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Dayglo Abortions teach local punks and metalheads how to do it right

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Local punk rockers have found a new home in the old firehall. They put on a crazy, sweaty, beer fuelled and sold out show  featuring Canadian punk Legends the Dayglo Abortions, Friday, March 15.

The Dayglo Abortions’ Murray Acton entertaining at the old firehall. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed opening act Chief Mountain, but was glad to have finally caught new local punk/ metal band  the Hockey Moms, who were in the middle of a loud set of energetic, heavy, abrasive punk rock and  a touch of metal.

The crowd was well lubricated, frothing in front of the  stage by the time arrived, but full on anarchy hadn’t quite broken out. The Hockey Moms wound down an exuberant set with a Rage Against the machine Cover, showing off their solid groove and intensity.

“Grumpy old guys” in the words of Dayglo Abortions frontman Murray Acton, took the young punks to school and maybe even a few metal heads, playing huge riffs and solos that would have put many a shredder to shame.  Blind Drummer Blarc leaned close to his cymbals and beat his skins like did him wrong as bassist Matt Fiorito jumped all over the cramped stage in between audience members running forward to fix Blarc’s broken drum mic, which he’d knock askew  throughout their
The crowd started a massive mosh a couple songs in, throwing beer cans through the air knocking each other and speakers awry, though  had the presence of mind to  help their fellows up and  to reset monitors and speakers and holding  others in place.

The Dayglo Abortions’ drummer Blarc entertaining at the old firehall. Photo by Richard Amery
 I feel I should know more of their music as I couldn’t hear  a lot of the lyrics, but the audience sang along  in between buffeting each other about.  They played a lot of the songs form their latest CD  “Armageddon Survival Guide” including  Your Facebook  can kiss my Assbook”  which opened the set. They also played “ The Dishwasher” from that CD, but delved deep  for most of the set.
Acton punctuated loud bursts of energy, double bass kicks and big riffs , with cries of the importance of supporting the local music scene and  “ah shucks, thanks for coming to hear grumpy old guys playing punk rock.”

Some familiar songs were  “My Girl,” “ Not My Mom, “ Two Dogs …” “Scared of Humans” “God Bless America,” which featured a few bars of “Star Spangled Banner” and crowd favourite “Proud to be Canadian.”

Midway through the set  a few people stripped off their shirts and  a few fighters were tossed.The Hockey Moms opening for  the Dayglo Abortions. Photo by Richard Amery
Another political song was “1967.”

“ Support your local scene, we‘re just a bunch of old guys,” Acton shouted, taking a quick breath at the end of their set. They were called back for a long encore.

“Lets play a song about getting old, because that’s how we]re feeling,” Acton stated, before playing “Stupid World,”Lonneburg which allowed him the chance to show off his best Van Halen  style two handed tapping solos.
 They ended a long set just before midnight with my favourite “ Drugged and Driving.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:42 )

Fawns explore growing up here with mental health issues

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It is always great to see a band appearing seemingly out of nowhere who already play to packed houses right out of the gate.Fawns’ Mercedes Fawns and Richard Charlton playing their CD release party earlier this year. Photo by Richard Amery
Local band Fawns is one of these bands. They are powered by producer Richard Charlton of the Rainbow Patrol and the powerhouse pipes of Mercedes Fawns, which released their debut CD “ I Grew Up Here” earlier this year.

The band also includes drummer Chris Morden, keyboardist Clint Westcott, Antonia Aguire and Charlton on bass.

“We’re donating 10 per cent of all proceeds from the album to the  Canadian Mental Health Association Lethbridge Legion, said Fawns, noting the roots of the album go back to 2015 when Fawns started recording her songs with Richard Charlton, who was a Digital Audio Arts student at the University of Lethbridge.

“Things just clicked, so we continued working together,” she said.
The themes of the album “ I Grew Up Here” are community and mental illness, which are closely related.

“I’ve struggled with mental illness and so have my friends and the band members, who have family members who have suffered from mental illness,” she said.

“A lot of the songs are also about growing up in this part of Alberta with those kinds of issues,” she continued.

Fawns placed second in CKXU’s Melodic Melee battle of the bands last weekend, losing out to the Youngbloods.
She noted she created the songs and lyrics, but Richard Charlton fleshed out the arrangements.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:39 ) Read more...

March ends with a roar with One Act Play festival and lots of laughs and metal this week

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It will be another fun week for live entertainment in Lethbridge.Keith Woodrow and his band return to the Slice, March 30. Photo by Richard Amery
 First out of the gate, Toronto based blues/soul band Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar return to the Geomatic Attic on Wednesday, March 27. They’ll be bringing back local singer Mwansa Mwansa, who joined the band shortly after their last visit here in 2016. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp.

March has flown by so, as usual, there are several special events at the end of the month including a stand-up comedy open mic on Wednesday, March 27. The Owl also hosts a poetry open mic the next night, March 28 with host Teri Petz beginning at 7 p.m.

 Good Times features Newfoundland born comedian Lisa Baker and local comedian Lakshjit Gill, March 30 on 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door for each show.
And not for the faint of heart or easily offended, Good Times features a Calgary vs Lethbridge roast battle, March 29 featuring two time defending champion Lakshjit Gill, Johnny Pogo, Bubba and Cole Howg  and Calgary comedians Juan Forno, Steve Taddei and Bryan Moxon. Tickets are $20 at the door. The roast begins at 10 p.m.

Don’t forget Randy from the Trailer Park Boys brings his hamburger picnic to Average Joes, Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m..  Solly KP and Jordi Bott will also be performing with host Johnny Pogo. Tickets are $25 in advance.

There may also be some laughs involved at this years edition of the One Act Play Festival. Playgoers of Lethbridge present  The ADFA (Alberta Drama Festival Association) Chinook Regional Festival, March 29, 30 at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is $10. There will be two days of plays, plenty of original scripts and  Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story.
 The plays begin at 7 p.m. each night
 And DMTV will be back at Club Didi, March 29.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 March 2019 14:08 ) Read more...

Adyn Townes’ life changing brush with death inspires new sound and new name

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New Brunswick / Montreal/ Charlottetown based singer Aydn  Townes had a brush with dAdyn Townes returns to Lethbridge, April 3. Photo by Scott Blackburn  Ginger Snap Photographyeath a few years ago, when he  saved his cameraman from falling on the rocks during a video shoot and ended up falling on the rocks himself.

That lead to a reevaluation of his life, not to mention a style change and a name change from Andy Brown, which he recorded three albums under.
“ I tore my rotator cuff and couldn’t even hold an  acoustic guitar, so I started playing more electric guitar,”  said Townes, who plays the Slice, Wednesday, April 3 with Poor Nameless Boy aka Regina’s Joel Henderson and Tyson Ray Borsboom.

“And I was thinking of changing my name anyway because Andy Brown it’s like the fourth most common name in Canada. And Adyn is just Andy with the letters rearranged” he said, adding he spent a couple years recovering from his injury and re-evaluating his life.

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 April 2019 15:53 ) Read more...

New talent inspired by Craig Cardiff workshop play AES fundraiser

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 It is always fun to see up and coming talent on stage, so I stopped by the AES (Audio Engineering Society) acoustic fundraiser at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Thursday, March 14.Dan Sequeira playing the AES fundraiser at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Photo by Richard Amery

 I couldn’t stay for the whole thing but was there long enough to be impressed by Holly Kletke, who played a short set of mostly original  material, inspired by Craig Cardiff’s  songwriting workshop at the university last month. She showed an impressive vocal range, focusing on high her high vocal register.

 She chuckled as she played  a song she wrote when she was  nine years old. She also played  a couple of covers, which i didn’t recognize, but which had an enraptured audience singing along. She gleefully introduced Dan Sequeira, laughing he was the funniest guy she ever met and an amazing guitarist who she met at the Craig Cardiff seminar.

He played a solid set of familiar sounding original mid-90s sounding acoustic rock along the lines of Dishwalla and the Lemonheads mixed with  more modern artists like Dan MaHolly Kletke playing the AES Fundraiser, March 14. Photo by Richard Ameryngan, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

 I missed Tyson Ray Borsboom who has several shows coming up as well as Richard Charlton playing with Splash Zone.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:59 )
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