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November opens with lots of live music

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It’s hard to believe November is already here, so celebrate a new month with live music and send out the old month with Halloween.
 While most places held their Halloween festivities on the weekend.Bazarabra return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Adequate send out October with an Adequate Halloween celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The party starts at 9 p.m.
 There is also a Halloween party at Theoretically Brewing on Oct. 31 from 8-11featuring live music including Frege’s Puzzle. There will be  a costume contest and a candy buffet. Admission is $15.
 And the Slice features a special Halloween show with local folk musician Tyson Ray Borsboom and Biloxi Parish frontman Zach Passey on Oct. 31.

 The Slice features a pre- Halloween party on Oct. 30. Pumpkin Funk features the music of Detroit soul musician Laura Rain and the Caesars. In the meantime everyone will get to carve their own pumpkin. There is a $15 cover for the event.
Across town, Birds of Chicago fly back to the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 30 as well and begin at 8 p.m.

Cirque de Soleil open their show Corteo at the Enmax Centre on Oct. 31 as well. It runs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov 3. There are also matinee performances at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $61,$97,$123, $143.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 October 2018 07:33 ) Read more...

U of L opera society revisits popular fairy tales

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If Halloween is all about celebrating imagination, the University of Lethbridge opera society carries on that theme with “Fairy Tales and magic,” running Nov. 2 and 3 in the University Recital Hall.Alexandra Morgan and Joseph Adams rehearse their part in Pauline Viardot's Cinderella. Photo by Richard Amery
The 30 person company  explores several different interpretations of popular fairy tales including Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella and more.

“The first half of the concert is three different tellings of Cinderella. And though they are all in different languages , we’ll be performing them in English,” said musical director Dr. Blaine Hendsbee.

“We‘ll be preforming Gioachino Rossini from around 1830, Jules Massenet  from 1880 and Pauline Viardot from 1904,” he said.
The three different interpretations will also be performed in three different vocal registers including mezzo and high soprano.

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 October 2018 16:54 ) Read more...

Kat Danser and Steve Dawson give Geomatic Attic a lesson in the blues

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Kat Danser has a whole lot of blues and anew CD as she showed a decent sized crowd at the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 18.
 But first Lethbridge got a treat as uber-producer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Dawson  got to play a brief opening set before joining the rest of Danser’s tight band.
Dawson, who is in Lethbridge recording at Leroy Stagger]s studio until returning to the Geomatic Attic with Birds of Chicago on Oct. Kat Danser at the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 18. Photo by Richard Amery30, opened with a stunningly beautiful instrumental from his latest CD “Lucky Hand.”

 He noted  because  the songs are all instrumentals, he could name them whatever he wanted, so said he named them after locations within 100 km of his Nashville studio.
 He only played  a couple from the new CD, but focused instead, on older blues material including  Gid Taylor and the Skillet Lickers’ ‘Henhouse Door,’ which he noted he loved because his studio is called the Henhouse.  He showed off his  encyclopedic  blues knowledge, but when he blanked on the name of the lead guitarist of 1920s and 30s Georgian string band Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, he was pleasantly surprised when one audience member informed him it was Riley Puckett. For his solo set he alternated between a couple of open tuned acoustics for  slide guitar licks and crystalline harmonics and a Weissenborn Hawaiian guitar he plugged in and played on his lap. He told the story of Hermann Weissenborn who invented it and noted they weren’t very popular in traditional Hawaiian music because they weren’t loud enough until musicians like David Lindley rediscovered them, plugged them in and turned them up loud.

He played a couple  of others from his back catalogue including a highlight he noted he recorded with the McCrary Sisters, whom he observed wouldn’t sing in anything if it wasn’t gospel, but convinced them to song on “Leave my name behind.”
 He wound down his set  by observing he usually gets a tribute show together in Vancouver and invites guests to play on a tribute his favourite albums, and played a Bob Dylan’s “Girl From the North Country” which Joe Cocker’s band played on “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” back in 1969 with Dylan himself in the audience.
 He ended with another gorgeous instrumental from his new CD.
 That might haveSteve Dawson playing with Kat Danser at the Geomatic Attic, Oct.18. He’ll be back at the Attic with Birds of Chicago next week. photo by Richard Amery been a hard act to follow for Kat Danser and her band, but they were up to the challenge.
 Their set focused on Danser’s new more upbeat blues Cd “Goin’ Gone.’

The smiling Danser chatted affable with the enraptured audience as she worked her way through the CD and told stories.
 She sounding like a mix of Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton with a touch of Joan Jett.
  Dawson alternated between a variety of different acoustic and electric guitars, his Weissenborn and  a steel guitar for some of the more countryish songs. She was no slouch on guitar, but with Dawson and  Jimmy Guiboche handling six string duties  plus upright bassist Chris Brzezcki and drummer Kelly Kruse holding the back end down, she was free to strum rhythm and tell stories and rattle the occasional tambourine.

 She joked about getting her PHD  and boring people by talking about her dissertation about string bands in the south in the 20s-40s and talked about her love of being in the southern U.S. and listening to the many different types of blues music being played. She also talked about growing up in an abusive and highly religious home in rural Saskatchewan town and played a heartfelt, folky number called  “My Town.”

She also  noted how she remembered playing  “Kansas City blues” for the first time in Lethbridge and recording for it for the new CD just based on the response she got for it.
In between stories, the band played a super tight set. Dawson and Guiboche traded guitar solos and the rhythm section was spot on.
One of many highlights was a Brownie McGhee song “Chevrolet Car,” for which she slapped a tambourine and wandered into the middle of the audience.
 As promised in last week’s interview, she wound up the show with an excellent version of Ike and Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits,” during which she also slapped the tambourine and wandered off the stage, letting the band finish off before  a standing ovation brought her back to the stage for an encore.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:57 )

Folk Road Show stops by Owl for afternoon show with trimmed line up

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge is starting to do afternoon shows. I usually can’t make them, but made a point of being there for at least one set of the Folk Road Show aka Ben Caldwell, Dominique Fricot, Olaf Caarls and Nicholas Petrovich.

The Folk Road Show playing an afternoon show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. photo by Richard AmeryThey had trimmed down to a quartet as Peter Van Vliet had returned home to Denmark. Nonetheless they put on an excellent set of multi-instrumental folk music featuring four part vocal harmonies.

 They noted their first set was going to be more folk, but they planned on turning it up in the second set. I only had the energy for the folk set and was impressed as always as the four alternated instruments every song between bass, drums, electric guitar, mandolin and keyboards. Caldwell recalled his last Lethbridge visit when the band discovered Club Didi.

 The set featured plenty of hot playing and heartfelt vocal harmonies and lyrics.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:18 )

The Perpetrators get audience moving to the blues

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The trouble with having two bands I really want to see  playing at the same time, is I’m inevitable going to miss some or all of one of their sets.Jay Nowicki of the Perpetrators at the Slice, Oct. 13. photo by Richard Amery
 So, due to  Rotary park playing for the Lethbridge Folk Club, I missed the first set from Winnipeg blues rock trio the Perpetrators and my favourite Perps’ song “ Six Pack.”
 As the show was supposed to begin at 8, but didn’t, I should consider myself lucky to have only missed one set.

 The trio of guitarist/vocalist Jay Nowicki, bassist Johnny Scoles and drummer Emmet van Etten played a solid set of gritty, sweaty blues rock with just a touch of country music including music from mostly their last couple of albums.

 I was afraid another competing show from Papa King and Darryl Duüs at the Owl would drain the Perpetrator’s  blues loving audience. Luckily it was not so, as the Slice was packed, Saturday, Oct. 13, with an enthusiastic crowd, who were getting sweaty in front to the stage.

 They slowed down, but once, for “ the countryish “Josco,” a tribute to Johnny Scoles, who also owns Winnipeg’s popular live music club the Times Changed.
They ended their second set with their rousing cover of  the Rolling Stones’ “Off The Hook,” which described the show.

Their abbreviated third set was also excellent, with plenty of nowicki’s Hound Dog Taylorish guitar playing and a few choice covers including  a cover of Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl.”
 A highlight of that set was definitely the rollicking “Crazy about my baby.”
They were called back for an encore of a blues rock  injected version of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Are you Ready for the Country.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 October 2018 09:58 )
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