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One Bad Son promise OBS greatest hits set to open for Shinedown

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Saskatoon born rockers One Bad Son  are excited to be playing arenas again.One Bad Son will pack a whole lot of hits into their set opening for Shinedown this week. photo by Richard Amery
“We‘ve done it twice before, opening for Def Leppard and later that year for Judas Priest though it was only for a couple of shows. But we got to meet Rob Halford, which very cool,” recalled One Bad Son drummer Kurt Dahl, who is excited share a stage with Shinedown, In This Moment and 10 Years at the Enmax Centre, Wednesday, April 4.

“ We have  a half hour so it will be  an OBS greatest hits package. We’re playing for a lot of people who may not have heard us before, so it is not the time to dig deep. We play for a half hour and we’re done,” said Dahl, noting the new single “Hurricane” from their latest CD “ Made in the Name of Rock And Roll” is doing very well, charting at 19.

“ The last single ‘Raging Bull’ made it to number one, so we hope this one will do just as well.
Hurricane is their ninth top 20 hit, so they have a lot to pack into their half hour. “Scream For Me,” was the first single off the CD.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 April 2018 19:23 ) Read more...

Band wars among highlights of successful CKXU FUNDrive

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University of Lethbridge based community radio station CKXU raised $24,282 from the past week’s FUNDrive to pBand waqrs winners Jane Doe soundchecking  at th SLice.Photo By Richard Ameryut towards creating a new website with generous donors and a variety of special events including the Cupcake Carnival on Sunday, Karaoke and a big battle of the bands at the Slice, March 21.

Due to being on the air, I only caught the soundcheck of winners Jane Doe, who were wielding electric 12 string guitars.

Alternative rock ’90s alternative rock band Mom Bod placed second and alternative rock duo Cope tied for third place with GreenBones.

I caught a loose  set of ’90s and alternative pop punk from Medicine Hat born duo Sydeshow. The guitarist/vocalist Nate Thomas and drummer Carter Potts took a bit of time in between songs but when the two dug in they really connected and played tight,

They played  several brand new songs and a cover or two including ’90s pop and even a punked up version of Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69.”Second place finishers MomBod's Amberlea Parker. Photo by Richard Amery
Mombod aka guitarist Mandy Fox, bassist/vocalist Silvana Campus and drummer Amberlea Parker  brought a good sized crowds back to the ’90s hey day of  the Riot Grrrls, playing an upbeat set of alternative rock along the lines of L7 and Hole.

 They also played some brand new songs about being a mom opening with a Lethbridge-centric song including the lines “Whats Going on at the Owl, what’s going on at the Slice.”Sydeshow performing at CKXU's band wars. Photo by Richard Amery

 Sil Campus sang most of the lead vocals for their set, though Mandy Fox screamed blood for the last song of the set.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:35 )

Honker’s Pub celebrates 21 years with live music

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Everybody and their dog was out in force for St. Patrick’s Day as expected.

Joyful Things Play Honker’s 21st borthday celebration, March 17. Photo by Richard Amery
Honker’s was doing triple duty on March 17, filling the room early with St. Patrick’s Day revellers as well as regular’s celebrating the popular northside pub’s 21st birthday, not to mention their regular cadre of Saturday jammers.

I caught a few who I never see anywhere else including an excellent duo Joy and Laurie who sang and harmonized on a variety of songs ranging from “Teach your Children Well,” “Amazing Grace” and “Delta Dawn.”

Emily Rose plays Honker’s 21st borthday celebration, March 17. Photo by Richard Amery
 The only other act I was able to catch on a day which included some impressive talent including Steve Keenan and Paul Kype and Jolene Draper, was Emilie Ross, who played a decent set of modern and alternative rock including a version of Radiohead’s “Creep, some White Stripes and others.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:08 )

Windy Castle Medieval Faire murder mystery entertains at Galt Museum

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The Windy Castle Medieval Faire broke even on a late starting,  fundraising interactive murder mystery “Kill Me I’m Irish” at The Galt Museum, March 17.

The Windy City Medieval Faireheld a fundraising murder mystery, March 17. Photo by Richard Amery
There was Irish Stew and Irish beer and a handful of people learning their characters, dressed an an array of green and nineteenth century, early twentieth century Irish outfits.

Renee Frenette played lovely harp  as well.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:32 )

Spitzee Post band play newgrass for Lethbridge Folk Club

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The Lethbridge Folk Club didn’t have a great turnout for their March 17 presentation of High River newgrass band, the Spitzee Post band at the Lethbridge College Cave.

The Spitzee Post Band playing the Lethbridge Folk Club, March 17. Photo by Richard Amery
 Only 18 paid attendees were in attendance.
 I caught them in the middle of a break, but caught a solid second set which opened with the Waterboys‘ “Fisherman’s Blues” and showed off lead singer Joe Gore’s mandolin.

They switched instruments throughout the set. Rhonda Shippey alternated between acoustic guitar and banjo. Gore traded his mandolin for a guitar, lead guitarist  Wayne Corner alternated between a national steel guitar for slide guitar and an acoustic guitar. upright bassist Coralee Gore thumped and shuddered out rhythm. Craig West played some hot fiddle throughout the set.

They also played a Steeldrivers song “ The Ghost of the Machine.”
 Gore had a big raspy voice along the lines of Steve Earle or Dr. John with just a touch of Chris Stapleton.
Just to show off their diverse musical tastes, they played a very cool  original called “Reggae Rider,” which  blended bluegrass with reggae music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 March 2018 09:32 )
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