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Good music for new dodgeball league

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A good sized crowd of approximately 50  at Henotic, Friday , April 23, helped kickstart a new Dodgeball league being started by Leeroy Stagger and Indio Saravanja. Photo by Richard AmeryTodd Lacharite.
“We have seven teams already signed up but we need 16,” Lacharite said.
Several performers started at 8 p.m. They already have a couple tournaments lined up. The first one will be  May 29 and 30 at a location to be determined.
 Matt Robinson was on the bill with a set of some of his more folky material.
 But the highlight was  a laid back set from Leeroy Stagger, who was playing with Indio Saravanja. They took turns playing their songs and helping each other out on them with guitar and the occasional harmonica solos
Stagger played a couple newer acoustic songs, and his minor hit ’Just In Case’ while Saravanja played a couple dedicated and inspired by his wife.
 Several acts were on the bill including Jenn Pellerin, Woodland Telegraph Jared Klok and The Necessities who ended the night with an upbeat set featuring the entire band.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:25 )
 

Arctic ambience and a fist full of pop

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Vancouver’s Arctic brought a little bit of ambient pop and a lot of energy to the Slice, April 22. They started their first set slowly, drawing a Arctic’s Kirsten Starcher. Photo by Richard Ameryhandful of excited fans into their music and up on the dance floor by the end.
Frontman Marcus Martin ended the first set with some weird sound effects he created by holding up a mini- tape recorder to the microphone.
The trio carried on the hypnotic and entrancing groove in the second set added a few different influences and got people on the floor. Bassist/keyboardist Kirsten  Starcher simultaneously played groovy bass lines and catchy keyboard parts.
They ran out of songs before midnight, but had the crowd calling for more , so the band held a contest allowing them to choose which one to redo. They played it reggae style and still had the crowd calling for more.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:43 )
 

Big fun at Mammoth Cave Fest 2

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There will be ‘mammoth’ sized fun at Henotic, May 2  with 35 bands including numerous local acts playing  Mammoth Cave Fest 2.The  Moby Dicks are among  the many acts playing Mammoth Cave Fest 2. Photo by Richard Amery
“I thought the first one last year was pretty successful, but more than that it was a lot of fun,” said organizer Paul Lawton adding this year was slightly different as  several bands playing Mammoth Cave Fest 2 will be touring as part of the Wyrd Alberta Traveling Music Festival including Women, Cosmetics, Shearing Pinx, Nü Sensae, the Famines,  the Sharp Ends, Topless Mongos, JAZZ, Omon Ra II, Krang and D’eon plus local acts Fist City and the Myelin Sheaths as well as the last show ever from Edmonton’s the Wicked Awesomes.
“We’re expecting it to sell out,” said Lawton, who was panicking a little bit over ticket sales when he first started out on this venture
“We‘re not losing sleep over it anymore. Advance ticket sales are showing we can do interesting things in this city,” Lawton said adding he was inspired to start Mammoth Cave Fest last year after being inspired to start a similar idea to Calgary’s Sled Island music festival and wanting to start a similar idea here.

“The first 100 advance tickets have been sold, but there are lots of $25 tickets left. It’s still a really good deal. That’s  70 cents per band,” Lawton said.
This year Lawton and his record label Mammoth Cave Recordings linked up with both Sled Island and Weird Canada.
“Weird Canada is a website that reviews music from bands that fly below the radar for most people, but which still have an audience,”  Lawton said adding Mammoth Cave shares that ideal.

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Little Miss Higgins coming ‘Across the Plains’ to Lethbridge

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Even though there are horns throughout much of  her brand new CD ‘Across the Plains’ Jolene Higgins, aka Little Miss Higgins, says it is all about the songs.Little Miss Higgins and Foy Taylor. Photo by Richard Amery
She said there are some great horn arrangements from Calgary based clarinet player Cedric Blary throughout the CD.
“A lot of the music I listen to, especially jazz from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s  had great places for horns in them. they add such flavours and colours,” said the Brooks, Alberta born blues/jazz guitarist/singer from her home in Nokomis, Saskatchewan, where she is getting ready to continue a tour of Alberta and B.C. until the end of May which takes over  the Slice, tomorrow, April 29.
“It was a lot of fun recording them,” she said adding she co-produced the CD with the D-Rangers’ Jaxon Haldane in Bedside Studios in Winnipeg. The horns  are all over songs like ‘Wash Those Blues Away,” and turned out fantastic.
“It was great working with Jaxon. I’d never worked with him before, but I know him from Winnipeg and have hung out with him as a musician. He comes from that old bluegrass, folk and country . So I knew he would keep the CD close to the roots and a little less over-produced. He keeps it rooted,” she continued adding Little Miss Higgins is touring with Foy Taylor and stand up bassist Joey Lorer, who plays with the Cracker Cats and Heartstrings. They have worked with Lorer many times.
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Farewell to Henotic and roots heaven this week

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As per usual, there is a lot going on in Lethbridge this week.
 It is roots heaven at the Slice with Little Miss Higgins returning on Thursday, in support of their brand new CD ‘Across The Plains’ and David Newberry, Treeline and the Perpetrators the next day. If you haven’t seen Little Miss Higgins, L.A. Beat is giving away a pair of tickets for the  April 29 show. Just be the first to  e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the name of the town they are currently calling home. L.A. Beat is also giving away to the killer  Perpetrators/David Newberry/Treeline show on April 30. Be the first to e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it telling me what city the Perpetrators call home. I’ll include a copy of David Newberry’s new CD as well.
Also at the Slice, a really cool ambient rock band called Adam’s Rib is returning to Lethbridge, April 28.
 And Lustre Creame is back at the Slice on Saturday with Big Jim and the Twins.
Across town, local pop sensation Kellianne  Litchfield will be releasing her CD at the Blarney Stone, Darryll  Düus Boues band plays Jimmy’s Pub May 1. Photo By Richard AmeryApril 30,  with special guest Alyssa McQuaid. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $7.50 at the door.
Unfortunately a big all ages gig  at VHQ, April 30 which was to feature  several local acts including the Living Luca, the Necessities, Jesse and the Dandelions and Matt Robinson has been canceled due to circumstances beyond the organizers’ control.
McQuaid has her own show at the Mocha Cabana, May 1 from 7-10 p.m..
This is the last week to hang out at Henotic  so they have a  big schedule of live acts and DJS throughout the week.
Lustre Creame and the Bohemian Cause along with Broken Host will be playing a free show on Thursday. Black Social 2 on Friday featuring DJs and live acts. And artists won’t want to miss the last Dr. Sketchy’s  anti-art school on the third floor of Henotic featuring Zombie Lady Gaga on Friday from 7-10 p.m.
Even Sunday has a lot going on. The biggest show of the day is at Henotic, where Mammoth Cave Fest 2 will be sending the beloved hangout for artists and musicians out in style with 35 bands running from noon until midnight.
The Darryl Düus Blues band has a gig at Jimmy’s Pub on the south side next to Future Shop, May 1 as well. He tore up the casino last week and always puts on a great show.
 The other special show takes place at the Folk Club’s Wolf’s Den,  May 1 where Two Spirit Sage will be performing with local acoustic bluesman Leon Barr and special guests Maura and  Gary Bourdon from Medicine Hat.
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