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Shaela Miller celebrates successful first year of Windy City Opry

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 Shaela Miller celebrated a successful year, including recording a new CD, launching a successful crowd funding campaign to pay for it as well as a successful first year of her monthly, Wednesday night conceShaela Miller and Skinny Dyck playing the first anniversary of the Windy City Opry, Dec. 13 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Ameryrt series “ Windy City Opry, with a huge celebration at the Slice, Dec. 13.


While I missed Ryland  Moranz’s set as well as Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers I arrived in time for a solid set by Shaela Miller and her band, which including Ryan“Skinny” Dyck on steel guitar, upright bassist Paul holden, lead guitarist Jon Martin and drummer Tyler Bird.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 December 2017 10:17 ) Read more...
 

Jenn and Paul Kype sing the hits for Casino crowd

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 Jenn and Paul Kype played the hits at Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 8 and 9.
 Jenn and Paul Kype playing Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 9. Photo by Richard AmeryI only caught one set on Saturday, Dec. 9 which showcased Jenn Kype’s vocals and their country side.. She sang a hauntingly beautiful version of Dolly Parton’s hit “Jolene,” to open the set.
Her husband added tasteful guitar solos, while a drum machine supplied subtle beats.


 Jenn Kype followed that up by fulfilling an audience request for Concrete Blonde’s  ’90s hit “ Joey”


She also sang a powerful version of Cat Stevens’ “ First Cut is the Deepest.”


 Paul Kype sang a few songs as well including Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” and joined his wife of a duet of “Jackson.”
He a sang an apt version of Sam Cooke’s “Saturday Night,” then played harp as he sang a heartfelt version of Neil Young’s Heart of Gold.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:51 )
 

Live Nativity scene and open mics this week

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There isn’t a lot happening for live music in the week leading up to Christmas.Jolene Draper hosts the Open mic At Honker’s Pub on Dec. 23. Photo by Richard Amery
 But get into the Christmas spirit by going to the live nativity scene at the Church of Latter Day Saints church on Forestry Avenue.
 It runs nightly 6-9 p.m. Dec. 22-24. There is no charge to attend the event.


There are a couple of open mics this week including an open mic at Coulee Brew, Dec. 20 as well as a jazz jam with HBO3 and Josh Davies at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 20 as well.


 The Slice has their usual open mic on Thursday and Jolene Draper hosts the afternoon open mic at Honkers pub on Saturday, Dec. 23.

Kelly Klimchuk hosts Honkers’ Friday night open mic along with an ugly sweater contest on Dec. 22.

 

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 December 2017 09:40 ) Read more...
 

Michael Bernard Fizgerald and band impress sold out crowd

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Calgary based musician Michael Bernard Fitzgerald played a sold out show at the Slice, Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald playing for a sold out crowd. photo by Richard Amery
 I missed the opening set from the Middle Coast, but arrived in time to hear the hit heavy second half of Michael Bernard Fitzgerald’s set.


 He was backed by a crack band, who sang spine tingling vocal harmonies as well as adding lead guitar, bass, drums and keyboards.
I arrived just in time to hear “Make it With You.”

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald brought a full band to the Slice for a sold out show. Photo by Richard Amery
 The enthusiastic audience sang along with most of the  set. Fitzgerald was an affable host , advising the audience he’d get to their requests, but mostly  it was about the music, so there wasn’t a lot of patter other than thanking everybody for coming out.


He sang in his usual appealing John Mayerish sensitive singer/songwriter tenor voice and his band had the crowd bouncing up and down in front of the stage.


 That shone during a quick solo acoustic set during which he introduced a brand new song, which drew enthusiastic applause.


After  “Brand New Spaces,”  the audience called him back for an encore with chants of “MBF” so he returned with “What Do You Need.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:37 )
 

Suzie Vinnick and Tony D blow away the Monday night blues

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Monday is a good night for the blues, so the Geomatic Attic was happy to wind  up 2017 with  a couple of Canada’s best— Suzie Vinnick and MonkeyJunk’s Tony D, Monday, Dec. 4.

Suzie Vinnick and Tony D playing the Geomatic Attic. photo by Richard Amery
 I missed the first set, but caught an exceptional second set, which focused on Vinnick’s “Me N’ Mabel” Cd and some new material. Vinnick and Tony Diteodoro took turns singing leads and adding special sauce to each other’s songs.
 They started off hot with a gorgeous cover of Bob Dylan’s  “Quit Your Lowdown Ways.” They continued with an equally hot cover of John Fogerty’s “One Hundred and Ten in the Shade“ and stayed in the traditional blues mode with blues classic “Spoonful.”


Tony D showed his guitar prowess and his love for Jimi Hendrix with a stunningly beautiful  version of Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” which drew rousing cheers from the quiescent, transfixed crowd.
 Vinnick broke a few hearts with her sultry, sexy voice reminiscent of Sue Foley and Bonnie Raitt as she sang a pair of  sexy songs from “Me N’ Mabel”— “You’ll be Mine” and the highlight “Save Me For Later.” Apparently I missed her great cover of “Oreo Cookie Blues,” which she played in the first set, but  stayed with the food theme for “Save Me For Later.”


 She played a couple of Roy Forbes songs including “ Crazy ’Bout Loving Me,” from “Me n’ Mabel.”
 In addition to  her great voice, she showed she was no slouch on acoustic guitar, playing some impressive solos.” Suzie Vinnick playing the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard Amery

She showed her country side after telling  a story about playing for her dad’s favourite song “ I Need A Cowboy” while he was in hospice care and got the audience to sing along with the chorus.
They were called back for an encore of Roy Forbes’ “ Let Me Make it Up To You” as she promised she would be back.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:24 )
 
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