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Sound Garden reopens this week with the Chevelles

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Things are slowly starting to reopen. Last week the Slice had  a successful show featuring seven bands. This week is the Sound Garden Over 21 Club’s chance to shine. They reopen on Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m. with local favourites long standing classic rockers the Chevelles.

The Chevelles help SOund Garden reopen this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Proper social distancing measures will be in place. There is a five dollar cover.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge is testing the waters for open mics on their expanded patio beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. Solo performers  are only allowed, and if you have your own microphone, bring it, though sanitized mics will be  on handed to swap out between performers.

 It is a good week for drama. The Lethbridge Shakespeare Perfomance Society’s first open air live performance of Merry Wives of Windsor  at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens is sold out.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 July 2020 18:56 ) Read more...

Local musicians help out the Slice

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Live music is cautiously coming back amidst Covid 19.

Waterfront at the Slice, July 11. Photo by Richard Amery
As expe cted Musicians are feeling a little lost and venues are suffering.

 So an eclectic group of musicians played the Slice, July 11 to help the popular local venue out.

 I was an impressively eclectic line up. It showed just how many different kinds of acts the Slice features. They were doing their best to social distance with hand sanitizer at the door and limiting capacity to  45.

And all the vocalists brought their own microphones. This show featured majestic metal, classic rock, ’90s funk rock, alternative rock and straight ahead bare bones hard rock and roll.

Celtic metal band or Celtic screamoAndi Roberts band’s Sheldon Arvay at the Slice, July 11. Photo by Richard Amery band Minstrels of Crevas formerly Night Blaed, opened up the show right on time at 8 p.m. The band dressed in their finest Celtic makeup and clothing  put on a majestic show of heavy, Celtic inspired metal.

Vocalist/ keyboardist Ryan Radley aka Cordell played pipes and other Celtic instruments on his keyboards, while narrator Tempest screamed as if bewitched and narrated bardic tales, which were lost in a muddy mix.

 Guitarist Aanaris played tasteful guitar, ending their set with a flurry of two handed tapping.

 The Andi Roberts band were up next to supply the classic rock rock fix of the night.
 They have a special place in my heart as Andi Roberts is my vocal instructor.Minstrels of Crevas’s Tempest at the Slice, July 112. Photo by Richard Amery

 She belted out spirited version of  Journey’s “Any Way You Want.”
Robert’s introduced “Crazy Train” by yelling, I don’t know about you, but Covid is driving me crazy.”

Arvay and Tristan Leacock effortlessly traded guitar solos.
Tyrants of Chaos Drummer Ryan Dyck and bassist Joey Steckly, supplied a thunderous backbeat.
 For something a little mellower, they  played a spirited Version of  Tom Cochrane’s “Life is A Highway.”

 They picked up the pace again for “Sweet Child O Mine” and ended their set with a hot version of AC DC’s “Highway to Hell,” before Roberts asked everyone to toast Derek and the Slice.Quick Draw at the Slice, July 11. Photo by Richard Amery

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 July 2020 11:26 ) Read more...

Gord Bamford excited to raise money for local mental health organizations with drive in concert

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Australian born, Lacombe based country star Gord Bamford had to change a few plans due to Covid 19 including cancelling the Rednek tour in support of his most recent CD.

Gord Bamford and Lisa Dodd. Photo by Richard Amery
 Instead, he is playing a limited number of drive in shows to raise money for mental health organizations in all of his tour stops. The Lethbridge show will go to Woods Homes and the Lethbridge and District Family Services, July 11 at Exhibition Park. He sold out the first  one — a Canada Day show in Red Deer, and is excited about shows in Lethbridge on July 11, Calgary on July 18, Grande Prairie, July 24, and Medicine Hat on a date to be announced.

“ It’s $65 per car and you can fit as many people in the car as you have seats. You put the windows down and open the sun roof. There will be surround sound and giant video screens. It will be like a Pink Floyd tribute show,” he said, noting they had to shelve a lot of projects  including the #Rednek tour in support of his most recent album.

“We were hoping to reschedule that tour, but weren’t able to. So we just decided to shelve the album and move on to the next project,” said Bamford, who has a number of hit singles, including  “Red Dress,” Dive Bar,” “ Country Junkie,“ Neon Smoke” “Day Job” and “Is it Friday Yet” which his shows will focus on, though he has released five new singles off of the shelved eight track album #Rednek.

“I’m not much for playing new music at the shows. Fortunately I have a lot of songs on the radio that I can play that people like,” he said.
“It’s a tough time for the music industry, so we’re all having to do things differently,” he said. Even videos.

 He released a video for “Just Let Go” in late June, featuring the band members dressed up in their favourite heavy metal costumes and recording their parts from their homes.

“That was a concept we had before. And it turned out great. It was a lot of fun,” he said, adding he is excited to play shows, albeit in a different and unique way.

“I’m just excited to tour. Because we don’t know when we’ll be able to tour again,” he said, adding he was disappointed to let the last album go.
“We released five singles. All of our marketing for the album has gone away. I took last year off. I wrote 40 new songs. I hadn’t expected to take this year off too,” he continued, adding he is considering a drive in tour across Canada when things clear up.

“ That would be fun because people could tailgate and barbecue smokies and hamburgers,” he said, adding that won’t be happening for these shows with all the new rules fans must follow.
“It’s a different experience especially playing to a row of cars,” he continued, adding the sound is also different as he isn’t used to Surroundsound bouncing back at him.
“ We worked a lot with Alberta Health to make this happen as safely as possibly, ” he said, noting there are a lot of rules that must be followed.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2020 15:48 ) Read more...

Skinny Dyck records “Get To Know Lonesome” at home on tape

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Ryan “Skinny” Dyck, went old school to record his new record with Evan Uschenko.Get to Know Lonesome
 Dyck, who plays steel guitar with several local bands as well as Winnipeg musician Sean Burns, recorded his new record “ Get to Know Lonesome” in his living room at the end of March, just as Covid panic was taking off.
“ I sang and played guitar and steel guitar. Evan did everything else and did all  the rhythm,” he said.
 Dyck has always embraced a raw classic country ”60s sound, and feels he captured that feel by recording the record on cassette tape with an old Tascam eight track recorder.
“I like what my steel guitar sounds like with the tape compression,” he continued.
“ It feels more real. I always liked vintage ’60s and’70s country. You don’t have the digital crassness,” he said, adding every thing was done in one or two takes.
“It’s more onerous to go back and do overdubs, but it can be done. So we tried to get everything in the first couple of takes,” he said.
The 10 tracks resulted from his work with a local songwriting group, who challenged themselves to write a song a month.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 July 2020 15:58 ) Read more...

Fundraisers and comedy this week

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It is a surprisingly busy week this week.

Beaches has restarted their Wednesday night open mic .

 Red Deer country band the Red Hot Hayseeds return to the Slice, Friday, July 10. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

And Theoretically Brewing has started their patio sessions season with live music on their patio. Blue and Lemba will be performing on Friday, July 10 beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is pay what you can.

There are two big fundraising concerts.
The Slice features a variety of local bands, Saturday, July 11. Folk metal band The Minstrels of Crevas begin the show at 8 p.m., followed by classic rock band the Andi Roberts Band, pop rock band the Waterfront at 9  p.m., punk band the Scallywags at 9:30 p.m, Hard rock bands SI at 10 p.m and QuickDraw at 10:30 p.m and alternative/classic rock band Fractures of Etalon at 11 p.m.. An open jam begins at  11:30-. Everybody will be playing 20 minute sets.

They will be playing to support local music venue Keenan Pezderic and Tyson Maiko play the Owl Acoustic Lounge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amerythe Slice. There is no cover, so patrons are encouraged to hoist a pint and have some of their delicious pizza.

The music begins at 8 p.m. sharp.  There will be a special jam session after beginning at 11 p.m. Singers are required to bring their own microphones. There will be a backline available. So all you have to do is bring your axe, mic and muse. Amps will be disinfected in between sets.

And Albertan raised, Australian born country star Gord Bamford is performing a special live drive in concert at  Exhibition Park, July 11 as well. Tickets are $65 or $110 for  VIP parking up front. It is a fundraiser for mental health organization s in Alberta.
 Bamford, who has numerous radio hits including “Heard it In a Song,” “Stayed ’til Two” and “Red Dress,” already sold out a Canada Day performance.
 There are numerous rules that must be followed.
Each vehicle may include a maximum of four people though exceptions will be made for large families. People sharing a vehicle should be from the same household or cohort. Windows can be rolled down and convertibles can have rooftops open. No crowd participation permitted. People are asked to remain in their vehicles for the entire concert. People hanging outside of their windows or sunroofs will be instructed to stay inside their vehicles by security and MC’s or they will be instructed to leave.
No food and beverage sales will be available onsite. No giveaways or handouts onsite. Guests will be instructed to bring their own food and beverage to consume within their vehicle. Guests will be asked to take all their garbage with them when they leave the event.

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