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Amanda Fish sings the blues for Slice jam

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 It saddens my heart just a little bit every time I have to say the Slice hosted the best show nobody saw.Amanda Fish and drummer Glen James hosted the Slice's open mic, Aug 9. Photo by  Richard Amery
this time, it was Kansas City based blues singer Amanda Fish and drummer Glen James hosted the jam on Thursday, which can be a hit or miss proposition. This time it was definitely a miss as Fish and about 10 people were on hand for the jam, with only one signing up to play.
 That allowed Fish and James to play a couple extended sets of music. I arrived in time to hear Fish play a haunting version of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” on keyboards while James kept time.

 she switched to guitar for a solid set of heartfelt blues music, mostly from her brand new CD “Free.”

 She had a massive, resonant , soulful voice  which reminded me of Lindsay Beaver from the 24th Street Wailers and Edmonton’s Kimberley MacGregor.
Because it was just the two of them, her guitar playing was mainly rhythmic, though she broke out to play a couple wah wah drenched solos. James also broke out for a quick drum solo before they ended their first set with  a solid cover of the Cranberries’ Zombie,” which Fish said she  had just learned and was looking forward to playing.

after a break and one person getting up to play, Fish returned on her own to play a variety of blues and pop hits on keyboards including David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” and  a tender version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.

—by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Rancho Deluxe play for Windy City Opry

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 Local country/ roots band Rancho Deluxe wound up the August edition of the Windy City Opry, Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Slice. The turnout wasn‘t great, but all right considering it was a nice summer night in the middle of the week.

Rancho Deluxe playing thew Windy City Opry, Aug. 8. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed a songwriting circle including Megan Brown, Victoria Officinalis, Megan Rourke and Shaela Miller.
 But I was in time for Rancho Deluxe, featuring drummer Brad Brouwer, bassist Paul Holden and Tyler Bird playing lead guitar, backing frontman/ lead singer George Arsene.

 They played a set including a few originals and some choice covers. Tyler Bird sang his always enjoyable version of the Volebeats’ 318.”
 Arsene  sang one of his favourites Little Feat’s “Willin’.

 They were called back for an encore of  a Willie P Bennett song.
 As Host Shaela Miller is on tour next month, the September edition of the Windy City Opry will be hosted by Boots and the hoots, who kickstarted the Opry idea in Red Deer.

—by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:46 )

Supercrush play short and sweet set of ’90s rock

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 Seattle’s “Supercrush visited the Owl Acoustic Lounge to share a bill with the Supervoid, Wednesday, Aug. 8.

I missed the Supervoid’s set, being over at the Slice for Rancho Deluxe at the Windy City Opry, but was just in time for Seattle’s  Supercrush’s really short set for a decent sized Wednesday night crowd.

Supercrush playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 8. photo by Richard Amery
 Their half hour set brought the audience back to the mid-’90s with an appealing jangling power pop /alternative rock sound reminiscent of the Lemonheads, Soul Asylum and Doughboys as well as a touch of the the Replacements.

 They played their most recent seven inch single as well as their last seven inch, to end their set which was more punk flavoured.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:31 )

Bigwood 10 shows some of Lethbridge's best musicians

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People bellyache about this city. But what city doesn’t have it’s issues. But by lord tundering Jebus do we have a great music scene. It was no more evident than at Bigwood 10, Friday, Aug. 3. And this was only the tip of a thriving iceberg of a scene.Todd Carter of the Dirti Speshuls  at Bigwood 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 I was on stage in Shaela Miller at Bigwood 10. Photo by Richard Amerythe Tempest, so missed the first few acts, HoverKraft, Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset and John Wort Hannam, but was just in time to hear a set of roots rocking crowd pleasers from Dave McCann and the Firehearts, featuring David Bauer on lead guitar, drummer Kyle Harmon and new bassist Shawn Worden who worked their way through a set of old favourites including  “Unfamiliar Ground,”Road to Cain,” my favourite “Fireheart,” and “Beautiful Road.”

They also played a brand new song “Snakebit,” before returning to older material including “Broken Bugs and “Standing in the river.”

Shaela Miller, sporting a purple jumpsuit,  and her band including lead guitarist Jon Martin, bassist Paul Holden, Tyler Bird on drums and background vocals played a set of mostly songs from her latest CD “Bad Ideas,” including “Hard knock upside the head.” Ryan Dyck was missing on steel guitar as he was  home looking after their son.

Dave McCann and the Firehearts at Bigwood 10. Photo by Richard Amery
 Shaela Miller improves every time I see her, so it is always a pleasure to watch her and hear her beautiful warbling. She has gained a lot of confidence on stage.
 Though she just release “Bad Ideas,” she also played several brand new songs to appear on her next album. But she also delved back into her back catalogue for crowd favourites like “Vicious bitches. and “Half Way in Love.”

The main event of the night was Leeroy Stagger and his hot band who have been busy touring, so it was great to see Stagger and the Rebeltone Sound knock it out of the park at Bigwood 10.

 The hot band including a stellar line up of bassist Tyson Maiko, guitarist Kyle Riley,  a keyboardist whose name I missed, multi-instrumentalist Ryland Moranz and all star drummer Pete Thomas who used to play with Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

 The tight band played an upbeat rocking set focusing on cuts from his latest album “Love Versus,” including the single “ I Want it All,” and “Run Rabbit Run” and newer material.

Moranz jumped between guitar, banjo and mandolin throughout the set. Leeroy Stagger chatted with the crowd abut touring and interviewing Bruce Cockburn for his CKUA radio show The Dirty Windshields radio hour and asking him  if love was enough to save us, then referenced a DOA patch on an old punk in London”s jacket reading “Talk-Action=0”

 Perhaps as a tip of the hat to Thomas, they ended  their set with a spirited version of Elvis Costello’s 1979 hit cover of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and UndeRyland Moranz, Pete Thomas and Leeroy Stagger at Bigwood 10. Photo by Richard Ameryrstanding.”

Pete Thomas playing drums with Leeroy Stagger at Bigwood 10. photo by Richard Amery
Host band the Dirti Speshuls, took the stage around midnight, focusing on brand new catchy ’90s style power pop songs from their upcoming new album. I had  to be up early to go to Calgary in the morning, so had to leave about four songs into their set and missed closing band Adequate.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:22 )

FLIPFest features female and non binary performers

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There is certainly a lot going on during Whoop up  Days week.Mechela Marr is excited about FLIPFest. Photo By Richard Amery
 If you aren’t into cowboys, midway rides and classic rock, perhaps check out a variety of female and non binary LGBQ artists and musicians performing for the second annual FLIPfest all over downtown, Aug. 24-26.
“It isn’t bigger this year. The biggest difference is we have headliners this year including Stephanie Kuze from Saskatoon and Lingua Franqua ( from Athens, Georgia), ” said one of the organizers Kristen Krein, noting there will be art and music in the Dr. Foster Penny Building as well as music at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Slice, Street Legal Records and SAAG.
They are welcoming musicians from all over Western Canada and even an act from Chicago.

Winnipeg visual artist Mahlet Cuff brings her exhibit “The Hair Diaries” to the Dr. Penny Foster building. It will be on display until Sept. 16.
“All of the art is through a lens of feminist, queer and non gender identity,” said co-organizer Mechaela Marr.
“ Flipfest is is the time where we celebrate women and non-binary artists,” Krein continued.
 Thanks to support and grants from Heart of the City and LPIRG, and in kind donations from Coulee Brew and CKXU and Amnesty Lethbridge, admission is free to all events, though donations will be accepted.
“So we are able to pay people this year. We went a little over budget on music,” Krein said.
Some of the other highlights will be Kimmortal from Vancouver, metal band Witch Prophet from Toronto who will be playing at the Dr. Penny Foster Building and Mulligrub from Winnipeg, plus Hedks from Vancouver who finish a big rock and metal show at the Slice, Aug. 25.

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