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Keith “Catfish” Woodrow brings back classic blues to the Slice

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Keith Catfish Woodrow is always a pleasure to see, as it is great to have another bluesman playing in town.

Keith catfish Woodrow and his band at the Slice, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery
 He and his hot band, who I didn’t recognize, save for  drummer Brad Brouwer.

 They featured a six string bassist, a wicked harp player and Woodrow on guitar and vocals.

 They worked their way through a set of solid blues classics including John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom Boom,” some sleepy John Estes, “Motherless Children” and well known classics like “Hoochie Coochie Man” and “I Ain’t Superstitious.”

Woodrow is back at the Slice to host his Slice of Blues jam, Tuesday, July 9.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 July 2019 22:04 )

Soulfest and cool shows highlights of a slower week

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There has been a lot going on in the past couple of weeks. So this week, ease into the summer season with a couple of special shows.

The Plaid Tongued Devils return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
The fun begins right after Canada Day, Wednesday, July 3 as Toronto based synth pop band Zinnia aka Rachel Cardiello shares the Slice stage with local alternative rock trio Mombod.
CKXU is celebrating  their 15th year on the FM dial at 88.3 f.m. by hosting monthly parties at Theoretically  Brewing.

This month’s summer session is July 5 featuring local alternative rock duo Birch Barks, Ryan Phillips and Marigold. The music begins at 8 .m. There is a $10 cover.

There are several wicked shows  on Friday, June 5. Local funk rock trio Adequate hold court at Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday night. Just down the road, The Eric Braun band  will be playing the blues at the Watertower Grill for the weekend as well.

Soulfest in Twin Butte will likely draw most of Lethbridge’s  music community away for the weekend.
 Calgary based klezmer/ folk/ rock band The Plaid Tongued Devils make a long awaited return to the Slice, July 5. They are en route to Soulfest in Twin Butte, where they will be playing on Saturday night. The Plaid Tonged Devils will be sharing the Twin Butte Store stage with  Heather Blush’s Rattle and Strum Children’s show, Winnipeg Country musician Sean Burns, the Kyle Owen Band, Heather Blush and the Uppercuts, Peter and the Wolves  and Boots and the Hoots.

 Soulfest opens  on Friday with Cam Penner and Jon Wood, Carolyn Mark and Kitty and the Rooster. Tickets for the weekend are $85 or $40 for just Friday night.
 If you are staying in town for the weekend, there are tough choices downtown.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 July 2019 07:28 ) Read more...

Slut Prophet scream fem positive songs

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 The Owl Acoustic Lounge was the place to be for alternative rock.

Slut Prophet returned to The Owl, June 15. Photo by Richard Amery
 On Saturday, they featured feminist punk band  Slut Prophet playing for local band Marigold’s tape release party, June 15.

 While I missed Marigold, and opening act Broke Til Friday’s first gig, I was impressed with Slut Prophet as always,  screaming out fem positive music that reminded me of the X Ray Spex, but sans saxophone and fellow Calgarians the Shiverettes.

 They played a tight set of hyperactive punk music that was enjoyable as always.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:59 )

Variety for Pride Week at the Slice

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The Slice kicked off Pride week in Lethbridge with a variety show, June 15. I wasn’t able to stay long.

But the room was full, drag queens were in their flamboyant glory , smiles were all around.The Pride variety show was packed at the Slice, June 15. Photo by Richard Amery

 There was a rap duo on stage when I arrived just before midnight, but I couldn’t understand a word they were saying due to delay drenched vocals.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:46 )

Breanne Urban and Southern Flayer add a few originals to a set of hits at Casino

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It is always a pleasure to see Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer. So I made a point of catching some of their Friday, June 14 show at Casino Lethbridge, where they were holding court for the weekend.Breanne Urban and Siouthern Flyer returned to the Casino lethbridge, June 14 and 125. Photo by Richard Amery
 Breanne Urban kicked off  their second set of Friday with a heartfelt version of Amanda Marshall’s “Let It Rain.”

She alternated singing lead vocals with  Tom Hudson, backed by lead guitarist John Malcolm, drummer Bob Gammon and bassist Les Kesler. Bruce MacKay played keyboards and even brought out the accordion for a couple of songs.

 She was in a Reba McEntire sort of mood and belted out some solid covers of her songs including the bluesy  “ Why Haven’t I Heard From You.”

 She showed off some substantial pipes on the always moving Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believing.”

 Tom Hudson belted out one of my favourites “ Fishin’ In The Dark.”

 They slowed things down for  some Little big Town and Lead guitarist John Malcolm also sang the Zac Brown Band’s “Countrified,” which featured  Bruce McKay’s accordion,   as the rest of the band added harmonies.
 But a highlight of the set was an upbeat original “Just Fine.”
 I had to cut that short to catch another of my favourites , Shaela Miller at the Slice as they broke into “ If This is Love”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:40 )
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