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Atomicos debut more new music from upcoming album at Owl

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 It seems local surf rock band Atomicos just released their long awaited second album “ Fins Up,” but they already have enough music for a third. So they introduced a decent sized crowd to some of the new material at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Saturday, May 11.


Atomicos playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 11. Photo by Richard Amery

 They played their usual spirited set of instrumental surf style music.

 Frontman Tyson Wiebe traded harmonized instrumental riffs with Tyler Stewart,  while drummer Chris Henderson and  bassist Nigel Derksen held the rhythm together.


 They were just getting started by the time I arrived, having just missed Commander Xander and the Talent show.


 They played a couple of cool quirky songs  including “Truffle Shuffle,” inspired by the movie the Goonies.


The Atomicos played a lot of new songs from their next album including  a hockey themed song, which they ended by playing the “Hockey Night In Canada theme.”


They followed it up with another new song “ Tropical Depression” which featured some guitar harmonies.


 In addition, the band added a few cool covers including  a cover of “Clam Bake.”


“Skullet” was another original highlight which Wiebe credited to Henderson.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 12:04 )

2nd Annual Springfest opens festival square with summer with local music

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 Danica Sommer wound up an entertaining of music for the second annual Springfest in Festival Square, Saturday, May 11. 

Danica Sommer playing  Springfest iN Festival Square, May 11. Photo by Richard Amery


I caught a soundcheck for a few talented up and coming bands, but made it back in time for Danica Sommer and her band’s evening closing set.


They began by performing several of Sommer’s originals including more familiar, upbeat yet mournful numbers like “24 Planes.”

 Sommer noted she tries to write happy songs but they never work out.


As usual she has a beautiful, powerful, impassioned voice.


She applied that to  a cornucopia of Alanis Morissette covers after an all too brief set of originals including all the hits, mostly from “Jagged little Pill” including the title track and “You Oughta Know” and later material like “Thank You India.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 11:58 )

Local talent shines at Slicefest

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 I only caught a few  of the acts performing at the day long Slice fest, Saturday, May 11.

 Bailey Kate and her band were in the middle of a strong set of original heartfelt alt country and pop music with Richard Charlton playing bass, Joel Stretch playing keyboards, Joel Gray playing lead guitar and Mickey Hayward playing drums,  backing Bailey Kate’s beautiful voice.


Samantha Savage Smith playing Slicefest, May 11. Photo by Richard Amery

 I hadn't seen Samantha Savage Smith for several years, so it was good to see her again.

 She and her band were playing new material, mostly in the pop/rock vein.


Bailey Kate playing Slicefest, May 11. Photo by Richard Amery

 She had to cancel her last show wth Bailey Kate, to to was good to hear her mellifluous voice. Her band debuted   several new songs.

 Queen of the Worms ended Slicefest, the Slice’s annual celebration of local music, but I missed their set. 


 Her band mates added superb vocal harmonies.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 11:54 )

A whole lot of blues happening this week

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 There is a whole lot of blues and roots music happening this week.

Things get to rocking early this week tonight, Tuesday, May 21, open  the evening and the week with laughter as Impromptu hosts Drop In Improv at Good Times at 7 p.m. There is no cover. 

 After that, check out the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic just around the corner.


Patrick Alexandre returns to the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Slice opens a week of music with  Saskatoon based  alternative rock band Dump Babes who are celebrating their new CD“ Known Liar.”

 Fawns and Raeburn will be opening the show at around 8 p.m.


It’s Jazz night at the Watertower Grill from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22.

 The Slice welcomes back Winnipeg Metis singer songwriter and F Holes member Patrick Alexandre and guitarist Dwayne Dueck to  play the  roots and blues for you on Wednesday as well.

 It is all about pop music at the Slice on Thursday with Stars From Streetlights and Calgary based singer songwriter Melyssa Lee.

 There is also live music in Festival Square on Thursday nights.


The Owl Acoustic Lounge rocks on Friday with Vancouver post punk band Aversions, the Non-Ultras and Stucco. Admission is by donation.

 Daylan Delaney hosts the open mic at Honkers Pub on Friday.


 Luke James Bruce of the Plaid Ramblers plays a solo show at Honkers Pub at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 25.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 May 2024 10:50 ) Read more...

Open mics and firefighter fundraiser this week

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Once again there is a lot happening in Lethbridge with open mics and much more for the May long weekend.


 Keith Catfish Woodrow returns to the Slice to host the Blues jam, Tuesday, May 14, while down the street the Owl Acoustic Lounge has their weekly open mic.

The Plaid Ramblers play a fundraiser for the New Dawn Foundation at the Place, May 18. Photo by Richard Amery


Brody Jerome  hosts the Slice’s open mic on Wednesday, May 15. Gabe Thaine hosts the weekly jam for hunger at  Theoretically Brewing, Thursday  May 16.

 Gommorrah returns to  Good Times, Thursday, May 16 with episode 5 of their latest improvised soap opera Backstage— Where are they now. Tickets are $14.95 for the show, which begins at 7 p.m.

 Adriaan Kriel and Randy Jernidier  bring the funny to  Good Times Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19.95.

 Randy  Jernidier aka Randy Dreams is a comedian from Guadeloupe. His storytelling ability earned him  multiple performances at Just For Laughs. He started in Kelowna and has toured al over B.C. as well as performed in Montreal, Toronto and San Francisco.


 Edmonton based comedian Adriaan Kriel charms audiences with his quick wit and dark soul. He has worked with  Craig Conant, Jon Dore and Tony Woods 

The Watertower Grill has live piano every Monday and jazz night oNW Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.


Driven rock Casino Lethbridge with a little bit of country, Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18.

If you like roots and country music, Carter Felker returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday May 17 with Joel Stretch and  Chris Drew. Admission is by donation.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 May 2024 15:30 ) Read more...
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