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LOTS of fun at Mammoth Cave Fest 2

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If you were to sum up Mammoth Cave Fest 2 in a word, that word would be ‘Lots.’ As in there was lots of music, lots of local bands , lots of people to see them,  lots of ear bleeding keyboards, lots of dissonance, surprisingly lots of Rickenbacker  guitars, lots of screeching feedback and LOTS of volume more than likely resulting in lots of Oman Ra II were a highlight of Mammoth Cave II. Photo by Richard Ameryhearing loss for those attending.  
Judging by last year’s successful Mammoth Cave Fest, I knew that was going to happen, so I opened the whole shindig for all of four people at noon, with one of my songs called ‘Noise Complaint’ not that it is based on  Henotic, even though they have received several noise complaints over the past year and a half especially when they open the big firehall doors. I thought I played a good set, and I was touched that Leon Barr and Wendy Faith came just to see me.
There were at least 21 local acts on the bill this year, which was impressive. Even more impressive was how much many of the local acts who played last year’s Mammoth Cave Fest and lots who formed after it, have really stepped up their game and Paul Lwton playing in one of his many bands. Photo by Richard Ameryperformances. Love them or loathe them, the Myelin Sheathes have become a punk rock juggernaut judging by their supremely tight set while the MoThe Topless Mongos played an excellent set at Mammoth Cave Fest 2. 
Photo by Richard Ameryby Dicks  retain the spirit and weird humour of the Ramones and even played a garage rock version of the Who’s ‘Magic Bus.’ Fist City had an impressive set of garge punk complete with Evan Van Reekum’s guitar solos as well. Meanwhile Chief Mountain has branched out from their punk/ surf rock roots into a more stoner rock, psychedelic type of sound.
“This is the best show I have ever been a part of  in Lethbridge,” enthused organizer Paul Lawton, who was also playing in no less that five bands on the Lethbridge bill.
“Everyone  had fun, everyone got paid and everyone raged. I’m running on pure adrenaline. This is what I do,” said the harried looking Lawton.
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Couple cool shows this week

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 Lethbridge already feels the hit from losing a major venue like Henotic, but there are still a couple really cool shows tShawna Romolliwa Band play the Slice, May 7. Photo by Richard 
Ameryhis week.
There is no open mic at the Slice tonight as former Blue Rodeo keyboardist and all round interesting character Bob Wiseman is in town to rock the joint. Wiseman is a composer, musician, film maker and actor who has recorded with many groups including the Bare Naked Ladies, Ron Sexsmith and of course, Blue Rodeo. He has performed live with The Wallflowers, Feist and Wilco. HIs multi-media show  includes comedy, music and a lot of laughs. Tickets cost $10.
The Slice is hosting a jazz jam with David Renter on Wednesday as well.
 The Geomatic Attic winds up their season with Steve Coffee and the Lokels returning, May 7. The show begins at 8 p.m.
 The Lethbridge Folk Club also winds down their season with Phyllis Sinclair on April 8. Cathy Hawley is opening the show which begins at 8 p.m.
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Madison Violet celebrating a successful year

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It’s been 10 years on the road, but  all of the hard work is starting to pay off for Toronto based folk duo Madison Violet, who play the Slice with Ottawa roots rock band the John Henrys, May 6.
This year the girls, Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern  not only received a Juno nomination for their latest CD ‘No Fool For Trying,’ (which they lost to the Good Lovelies) but won the John Lennon Songwriting competition for the CDs first trMadison Violet play the Slice with the John Henrys, May 6ack ‘The Ransom.’
“We’d never entered anything  before, but Yoko Ono started the competition so it is reputable and besides, our friend Gordie Sampson, who’s a Billboard chart topper entered it too and if Gordie gets involved with it we thought maybe we should too,” said Lisa MacIsaac.
“We started getting feedback from people about songs like ‘Ransom,’ ‘Small of My Heart’ and ‘Lauralee and decided to enter  ‘Ransom,’” added Brenley MacEachern.
“There’s a lot of heartache and loneliness on this CD, but those were the songs that spoke to us the most. We entered into the contest and  then forgot about it, ” she continued.


“Which is strange because  arts and music is pretty subjective,” MacIsaac added.
“And I just got an e-mail from Jimmy Rankin, lead singer of the Rankin Family, who said  ‘The Ransom’ should be the theme song for all traveling musicians,” she continued adding response to the new CD has been great, receiving accolades all over the world including  reviews in Mojo Magazine, and Penguin Eggs Magazine.
“Mojo Magazine said ‘Small of My Heart’ was the third best song in December, even above Bob Dylan,” MacIsaac enthused.


The Juno nomination was a bit of a shock as they had never entered the competition before.
“There’s a big submission process and we had never submitted before. But the Good Lovelies, who won,  are friends of ours. It was a tough category this year,” MacIsaac said adding they flew in on Friday to play a couple shows and to attend the awards dinner where most of the awards were presented.
“We saw a lot of great performances by musicians we had never heard of. I think we’re going to have to fly back and find my liver,” she laughed.

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Who Made Who bring back AC DC’s rock and roll spirit

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It is always interesting to see how bands approach an AC DC tribute act. Some  just play the music and dress up in crazy costumes. Others, Who Made Who brought back AC DC's spirit, April 24. Photo by Richard Amerylike Who Made Who, who played a Friday and Saturday at Average Joes, not only sounded the part, but looked it too.


 “Angus” did duck walks across the stage playing his Gibson SG in Angus’s  trademark schoolboy uniform and pulled off all his moves, April 24. Meanwhile “Brian” sported a black beret and sounded uncannily like AC DC frontman Brian Johnson.


 their second set on Saturday April 24 included familiar standards including pretty much note perfect versions of ‘Shoot To Thrill,’ and ‘Back in Black,’ and older hits like  ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,’, ‘Jailbreak,’ ‘Highway to Hell,’ and ‘TNT’ as well as relative obscurities like ‘Touched Too Much.’


 Their enthusiasm and love for the music carried into the packed house and had them dancing and singing along.


The drummer was a sight to see, spinning his sticks and grinning ear to ear. It was a bigger crowd than Friday  and Who Made Who was happy to party with them.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Tod Robinson and the Gleu have a blast on the weekend

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Tod Robinson and the Gleu played to a good sized crowd at the Slice, April 24. The band, including guitarist  Tyson Wiebe, drummer Brad Tod Robinson and The Gleu with Shawna Romolliwa. Photo By Richard AmeryBrouwer and bassist Jason Schultchen plus special guest vocalist Shawna Romolliwa, played an array or original music  spanning several genres from country rock to pop and ended their last set of the night with a  credible version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ and a country version of Britney Spears’ ‘Baby Hit Me One More Time.’ Robinson  did double duty on guitar as well as keyboards, singing throughout and joking with the audience.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:49 )
 
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