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The Nightrain and Damage Inc. pay tribute to Guns N’ Roses and Metallica

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 Metalheads crowded into Average Joes for two top notch  tribute acts, Nov. 24. Guns N Roses Tribute The Nightrain playing Average Joes, Nov. 24. photo by Richard Amery
 I caught the end of an intense and ferocious  set from Metallica tribute Damage Inc., just as they were laying into a hot cover of “Master of Puppets.

” They looked the part and definitely sounded like it mostly due to frontman Mark Anthony. Their lead guitarist Matt Merlin played plenty of hot metal licks and screaming Kirk Hammett leads.They ended with their band’s namesake “Damage Inc.” from Master of Puppets.

Saskatoon based Guns N’ Rose Tribute  the Nightrain also looked and sounded the part, going so far to wear costumes making them look like Guns N’ Roses.

 They started off with a couple of Appetite For Destruction songs , beginning with “It‘s So Easy, “ Welcome to The Jungle” and “Mr. Brownstone,” plus the band’s namesake “Nightrain” which featured a train whistle, which appeared throughout the set.

Mark Anthony of Damage Inc. playing Average Joes, Nov. 24. Photo by Richard Amery
They moved on to  “Civil War” and an excellent cover of Nazareth’s “Hair of The  Dog.”
They slowed things down a little with “Used to Love Her,” they picked up the pace again with “You Could Be Mine.”
The ended their set with the grandiose power ballad “November Rain.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:05 )

Christmas events and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald among week’s highlights

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December inevitably means Christmas and a cornucopia of Christmas related activities with a couple of them happening this week.

But first, Calgary based singer songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, who his known for his big hit ‘I Want to Make it With You,’ returns to Lethbridge to play the Slice on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Brandon based ’70s inspired pop and rock band The Middle Coast are also on the bill.

 Local funk rock trio Adequate funk up the Slice on  Friday, Dec. 8. There will be a $10 cover for the show, which begins at 10 p.m.
 The next night, Dec. 9,  the Terrific Kids Collective, who put on great  alternative and indie rock shows throughout the year, are holding s karaoke fundraiser at the Slice to help them continue bringing in excellent shows. TMichael bernard Fitzgerald plays the Slice, Dec. 6. Photo by Richard Ameryhere will be youtube karaoke all night and Talking Heads set. There will also be a raffle for prizes donated by the Owl Acoustic Lounge and Blueprint and Round Table board games to name a few. Admission is five dollars.

Local blues/ folk duo Jenn and Paul  Kype return to Casino Lethbridge Dec. 8 and 9.
HBO3 and Josh Davies host two jazz jams at the owl Acoustic lounge, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.
The Owl is closed for a Christmas party, Dec. 9, but feature the Griffins, Dec. 8.

One many Christmas events is at Exhibition Park, Dec. 9 with a special holiday edition of the Lethbridge Handmade Market beginning at 10 a.m.
 There will be a variety of activities including a bracelet workshop, kids crafts including making your own stocking, Christmas ornament weaving, plus food sampling and over 100 different vendors offering a variety of services including skincare, jewelry, tarot cards, wood toys and much more.

 Another Christmas  tradition happens at Southminster United Church, Dec. 9.

 The Lethbridge Community Silver and Gold  Band present the 26th annual Mayors Christmas concert beginning at 7 p.m. The Southern Accord Chorus and country musician Steve Newsome are also on the bill. Admission is $15 and free for 12 and under. They will also be accepting unwrapped gifts for the  Angel Tree Christmas campaign

The big Christmas event of the week is a visit by the CP Rail Holiday Train, which stops by on Sunday, Dec. 10 behind the old Save on Foods at 2nd Ave. North & 12th St.  Great Big Seas Alan Doyle and his Beautiful band will be performing a quick set at 7 p.m. The train rolls in at 6:45. Bring donations of cash or non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Lethbridge Food bank.

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Holiday Train to bring holiday cheer and Alan Doyle for Lethbridge Food Bank

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The Holiday Train rumbles back in to Lethbridge, spreading a little Christmas cheer, the music of Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle and the beautiful band, and, most importantly, raising money and collecting donations for the Lethbridge FThe CP Holiday Train visits Lethbridge, Dec. 10. Photo submittedoodbank, Dec. 10 from 6:45-7:30 p.m.
 The holiday train has a lot of stops to make this season, so don’t be fashionably late.

“We‘re doing 172 stops this year,” said CP Rail media relations advisor Mallory McCredie, noting two Holiday trains are traveling all over Canada and the United States.
 The Lethbridge stop is behind the old Save on Foods at 2nd Ave. North & 12th St.

“The train will stop at 7 p.m. and the stage door will open at 7 p.m. And Alan will play one song. Then there will be a short ceremony with local dignitaries and we’ll make the presentation. We don’t want to take up too much time. Then Alan will play another 20 minutes. Because it’s Christmas, it will probably be traditional holiday music,” she observed, adding the band doesn’t include any other members of Great Big Sea. Doyle takes over from Colin James in Calgary and will be playing with James at the Calgary stop.

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Joe Vickers plays impassioned folk at Slice

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Drumheller area based musician Joe Vickers performed an excellent show of upbeat acoustic and folk music for an enthusiastic audience at the Slice, Wednesday, Nov. 22.

 He had a dedicated band of fans applauding and shouting out requests, which Vickers attempted to play, having several solo discs and a couple with Edmonton based folk punk band Audio Rocketry discs to draw from.

 He sounJoe Vickers and Natalie Gauthier sing  a duet together at the Slice, Nov. 22. Photo by Richard Ameryded like a more impassioned Jason Isbel as he told heartfelt stories and sang songs about the family and Alberta prairies. He sang an array of brand new songs, a couple more Celtic folk reminiscent songs from the Audio/Rocketry catalogue and several highlights from his solo “Patient/Medicine Bag” Cd from 2014 including the show highlight “Medicine Bag.”

He told some stories about spending time in Portland, Oregon to visit his wife while she was studying naturopathy and about the contrast in attitudes between more liberal, hippyish attitudes there and the more conservative attitudes of Alberta. He followed that up with a touching song about a friend of his coming out to his family called “Brokeback Son.”

Another highlight, on the lighter side, was a song about the joy of playing music with his friends.

 I also enjoyed “Weatherworn,” featuring some delicate pretty finger-picking.

For something different, he invited his friend Natalie Gauthier, who came to the show all the way from Rosebud, on stage to sing some harmonies on a couple of songs including “Kitchen Floor,” which was inspired by his grandparents dancing together.
Vickers wound down a solid set with the apt  Audio Rocketry tune “Ghost Town Stories ”which ended with the plaintive Line “ until we meet again, skeleton man.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:22 )

Del Barber returns for excellent Geomatic Attic show

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I was pleased to have caught the end of an excellent set from Manitoba songwriter Del Barber at the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 17. But was saddened to not have heard more due to being on stage with Hatrix’s production of 12 Angry Jurors.

 Del Barber plays the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 17.
 But I arrived in time for a couple of songs from his 2012 CD “Headwaters” including “Right Side of the Wrong.”

 He was joined by guitarist Grant Siemens and bassist Bernie Thiessen, who, together, sounded like a stripped down Blue Rodeo. They had approximately 50 people in the audience enjoying Barber’s intimate stories and songs.

 He wound up his show with a catchy cover of John Prine’s “Spanish Pipedream.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:21 )
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