2018 10:37 ) Read more...

Plenty of country this week plus rap and rock

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Country and folk music dominate this week with several shows for folks who want to kick it country style.Gabriel Thaine has several shows coming up this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Winnipeg’s folk musician Cary Dow makes her Lethbridge Lethbridge debut at the Slice, Tuesday, Nov. 13. She is winding up a 10 date Canadian tour in support of her new CD “Comet”and heading back to Winnipeg with her band mates, bassist Ashley Au and guitarist Darwin Baker.
 Things get loud at the Enmax Centre with the Glorious Sons and Beaches at the Enmax Centre, Nov. 13 as well with one of several big rock shows also happening this week.
Tickets for the concert are $46 and $56. The show begins at the Enmax Centre at 7 p.m.
 In the folk vein, Calgary alt country/roots band the  Wine Soaked Preachers return to Lethbridge this week to play the Windy City Opry at the Slice, with Edmonton pop /folk singer Vissia. As always Windy City Opry shows start at 8 p.m. on the nose. Admission is $10.

FLIPfest features another fundraiser at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Wednesday as well with Winnipeg psych pop dream pop- band A La Mode performing at 9 p.m. with  local musicians Jess Tollestrup and  the ugly Cry Club. Admission is by donation.

 A sure sign of Christmas is a performance of renown holiday opera the Nutcracker. The Moscow Ballet returns with their production of the Nutcracker to the Enmax Centre with local dancers participating, Thursday. Nov. 15, The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $78, $58, $48 and $38.

 The weekend is all about country and roots music. Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer return to Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday.
 Country star George Canyon makes his annual visit to Average Joes on Friday, Nov. 16 in support of his latest album “Southside of Heaven.” Tickets are $40 on the day of the show and $35 in advance. the concert begins at 8 p.m.

Edmonton folk/roots musician Matt Patershuk returns to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday as well.
 For something a little different, Slice server and musician Megan Rourke celebrates her birthday, Nov. 16 with a masquerade party featuring local rock band Queen of the Worms and a solo set from Vernon singer songwriter October  Poppy. Masks are required, so make or bring your own. There will also be some available at to door. Admission is $10.

Also on Friday, PIGS: Canadas Pink Floyd Tribute is on the stage at the Yates Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48.50.
Just outside of town , local funk trio Adequate bring the groove to McLennan’s Pub in Coaldale beginning at 9 p.m.
 if you just want to laugh, Impromptu spoof reality TV with DMTV  at Club Didi beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is five dollars.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:18 ) Read more...
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