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Local punk rockers celebrate new Citizen Rage videos

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It was punk night at the Slice, Friday, Sept. 25, as Calgary thrash / punk band Citizen Rage were on hand to debut their new EP “Black,” and the two spooky black and white lyric videos for “I Will Fucking Kill You” and “Dreams.”

The Hockey moms at the Slice, Sept. 25. photo by Richard Amery
 Unfortunately Citizen Rage weren’t  playing however, the Oi Street Scoundrels and Hockey Moms were on stage.
The Oi Street Scoundrels at the Slice, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard AmeryThe Oi Street Scoundrels, a local punk super group including members of  the Scallywags, Hockey Moms and Chief Mountain, played a solid set behind plexiglass  boxes of energetic street punk.

 Their intense set included a song that sounded a little like the Who’s I Can’t Explain,” as well as a Dayglo Abortions cover.
While the Hockey Moms set up, Citizen Rage played the two new black and white lyric videos.
 “ I Will Fucking Kill You,” is an anti-bullying song, so the video featured youtube footage of several popular clips of bullys and riots.
The Hockey Moms’ high spirited set of fast tempo punk rock attracted a mosh pit, as their frontman jumped off the stage into their midst.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 September 2020 17:26 )

Wendy Colby plays new indoor stage at Owl

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 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has started doing shows inside. They have been putting shows on their improvised outdoor patio.
 To conform to Covid regulations, venues have to put plexiglass in front of the performers.

Wendy Colby playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 While Sound Garden and Honker’s have opted for  sheets of  plexiglas in front of the stage, the Owl Acoustic Lounge has followed the Slice’s lead by having performers play in a plexiglass box.

 Local singer-songwriter Wendy Colby was in the middle of her set by the time I arrived.

 She tenderly picked her Les Paul style guitar, eyes closed, lost in thought, singing ethereal melodies for a quiescent crowd.

 She played a pretty relaxed set and sounded a little like Joni Mitchell, which was enhanced as she paused to re-tune her guitar for a more exotic feeling song, then tuned it back again to finish her set on a more upbeat note.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 September 2020 17:15 )

Steve Keenan plays new songs for Honker’s jam

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Steve Keenan introduced a few new songs from his upcoming CD to open up the Friday night jam at Honker’s Pub, Sept. 25. Keenan was joined by Paul Kype, both strumming acoustic guitars, and keyboardist Gary Drayton.

Steve Keenan playing Honker’s Pub, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
Kype opened up the set with a heartfelt version of Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic.”

 Keenan was in a country kind of mood, as he tuned down to drop D for the first new  song of the night called “Country Buzz,” which was  very much country influenced. Kype, who is also producing Keenan’s album, added an upbeat solo and Drayton, centre stage, took a big keyboard solo.

 Keenan followed that up with an older song called “Lucky One.”

  Keenan played a new arrangement of one of my favourite older songs “ Whiskey Drinking blues,” which will also be on the new album. the new arrangement of the up tempo blues-rocker included an excellent organ solo from Drayton, followed by guitar solos from Keenan and then Kype.

 They wound down their set with one of Keenan’s newest songs, a slower number  Gambler’s Hand,”  which included pretty solos from Keenan and Kype.
 They made way for the  night’s jammers with a hot version of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “ Pride and Joy.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 28 September 2020 20:05 )

Return of Owl open mics among this week’s music highlights

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Live music is back and then some this week. Though  musicians are performing behind plexiglass, giving the impression of watching them in some sort of alien terrarium, it’s just nice to be able to see live music again.
 Open mics return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge beginning tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 22.
 They have been moved from their previous Monday spot.

The Steve Keenan Band Play Honker’s Pub, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
They begin at 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday night, and inside as well. Bring your own instrument. Sanitized microphones will be provided, and due to Covid, only soloists and cohort duos can play.
Musicians are playing indoors instead of the outdoor patio beginning this week.
Local songstress Wendy Colby performs on Friday, Sept. 25. And Makiisma plus James Swinney return to the Owl stage on Saturday. Sept. 26.

Tomorrow, Wednesday Sept. 23, Juno and Covenant award winning country bluegrass band duo Tim and the Glory Boys, including Abbotsford based Christian musician Tim Neufeld bring their Small town hoedown tour to a special outdoor show outside the College Drive Community Church,  at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept.  23.
 Bring your own lawn chairs and face masks are mandatory. Tickets are $12.
 There is the usual open mic at Beaches with Devin Gergel on Wednesday and the Slice’s open mic on Thursday.
 The Steve Keenan band, who are just finishing recording a new CD  will be playing then hosting the Friday night jam at Honker’s Pub, Sept. 25 beginning at 7 p.m.
 Aaron Landry hosts Honkers’  the Saturday afternoon jam from 4 -8 p.m.

Sound Garden is now featuring regular live music on weekends.

Local funk/ ’70s R and B trio Adequate are performing Friday and Saturday beginning around 8 p.m.

Even Theoretically Brewing is dabbling in more live music as they welcome local surf rock band the Atomicos playing beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25.

The Slice features  Calgary punk band Citizen Rage’s Citizen Rage’s EP release party on Sept. 25.
 They having a EP and video release part for  their latest EP  “Black”
 Citizen Rage frontman Mark Russell will be spinning  old school, punk, hardcore and thrash music in between sets by  the Oi Street Scoundrels and the Hockey Moms. Tickets are $10 in advance from the Slice and  the bands. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

 Local country rock band The Mark Hall band returns to the Slice on Saturday.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 September 2020 16:24 ) Read more...

Chevelles christen new Sound Garden stage

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The Chevelles christened the new stage  at Sound Garden, Sept. 18 and 19.

The Chevelles at Sound Garden, Sept. 19. Photo by Richard Amery
 Sound Garden have moved the stage to the centre of the room,  rather than in the corner, where a pool table now sits.

 They have draped three sheets of plexiglass from the ceiling don to the railing of the stage. I was impressed with the  lights and sounds as I could hear every note the Chevelles played and sang.


I only caught the last set on Sept. 19. I wanted to see  how they broke in new bassist / vocalist Seamus Chevelle aka Joe Brewster.
 He adds an impressive baritone harmony and also sings some impressive high notes as he  showed on a note perfect cover of Motley Cruë’s “Home Sweet Home.”
 He added more of a punk edge, singing Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” and Rebel Yell.”
He also adds bagpipes to the Chevelles’ tool box, though I missed that as he brought them out in the  second set.
This set included   the usual suspects-lots of classic rock including   “Sprit In the Sky,” which drummer Don Plettell sang.
Other highlights included Iggy Pop’s “Real Wild Child,” and  a hot cover of Ace Frehley’s “Back in the New York Groove.”

The Chevelles will be playing Sound Garden regularly. They will be back in a coupleof weeks. Adequate plays next weekend. Suite 33 will be there in a few weeks as well.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 September 2020 15:53 )
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