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Mark Hall Band trimmed to a trio for Legends show

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 I haven’t seen the Mark Hall band for a while, so stopped by Legends to catch some of their set,” Dec. 16 at Legends.

The trimmed down trio played lots of classic rock, southern rock and ’90s country.The Mark Hall Band at Legends pub, Dec. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

I arrived in the middle of a hot version of the JJ Cale penned  Lynyrd Skynyrd hit “Call Me the Breeze.”

Garry Drayton joined them on stage to sing a couple of songs including Sawyer brown’s ’90s country classic “ Some Girls Do. ”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 11:04 )

Joey Only and Adam Farnsworth add humour to country music

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I was hoping to see a few more people  at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Dec. 15 for the return of northern B.c. outlaw country musician Joey Only and keyboardist Adam Farnsworth.
  I arrived in the middle of a solo set by Farnsworth who was playing humourous ditties which included a touch Adam Farnsworth and Joey Only play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 15. Photo by Richard Ameryof blues, some jazz scatting and overall sounded like fellow Vancouver alt country  musician Petunia with a piano.

Joey Only joined him on acoustic  guitar to play some acoustic guitar and  complement his quirkiness with quirky music of his own.
 Only told stories and sang ribald songs while cracking unsettling jokes about offing himself later that night.
 He sounded like a mix of Washboard Hank and Tim Hus.

His song about Newfoundland called “No Fun Land” was a highlight. As was his song about black flies in Ontario which anyone who had ever been there would identify with.
 He added to the humour by swatting away imaginary black flies in between chords and when Farnsworth played a piano solo.

A lot of his set explored the wild side of rural life including “A Hunting We Will Go,” and another song about a rasta growing pot in rural Ontario.
He sang a couple of songs about the gentrification of Vancouver including “ Run The Bums Out of Town” and revamping blues classic Bourgeois Blues to include a few verses about Vancouver.

After some of the audience brought the duo beers, they continued with a spirited cover of Andrew Neville and the Poor Choices “Stupid Fucking Things I’ve Done” and Phil Ochs’ “ Draft Dodger Rag” and classic “the Rodeo Song.”

A couple of older songs were highlights  including “Punk Rock Country Band” whichexplored his roots as a young punk who realized he also enjoyed country music  as did “Spiderland Punk Fest.” 

He also played his contribution to the Great Canadian Song Competition,“A Tempest Wind” in which he was competing against the Pack AD and Gordon Downie, but lost out the Aiden Knight’s song about water.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:02 )

Decadent Phase entertain with laid back classic rock sound

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 Local  psychedelic/ classic rock band the Decadent Phase entertained a full house at the Slice, Friday, Dec. 15.
 The Decadent Phase played the S;lce, Dec. 15. Photo by Richard Amery

I caught the tail end of a freewheeling psychedelic jam, which  segued in to a laid back version of  the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.”

They ended their set with a chill version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 09:38 )

Rock out the last week of December with live music

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This week isn’t just about New Year’s Eve parties, get ready to laugh at the last Stand Up comedy open mic of the year at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Dec. 27.Mwansa Mwansa returns home to play a show at the owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 29. Photo by Richard Amery

 The next night the Owl features Winnipeg musician Mayor Matt Allen performing at 9 p.m., Dec. 28 while the Slice has their last open mic of the year on Dec., 28 as well.

On the weekend , rock band Suite 33 play Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 29 and 30.
 Honker’s  Pub celebrates New Year’s early with a big show featuring Aaron Landry, Frankie G, and Andy Mac.

Local roots duo the Crooked Creek Warblers return to the Slice, Dec. 29.

If you love Elvis Presley, Elvis impersonator Robin Kelly returns to HBs Bowling for and Elvis Christmas. Tickets are $15.

 Local funk rock trio Adequate play a free show at Average Joes, Dec. 29. Uncovered are also on the bill.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 December 2017 09:16 ) Read more...

Lots of live music for New Year’s Eve 2017

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Have a happy new year with local music as there are plenty of gigs to choose from for New Year’s Eve and throughout the week.

“ It’s been a shitty year for a lot of people, so we want to kick it right out the door,” observed local bluesman Papa King Cole, who is excited to play a New Year’s Eve gig at the Slice with a crack band including pianist Earl McAuley,  bassist Doug Freeman drummer Brandon McPherson who both play in Suite 33 who also play Casino Lethbridge on the weekend. Papa King is among local musicinas playing New Year‘s Eve gigs. Photo by Richard Amery

Brandon MacPherson and guitarist  Marc Belisle who do double duty as both also play in alternative rock band DoubleJack.

“It’s his birthday too, so Marc will be coming up to play a few numbers,” Cole said.

“I have a great rhythm section so I will be standing up,” he continued, noting he usually sits down to play his own drum contraption.

“It’s piano boogie woogie, so it will be a fun night,” he promised, adding he is still working on  “Gutted to the Studs,” his album from two years ago, though he is currently working on a new album.

“There will also be giveaways and champagne at midnight,” he said.
 Tickets are $10 and are available from the Slice and at Blueprint.

 Classical guitarist Dale Ketcheson returns to the mocha Cabana for New Year’s Eve.

 As usual, LA Chefs features a big New Year’s eve bash featuring Cal Toth, plus the Chevelles at the Coast Hotel. The $75 tickets include a five course meal at 7 p.m.
There is also a New Year’s Eve Party at The Italian Canadian Club featuring an Italian buffet and local band the Bamboo Guppies. Tickets are $40.

Dinner is also served at Casino Lethbridge , Dec. 31 with music by ’90s rockers Uncovered. Tickets are $64.99 .The prime rib buffet begins art 6:30 with uncovered taking the stage at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 December 2017 19:48 ) Read more...
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