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Petunia and Nathan Godfrey play intimate show for Windy City Opry

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Petunia and Nathan Godfrey returned to the Slice Wednesday, Feb. 13 for the Windy City Opry, which was hosted by Steve Foord.Petunia and Nathan Godfrey playing the Slice, Feb. 13. Photo by Richard Amery
 As usual, I arrived near the end of the early starting show and found a good sized, appreciative Wednesday night crowd.
Petunia usually uses  the duo shows to introduce new music.

 And he did, though it was all in the same difficult to describe vein of folk and vintage acoustic blues. There were also a couple longer, poetic numbers which were almost poetic including one about the dark, seedy side of Vancouver that  seemed to be about missing women called “Irma”

 Of course in between strumming acoustic  guitar, Petunia fit in a little yodelling. And as the crowd was crying for more, Petunia stepped aside to let Nathan Godfrey take  centre stage to pick pretty blues and jazz licks on an old National steel guitar. Petunia showed he could sing smooth jazz as well as in his own quirky roots country  and even hit impressive falsetto notes.

 He was called back for an encore and played his cover of the rockabilly classic “I’m Shaking,” noting The White Stripes, who popularized the song, didn’t write it.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:21 )

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra heat up chilly night

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Victoria based roots collective the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra received a warm welcome on a chilly night at the Slice, Monday,  Feb. 11.The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra’s fiddle player/ vocalist Mack Shields. Photo by Richard Amery
Because Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra always bring  the party, no matter what the day or what the weather is like outside,  they always draw a good crowd whenever they play here and a lot of people remembered and showed up for two energetic sets for the early show.

I arrived three songs into a multi-faceted , diverse  second set in the middle of a couple toe tapping fiddle and accordion powered Klezmer  and gypsy flavoured music with influences including jazz and Mississippi Sheiks string band/ blues music.
Mack Shields played  upbeat fiddle while singing lead vocals simultaneously.

 Ian Griffiths  added the the more exotic Klezmer/ French jazz feel on his accordion while also singing lead.

 Guitarist Kurt Loewen added other lead vocals. Even percussionist/ Paul Wolda sang while having a blast banging on his box drum. Keith Rodger added extra bottom end on bass.

Together they sang multi-part harmonies and had a great time as Loewen urged  the audience to sing along with them.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:07 )

Orbit the Fox blend funk with indie rock and lots of energy

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I cut CKXU Loves You short, Saturday, Feb. 9 because I wanted to hear Bocephus King at the Slice, only to find  he had cancelled due to family issues.

Orbit the Fox at the Slice, Feb. 9 Photo by Richard Amery
 Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised to discover Calgary indie rock/ funk band Orbit the Fox. I was impressed with lead singer’s Liam Rene Gonzalez big soulful  voice and his Mick Jaggeresque moves.

 Drummer Dalton Dodginghorse was a blur, locked in with bassist Tyler Simpson to provide a mighty toe tapping groove.

 In places they sounded like a  more funk infused Violent Femmes. They also busted out a cover of Tom Petty‘s “Into the Great Wide Open, slowed things down for a couple  of acoustic songs, then picked up the tempo before ending  their expanded show just before  11.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:50 )

CKXU Loves you with music in dayglo

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CKXU shows they love you with live music, as they did on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Owl Acoustic  Lounge.Adequate playing CKXU Loves You: Dayglo Daydream, Feb. 9, 2019 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Photo by Richard Amery
The U of L based community radio station chose the ’80s a s a theme for the night, which didn’t draw as many people as usual.
 But several dressed in their finest leg warmers and neon shirts.

 I only caught a few songs from Adequate, who delved into their favourite funky ’80s hits beginning with Rick James’ “Superfreak,” which was one of several Rick James songs they’d play.

 Keenan Pezderic belted out the funky classics in his Falsetto while playing bass for the first couple of songs, before trading bass for the drummer’s stool with Scott Mezei. Guitarist Josh Thorlakson liberally used his talk box effect and jumped into onto the dance floor mid solo.
Mezei took over on bass for a funky version of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.”
They even played a cool version of Devo’s “Whip it” before playing more Rick James.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:41 )

Harpdog Brown to jazz up the blues in Lethbridge

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Harpdog Brown loves where he’s at. He may not make a lot of money  making music, but the Edmonton born, Vancouver based bluesman is just happy has been able to make a living  by making music for over 20 years.

Harpdog Brown visits the Slice, Tuesday, Feb. 26. Photo submitted
 He brings his trio to the Slice, Tuesday, Feb. 26 in support of a new CD “For Love & Money,” which will be officially released on April 26.
“I’ve had a lot of bosses all over Canada for  the past 39 years. And if I don’t I like them I don’t have to go back,” said Harpdog Brown, who has taken home his share of awards including  three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016, he was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his latest release Travelin’ With The Blues. Travelin' With The Blues released in 2016 is listed as #9 on the Roots Music Report Top Classic Blues Albums of 2017.

“ I’m not saying there hasn’t been some drama, but it has been a lot of fun,” he continued, adding he plays with a full band, solo, or with his trio who will be coming with him, including keyboardist Dave Webb and clarinet/ saxophone player Billy Joe Abbott.

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