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Kory Istace returns to play Windy City Opry this week

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The Windy City Opry welcomes back an old friend  to open up the 2018 edition of the popular roots music series.

Kory Istace returns to Lethbridge to play the Windy City Opry, Jan. 10 Photo Submitted
 Kory Istace returns to Lethbridge, Wednesday, Jan. 10, to play a big show with Aryn El Hefe and Boots and the Hoots.


“It’s been about five years since I was in Lethbridge,” observed Istace from Saskatoon, where he has called home for the past three years. He lived in Lethbridge for many years, while attending the U of L in 1998 and used to play with Windy City Opry founder Shaela Miller quite a bit.


“I want to start something like the Windy City Opry in Saskatoon and Boots (Graham of Boots and the Hoots who has the Pinecone Opry in Red Deer, which inspired Shaela Miler to start a similar series here) will  be there too. So I look forward to to picking their brains about it,” he said, noting he has been busy not only writing music, but finishing up a two year contract as one of the organizers of the Ness Creek music Festival.

“It’s a two hours north of Saskatoon by Big River. It’s a little like the South Country Fair. It draws about 4,000 people, but unfortunately it’s at the same time as South Country Fair, so I’m unable to go to South Country,” he said.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:14 ) Read more...
 

Incura inks new American record deal

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A lot of work has come to fruition for Vancouver based, Lethbridge born vocalist Kyle Gruninger, whose melodic metal band Incura just inked a new U.S. record deal.

Kyle Gruninger performing with New West Theatre’s Erica Hunt and Ashley Thomson. Photo by Richard Amery
“ We released our first record in 2012 on Coalition Warner but we produced a lot of records independently,” said Gruninger, who is back in Lethbridge to perform ion New West’ Theatre’s production of “Starlight.”
 He moved to Vancouver in 2006 with the band and started making music and playing gigs and assembling a talented team to get behind the band.


“My career has been a brick and mortar career. So I don’t mind waiting. Coalition has been great to work with,” he said, adding he enjoys singing and making music. He released the first Incura record independently in 2001.


“If you’re going to fail, you might as well fail at something you enjoy doing rather than failing at something you don’t. I spent $20-30,000 on my career so far because if you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will believe in you,” Gruninger said adding he is pleased people in high places are supporting him.


 All his work attracted the attention of Rob Lanni, founder of Coalition Music, who approached Incura to manage the band in addition to other well known acts like Finger Eleven, Simple Plan and Our Lady Peace.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:14 ) Read more...
 

Not a lot going on to open 2018

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To borrow a line from the Odds’ Craig Northey’s  theme to hit TV show Corner Gas “There’s not a lot going on” to open 2018, but there are excellent shows already planned, “so that’s why you can stay so long.”If you missed them last week, the Crooked Creek warblers play the Owl Acoustic Lounge again this week.Photo by Richard Amery
Calgary roots/ country musician Carter Felker brings his trio back to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 5.


If you enjoyed the Crooked Creek Warblers at the Slice this past weekend, get a second helping of the local roots duo at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 6. Richard Inman is also on the bill.
 Winnipeg folk punk musician Greg Rekus returns to host the ope mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan 9 with British singer/ songwriter  Tim Holehouse.


 Hippodrome play their usual early year show at the Slice on Jan. 6 with special guests, Calgary Celtic rock trio Three Finger Shot.


 Open 2018 with laughs as Yuk Yuks Comedy returns to Average Joes, Friday, Jan. 5 with  Garrett Clark, Matt Foster and hist Randy Webb. Tickets are $20 on the day of the show and $15 in advance.
 Earlier in the day, Casa features “Lunch and listen” featuring  Lisa Mulgrew and pianist Zain Solinski.


 Club Didi has  an exciting January planned, including their first open mic of 2018, Jan 9.


 The following week, the Windy City Opry opens their second year at the Slice with Kory Istace and  Aryn El Hefe. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover.


The Lethbridge Folk Club opens the new year with Calgary rockabilly trio Peter and the Wolves, Saturday, Jan. 13. And the first ukulele jam of the year is at Casa, Jan. 14 from 2-3 p.m.


 Later in the year there are a couple of bigger shows coming up. FlIPfest presents Duchess Says, Partner and WITS on Jan. 17.


 The Slice also welcomes back Celtic rock band The Derina Harvey Band on Jan. 19.


 The Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to Lethbridge at the end of January, with Craig Campbell, Pete Zedlacher, Paul Myrehaug and Dan Quinn making you laugh at Average Joes, Jan 26. Tickets are $35 in advance.
 So far February looks like it is going to rock. Stone Sour, Halestorm and the Dead Deads play the Enmax Centre, Feb. 1. Tickets are $58.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 January 2018 13:02 ) Read more...
 

Tyrants of Chaos celebrate a very metal Christmas

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Saturday night was the night to catch bands I haven’t seen for a while, and apparently was everybody’s night to hit the town.
 The Slice hosted a sold out “Very metal Christmas,” Dec. 16.


Curtiss Vaselenak and Phil Sirias of Tyrants of Chaos play a sold out show at the Slice, Dec. 16. Photo by Richard Amery


I missed Bring your own Bodies and Caste of Shadows, but caught local metal band Tyrants of Chaos, who played a set of mostly original, longer, epic length songs.

They were powered by Phil Sirias’s air raid siren vocals and chugging rhythm guitar from new guitarist Josh Nicol and screeching solos of Curtiss Vaselenak, which  were highlighted by smoke and a brace of flashing stage lights.


 They began with  “Habitat of Insanity, and followed it up with “Ancient Cord of Coexistence.” “Trenchfoot,” featured some impressive bass playing by Paul Denton.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:36 )
 

Fast Times rock the hits at Casino Lethbridge

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I haven’t seen local classic rock band  Fast Times for a while, so I stopped by Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 16 for some of their Saturday night show.Jasmine Mitchell and Jackie French of Fast Times at Casino Lethbridge. Photo by Richard Amery

They had a good sized crowd listening and dancing.
 

They added a lot of pop music since the last time I saw Fast Times. Jackie French shared lead vocals with her daughter Jasmine Mitchell on a variety of contemporary pop of the likes of Pink to the classic rock they are known for, drawing from a solid stable of classic rock hits including ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” “ CCR/Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock And Roll” and Robert Palmer’s “Bad Case of Loving You.”


— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:29 )
 
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