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L’omelette brings sweaty, saxy show to Slice

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Calgary based jazz rock band l’omelette returned to the Slice, Friday, Feb. 16 with new music,   a whole lot of sax and a ’50s vibe for a good sized crowd.

Megs Benedict playing with L’omellette at the Slice, Feb. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 

 As usual the show featured Megs Benedict ( Thompson)’s soulful vocals and saxophone, her Peter and the Wolves bandmate Peter Cormier holding down the beat on drums, locked in with bassist Matthew Lowe.

 

Alex Klipper added funk tinged guitar licks  for a how, sweaty, energetic set full of fun and plenty of saxophone.

 

 I missed Makiisma’s opening set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 February 2024 19:04 )
 

Fawns play new music for Mental Health Association

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Fawns returned to  the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage , Friday Feb. 16 to play a show for the Canadian Mental Health Association in honour of Mercedes’ Fawn’s mother who passed away almost exactly a year ago.

 As always, they gave it everything they had, with Fawns howling and screaming.

 

Fawns at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 They played a lot of new songs produced by Owl soundman Matthew Rederburg.  They had a strong Alanis Morissette vibe  with Fawns leaving nothing but sweat on stage by the end of their loud, intense set.

 

 Richard Charlton added some hot guitar riffs complementing Fawns’ impassioned  vocals. Fawns added extra guitar for a few songs but  was happy to howl and writhe all over the stage for the enthusiastic audience.

 

 They wanted to preview the music from their new album due out soon but ended with “ Unsafe,” from  their EP from a few years ago.

 I missed Chrome Harvest’s opening set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 February 2024 18:57 )
 

MOONRiiVR and Peter Dreams lay down dreamy soundscapes for Geomatic Attic

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The Geomatic Attic  began a busy couple months by bringing in Toronto  roots rock supergroup MOONRiivR and Peter Dreams aka July Talk’s Peter Dreimanis to play for a packed house, Friday, Feb. 16.

MOONRiiVR, featuring core members multi-instrumentalists, frontman Gavin Gardiner and Champagne James Robertson plus a hot rhythm section of bassist Jenni Roberts and drummer Stefan Schneider, who were also backing Peter Dreams.

Peter Dreams and Gavin Gardiner playing the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

MOONRiivR played an eclectic and mellow set of indie rock music with smatterings of alternative country and a touch of Portishead.

Gavin Gardiner playing keyboards, adding extra percussion with a triangle for the first song he crooned.

 Their next song had a Caribbean/ calypso feel.

  He crooned his way through a laid back set   of calming music  and layers of different sounds.

 Robertson played guitar and ukulele, adding tasteful solos and noise when necessary.

Gardiner gave the band a break and  noted he and Champagne James  Robertson were experimenting with  drum machines and played a couple brand new songs featuring them.

 They wound up the set on an upbeat note with  a new song“ You Get By.”

 While they have a new record out, most of their set was brand new music that hasn’t been released.

Champagne James Robertson playing ukulele with MOONRiiVR, Feb. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 

After a brief break, Gardiner relocated his  keyboards to the back of the stage Peter Dreams, hunched onto stage clutching a bottle of wine  which he placed next  to the drums and proceeded to  tear the roof off the place with an intense set.

The Edmonton born/ Toronto based  musician apologized for the fact that  his band July Talk hasn’t played Lethbridge for a couple years and observed he had relatives in the audience.

 This set was poetic, His voice  had elements of Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen and covered a range of emotions ranging from  depressed  and intense vulnerability to  rage as he  added a few July Talk songs including “ Summer Dress.”

 He joined Gardiner on keyboards, early in the set, picked up a guitar later, and wandered to the end of the stage to get the crowd to sing along with some of the July Talk songs.

 He  sang abut depression, one of his friends who died too young and  laid his soul bare a s he mourned his sister‘s miscarriage, he cracked a smile and said that he was sleep deprived as a new parent.

“Is That Just Me,”  and“ Time To Go” were highlight.  He thanked  Gavin Gardiner and James Robertson for helping record his solo record, noting they made him feel so comfortable in the studio that he couldn’t have done it without them.

 The band took a quick break as he played a couple brand new songs, playing Gardiner’s keyboards.

 Another highlight was an older song about living by the river in Edmonton, which he wrote just before moving to Toronto.

He was called back for an encore for which he played July Talk’s “The Garden” solo on guitar

— By Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 February 2024 18:45 )
 

All kinds of rock for the end of February

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February draws to a close with a busy and eclectic week.

 Start off with some laughs  with Impromptu who host drop in Improv at  Good Times tonight, Feb. 20. Pro Amateur Night is back at Good Times on Wednesday with hosts Cole Howg and Jared Wolf Child. The laughs begin at 7 p.m. Admission is five dollars. 

Fresno, California born, Vancouver based comedian Dino Archie brings the funny on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19.95.

 

Local comedian Michael Moses celebrates his upcoming move to  New York with a sold out, early show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge Feb. 24. The show begins at 7 p.m.

 

Syryn return to the Slice this weekend . Photo by Richard Amery

 Around the corner, the Owl Acoustic Lounge host their weekly open mic at around 8:30 p.m.

There is plenty of jazz music   this week.

 

 Standard Time Duo aka Don Robb and Randy Epp return to Watertower Grill to play some jazz music from 6-8 p.m.

 Because of Reading week, HBO3 will host the Owl Acoustic lounge’s  monthly jazz jam, Wednesday, Feb. 29 instead of Feb.21 as originally scheduled.

 

 And Midnight Channel and Red line take jazz music to unusual places at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Feb. 23.

 Black Arrow turn things up at the Slice, Wednesday, Feb. 21 where they will be hosting the Slice’s weekly open mic.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 February 2024 09:46 ) Read more...
 

Calgary rockers The Definitive to bring a mix of influences to the Slice stage

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The Definitive, a brand new classic revivalist Calgary band is a definitive mix of all their influences from Greta Van Fleet to the Red Hot  Chili Peppers and a healthy dose of classic rock  dashed on top of it.

 They play their second show at the Slice, Feb. 23 with 21st Avenue.

 

The Definitive return to Lethbridge, Feb. 23 . Photo submitted

“ We played our first show around Halloween on Oct. 29,” recalled drummer Vaughan Xavier.

“It was so cool to see so many people out for our first time there, so it will be cool to see how many bring their friends,” added guitarist Dylan Jones.

 Bassist Evan Burns and vocalist Duke Domino round up the line up of the band, who formed almost a year ago in March 2023.

“We want to build our audience,” Xavier said, adding they are excited to return to Lethbridge.

 They released their debut album “ Worlds Away” last August

 The first single, “ Sugar,” has already passed 10,000 streams on Spotify.

 

“We’re really excited so many people are listening,” Jones said.

 Xavier noted they recorded their own  individual parts to the songs in their individual home studios with bassist Evan Burns, who is also an audio engineer, mixing it and mastering it in his studio. 

 

“ It was a  different experience,” Xavier continued.

“But because we recorded it in our own homes, we recorded it for free,” he said.  

 

Jones agreed it was a strange was to record an album, but their worked on the  songs together.

“We were in the same room when we worked on most of the parts,” Jones said, adding the Definitive bring together a variety of influences from the band’s members, especially classic rock on his part.

 

“ Absolutely classic rock is an integral part of our sound. I like Greta Van Fleet and Led Zeppelin,” he said.

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