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Local shows and plenty of punk plus DJ Booda memorial show happening this week

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You can take an ever so brief breather this week after a week full of amazing events including Whoop-Up Days and Flip Fest., because things are starting to pick up as students return to University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College.Tyson Ray Borsboom plays one of several local shows happening this week. photo by Richard Amery
But there are several excellent shows happening leading up to the September long weekend.
 It is all about Vancouver based female powered punk this week.

Vancouver punk band the Shit Talkers return to Lethbridge in support of their new CD to play the Smokehouse with fellow Vancouverites the Daisy Stranglers and local band the Hockey Moms. Doors open at 7 p.m.. There is a $10 cover.

Later on, Vancouver punk duo the Pack A.D. return to Lethbridge for their “last“ tour at the Slice, Sept. 4 with indie folk singer Shaun Rawlins and Powell River songwriter Tyler Bartfai. the pack AD are touring in support of their most recent CD “Dollhouse” and the tenth anniversary vinyl reissue of  “Tintype.” Tickets are $15.
 But before that, there are several excellent local shows.

If you want to laugh, the Owl Acoustic Lounge has their monthly stand-up comedy open mic on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

 Local folk singer Tyson Ray Borsboom is playing  a lot lately. If you haven’t seen him yet, catch him at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 31.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 August 2018 20:56 ) Read more...

The Pack A.D. coming back for one last tour

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You know how, when a band plays Lethbridge  regularly, you always assume they’ll be back and you can catch them the next time? Well, there might not be a next time to catch Vancouver punk/ blues duo the Pack A.D. , who are touring Canada one last time.

They make a long awaited return to the Slice, Sept. 4 with  fellow B.C. musicians Shaun Rawlins and Tyler Bartfai.

Becky Black of the Pack A.D. Photo by Richard Amery
“ It’s been quite a few years since we‘ve been to Lethbridge,” said Pack AD guitarist/vocalist Becky Black, who along with drummer Maya Miller make up the Pack. A.D.
 They last played the Slice in 2015 and the year before that opened for Alice in Chains at the Enmax Centre.

“I guess we both need to take a little break to work on other projects,” she continued, adding they both wanted to do one last big tour of Canada and the U.S.  before they quit the road.

“We‘ve been together for more than 10 years, ” Black said, adding Tintype was released  in April 2007.

“I don’t have any regrets, it just feels like it’s about time,” she continued.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 August 2018 20:41 ) Read more...

Freshfest 2018 features two days of rock and roll

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Due to popular demand, Freshfest 2018 has not only got a more indie-rock look, but has also been expanded to two big days.

Riley Miller and Jessica Jones are organizing  an indie-rock heavy Freshfest for university of Lethbridge students, Sept 7-8. Photo by Richard Amery
 The popular start of the year student welcoming bash goes into it’s eleventh year outside the Student’s Union building, Sept. 7 and 8.
“Last year we focussed on more electronic music, but we didn’t get the vibe we expected. The most popular band was Said the Whale,” observed organizer Riley Miller, noting the audience told organizers they wanted to see more indie rock.

“So we booked Wintersleep and Hollerado, who are always popular,“ Miller said, adding there are also several local acts including the Silkstones, who have played Freshfest before, plus Biloxi Parish and local country singer Tyson Ray Borsboom plus trap and bass DJ Zodiaque.
“The Silkstones also played our Last Class Bash,” Miller observed.

 Day 1 features Halifax indie Rock band Wintersleep, Ottawa rock band Hollerado, local indie rock bands the Silkstones and Biloxi Parish and  the Zolas from Vancouver.
 Saturday features Calgary power trio  the Static Shift and Calgary pop singer Jocelyn Alice plus Toronto pop band Valleys. New York City based pop/soul singer Max is on the bill as is local country musician Tyson Ray Borsboom. Local DJ Zodiaque performs each night.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:50 ) Read more...

Hurtin’ has fun with ’80s and ’90s country music

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Local country band Hurtin’ revisited the ’70s and ’80s at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Aug. 11.

Hurtin’ returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 11. photo by Richard Amery
 They had an enthusiastic audience of around 20  listening  to a variety of music like the Oakridge Boys’  ’ “ Elvira” which showed off  the vocal harmonies of Shael and Keenan Pezderic.  Dustin Gergel held  down the rhythm while Scott Mezei filled out the sound on guitar and keyboards. They ended their first set with “Elvira.”

 When I returned, they were well into a hot cover of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.”

They kept up the pace with a spirited version of John Michael Montgomery‘s “ Sold (The Grundy County Auction)”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:31 )

Piper and Carson sing uplifting harmonies

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Piper Hayes and Carson Ritcey-Thorpe sing lovely melodies. Photo by Richard AmeryHamilton via New York musician Piper Hayes sang the hits with Carson Ritcey-Thorpe including folk tinged versions of Johnny B Goode and “Suzie Q” but also played some pretty originals like “Hand to Hold On To,” Aug. 11.

 There wasn’t a very large audience, but they were in the mood to dance so the duo played their more up tempo numbers.

They showed off some pretty acoustic guitar playing and sang lovely vocal harmonies.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:19 )
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