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Taylor Ackerman's Global Acid Reset get their groove on

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Taylor Ackerman’s Global acid Reset were happy to provide a high energy sweaty set of blues infused rock for a frenetically sweaty dancing full house at the Slice, Saturday, July 24.

Taylor Ackerman playing the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

 They had a psychedelic  ’60s feel. A highlight was “My Baby Likes to Strut” and a wah wah drenched Hendrix inspired number.


They “ended” with a slower, more groovy version of the Steve Miller Band’s “Keep On Rockin’ Me Baby,” but weren’t quite finished.

 They were nearing  the end of an energetic set of gritty, blues based rock , but the trio of drummer Dustin Gergel, bassist Pat Ackerman and guitarist/vocalist Taylor Ackerman were called back for a couple encores of Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf,” and their equally thunderous original L.O.V.E. from last year’s EP “Perfect Vision.”

Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset  playing the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery


 But Taylor Ackerman  sent everyone home in good spirits with a tender solo version of The Tragically Hip’s “ Long Time Coming.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:01 )

Harpdog Brown and Papa King sing the blues at the Owl

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 Saturdays are radio show days. The Hotrock Blues Beat is a sacred time, so whatever happens between 8-10 p.m.  on Saturday nights doesn’t get covered. But I was looking forward to Papa King and Harpdog Brown, so raced across the coulee to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 24, just in time for King, Harpdog Brown and  keyboardist Bruce MacKay take an hour long break.


I waited around for a while, but ended up going to Theoretically Brewing but Bailey Kate and Danica Sommer were long finished their show.

When I returned, Papa King, MacKay and Brown had just started their second set.


 They had a few people dancing to up beat blues grooves and  had  good vibe about them.

 King,  bashing at an acoustic guitar and playing rhythm and rumbling the lyrics for a couple of blues classics “My Babe” and “ Key To The Highway,” before handing the reins over to Harpdog brown.

King, as always has an appealing gravelly baritone voice reminiscent of Dr. John, which complement’s Harpdog brown’s voice which is also a  loud, resonant baritone, more similar to Howlin’ Wolf.


 He and macKay had never met, but the three were locked in with each other. Harpdog Brown bellowed out and or gestured chord changes in between switching harps.

He began with one of my favourites his original “Facebook woman,” but most of their set was blues and rock and roll classics.


Chuck Berry’s “Nadine” was a highlight. And as Harpdog Brown rumbled “Everything’s Going to be All Right,” as Bruce MacKay tore things up on piano and Hammond B3 for assorted solos.


 King took over after a few songs including “ Early Morning Blues” and they wrapped thing so up with Howlin Wolf‘s blues classic “Spoonful,” and the apt  “ Baby Please Don’t Go,” featuring King playing slide guitar and spookily echoed by MacKay’s Hammond B

3 sound.

 They will return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 17 with bassist Doug Freeman.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:46 )

Rebel Angels wind up exciting local rock show at Slice

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Ben Lamb put on another big rock show at the Slice, as he has done in between plagues.


Ben Lamb singing with Rebel Angels, July 23 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

A great line-up of local rockers entertained the Slice, Friday, July 23 including Twice the Storm, Fractures of Etalon, Tyrants of Chaos and Lamb’s Volbeat Tribute Rebel Angels.


 I only caught the end of the Dead Army duo’s set of loud alternative rock and had to wait for Rebel Angels to set up. I was sad to have missed Tyrants of chaos again.


 I’m not familiar with Volbeat’s music, but Rebel Angels always inspire me to check them out so I recognized quite a few of their songs.


Rebel Angels at the Slice, July 23. Photo by Richard Amery

 Lamb sang lead vocals while Breanne Urban added harmonies. I always enjoy it when she puts aside her country roots to rock out.


 They added Braeden  Rouse on lead guitar to add six string pyrotechnics.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:31 )

Pomeranian Fight Club show plenty of improvement over pandemic

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 It took all my energy to drag myself out of the house on Friday night, July 23 after being a little disillusioned watching a new documentary on Woodstock ’99, so I went out looking for some positive energy. Of course, I found it in the thriving local music scene.


Pomeranian Fight Club at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 23. Photo by Richard AmeryPeople have spent the pandemic practicing, especially local alternative rock trio  Pomeranian  Fight Club, who had the Owl Acoustic Lounge hopping. While I missed local pop punk band the Waterfront,  I caught an energetic set from a much improved Pomeranian Fight Club.

They had a lot of energy, they mixed a touch of punk with a little funk, some classic rock grooves , some ’90s emo rock and contemporary alternative rock energy. 


They had gang vocals and a lot of intensity. The guitarist/ vocalist did some fretboard tapping and sang over it.

Even drummer Lincoln Shriner got to sing a couple songs.  

 Then they switched instruments for their last song.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:20 )

Upside Downtown concert series to activate Rotary Square every Thursday

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The Alllied Arts Council is excited to “activate” downtown with a new after work Thursday concert series.

Shaela Miller opens the Upside Downtown  Concert Series at Rotary Sqaure, Thursday, July 29. Photo by Richard Amery

Every Thursday through to September, Upside Downtown features local musicians playing on Rotary Square from 5-7 p.m. next to Casa, beginning this Thursday with Shaela Miller.


“I’m excited to help activate downtown,” said Allied Arts Council  communications director Kelaine Devine.


“ Musicians haven’t been able to play live for the past year. And these are some of my favourite musicians performing. Not only are they  great performers, but they give back to the community,” she continued, adding the Allied Arts Councils is working with the City of Lethbridge and received a grant to help fund this concert series.


“We’ve been planning this series for a long time. We were waiting for health restrictions to be lifted and to get a grant,” she said.


Up and coming funk band Lemba, who usually go by Lemba and the New Testaments performs next Thursday, Aug. 5, Dave McCann plays a solo show Aug. 12, Biloxi Parish is on the square, Aug. 19.

Singer songwriters Wendy Colby and Karen Romanchuk are on deck, Aug. 26, Bailey Kate plays Sept. 2 and Fawns and the Owl Acoustic Lounge owner Steven Foord  wind things down, Sept. 9.


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