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This week highlighted by new clubs, jazz plus open mic for Amnesty International

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As per usual, there is a lot happening this week including new  club openings, the jazz festival and an open mic for a great cause today.
  Today, numerous local restaurants are participating in the 15th annual amnesty International  Taste For Justice by donating a portion of the proceeds from today to Amnesty International.
 In honour of that project, Paul Kype and Texas Flood are hosting an open jam all day and night today beginning at 4 p.m. They will be starting mellow in the afternoon and work their way up to total rock an roll all night. Admission is free.

There are a couple cool new regular events happening in Lethbridge for music.
Last week Salem Abraha  oAl Harlow and Prism return to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo By 
Richard Ameryf the Ben Brown Trio started a new open mic at  the Bar One Lounge in the Sandman Inn. Something very cool is afoot at Coyote Joes beginning June 17. Taking advantage of a brand spanking new stage, every Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. there will be live karaoke with Paul Kype and friends. Singers will be able to choose from a list of songs, and will be able to get up on stage and sing them with the band. An acoustic open mic will follow that and a full fledged electric jam will finish off the night.
There are new clubs aplenty  opening this month.
A new dance club called the Republic opens this Friday, June 18 in the old firehall. It features live DJs and three levels of dance fueled mayhem. Doors open at 9 p.m.
 Look for the opening of Owl in the old Mood/O’Riley’s building, June 26. This is the Necessities/ former Henotic General manager Steven Foord’s new club which will be a new acoustic room featuring lunches and live acoustic music. It will help to pick up some of the void in the local arts community left by the closing of Henotic.
There are several choices for great live music this week.
 The biggest event this week is several Lethbridge events connected to the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival. The Contemporary Works Jazz Orchestra featuring special guest saxophonist Pat Belliveau perform at the Slice, June 18.
 The Deep Dark Woods are back at the Slice as well June 19 to cap off a day which begins with an afternoon jazz jam featuring New York guitarist  Nobuki Takamen. He will be playing a solo show at the Blue Note Lounge at Treats that evening.  Renown Lethbridge born saxophonist Vern Dorge plays at  the Slice, June 20. He has played with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Aretha Franklin and Tony Bennett to name just a few. Local country musician Alyssa McQuaid is going to spread her jazz wings down in Medicine Hat as part of the festival as well.


Bent 8 back to play rockabilly

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Bent 8 tore up Jimmy’s Pub rockabilly style, June 5. Photo by Richard AmeryI did not want to miss revamped local rockabilly trio, Bent 8 who were playing at Jimmy’s Pub on the south side, JUne 5
 Guitarist/singer Dino Caravaggio and the band including stand up bassist Pat Ackerman played a couple upbeat sets of high octane rockabilly including Johnny Cash’s ‘Get Rhythm’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ as well as numerous originals which had a couple of frenetically dancing girls having a good time in front of the stage.

Caravaggio had the rockabilly greaser voice down pat as well as the big, loud fat Gretsch sound you need to get the job done properly. It was excellent.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Local record label Ghostwood Records shows off their talent

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A good sized crowd took in Ghostwood Records’ party at the Slice, June 5.The Living Luca are a new addition to Ghostwood Records. Photo by Richard Amery
Jesse and the Dandelions started things off by played a strong set reminiscent of the Violent Femmes, and John K Samson of the Weakerthans with just a touch of Pet Shop Boys pop.

They had a strong Violent Femmes’ influence throughout and to nail it down, ended a set of crowd favourites like their van song which had the audience singing along, with an excellent cover of the Violent Femmes’ ‘Blister iJesse and the Dandelions kicked off Ghostwood Records, June 5 
party. Photo by Richard Ameryn The Sun.’

The Living Luca played another excellent set of upbeat original hard rock music of bone crushing guitar riffs played at ear crushing volumes.

Lead singer Bridgette Yarwood was a blur of energy, dressed in pink and bounding all over the stage while belting out  an impressive array of original songs including several old NSR songs like ‘ Stick It Out.’ Smokestack Jacks and the Necessities were also on the bill, though Sleeping With Tuesday had to cancel.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:39 )

Warren G funks it up at the Blarney Stone

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Warren G played to an energetic crowd at the Blarney Stone, June 4. Photo by Richard AmeryThough I am by no means a big fan of rap music, I couldn’t resist an opportunity to hear rap legend Warren G at the Blarney Stone, June 4, just  because he grew up with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.
 A good sized crowed writhed in front of the stage, which Warren G completely owned.

He stalked the stage like a panther, paced back and forth  and took turns rapping and singing in between profanity laden rants and call outs to the crowd.

He told a few stories about hanging with Snoop and Nate Dogg and played some  of the music from 213, the group he  formed  in the early ’90s with them.
 He also performed a couple newer tracks from his latest Cd including ‘Let’s Get High’  from his latest CD ‘The G Files.’ He got a lot of the audience singing/ shouting along with him and ended his set around 1:30 a.m. by calling out ‘Much love Lethbridge.’

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Ghostkeeper and Shaela Miller play superb show

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Shane Ghostkeeper at the Slice, June 4. Photo by Richard AmeryOn June 4, Ghostkeeper  returned to the Slice to play their original rock/ alternative music for a good sized crowd.

But the Shaela Miller Threesome were up first playing some of Miller crowd favourites including older songs like “Halfway in Love,’‘Scared Love,’ and newer songs from her latest CD ‘Love is Brave,’ with ‘Lonely,’  and ‘Teardrops on My Boots,’ plus some covers by Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. She and lap steel/lead guitarist Taylor Ackerman sang an excellent duet together. I was hoping she’d play longer.Shaela Miller played an excellent set. Photo by Richard Amery

Ghostkeeper was a highlight, adding a huge reggae feel to their set which featured some impressive bass, some unusual  ambient guitar lines and other heavier songs with a grunge feel and distortion at ear-bleeding distortion.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:27 )
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