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Boots and the Hoots back at the Slice with augmented line up

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Boots and the Hoots were, well, a hoot as usual for a sold out show at the Slice, Saturday, Oct. 3.Boots Graham adapting to an injury at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived in time to catch the last two songs of  a trimmed down Tyler Allen and the Red hot Hayseeds aka lead guitarist Tyler Allen and Dayna Lyn Moritz.

 They played country classic “Happy Trails,” a but followed it up with one of my favourites “Play Me One We Know,” all about people shouting out tired requests for the same classic rock hits.
Boots Graham, always seems to be  in a good mood, even after cutting off the tip of his thumb, which required a few line up changes for his set.

 Tyler Allen  added some hot country friend leads, which Graham gave up  acoustic guitar and rhythm  guitar duties to  special guest, Peter and the Wolves frontman Howlin’ Pete Cormier, who also augmented the group’s   sound with some honky tonk piano playing. Keith Rogers held down the bottom end on upright bass.

Red Hot Hayseed’s Tyler Allen at the Slice, Oct. 3. photo by Richard Amery
“ I don’t know what to do with my hands now,” quipped Graham, ,who  grinned his way through a solid set of mostly original country music, which showed off Graham’s self deprecating sense of humour.

He added a Hank Williams classic “Honky Tonk Blues,” early on in his set, but focussed on originals about hitch hiking and trucking. One of those highlights was “Turnpike.”
An older song a hilarious take on country tropes “Whisk All Drinky,” was a highlight as always.
 Another new highlight was about The Vat in Red Deer.

“ It‘s like the Slice of Red Deer,” Graham explained.
His show is just what people need in troubled times, because it is all about good humour and good music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 October 2020 09:55 )

Rock into October

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There’s lots of fun if you are  staying close to home for Thanksgiving.

King Bull  returns to the Slice this week. Photo by Richasrd Amery
Open mics are back in force this week. Tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 6, there is the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic as well as Good Times’ weekly comedy open mic. Devin Gergel hosts the open mic at Beaches as usual on Wednesday Night, and Kevin hosts the Slice’s Thursday night open mic.

Open mics are also back at Honker’s Pub. Aaron Landry hosts an open mic on Friday, Oct. 9. Honker’s Pub is closed for Thanksgiving weekend
 The Slice has started a Saturday afternoon open mic. In the evening, the Dark Wrangler return to the Slice stage.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 October 2020 09:12 ) Read more...

Aaron Pritchett excited to be back on stage for Big Screen harvest party

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Nanaimo based country star Aaron Pritchett is excited to bring some 30 years of his hits back to Lethbridge for the Big Screen Harvest Party — a special drive in show at the Enmax Centre, on Thursday, Oct. 1.Aaron Pritchett returns to Lethbridge for a special drive-in concert, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery
 Pritchett will be performing with George Canyon.

 “ I never done this before.I know artists like Brett Kissell have done a lot of these shows. So I’m excited to see how it will work,” enthused  Pritchett, who has numerous hits including “ Hold My Beer,” “ Dirt Road In ’em,” “ My Way,” “Better When I Do” and “Let’s Get Rowdy. So he’s not sure what he will be able to fit into his 45 minute sets.
“ It’s a nice problem to have isn’t it,” he chuckled.

“ I already have that problem choosing songs for a 90 minute show. So it will be the biggest hits.  And we do this really interesting medley at the end that I think the audience will enjoy,” said Pritchett.
“It won’t be like seeing us at Average Joes, but it will be a new experience for the audience listening  to us in their cars and SUVs or sitting on tailgates. I always have a lot of energy on stage,” he continued.

“There isn”t a lot of talk which is difficult  because I talk a lot, but I want to get all of the songs in,” he said adding the two shows will have a similar set list.
 They go to High River after Lethbridge for another drive in show and Regina after that.
George Canyon will start the show followed by Pritchett.

“ And George will join me on stage for the last song,” he  said, adding he is looking forward to sharing a stage with Canyon.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2020 12:53 ) Read more...

Lots of laughs and rock and roll this week

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It is great to see things opening up again, as the local music scene and venues dip their toes into a post-Covid world.The Chevelles return to Sound Garden this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 Start the week early with laughter.
 Faris Hytiaa hosts Good Times  weekly comedy open mic tonight, Tuesday. Mike Dambra plays four shows this weekend.

 His last show had to be postponed until October, So Dambra will be providing the laughter at Good Times at 7 P.m. and 9:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are $20
 Monthly comedy mics return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge this week too, with the laughs  beginning  inside beginning at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30.

New West Theatre as well as country star Gord Bamford enjoyed some success with drive in concerts this summer.

 This week, October opens with country stars George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett doing two drive in concerts at the Enmax Centre at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $115 per vehicle;  $135 including a concession package;  $140  for VIP admission and $160 for VIP and concession.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 September 2020 13:28 ) Read more...

Local punk rockers celebrate new Citizen Rage videos

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It was punk night at the Slice, Friday, Sept. 25, as Calgary thrash / punk band Citizen Rage were on hand to debut their new EP “Black,” and the two spooky black and white lyric videos for “I Will Fucking Kill You” and “Dreams.”

The Hockey moms at the Slice, Sept. 25. photo by Richard Amery
 Unfortunately Citizen Rage weren’t  playing however, the Oi Street Scoundrels and Hockey Moms were on stage.
The Oi Street Scoundrels at the Slice, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard AmeryThe Oi Street Scoundrels, a local punk super group including members of  the Scallywags, Hockey Moms and Chief Mountain, played a solid set behind plexiglass  boxes of energetic street punk.

 Their intense set included a song that sounded a little like the Who’s I Can’t Explain,” as well as a Dayglo Abortions cover.
While the Hockey Moms set up, Citizen Rage played the two new black and white lyric videos.
 “ I Will Fucking Kill You,” is an anti-bullying song, so the video featured youtube footage of several popular clips of bullys and riots.
The Hockey Moms’ high spirited set of fast tempo punk rock attracted a mosh pit, as their frontman jumped off the stage into their midst.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 September 2020 17:26 )
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