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Shawna Lorraine plays original music at Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina

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It was a slow night at the Coco Vanilla Galactic Vanilla, Saturday, July 17.

Shawna Lorraine at the Coco Vanilla, July 17. Photo by Richard Amery


Whiskey Gap Country was playing, but I arrived in time, near the end of the night for a solo set by Whiskey Gap Country lead singer Shawna Lorraine.


 She was playing a solo set of mostly original country music accompanying herself on ukulele for a couple of songs before switching to acoustic guitar.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 July 2021 11:13 )

Berserker and the Youngbloods rock the Slice for CD release party

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 It was another night of punk at the Slice, Saturday, Sept. 17 for Berserker’s  CD release party.


Berserker playing their CD release Party, July 17 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

 I missed Revanchist, but was in time for another incendiary set from the Youngbloods, who I haven’t seen for several years.


 They played a tight, energetic set of pop punk and screamo music.


 Frontman Kyle Hogan wound up in the middle of the good sized crowd to stand up on a table or two and scream into his mic.


 The channelled a bit of Rage Against the Machine with some grinding riffs, but there were also a lot of catchy gang vocals and whoa whoah whoah  choruses.


 Berserker is Jon Vornbrock backed by most of local punk band Sessions including Brian Kostersky on vocals and guitar, bassist/vocalist James Myer and drummer Beau Sommerfeldt.


 They had a strong emo/ ’90s 2000s alternative rock with a touch of the Foo Fighters and a little Rage against the Machine.


The Youngbloods returned to the Slice, July 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 But, because it was Vornbrock on vocals and guitar, they also had a similar ’90s sound to one of his other alternative rock bands the Supervoid.


 They played an intense, tight and loud set of original music from their CD“Welcome To Hollywoodland,” though I thought I recognized a Supervoid song  in the set..

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 July 2021 11:25 )

Beautiful day for Latino culture at Latin Fest

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The weather was just about perfect for a celebration of Latin culture.

It was already hot,  so it already put people in a tropical state of mind, Saturday, July 17 for Latin Fest.


Mexicanos sin Fronterosas dancers at Latinfest 2021,July 17. Photo by Richard Amery

The Southern Alberta Multicultural Centre downtown was packed with hungry patrons enjoying Latin food outside. The ice cream booth was particularly busy.


Most of the people packed inside to enjoy Latin music and dance in an air conditioned atmosphere.


Rigoberto Alvaredo singing at Latinfest 2021,July 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 I was only able to stay for a couple acts. Most of them performed several times.


Around 3 p.m. Rigoberto Alvaredo sang a variety of Latino pop and jazz songs ba

cked by a taped accompaniment.


 He enjoyed himself, wandering all over the dance floor crooning into his microphone.

He was pretty popular and was called back for an encore of “La Bamba” which several of the performers covered.

Traditional dancing is always a highlight of Latin Fest.


There were several dance troupes on the bill but I only caught Mexicanos Sin Fronterosas Dancers.


They began with a beautiful graceful dance dressed in blue and white then another group in yellow, red and white danced a different dance.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 July 2021 10:04 )

LMT take Broadway open mic to Arts in the Park

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New West Theatre’s weekly outdoor concert series Arts in the Park was in the north at Legacy Park, July 17.


The Lethbridge Musical Theatre Broadway open mic was the main attraction on a sweltering, smoky afternoon.


They have been doing online Broadway open mics during Covid, but before that were a regular fixture at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

Jillian Bracken and and Joel Gardner providing accompaniment for the LMT Broadway open mic, July 17. Photo by Richasrd Amery

A full slate of participants were just happy to be able to sing in public again.

 A variety of performers of all ages, sang their favourite show tunes from a variety of musicals from older like Fiddler on the Roof to the modern like Spamalot and Hamilton.


Host Jeff Carlson introduced all the   performers and lead the audience in giving them positive affirmation.


Joel Gardner added accompaniment on piano while Jillian Bracken turned pages when she wasn’t on stage. She sang a couple of times including “Once”

 Cole Fetting, who is a familiar face on Lethbridge stages sang “Wait For it” from Hamilton.


Jeff Godin was also  on the bill reading from  his autobiography “ Bears Falling From Trees with Erections: Diary of an Indigenous Dude:Book 1” as well as the Southern Accord Chorus.

 This weekend Arts in the park is on the west side at Nicholas  Sheran Park, July 24, where there will be several family friendly  events including   Nicola Elson’s new Hootenanny play,Carl Brave Rock’s napi stories and  the band formerly known as Karen, Lewis and Pam. The afternoon begins at 1 p.m.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 July 2021 09:32 )

Harpdog Brown and Papa King excited to play together again

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Local bluesman Papa King is excited to share the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage with Harpdog Brown, this Saturday, July 24.

“Harpdog is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. He’s a road musician and he’s done very well.


He’s very inspiring and very funny. He has a lot of stories,” King enthused, getting ready to rehearse for the show on his own. He noted the last time he played live was with Harpdog Brown last September at the Badlands Boogies Festival in East Coulee, 18 km Southeast of Drumheller.


Papa King will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 24. Photo by Richard Amery

Papa King will be  singing, playing guitar and adding percussion with a foot drum and a snare. Harpdog Brown will add vocals, and harp, of course. They will joined by Bruce MacKay on piano and keyboards.


“Bruce is a professor at the University of Lethbridge. He has the best Hammond B3 sound I’ve ever heard,” he continued.


“I think this show will be the first time Bruce and Harpdog have met,” he said, adding  they will also be playing the Owl  Acoustic Lounge , Sept. 17 with bassist Doug Freeman, who is in Las Vegas now, and East Coast bluesman Morgan Davis.


“So this show is really a rehearsal for that show,” he continued.

 Papa King has spent the pandemic writing songs and working in his studios and collaborating with other musicians online.


“ I’ve been hunkering down,” he said, adding he is excited to play again.

“Steve Foord will be opening. He’ll play four songs and then we’ll play two 45 minutes set. We’ll play some Muddy Waters and some Little Milton, but two thirds of the set will be original,” King continued.


 Harpdog Brown is just excited to play with King again.

“I’ve known King since 2018, definitely 2019,” said Harpdog Brown, who was just about to embark on a big  tour in support of his most recent CD “For Love and Money” when Covid hit.

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