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Windy City Opry heats up cool winter night with Rugged Little Thing and the Doggone Brothers

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Winter sucks out loud, so much so, that it even delayed the beginning of this month’s edition of the Windy City Opry, Wednesday, Feb. 14, which starts at 8 p.m. on the dot usually at the Slice.

I usually never make it to the beginning of the show, due to other The Doggone Brothers playing the Windy City Opry at the Slice, Feb. 14. photo by Richard Amerycommitments, and I wasn’t about to drive the coulee to the west side for my usual radio show, so I caught Shaela Miller’s opening set of a few songs I hadn‘t heard before.

 I caught the soundcheck of  the Rugged Little Thing, a wonderful folk and bluegrass duo from Saskatoon, who plucked banjo and sang beautiful harmonies, but couldn’t stay for their actual set.Rugged little THing Playing the Windy City opry. photo by Richard Amery
 I caught Fernie’s Doggone Brothers who braved the blizzard to play for about 20 people though a few more eventually trickled in.

 They played a range of music classic country and roots music as well as a few originals, ““Fishing With you” was a highlight as was an excellent cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “16 Tons.”

 They also played a Neil Youngish version of Tom Petty’s “Face In the Crowd” and cracked banjo jokes before delving into a little bit of bluegrass.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor


Lethbridge Folk Club presents fun bluegrass with Bix Mix Boys

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A decent sized audience enjoyed a night of bluegrass courtesy of Edmonton bluegrass band the Bix Mix Boys at the Lethbridge College Cave courtesy of the Lethbridge Folk Club, Feb. 10.

The Bix Mix Boys playing for the Lethbridge Folk Club at the Lethbridge College Cave, Feb. 10. Photo by Richard Amery
They played a tight set, despite a few false starts and punctuated with  easy-going humour, which appealed to the audience.
 they played a lot of classic, traditional bluegrass including a cover of Fred Allen’s “Hello City Lights,” which had the audience applauding.

 As expected with a bluegrass band, there was plenty of hot guitar, banjo and mandolin picking and a steady rumble form the upright bass, and of course vocal harmonies, which took you back to the beginning of the last century.

They switched instruments  near the end of the a set so mandolinist Terry Nadasdi could show his prowess on guitar and lead vocals as banjo player  Darcy Whiteside  and guitarist Logan Sarchfield sang most of the lead vocals in the part of the show I heard.

Whiteside was particularly impressive on “the first song I ever learned even before Happy Birthday,” which featured impressive playing and equally impressive, not to mention fast, vocals about an auction.

 Though they said they didn’t know any more songs, they were called back for an encore of a medley which included πLay My Burden Down” and  “Will The Circle be Unbroken,” which had the audience singing along.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:04 )

CKXU explores space this time for FunDrive

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 CKXU gave packed house full of fans at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Feb. 9, a preview of this year‘s FUNDRive swag and space theme.

Time Boy helped launch CKXU's FUNDrive preview. Photo by Richard AmeryI arrived in the middle of a set from StegoSarahs, who fiddled at a computer playing psychedelic dance music, lost in the shadows of a darkened room, illuminated by colourful , random graphics  shining through an overhead projector onto the screen behind her.

 I stuck around for Calgary’s Time Boy, who played a tight set of psychedelic, spacey indie rock which featured plenty of organ and reminded me a lot of Pink Floyd mixed with Radiohead, but with a female vocalist. They also added a smattering of reggae and weird Japanese video game soundtrack music.

 I only caught the first couple of songs from Calgary trio Boreal Sons, who sounded like they were going to remain in the same space inspired vibe.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:55 )

Chris Lane excited about headlining tour and dream collaborations

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South Carolina/ Nashville based pop/ country singer Chris Lane is excited to return to Lethbridge to play the Enmax Centre with Locash, March 1 to open up PBR weekend at the Enmax Centre.
“It has been a couple years since I played Lethbridge. It was with Florida Georgia Line,” drawled Lane, at the gym, getting ready for the upcoming tour.Chris Lane returns to Lethbridge, March 1. Photo Submitted
“Florida Georgia Line really took me under their wing, which I really appreciate, even when I didn’t have any music out. So I’ve toured with them lots of times. I’ve played Canada five or six times, though not Lethbridge. It always exciting,” he said.

“ I love Canadian audiences. They are always so excited to be there” he said.

“ This is my first headlining tour, which I’m really excited about, I get to stretch out a little. Though I don’t I think I’ll be headlining with Locash. I’m only doing the one show with them. But I’ve known them for years. It will be a really high energy night from the both of us,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:43 ) Read more...

Folk, roots and country music and International Peace Powwow and poetry this week

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February winds down with excellent live roots, Celtic and and country music beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20 with Fernie based Stoke folk band Shred Kelly, who release their new CD “Archipelago”  at a special ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.Con O’Brien and the Irish Descendants return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 After that, get jazzed with a jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Feb. 21 with hosts HBO3 and Josh Davies.
 Get an early start on St Patrick‘s Day celebrations with the annual visit by Newfoundland Celtic band the Irish Descendants who return to Average Joes on a busy Thursday night. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the show.

 But that’s not all, get ready to laugh as Jokers Gone Wild returns to Casino Lethbridge with Comedians Ken Hicks, Chris Gordon and Elisia Snyder. Tickets are $10.
 On the other hand, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features whole lot of pop punk with Calgary’s Pizza Bath, which is one of Sean Hamilton’s many bands which include Miesha and the Spanks and Julius Sumner Miller. They will be joined by the Abductees as well as local alternative rock duo Cope.
alternative rock Pizza Bath, Abductees, Cope, Owl Feb. 22.

 There is a variety of music on Friday, Feb. 23 beginning with the U of L Wind Orchestra performing at University Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
 Later on, local Celtic/jazz/ folk band The Junkman’s Quire return to the Slice with Calgary based , Celtic tinged alt rock band Craic the Lens. Admission is $10.
Country fans won’t want to miss a long awaited visit from Gord Bamford who stops by the Rocky Mountain Turf Club, Feb. 23 with Aaron Goodvin in support of his eighth album “Neon Smoke.” Tickets are $48. The show begins at 7 p.m.

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