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Lots of live music for New Year’s Eve 2017

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Have a happy new year with local music as there are plenty of gigs to choose from for New Year’s Eve and throughout the week.

“ It’s been a shitty year for a lot of people, so we want to kick it right out the door,” observed local bluesman Papa King Cole, who is excited to play a New Year’s Eve gig at the Slice with a crack band including pianist Earl McAuley,  bassist Doug Freeman drummer Brandon McPherson who both play in Suite 33 who also play Casino Lethbridge on the weekend. Papa King is among local musicinas playing New Year‘s Eve gigs. Photo by Richard Amery

Brandon MacPherson and guitarist  Marc Belisle who do double duty as both also play in alternative rock band DoubleJack.

“It’s his birthday too, so Marc will be coming up to play a few numbers,” Cole said.

“I have a great rhythm section so I will be standing up,” he continued, noting he usually sits down to play his own drum contraption.

“It’s piano boogie woogie, so it will be a fun night,” he promised, adding he is still working on  “Gutted to the Studs,” his album from two years ago, though he is currently working on a new album.

“There will also be giveaways and champagne at midnight,” he said.
 Tickets are $10 and are available from the Slice and at Blueprint.

 Classical guitarist Dale Ketcheson returns to the mocha Cabana for New Year’s Eve.

 As usual, LA Chefs features a big New Year’s eve bash featuring Cal Toth, plus the Chevelles at the Coast Hotel. The $75 tickets include a five course meal at 7 p.m.
There is also a New Year’s Eve Party at The Italian Canadian Club featuring an Italian buffet and local band the Bamboo Guppies. Tickets are $40.

Dinner is also served at Casino Lethbridge , Dec. 31 with music by ’90s rockers Uncovered. Tickets are $64.99 .The prime rib buffet begins art 6:30 with uncovered taking the stage at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 December 2017 19:48 ) Read more...

Shaela Miller celebrates successful first year of Windy City Opry

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 Shaela Miller celebrated a successful year, including recording a new CD, launching a successful crowd funding campaign to pay for it as well as a successful first year of her monthly, Wednesday night conceShaela Miller and Skinny Dyck playing the first anniversary of the Windy City Opry, Dec. 13 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Ameryrt series “ Windy City Opry, with a huge celebration at the Slice, Dec. 13.

While I missed Ryland  Moranz’s set as well as Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers I arrived in time for a solid set by Shaela Miller and her band, which including Ryan“Skinny” Dyck on steel guitar, upright bassist Paul holden, lead guitarist Jon Martin and drummer Tyler Bird.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 December 2017 10:17 ) Read more...

Jenn and Paul Kype sing the hits for Casino crowd

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 Jenn and Paul Kype played the hits at Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 8 and 9.
 Jenn and Paul Kype playing Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 9. Photo by Richard AmeryI only caught one set on Saturday, Dec. 9 which showcased Jenn Kype’s vocals and their country side.. She sang a hauntingly beautiful version of Dolly Parton’s hit “Jolene,” to open the set.
Her husband added tasteful guitar solos, while a drum machine supplied subtle beats.

 Jenn Kype followed that up by fulfilling an audience request for Concrete Blonde’s  ’90s hit “ Joey”

She also sang a powerful version of Cat Stevens’ “ First Cut is the Deepest.”

 Paul Kype sang a few songs as well including Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” and joined his wife of a duet of “Jackson.”
He a sang an apt version of Sam Cooke’s “Saturday Night,” then played harp as he sang a heartfelt version of Neil Young’s Heart of Gold.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:51 )

Live Nativity scene and open mics this week

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There isn’t a lot happening for live music in the week leading up to Christmas.Jolene Draper hosts the Open mic At Honker’s Pub on Dec. 23. Photo by Richard Amery
 But get into the Christmas spirit by going to the live nativity scene at the Church of Latter Day Saints church on Forestry Avenue.
 It runs nightly 6-9 p.m. Dec. 22-24. There is no charge to attend the event.

There are a couple of open mics this week including an open mic at Coulee Brew, Dec. 20 as well as a jazz jam with HBO3 and Josh Davies at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 20 as well.

 The Slice has their usual open mic on Thursday and Jolene Draper hosts the afternoon open mic at Honkers pub on Saturday, Dec. 23.

Kelly Klimchuk hosts Honkers’ Friday night open mic along with an ugly sweater contest on Dec. 22.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 December 2017 09:40 ) Read more...

Michael Bernard Fizgerald and band impress sold out crowd

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Calgary based musician Michael Bernard Fitzgerald played a sold out show at the Slice, Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald playing for a sold out crowd. photo by Richard Amery
 I missed the opening set from the Middle Coast, but arrived in time to hear the hit heavy second half of Michael Bernard Fitzgerald’s set.

 He was backed by a crack band, who sang spine tingling vocal harmonies as well as adding lead guitar, bass, drums and keyboards.
I arrived just in time to hear “Make it With You.”

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald brought a full band to the Slice for a sold out show. Photo by Richard Amery
 The enthusiastic audience sang along with most of the  set. Fitzgerald was an affable host , advising the audience he’d get to their requests, but mostly  it was about the music, so there wasn’t a lot of patter other than thanking everybody for coming out.

He sang in his usual appealing John Mayerish sensitive singer/songwriter tenor voice and his band had the crowd bouncing up and down in front of the stage.

 That shone during a quick solo acoustic set during which he introduced a brand new song, which drew enthusiastic applause.

After  “Brand New Spaces,”  the audience called him back for an encore with chants of “MBF” so he returned with “What Do You Need.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:37 )
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