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Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar embrace big band sound

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Samantha Martin is excited to bring her hot blues/ gospel band Delta Sugar back to the Geomatic Attic, Wednesday, March 27.Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar return to the Geomatic Attic, March 27. Photo by Richard Amery
 She will be bringing beloved local singer Mwansa Mwansa with her, who opened for her the last time and who soon joined her band, which has since toured all over the world.
“ We haven’t played there  since 2016 and it was really really great because we found Mwansa Mwansa who opened for us. She joined the band soon after,” Martin recalled, taking a quick breather at home, having just returned from a successful European tour.
Their latest CD Run To Me has been nominated for Blues Album of the Year, up against luminaries like Colin James, Jack DeKeyser, Myles Goodwyn  and Sue Foley.
 In which case it really is just an honour to be nominated. They won’t be attending the Juno awards celebrations in London, Ontario.
“We’re not going to be there because we‘re touring out there,” Martin said, noting they  will be in the middle of a tour of  B.C. and Alberta.
She is pleased with the big band sound of the new record “ Run To Me,” which she released last April.
“ We didn’t have a very large budget for the last record  ‘Send The Nightingale.’ We  had a bigger budget for this one, so I wrote these songs with a big band sound in mind,” she said.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 March 2019 09:46 ) Read more...

Donovan Woods enjoying Juno week before making Lethbridge debut

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Lethbridge welcomes Juno award winning singer songwriter Donovan Woods to the  Sterndale Bennett Theatre, March 24 for a special Geomatic Attic show.Donovan Woods plays Lethbridge, March 24. Photo by Danielle Holbert
Donovon Woods is a busy man. He just took home this year‘s Juno Award award for best contemporary roots album, he spent last week playing Juno week in London, Ontario and touring in support of his most recent album “Both Ways.”

Donovan Woods Sarnia, Ontario based a two time JUNO nominated singer/songwriter. He has previously been nominated for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year as well as Songwriter of the Year at the JUNO Awards in 2014 and 2017 respectively. As a songwriter, he has been involved in the writing of songs for artists such as Billy Currington, Alan Doyle, Charles Kelly & Tim McGraw.

He is enjoying being part of Juno week in London Ontario.
“The routine for Juno week includes more thinking about clothes than I like to do. There's a lot of dressing up and expectations to look cool and stuff. That stresses me out a bit. What I enjoy most about it is just seeing friends and folks I know,” he wrote in response to a series of e-mailed questions, sent before his win.

“ Our Canadian music community is small, so in a way, it's just a fun hang. Being nominated for “songwriter of the year” is exciting, of course. It's the award I dreamed about winning as a kid writing songs. Lots of my heroes have won it, so it's a thrill. I'm always pleasantly surprised to be nominated for things. I know how many good records come out every year, because I'm a music fan, and I love so many of them, so it's surprising to be centred out, yes. ”

 This year, he was up against  new albums from the Deep Dark Woods, Megan nash, AHI and Kaia Kater.

He has been spending some time co-writing in Nashville for country stars like Tim McGraw, Billy Currington and even great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 March 2019 09:32 ) Read more...

King Bull bring big riffs and groove

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Red Deer groove rock trio King Bull braved wintery weather to play for aRed Deer rock trio King Bull played the Slice, March 2. photo by Richard Amerypproximately 25 people at the Slice, March 2.
 The trio, formerly  known as Sweet Grass, brought a suitcase full of big bass , solid grooves and Guitar referencing the ’80s and late ’70s.

 They had a bit of a power metal/ hair metal sound with big riffs and guitar tricks, as they bounded all over the stage.

 They sounded like Motley Crüe in places, musically anyway.

They played mostly original music, but added a hyperactive version of Van Halen’s hit “Ain’t Talkin ’Bout Love,” then followed it up with an equally hyperactive  version of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 March 2019 10:01 )

Mariel Buckley band bring the roots on a Tuesday night

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Calgary country/ roots musician Mariel  Buckley and her band  stopped by the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Tuesday, March 5 at the beginning of her tour in support of her new CD “Driving in The Dark.”The Mariel Buckley Band playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge Tuesday, March 5. Photo by Richard Amery
“ Just because everyone asks me the question, the tour is going well so far,” said Buckley to start off her show, noting she  had already played one date solo and another two with her bandmates drummer Nich Davies, lead guitarist Keane Eng and bassist Kurtis Cockerill.
She had the full band playing for an almost full house on a Tuesday night.

 They started of slowly and picked up the pace quickly reminding me of Kathleen Edwards, who they covered near the end of the set.

Buckley joked about a woman who tipped her $20 to see her but at a recent show then played a song about being a shitty teenager, which was a highlight.

 The started off by playing more ambient, stranger originals, after which she thanked the audience for letting them show their weirder side.
 Their strongest  material was more straight ahead country rock and alt country and even a touch of jazz, which featured Buckley’s  appealing mid range voice with the occasional vocal harmony from guitarist  Keane Eng.

 She gave her rhythm  section a break as she played a couple brand new songs with Eng and a couple stripped down versions of songs like “Rose Coloured Frames” from the new CD.
 They ended strong with “ I Wonder,”  a song written with Leeroy Stagger who produced her new CD.
 They were called back for an encore of a moving version of Neil Young’s Unknown Legend.”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 March 2019 09:55 )

CKXU FUNdrive, St. Patrick’s Day and a whole lot more happening this week

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Things really heat up on the music scene this week for St. Patrick’s Day week.
 Keith  “Catfish” Woodrow hosts a new blues jam at the Slice on Tuesday, March 12. The free jams will take place on the second Tuesday of every month.Platinum Blonde return to Lethbridge, March 15 to play the Yates Theatre. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Windy City Opry returns to the Slice on Wednesday, March 13  with the Markus Sommer band which features luminaries like Peter and the Wolves’ Peter Cormier, Curtis Glas and Ryan Funk and Tyler Allen who will open the show after a few songs from host Shaela Miller. As usual, the show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Admission is $10.
Also on Wednesday, Kavi Ade will be performing a poetry reading at the Owl Acoustic Lounge beginning at 7 p.m.

 Thursday is busy as usual with the usual open mics at the Slice and the Zoo. Plus James Oldenburg  and Paul Holden play a special show at the Firestone Grill, March 14 from 6-9 p.m..
The Owl Acoustic Lounge features the AES (Audio Engineering Society) fundraiser, March 14,which features acoustic performances  from Tyson Ray Borsboom, Splash Zone, Dan Sequeira and Holly Kletke. The show begins at 7 p.m.  There is a five dollar cover at the door.

This weekend cooks, kicking off CKXU’s 2019 FUNdrive Into the Realm of Radio, which features a lot of fun events beginning March 15 with the Terrific Tavern Taster featuring live music from Calgary electronic/experimental ambient/pop group Carbolizer, fellow Calgarians Corinthian who will be playing techno and dance inspired music inspired by folk tales of Calgary, power punk band Strip Mall featuring members of Hag Face, the Shematomas and We Knew and Lethbridge’s object–option. There is a $10 cover charge for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

Around the corner at the old Firehall on Friday, March 15  it is all about punk as Victoria legends the Dayglo Abortions return to tear the place apart with Chief Mountain and the Hockey Moms beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is $15. For the complete opposite to that, can con rockers Platinum Blonde will be playing all of their hits like “Crying Over You,” Standing in the Dark” and more at the Yates Theatre, March 15 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45The Dayglo Abortions return to Lethbridge to play the Old Firehall, Friday, March 15. Photo by Richard Amery.

 Down the street, young Drumheller/ Lethbridge rockers the Suit Jacket society return to Lethbridge to play the Slice with the Decadent Phase.
And anything can happen at Club Didi, so check out the Anything Goes cabaret at 9 p.m.. There might be dance, spin the bottle, movies, whatever you want.

 If you are in the mood for country and pop music, Breanne Urban and Urban Flyer return to Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Also this weekend, Andy Mac hosts Honker’s open mic on Friday night, March 15. Frankie G hosts the afternoon open mic at Honker’s Pub, March 16.
 Saturday will be a hoot at the Owl with several activities happening beginning at 2 p.m. with the Lethbridge Girls Rock jam followed by a matinee performance by Fawns and Northcold. Admission is by donation.

 CKXU FUNDrive is in full swing on Saturday with two huge events happening.
 If you missed Love and Records, catch an abbreviated version of the always popular event at the Lethbridge Public Library from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. as Love N’ Cupcakes blends Love and Records with Cupcake Carnival. So there will be lots of record vendors, cupcakes and  music from nehiyawak, Jom Comyn, Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Jess Tollestrup, Phouka and Willy  Big Bull.
 There is no cover charge, but eat your weight in $2 cupcakes and vinyl as this year’s Fundrive proceeds are going towards setting up a new website which will allow you to download and listen to your favourite CKXU shows at your leisure.
 Fundrive fun continues with the Melodic Melee in the Pixie Pub (in the old Firehall, a Battle of the bands featuring  Youngbloods, Fawns, 21st Avenue and Tyrants of Chaos beginning at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge for that show. Proceeds will be split between  CKXU and the U of L Gutsy Club.
 Fawns have a busy Saturday, playing the matinee at the Owl then rushing down the alley to the old Firehall to take part in  the CKXU / U of L Gutsy Club Battle of the bands.

“We’re playing about 30 -40 minute set at the Owl Acoustic lounge. Then we’re rushing off  to the Pixie Pub, which is what  they’re calling the old firehall and we’ll be playing about the same length of time,” observed Mercedes Fawns, noting they plan to play  music from their CD “ I’m From Here,”  including the first single “Bright Red Lipstick.”

The Slice has a big metal show, March 16 with local metal band Eons of Earth, Vancouver metal band Bastian and London, Ontario metal/ Deathcore band Underlier on March 16 later that night.
For something a little different, the Lethbridge Community Silver band celebrates Spring with the Spirit of Spring at the Silver band performing at the College Drive Community Church. Kathy Matkin-Clapton and the Incanto singers will be joining them. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, children and under get in for free.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 March 2019 13:02 ) Read more...
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