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Music centres on Centric music festival and Latin Fiesta this week

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The beginning of July features  big festivals, metal, classical music and lots of Latin music.Clayton and joelle return to the Owl this week. photo by Richard Amery
Festival Latino happens in Galt Gardens, July 7 beginning at noon with plenty of Latin food and live music, dancing and a cantina bar. The event is free to attend.
Hollywood based keytar powered metal trio trio The Maension play the Smokehouse with Australian band Be Faced, To The Mountains and the Hockey Moms. Admission is $10 for the show which begins at 7 p.m.

CKXU features an alternative rock  show at the Old Firehall, July 7 with Montreal’s Alder and Ash, Calgary’s Redress and local bands An Ant and and Atom and the Ugly Cry Club. The show begins at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

 The Terrific Kids Collective brings in Edmonton psych rock band Dead Friends and two piece fuzz punk project Fear the Mammoth along with local act Marigold to the Slice, July 7. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. There is a five dollar cover.

 The day before, on July 6, the Slice combines art and music with the art of Laurel Scott and the music of Vancouver songwriting collective Honey Tongue.
 And the Owl Acoustic Lounge features the beautiful melodies and wonderful harmonies of Cranbrook duo Clayton and Joelle with local singer songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom.
 Adequate get funky with local hop hop collective the AWD Fellows at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 7.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 July 2018 07:39 ) Read more...

B.A. Johnston never fails to entertain

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 I’ve seen quirky Hamilton funnyman and performer BA Johnston so many times, I can pretty much predict his set, jokes and performance, but I can B.A. Johnston finishing his show in the bathroom at the Owl, June 19. photo by Richard Ameryalways be guaranteed to laugh. Johnston is also the first one to poke fun at himself as he did at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Tuesday, June 19.

 As usual he entered, entering through the appreciative audience waving sparklers fed people their own drinks, cracked several jokes about Medicine Hat, and pretended to read the  Lethbridge off his hand as well as pretended to read some of his lyrics off his other hand. He brandished a baton, slowly stripped off identical  ‘What are you looking at dickhead’  sweatshirts and chortled “ I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming,” as he slowly stripped down to his bare chest and belly.

 He jumped off a chair on the stage, wandered off the stage and rolled around in the floor, laughing it was cleaner than expected, and jumped on the tables to sing, almost strangling himself with his own mic cord in the process, which was tangled among chairs and tables.

This time, he grabbed my notebook and pencil and wrote  ‘BA Rules,’ in it during one of his many forays into the audience and behind the bar.Biloxi Parish opening for B.A. Johnston. Photo by Richard Amery

 He jumped between two keyboards, a  guitar and a Discman, and opened with a newer song on guitar “Drinking in a Bar With Aliens.” 

He then played familiar standards like  “ Deep Fryer in My Basement” which he had smiling audience members singing along with. They also joined in on  “Jesus Lives in Hamilton,”  “How many T Bone Steaks Can I Fit in my Pants (Can’t Stop Stealing From Work) ” and other chestnuts like “McDonald’s Coupon Day,” “My Roommate is a Couche-tard”  and “GST Cheques, ”which prompted the audience to sing along with the rousing “Give Me My Treats” chorus.

Even though he joked he never wrote new material, he played a couple songs from his most recent CD ‘Gremlins 3’  including the always popular “A Day Off Is A Day off.”
He even premiered a new song about having a hangover that was running away from him from another new CD to be released in October.

 He ended his set well before midnight, by bringing the audience into the ladies washroom, for one last encore about a zombie attack.
A couple solid local acts opened  for him.
 The full band experience of Biloxi Parish,” is always a highlight. They played, loud, boisterous roots rock along the lines of CCR and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. It is always fun to hear a fully developed Biloxi Parish, as Zach Passey and drummer Cole Howg have been playing a lot of duo shows.


They ended their set with “Odessa.”
Open Channels played right before Johnson with another strong set of catchy ’80s style new wave and synth pop music with bassist Tony Zucco  and guitarist Jeff King taking turns singing lead vocals for a  decent sized Tuesday night crowd.


— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:28 )

Sam Lundell entertains with plaintive pop

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 l heard a strong, brief set by Sam Lundell, Tuesday, June 19.

I only caught the end of it, as I Sam lundell playing the Slice, June 19. Photo by Richard Amerywent there during a set break at the B.A. Johnston show at the Owl.

 Lundell, a drummer, as well as an assortment of guitars, keyboards and a computer played  a catchy, upbeat set of plaintive pop music.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:17 )

Boomshack blend jazz with pop and rap

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Nanaimo based jazz/ dance band Boomshack played to an appreciative crowd at the Slice, Saturday, June 16.

I was expectBoomshack at the Slice, June 16. photo by Richard Amerying Five Alarm Funk style craziness, but was denied, as the talented group switched instruments in a decidedly laid back, set of appealing jazz tinged, horn driven R and B and soul music along the lines of Earth, Wind and Fire and Blood,Sweat and Tears which wouldn’t have been out of place in the mid ’70s.

Singer/ saxophonist Theo Hughes-Ridgway crooned like Harry Connick Jr, and even rapped a little, tapping into his inner pop star while Dave Bamford supplied several different horns, though the other members added extra horns as needed.

 They played a tight, though informal set which eventually had people dancing.

They had more of a pop and hip hop sound than the crazed funk of Five Alarm Funk. But they had plenty of sultry bass grooves and lots of horns. “It’s a Spell” and “The Moose” were highlights near the end of the set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:10 )

Local musicians swap bands for Lethbridge Girls Rock

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Lethbridge Girls Rock, this we know  so The Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp has been helping young women learn how to rock for the past five years, with the sixth annual Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp happening July  9-14.Sil Campus playing a solo set at the Lethbridge Girls Rock Band Camp band Swap at the Owl, June 16. Photo by Richard Amery

A fun fundraiser for the camp is their annual band swap show, which I was unable to play at Saturday, June 16 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

But I did catch a couple acts at the early starting event.

The idea is local musicians get together, and form a band in a  week, work out a  set, perhaps work out some originals and play their first show at the end if the week, mirroring the activities of the camp itself.

Oorganizer Sil Campus opened up the show by thumping on her bass and singing several ’90s  songs from Sleater Kinney and the Breeders.

 The next band, Skipping Rocks came up with a unique idea by playing  a set of songs written by Girls Rock campers in the previous years.

Skipping Rocks at the Lethbridge Girls Rock Band Camp band Swap at the Owl, June 16. Photo by Richard Amery

So they alternated between bass, drums, keyboards and guitar and did a great job of it.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:00 )
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