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Kobo Town keeps Wide Skies grooving

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Kobotown was the perfect soundtrack to sweltering summer weather at Sandman Signature, Aug. 3.

 

 The Toronto  band brought a Carribean feel  to the Geomatic Attic’s second Wide Skies music Festival event  in as many weeks.

Kobo Town wound up Wide Skies 2022 in the Sandman Signature parking lot. Photo by RichardAmery

 

 While I missed Blue and Gold ( Trish Kevin and Ndidi O)and Alameda, the crowd was well warmed up for Kobo Town and dancing in the parking lot.

 

 

Kobo Town wound up Wide Skies 2022 in the Sandman Signature parking lot. Photo by RichardAmery

 They had an unstoppable, toe tapping, yet laid back  groove,. They emitted a  beautiful peaceful, loving vibe.

 

The bassist played in the pocket and  the audience gleefully danced the night awa  their cups overflowing with love and positivity.

 

A crack saxophonist and a trombonist  added the toe tapping melodies.

 

 They were called back for an encore, the apt “Summer Light,” as the moonlight beamed over the coulee.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:46 )
 

Plenty of ’90s favourites with Dylan Delaney in Festival Square

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 Thursdays are starting to hop downtown.

 

Daylan Delaney singing inFestival Square, Aug. 4. Photo by RichardAmery

 In addition to Upside Downtown, and usually Shakespeare in Galt Gardens, there is also live music in festival square outside Telegraph every Thursday at 7 p.m..

 This past Thursday, it was Daylan Delaney, Aug 4.

 

 Delaney was howling out impassioned  ’90s alternative rock and pop favourites accompanied by his acoustic guitar.  

 

You could hear his powerful voice singing all over downtown and into Galt Garden.

 

 James Moore is on stage tonight at 7 p.m. and Delaney is back, Aug. 25.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:32 )
 

Biloxi Parish’s Zach Passey plays new songs

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 The slice was also in a country mood, Saturday, Aug. 6.

 

Zach Passey playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 6. Photo by RichardAmery

 I missed up and coming country duo Badlands, but caught an impassioned solo acoustic set from Zach Passey.

 

 Passey was testing out some new songs for an appreciative audience.

 

 He tried out some new songs as a couple from his band Biloxi Parish.

 

 I only caught the end of his set, but it was an entertaining look into some new material.

— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:19 )
 

Kevin Peters channels inner Waylon Jennings

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New Lethbian  Kevin Peters brought a full band of familiar faces including Megan Brown playing fiddle and adding background vocals to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Aug. 6.

 

Kevin Peters and the Burnt Edges at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Aug. 6. Photo by Richard Amery

 

Peters is starting to play more often in Lethbridge, most recently with Richard Inman in Fortune Block.

 

 But he stood on his own for his Aug. 6 show.

 

 He started off playing a couple originals accompanying himself on electric guitar.

 

 He brought the band in stage to channel hi sinner Waylon Jennings, playing several Jennings classics including “Waymore’s Blues” and “Rambling Fever.”

 

 

 

Kevin Peters and the Burnt Edges at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Aug. 6. Photo by Richard Amery

He also played a Hank 3 cover before going back to the Waylon well.

—by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:05 )
 

Bif Naked returns to celebrate the ’90s with fans at Owl Acoustic Lounge

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 The Owl Acoustic lounge went back to the ”90s with a sold out show by Bif Naked and her hot band.

 

 The Toronto via Vancouver and Winnipeg based musician Beth Tolbert, best known as Bif Naked  is an inspiration— a breast cancer survivor, philanthropist, author and performer.

 

Bif Naked playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 10. Photo by RichardAmery

 She bared her soul  about her battle with cancer and break ups and bounced around the stage in stilettos and a mini skirt like a woman half her age. She sounded like she was losing her voice, but still hit  some piercing high notes.

 She chatted engagingly  with  audience and quipped “Mama’s working” as she posed for selfies with audience members in front of the stage.

 

Audience members wanted to share their favourite Bif Naked  memories, which she obliged  by giving them the microphone before  saying “Mama’s Working,” as she promised to return to Lethbridge ridge soon.

 She introduced her band and joked she gets told she talks a lot, observing her voice isn’t as high as it used to be.

 

She hit all the hits like  “Moment of Weakness,” “ Tango Shoes” and wound down her set with crowd favourites  ‘Spaceman” and “ I Love Myself Today,” which she saved for the end. 

 She hit most of the highlights of her career. I arrived in the middle of “ Daddy’s Getting Married.”

 

“Chotee” about her first  marriage to a drummer was a crowd favourite which was one of several songs that had an  X Ray Spex feel.

 

She channelled Patti Smith for a couple other songs and  fellow ’90s icons like No Doubt and Garbage in others.

 

The band also played some newer songs including a song they had only played four times before that had more of a straight ahead power-pop feel.

 

She noted she has a new album coming out soon. 

 

 “Jim” was a particularly haunting highlight as she noted “ it’s a song about betrayal, so replace it with your own name.’

 

Bif Naked playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 10. Photo by RichardAmery

 She talked a little about winning her battle with breast cancer,  and observed her experience encouraged her to volunteer with other cancer patients.

 

She advised the audience to check themselves for cancer.

 

 There was a little crowd surfing during Spaceman, with which they wound down their set .

 

They were called back for an encore of  “Twitch” from her breakthrough 1998 album “I Bificus.”

 

Unfortunately I missed an opening set from Miesha and  the Spanks, but She gave several shout outs to the Calgary duo and encouraged the audience to buy Miesha and the Spanks’ merch.

— By Richard Amery, L.A.Beat editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 August 2022 13:51 )
 
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