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Heartfelt roots from Marcus Sommer Band at Windy City Opry

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Shaela Miller has an excellent ear for music, so it always a pleasure to see who she brings in for her monthly Windy City Opry, but I also usually miss most of the show, which starts at 8 p.m. sharp, because I’m on the air on CKXU, so I usually count on an encore happening.

Markus Sommer tips his hat to the audiience after ending his Windy City Opry show, March 13. Photo by Richard AmeryIt was not to be, Wednesday, March 13 at the Slice with Red Deer country musician Markus Sommer, who put together a solid band of opening act Tyler Allen, upright bassist Curtis Glas and steel guitarist Ryan Funk and Tyler Bird filling in on drums for Peter Cormier from peter and the Wolves, who I was really looking forward to seeing.

 The last two songs were solid, roots country with plenty of twang, and heartfelt vocals. They ended with “True Sounds of the West,” the title track from Sommer’s new CD.
 The next Windy City Opry features Matt Masters.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat  Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:43 )

Eve Hell and the Razors bring a little rockabilly to the Owl

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I missed Calgary rockabilly trio Eve Hall and the Razors’s Windy City Opry show in December, so I waEve Hell and the Razors at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 9. Photo by Richard Amerys glad to catch them at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Saturday, March 9.

 I had just come off the air,  so I caught them in the middle of a set break in the early starting show, but I was just in time for their quick , second set.

 Eve Hell beamed, looking completely blissed out, thumping on her upright bass, which made their upbeat, toe tapping set all the more enjoyable.

 They started with Link Wray’s  rockabilly classic “Rumble” and played an array of originals, which sounded like vintage rockabilly, punctuated with a few dabbles into psychobilly for a song about cannibalism and straight ahead vintage country music for “Bitter Pill.”
 They were tight, so I expected people trying out their best ’50s dance moves, but it was not to be this time.

 They played some new songs plus some older tracks like the highlight “Blue Eyed Devil,” which segued into  blues classic “Who Do You Love.”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat EditorEve Hell and the Razors at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 9. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:30 )

Galacticas return with multi-media show and new music

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Calgary’ pop punk/ geek punk trio The Galacticas  are always a lot of fun to see, it‘s just a shame not a lot of people, approximately 20 people, were there to see them at the Slice, Saturday, March 9.

The Galacticas returned to the Slice with new music, March 9. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed opening acts Sessions and the Youngbloods, but was just in time for a solid set and tight set of  energetic, punchy, adreneline fueled late ’90s, early ’00s style pop punk music along the lines of Green Day and Blink -182.

 The Galacticas played a lot of new songs from their brand new Ep and a few from their “Diagnostics CD including the fantastic “Ego industry,” with which they ended their set.

This time, they added a multi-media presentation of an array of animated robots, characters, numbers, scenes and snippets of lyrics.

As usual, Alberta girls, Sci-Fi and Rock and Roll” was a highlight,  and which basically summed up the essence of the band.
They were a lot of fun, featured catchy guitar hooks and gang vocals.
They wound down their set with   spirited covers of Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi and the apt “Teenage Dirtbag” by’00s one hit wonders Wheatus.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:18 )

Tyrants of Chaos book their own CD release show for this week

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Local metal band Tyrants of Chaos are amped about their brand new second Cd “…into Oblivion.”
They have a close to sold out CD release party for the CD with  local punk band Sessions coming up, March 23 at La Cite Des Prairies.

Tyrants of Chaos officially release their new CD …into Oblivion, March 23 at La Cité Des Prairies, March 23. photo by Richard Amery
“The music speaks for itself,” said drummer Ryan Dyck, noting the band including powerhouse vocalist Phil Sirias, guitarist Curtiss  Vaselenak and new guitarist  Alex Wagner, bassist Paul Denton  spent a solid six months in local musician Sheldon Arvay’s Hothouse Studio working on The CD.

“But different this time, we sent it away to Grant Hall at Hideout and Touchwood Studios in Nevada for mastering. He’s worked with Five Finger Death Punch and  Papa Roach and a lot of other metal bands,” Dyck continued, adding the band is extremely pleased with the result.

“ Sheldon grew up with a lot of those guys in Saskatchewan, so he reached out to them. Usually mastering costs $10,000, but they gave us a really good deal,” he said, adding the  extra set of ears shows in the final result.

“We released the first CD in 2016 and this CD is miles above that one, not that that was bad,” Dyck enthused.
“We’ve played all of these new songs at least once in  our shows,” he said , noting the band draws heavily from the new wave of British heavy metal including bands like Saxon, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
“That’s our age group. That’s the music we grew up on and made us want to play, he said, noting he also plays drums with a jazz trio and classic rock band Blame Andi with Sheldon Arvay.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 March 2019 08:55 ) Read more...

Lots of blues, folk, metal and laughter this week

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Surprise, surprise, it is another busy week in Lethbridge.
U of L based radio station Into the Realm of Radio themed CKXU’s FUNDrive continues this week with several events happening throughout the week. There is a karaoke night at the ZOO in the SU on Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. Feel free to dress as your favourite fantasy character and get ready to sing your heart out and maybe you will find the web wizard who will help fund a new website for CKXU which will allow you to download your favourite shows and listen to them at your leisure.

George Fowler opens for Irish Mythen at the Lethbridge College Cave for the LEthbridge Folk Club on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery
FUNDrive ends on March 22 at the Old Firehall with Musical Monarchy featuring performances by  Shaela Miller, Biloxi Parish, Chief Mountain, Tut and Jess and Sil who will be playing  the hits of your favourite monarchy or fantastic themed bands like Queen, Queens of the Stone Age, Prince and more. There is a $10 cover at the door. The music begins at 9 p.m.
 But there is a lot of other fun happening.
 Josh Davies and HBO3 host the jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Wednesday, March 20. And the Geomatic Attic has the first of three shows this week featuring Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns. The show begins at 8 p.m., March 20. Tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. As usual, Geomatic Attic shows start at 8 p.m.

 Juno nominated folk/ pop musician Donovan Woods plays a Geomatic Attic show at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, March 24 at 8 p.m. Sharp with special guest Katie Pruitt. Tickets are $38.
 Samantha Martin And Delta Sugar featuring Lethbridge singer Mwansa Mwansa return to the Geomatic Attic, Wednesday, March 27.
Friday night will be off the hook beginning at 7:30 p.m. where local country musician Trevor Panczak plays the fourth annual Boots and Roots Benefit for STARS.
 The event happens at the Sandman Signature Hotel downtown. It features a prime rib dinner hosted by Prime Catering, a live and silent auction and Panczak playing all the country music you want. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75.

Good Times features comedian Simon King performing two shows at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.., Friday, march 22.  Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door.
 Theatre Outre features The Drinking Game in Club Didi, “an opportunity to learn about yourself and a celebration of human relationships in all their simplicity and complexity,” March 21 and 22. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

 If you like the Eagles, Hotel California an Eagles tribute is back at Average Joes, March 22 beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance $25 at the door. The Nova Scotiables will open the show at 8 p.m..

 For blues fans, The Steve Keenan band return to Casino Lethbridge for two nights, March 22 and 23. The show begins at 8 p.m.
It will be mellow but fun night at the Slice, March 22 with singer songwriter Max Hopkins, Silent Mike and Makiisma performing.

One of my favourite  duos, Edmonton’s F&M aka Ryan and Rebecca Anderson return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 22. Tyson Ray Borsboom opens the show.
Saturday, March 23 will be just as hectic.
 If you want to laugh, comedy trio the Arrogant Worms best known for  writing “Last Saskatchewan Pirate”  are at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.50.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 March 2019 10:38 ) Read more...
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