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CKXU FUNdrive, St. Patrick’s Day and a whole lot more happening this week

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Things really heat up on the music scene this week for St. Patrick’s Day week.
 Keith  “Catfish” Woodrow hosts a new blues jam at the Slice on Tuesday, March 12. The free jams will take place on the second Tuesday of every month.Platinum Blonde return to Lethbridge, March 15 to play the Yates Theatre. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Windy City Opry returns to the Slice on Wednesday, March 13  with the Markus Sommer band which features luminaries like Peter and the Wolves’ Peter Cormier, Curtis Glas and Ryan Funk and Tyler Allen who will open the show after a few songs from host Shaela Miller. As usual, the show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Admission is $10.
Also on Wednesday, Kavi Ade will be performing a poetry reading at the Owl Acoustic Lounge beginning at 7 p.m.

 Thursday is busy as usual with the usual open mics at the Slice and the Zoo. Plus James Oldenburg  and Paul Holden play a special show at the Firestone Grill, March 14 from 6-9 p.m..
The Owl Acoustic Lounge features the AES (Audio Engineering Society) fundraiser, March 14,which features acoustic performances  from Tyson Ray Borsboom, Splash Zone, Dan Sequeira and Holly Kletke. The show begins at 7 p.m.  There is a five dollar cover at the door.

This weekend cooks, kicking off CKXU’s 2019 FUNdrive Into the Realm of Radio, which features a lot of fun events beginning March 15 with the Terrific Tavern Taster featuring live music from Calgary electronic/experimental ambient/pop group Carbolizer, fellow Calgarians Corinthian who will be playing techno and dance inspired music inspired by folk tales of Calgary, power punk band Strip Mall featuring members of Hag Face, the Shematomas and We Knew and Lethbridge’s object–option. There is a $10 cover charge for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

Around the corner at the old Firehall on Friday, March 15  it is all about punk as Victoria legends the Dayglo Abortions return to tear the place apart with Chief Mountain and the Hockey Moms beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is $15. For the complete opposite to that, can con rockers Platinum Blonde will be playing all of their hits like “Crying Over You,” Standing in the Dark” and more at the Yates Theatre, March 15 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45The Dayglo Abortions return to Lethbridge to play the Old Firehall, Friday, March 15. Photo by Richard Amery.

 Down the street, young Drumheller/ Lethbridge rockers the Suit Jacket society return to Lethbridge to play the Slice with the Decadent Phase.
And anything can happen at Club Didi, so check out the Anything Goes cabaret at 9 p.m.. There might be dance, spin the bottle, movies, whatever you want.

 If you are in the mood for country and pop music, Breanne Urban and Urban Flyer return to Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Also this weekend, Andy Mac hosts Honker’s open mic on Friday night, March 15. Frankie G hosts the afternoon open mic at Honker’s Pub, March 16.
 Saturday will be a hoot at the Owl with several activities happening beginning at 2 p.m. with the Lethbridge Girls Rock jam followed by a matinee performance by Fawns and Northcold. Admission is by donation.

 CKXU FUNDrive is in full swing on Saturday with two huge events happening.
 If you missed Love and Records, catch an abbreviated version of the always popular event at the Lethbridge Public Library from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. as Love N’ Cupcakes blends Love and Records with Cupcake Carnival. So there will be lots of record vendors, cupcakes and  music from nehiyawak, Jom Comyn, Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Jess Tollestrup, Phouka and Willy  Big Bull.
 There is no cover charge, but eat your weight in $2 cupcakes and vinyl as this year’s Fundrive proceeds are going towards setting up a new website which will allow you to download and listen to your favourite CKXU shows at your leisure.
 Fundrive fun continues with the Melodic Melee in the Pixie Pub (in the old Firehall, a Battle of the bands featuring  Youngbloods, Fawns, 21st Avenue and Tyrants of Chaos beginning at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge for that show. Proceeds will be split between  CKXU and the U of L Gutsy Club.
 Fawns have a busy Saturday, playing the matinee at the Owl then rushing down the alley to the old Firehall to take part in  the CKXU / U of L Gutsy Club Battle of the bands.

“We’re playing about 30 -40 minute set at the Owl Acoustic lounge. Then we’re rushing off  to the Pixie Pub, which is what  they’re calling the old firehall and we’ll be playing about the same length of time,” observed Mercedes Fawns, noting they plan to play  music from their CD “ I’m From Here,”  including the first single “Bright Red Lipstick.”

The Slice has a big metal show, March 16 with local metal band Eons of Earth, Vancouver metal band Bastian and London, Ontario metal/ Deathcore band Underlier on March 16 later that night.
For something a little different, the Lethbridge Community Silver band celebrates Spring with the Spirit of Spring at the Silver band performing at the College Drive Community Church. Kathy Matkin-Clapton and the Incanto singers will be joining them. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, children and under get in for free.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 March 2019 13:02 ) Read more...

Bluesman Harpdog Brown gets well deserved crowd for excellent show of new music

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 It is  great to see good blues music getting a great turnout in Lethbridge.
 Edmonton based harp god Harpdog Brown returned to the Slice , Tuesday, Feb. 26 with hot pianist David Webb and clarinetist / saxophoHarpdog Brown bellowing the blues at the Slice, Feb. 26. photo by Richard Amerynist Billy Joe Abbott.

Harpdog was in the mood to laugh and share a lot of music from his brand new CD coming out in April Called “ For Love And money.”

 So he played a lot of that as well as a lot from his most recent “Travellin With The Blues.”

 He sat back and listen to Webb wail on the piano and for Abbott to play beautiful solos on clarinet and saxophone, sometimes changing instruments mid song.

Then a spoke to the 30 some people at the early starting show through his harp. It was a thing of beauty watching the trio  interacting with each other.Billy Joe Abbott blowing a saxophone solo with harpdog brown, Feb. 26 at the Slice. photo by Richard Amery

 He played blues classics from the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson, several drinking songs written by Amos Milburn and a lot of his own  songs from his past couple of CDs, but focused on the new songs in between telling stories and expressing how happy he was to be in Lethbridge.

 With the piano, clarinet and saxophone, he had a strong jazz feel to his set.
 Webb was impressive playing rock and roll and boogie woogie on pianos. And Abbott was really focused on embracing the music, dancing in his seat with his horn and sax.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 March 2019 11:30 )

Pokey LaFarge jokes and plays lots of new roots and blues music for Geomatic Attic

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I missed The Geomatic Attic’s presentation of Dan Mangan at the Yates Theatre last week, so made a point of making it to Los Angeles based, Chicago reared, St. Louis born musician Pokey Lafarge, who was at the Geomatic Attic, Sunday, Feb. 24, hot off a  successful weekend playing  the Block Heater Festival in Calgary.Pokey LaFarge at the Geomatic Attic, Sunday, Feb. 24. photo by Richard Amery
 Lafarge didn’t play a lot from his latest, horn heavy CD  “Manic Revelations,” except for a stripped down version of “Better Man Than me,” but showed an impressive range of influences   including folk, blues, string band, gospel and a lot of jazz, which he plucked on a battered old 1930s style acoustic guitar.

 He noted the best question he has ever been asked was what his influences are and took pride in his answer of “ I don’t know.”

 It was one of several off the cuff remarks he made while tuning a stubborn acoustic guitar no double affected by winter.  He laughed about how he looked like ET with long arms and then joked more about Alberta winter.

 He noted he has a new CD coming out next year, which he recorded in Chicago and noted how excited he was about the band he put together for it and touring with them.

 He channelled the spirit of old blues shouters like Leadbelly and touches of Robert Johnson,  and had similar voice and mannerisms similar to Canadian talent like Petunia and Blue Moon Marquee. He also brayed out an impressive falsetto, which he tried to get the audience to sing along with.

 Because he has a a new CD coming out he was excited to play a lot of the new songs as well as several from his “Something in The Water CD” including the title track, which came right out of the gate.
He talked about recording in the middle of a fierce “polar vortex” Chicago winter, so perhaps  not coincidentally, a lot of his songs seemed to be about storms, snow and plenty about heartbreak and loneliness.
And early highlight was “End Of my Rope.”

 I also enjoyed a newer song “Even Bums Get Lucky”
 A couple of earlier songs were highlights near the end of the set including pumped up gospel blues of “ The Devil Ain’t Lazy” and “Central Time,” with which he ended his set before being called back for an encore.

The encore consisted of a trio of slower, more jazzy number, ending with a optimistic “I’m So Happy.”

Ryland Moranz, who just returned from touring the United Kingdom with Leeroy Stagger, rushed to Lethbridge from a gig in Edson to open the show with a quick set of impassioned folk and roots music.
 Moranz played a couple uptempo originals on guitar and banjo, getting the  crowd to clap along ever faster as he set his fingers afire on the banjo with some quick picked licks.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 March 2019 10:06 )

Erin Ross joined by Pete Loughlin for excellent show

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Calgary musician and radio personality Erin Ross  never gets the crowd she deserves when she plays the Slice, as she did, Erin Ross playing banjo at the Slice, Feb. 23. photo by Richard AmerySaturday, Feb. 23.

 I missed Chris Drew’s set, but was in time to catch George Arsene previewing a few songs from his upcoming album with Pete Loughlin adding lead guitar. Arsene played a quick set of “Back Against the Wall” and his tribute to Tom Dooley.

Ross can play a variety of music, but was in more of roots/country mood, playing beautifully fingerpicked licks on guitar and then on banjo.
Loughlin stayed on stage to play some sweet leads on some completely new songs which he listened intently to, before adding tasteful leads.

— by Richard Amery,L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 March 2019 09:55 )

Papa King jams on the blues

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 Papa King always competes with other good blues  shows.

In this case Erin Ross.Doug Freeman, papa King and TJ Waltho at the Owl, Feb. 23. photo by Richard Amery
 But I caught the end of Kings’s set with bassist Doug Freeman and Keyboardist TJ Waltho,Feb. 23 at the Owl Acoustic lounge.

I caught the last few jams on  a few blues classics which were excellent.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 March 2019 09:49 )
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