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Sick Ritual and Devils Sons bring new punk psychobilly music to the Owl Acoustic Lounge

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Calgary based  hardcore/ metal crossover band  Sick Ritual played a furious set for an intimate audience, at The Owl Acoustic Lounge Friday, June 14 as most of Lethbridge’s punk and metal community were down the street at the Slice. They didn't care though. They played an intense set of metal tinged punk rock with plenty of gang vocals, bouts of shrieking feedback and metal tinged riffs reminiscent of the Dayglo Abortions and lyrics reflecting  themes of depression and suicide, as far as I could tell.

 

 

The Devils Sons playing The Owl Acoustic lounge, June 14. Photo by Richard Amery

They played some hot solos with the lead guitarist using a whammy bar which is unusual for punk bands.

 In addition to  original music, they played a couple obscure covers from the Cro Mags.

 

 I was waiting for the return of Edmonton rockabilly/ psychobilly band Devil’s Sons, who haven’t played here since November 2018 at the Smokehouse. They had approximately  20 people on that Sunday show and despite the competition from down the road seemed to double that in the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

 

 There was no upright bass, but they had added  shrieking keyboard and organ and gang vocals on song like “L.E.D”  to enhance the ominous feel of their music.

 

 The Devil’s Sons were incredible , playing  sizzling hot harmonized Gretsch leads on top of that organ and tearing up the stage with songs from al their albums including the next one.

 

Sick Ritual playing The Owl Acoustic lounge, June 14. Photo by Richard Amery

 They have a new album coming out later in the year so they played a several new songs off that as well as some from their earlier albums including “Godless Creatures” including a highlight “A War Inside”  and their 2018 EP “Black Moonshine” including one of my favourites “ Revenge Is Mine.”

 

A couple of the new songs  including “ Twist My Mind,” are sure to be a highlight of  the next album.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 June 2024 14:27 )
 

Local musicians remember William Singer IV in song

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 Last week was an incredible week for punk rock and metal music.

JON VORNBROCK PLAYING THE WILLIAM SINGER IV TRIBUTE AT THE SLICE, JUNE 14. PHOTO BY RICHARD AMERY

 I only caught a couple of them.

 

 Most of the punk and metal community was at the Slice, Friday, June 14 for an off the hook tribute to Will Singer IV, the former frontman of popular local garage rock band Chief Mountain, who passed away way too young, Nov. 11 2021. I arrived as F.O.D, a sort of local punk rock supergroup including members of Berserker, Sessions, Chief Mountain and Space Wolves were playing  a set consisting of Green Day’s landmark 1994 album ‘Dookie’ from front to back.

 

 They did a solid job of it with Jon Vornbrock singing, reading the lyrics set on a music stand.

 

 Vornbrock capably captured Green Day frontman Billie Joe Green’s adenoidal, sneering vocals.

 

 Later on,   numerous local musicians took part in an all out jam featuring some familiar faces including MomBod’s Mandy Fox belting out some of Singer’s favourite songs including popular Social Distortion songs like  “ Don’t Drag me Down.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. BEat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 June 2024 14:39 )
 

Rotary Dragon Boat Festival and Pride month shows among this week’s highlights

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Lethbridge is well into summer festival season.

But  first,  The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic is tonight, Tuesday, June 18 at 8 p.m..

 James Oldenburg and  Paul Holden  will be playing jazz music at the Watertower Grill, Wednesday, June 19.

 The Enmax Centre  hosts country stars Clint Black who is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his album  ‘Killin’ Time,’ and Carolyn Dawn Johnson  on Wednesday, June 19 at  7:30 p.m. Tickets are  $89, $77 and $65.

 In a more alternative country vein, Richard Inman returns to the Slice, Thursday, June 20. Admission to that show is by donation.

The big event of the week is the annual Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, running in Henderson lake park, June  21-23.

Rebel Angels are among the local acts performing at the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 In addition to the races themselves, there is a full slate of live music happening with musicians and dancers performing all weekend.

 

 The fun begins on Friday, June 21 with local country musician Dusty Dee Litchfield opening the festival at 5 p.m. After the opening ceremonies with  Tsuaki Marule and  Mike Bruised Head at 6 p.m., Indigemusic featuring Jamie Medicine Crane and Will Belcourt will be performing. The Lethbridge Community Taiko Association performing at  7:15 p.m. 

 Uncovered rock the night away with two solid sets of your favourite hits at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

 British solo musician John Matthews plays a short set at 9 p.m.

 

Standard Time Jazz featuring trumpeter Don Robb, vocalist  Andrea Gedrasik,  keyboardist Randy Epp bassist  Greg Paskuski, and drummer Paul Walker open the second day of the festival at  11 a.m.

 After the Rose Ceremony, Winnie Brave will perform followed by  Henry HeavyShield, Horizon at 2 p.m. and Luke James Bruce. Later on,  Just 2 ( Adrian and Jamie Kaufmann), Bruce Peterson and Ranahan will be playing country and rock music. Gloria Rose and Lyle Boswell will show off their tap dancing prowess at  5:30 p.m. Then get ready to party ’50s style with Rebel Angels ’50s and swing dancers.

 Coyote Junction closes off the night a whole lot of country and rock hits at 8 p.m.

The last day of the Rotary Dragon boat festival features folk duo Reid and Writes at 11 a.m.  followed by Celtic Routes at noon, the Lethbridge Highland Dancing Association, Time Bandits at 1:30 p.m., The Lethbridge Chinese Cultural Dance Club at 2:30.

 The Chevelles rock the Dragon boats to a close at 3 p.m.

 

Pride Month continues with several events this week.

 

The Owl Acoustic Lounge hosts Queer music Night on Wednesday, June 19 with  local Celtic rock band Clover Overboard and the Band Formerly Known as Karen Lewis and Pam. The show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation.

 

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge features a  Lethbian Throwback Pride Party and market, Friday, June 21.. There will be a costume contest, Drag show and Indigenous market beginning at 8 p.m. Followed by  a DJ at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the drag and dance party or $10 after 10 p.m.

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l’omelette combine art with fashion and music for single release party

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The Geomatic  hosted Calgary based jazz/ rock band l’omelette’s single release party for their new single “Fast Fashion Fascist ” at the German Canadian Club, Saturday, June 8.

I missed popular local funk trio Adequate who a lot of the audience came to see as well as  a  fashion show  from Andrew Cormier and Cieran Starlight.

L’Omelette playing the German Canadian Club, June 8. Photo by Richard Amery

 

Megan Thompson  of l’omelette plays a saxophone solo at the German Canadian Club, June 8. Photo by Richard Amery

The audience had started to clear out by the time I arrived.

 

 But L’omellette were just getting the dance floor  heated up as a  custom made animated multi-media display created by Andrew Cormier.

 

 They played a heavier than usual , energetic set of saxophone  powered jazz tinged rock with just a touch of punk.

 

 Meg Thompson was doing triple duty on saxophone, keyboards and vocals.

 

 The band added a second saxophonist/ percussionist to fill out the sound.

 Peer Cormier, who just returned  from a tour with Charlie Crockett  as part of Noeline Hofman’s band was   holding down the beat on drums.

 In addition to a lot of sweaty, jazz fuelled original music, they were called back for  an encore to put their own stamp on a couple of covers including Miley Cyrus’ ” See You Again.” and  MGMT’s “ Electric Feel.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Friday, 14 June 2024 10:39 )
 

Rebel Angels bring ’50s style to Pure Summerfest car show

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Pure Casino  Lethbridge opened the summer season with their annual party in the parking lot— Pure Summerfest .  The combination car show and afternoon concert was Saturday afternoon June 8.

 

There were a plethora of classic cars on display and plenty of  local artisans next to the stage,  set up in the middle of the Casino Lethbridge parking lot .

Rebel Angels ’50s playing Pure Casino Summerfest, June 8. Photo by Richard Amery

 

I  missed Pete Cormier and Meg Thompson from Peter and the Wolves and  L’omelette playing a duo set, but would catch them later that night. 

 

Rebel Angels  ’50s were an ideal fit for a classic car show.

 

The band including  Ben Lamb lead vocals ; Keith Lamb guitar/vocals ; Rod Cahoon/bass vocals ; Mitch Rasmussen drums  and Gary Drayton playing keyboards and  vocals played ’ their usual fine set of ’50s favourites, encourage the audience to sing along with “ Let’s Go the The Hop.”

 

 They followed it up with Buddy Holly’s “ Oh Boy.”

 

They were a lot of fun. Gary Drayton played some excellent keyboards and band added superb multi-part vocal harmonies.

 

One highlight was  Johnny O’ Keefe’s “Real Wild Child,” which Iggy Pop repopularized in the ’80s with his punk and new wave cover.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

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