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Fast Times rock the hits at Casino Lethbridge

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I haven’t seen local classic rock band  Fast Times for a while, so I stopped by Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 16 for some of their Saturday night show.Jasmine Mitchell and Jackie French of Fast Times at Casino Lethbridge. Photo by Richard Amery

They had a good sized crowd listening and dancing.

They added a lot of pop music since the last time I saw Fast Times. Jackie French shared lead vocals with her daughter Jasmine Mitchell on a variety of contemporary pop of the likes of Pink to the classic rock they are known for, drawing from a solid stable of classic rock hits including ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” “ CCR/Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock And Roll” and Robert Palmer’s “Bad Case of Loving You.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:29 )

Mark Hall Band trimmed to a trio for Legends show

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 I haven’t seen the Mark Hall band for a while, so stopped by Legends to catch some of their set,” Dec. 16 at Legends.

The trimmed down trio played lots of classic rock, southern rock and ’90s country.The Mark Hall Band at Legends pub, Dec. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

I arrived in the middle of a hot version of the JJ Cale penned  Lynyrd Skynyrd hit “Call Me the Breeze.”

Garry Drayton joined them on stage to sing a couple of songs including Sawyer brown’s ’90s country classic “ Some Girls Do. ”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 11:04 )

Joey Only and Adam Farnsworth add humour to country music

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I was hoping to see a few more people  at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Dec. 15 for the return of northern B.c. outlaw country musician Joey Only and keyboardist Adam Farnsworth.
  I arrived in the middle of a solo set by Farnsworth who was playing humourous ditties which included a touch Adam Farnsworth and Joey Only play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 15. Photo by Richard Ameryof blues, some jazz scatting and overall sounded like fellow Vancouver alt country  musician Petunia with a piano.

Joey Only joined him on acoustic  guitar to play some acoustic guitar and  complement his quirkiness with quirky music of his own.
 Only told stories and sang ribald songs while cracking unsettling jokes about offing himself later that night.
 He sounded like a mix of Washboard Hank and Tim Hus.

His song about Newfoundland called “No Fun Land” was a highlight. As was his song about black flies in Ontario which anyone who had ever been there would identify with.
 He added to the humour by swatting away imaginary black flies in between chords and when Farnsworth played a piano solo.

A lot of his set explored the wild side of rural life including “A Hunting We Will Go,” and another song about a rasta growing pot in rural Ontario.
He sang a couple of songs about the gentrification of Vancouver including “ Run The Bums Out of Town” and revamping blues classic Bourgeois Blues to include a few verses about Vancouver.

After some of the audience brought the duo beers, they continued with a spirited cover of Andrew Neville and the Poor Choices “Stupid Fucking Things I’ve Done” and Phil Ochs’ “ Draft Dodger Rag” and classic “the Rodeo Song.”

A couple of older songs were highlights  including “Punk Rock Country Band” whichexplored his roots as a young punk who realized he also enjoyed country music  as did “Spiderland Punk Fest.” 

He also played his contribution to the Great Canadian Song Competition,“A Tempest Wind” in which he was competing against the Pack AD and Gordon Downie, but lost out the Aiden Knight’s song about water.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:02 )

Decadent Phase entertain with laid back classic rock sound

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 Local  psychedelic/ classic rock band the Decadent Phase entertained a full house at the Slice, Friday, Dec. 15.
 The Decadent Phase played the S;lce, Dec. 15. Photo by Richard Amery

I caught the tail end of a freewheeling psychedelic jam, which  segued in to a laid back version of  the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.”

They ended their set with a chill version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 09:38 )

Rock out the last week of December with live music

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This week isn’t just about New Year’s Eve parties, get ready to laugh at the last Stand Up comedy open mic of the year at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Dec. 27.Mwansa Mwansa returns home to play a show at the owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 29. Photo by Richard Amery

 The next night the Owl features Winnipeg musician Mayor Matt Allen performing at 9 p.m., Dec. 28 while the Slice has their last open mic of the year on Dec., 28 as well.

On the weekend , rock band Suite 33 play Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 29 and 30.
 Honker’s  Pub celebrates New Year’s early with a big show featuring Aaron Landry, Frankie G, and Andy Mac.

Local roots duo the Crooked Creek Warblers return to the Slice, Dec. 29.

If you love Elvis Presley, Elvis impersonator Robin Kelly returns to HBs Bowling for and Elvis Christmas. Tickets are $15.

 Local funk rock trio Adequate play a free show at Average Joes, Dec. 29. Uncovered are also on the bill.

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