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Local bands have fun being other bands

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Bands as bands is always a good tie, even more so when people dress the part. The Rainbow Patrol did a KISS impression during Bands as bands, Feb. 22. photo by Richard Amery

That wasn’t the case at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 22. I was in time to see Chief Mountain tackle a few Ramones classics including Blitzkreig Bop, “I Wanna Live,” “Pet Cemetary” and the KKK Took My Baby Away.”

 They even took on my favourite Ramones song “ Beat on the brat.”
 Mombod took a stab at a few Runaways songs, and after a few false starts, made it through. The highlight was Rainbow Patrol doing “Hobo Kiss.”

Chief Mountain played the Ramones  during Bands as Bands. Photo by Richard Amery
 They had put on basic KISS makeup, though no white base. And they sounded great as they played decent version of older KISS classics like “Deuce,” “Strutter,” and “Call me Dr. Love,” as well as few obscurities like “Hotter Than Hell.

— By Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 March 2019 09:37 )

Plenty of roots, blues and comedy coming up

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There is  a lot of comedy and roots music and even punk music coming up in the next couple of weeks.
 But first, CKXU sponsors their second annual battle of the bands at Chinook High school, Tuesday,March 5 featuring performances by the Trevs, Veronica Barley, Wintersmith , Dante and Malcolm, Critically Acclaimed, Harry Maxwell, Cold North, Midline and Mercury. The music begins at  7 p.m. Admission is by donation.Eve Hell and the Razors play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 9. Photo by Richard Amery

 This week has several roots shows. Southern Manitoba born, Alberta based country/ roots musician Idaho Joe Wilson and the Mountain Men play the Slice on March 6.
 And Winnipeg area roots musician Richard Inman returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 8 with George Arsene.
For more mainstream country,  Ryan Lindsay returns to Casino Lethbridge, march  8 and 9. there is no cover charge for the shows, which begins at 8 p.m. each night.

 Also on March 8, Los Angeles based, Australian born blues and soul singer the Kara Grainger band will be at the Slice, March 8. Admission is $10. for the show, which also features local blues/rock band Rockuronium. The show begins at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 March 2019 08:55 ) Read more...

Irish Descendants play early show of Celtic classics

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Due to being on stage in Playgoers of Lethbridge’s production of Where’s Oscar? on Thursday, Feb. 21, I was only able to catch the last couple songs from Newfoundland’s Irish Descendants who brought a kitchen party to Average Joes.The Irish Descendants’ Ronnie Power and Con O’Brien. Photo by Richard Amery
 The quartet, though they always seem to have a different line up every time I see them.
 They played a heap of high energy, familiar Celtic favourites, punctuated by cries of “Sociable!” from frontman Con O’ Brien.

I arrived in the middle of the always entertaining “Fisherman’s Blues.” The band, fiddle player Patrick Moran, bassist Justin Hickey and bouzouki player Ronnie Power were all excellent instrumentalists and superb singers, adding multi-part background harmonies’

 I enjoyed “I Used to Love Her Once Before,” and they ended the early starting show with Celtic classic , Rattlin’ Bog,” which gave the  instrumentals a workout as it sped up every verse while frontman Con O’ Brien noted they had a show the next  night “a short spell up the road in Grande Prairie.”

 Of course, they were called back for an encore, with Moran singing the always wonderfully witty “ I Had but 50 Cents,” ending the night at 10 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 February 2019 11:54 )

Uncovered play the hits at Casino Lethbridge

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It is always fun to see Uncovered, though I only caught their last set of the weekend, Saturday, Feb. 16 at Casino Lethbridge.

Uncovered played Casino Lethbridge, Feb. 15 and 16. Photo by Richard Amery
The local ’90s country band have expanded their repertoire with the addition of vocalist  Alison Hawkins, who sang the first part of the set I caught which included a cool acoustic Cover of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside.”

 Juno sang a solid cover of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” from behind his drum.
 Hawkins took over again for “Unbelievable.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 February 2019 11:43 )

Karen Romanchuk 3 try out new tunes at Watertower

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 I haven’t seen local folk musician Karen Romanchuk for a while, so made a point of catching some of her  show at the new Watertower Grill, Saturday, Feb. 16, where she was performing the whole weekend. Bruce MacKay, Karen Romanchuk and Darwin Romanchuk at the Watertower, Feb. 16. photo by Richard Amery

I missed the crowds at both Saturday shows I caught, so I got a good seat to watch Romanchuk, her husband Darwin on box drum and keyboardist/ accordionist Bruce MacKay work through a variety of folk, rock and country covers including  Neil Young’s “ Heart of Gold,” a heart tugging version of Ian Tyson’s “ Four Strong Winds” and a couple originals including “I Can.”

 MacKay broke out the accordion for a laid back cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and a John Prine cover “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness.”

A highlight was a new original “All Fall Down.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 February 2019 11:36 )
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