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Jon Martin shares stories and new songs on keyboard

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Multi-talented Edmonton based musician Jon Martin  returned home to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Oct. 7 to play for  approximately 40 people.
 
Jon Martin playing the Owl’s piano, Oct. 7. Photo by RichardAmery
Martin was playing acoustic guitar when I arrived, singing tender ballads, mostly from his new album “This Could be Our Year.”
  
 He took a turn on the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s piano on stage, before switching back to his keyboard to croon heartfelt songs and tell a few stories.
 
  He had a tight band including bassist Paul Holden, Joel Gray, Max Hopkins and opening act I Am The Mountain backing him who supplied plenty of vocal harmonies and played in the pocket throughout.
 
 Most of the set was original, but he switched back for a rare cover of  Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.”
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Friday, 14 October 2022 19:32 )
 

Jack Garton multi-tasks on multiple instruments

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I only caught the very end of Jack Garton’s set at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Thursday, Oct. 6.
 
Jack Garton multi-tasking at the Owl, Oct. 6. Photo by RichardAmery
 But I was just in time to catch Galiano based multi-instrumentalist Garton and his band, bassist Joe McLennan and drummer Bramwell park, as they were playing my favourite  “Move  This Mess Around.”
 
 Garton was doing triple duty playing trumpet, accordion as well as singing for that song. 
 
 They played an energetic set and even had a couple dancers.
 
 The trio were called back for one last song — a jazzy number Garton played on keyboard that had hints of Joel Plaskett.
 
 He got the attentive audience to sing along with him before calling it a night.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Friday, 14 October 2022 19:09 )
 

Michael Charles brings the blues back to Lethbridge for good crowd

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 Chicago via Melbourne  bluesman Michael Charles had a great crowd of  approximately 40 people for his return to the Slice on Thursday, Oct. 6. He looked like he was all set to play all night and into the morning and the crowd was ready to  stay with him and band mates drummer Ryder Ollie and bassist Luke Gill.
 
Michael Charles returned to the Slice, Oct. 6. Photo by Richard Amery
I arrived in the middle of a beautiful version of “ The Thrill is Gone.”
 
 After a brief drum solo from Ollie, Charles switched  guitars to a PRS and picked up the tempo for “Nobody’s Fool.”
 
 Like last time, his set was a mix of originals and Charles’ take on popular blues standards like “Cocaine” and everybody got to solo.
 
 He switched guitars and played sweet wah wah soaked solos. One of the highlights, “ Tunes My Daddy Taught Me”  was reminiscent of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”
 
He exchanged that for a brown Stratocaster.
 
His wah wah pedal got a workout on some Jimi Hendrix. Bassist Luke Gill got to solo before the trio tore into  “Big Boss Man.”
 
 The band took a brief  break as Charles took centre stage to caress his acoustic guitar for a couple of songs before welcoming the band back to the stage.
— by Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Friday, 14 October 2022 19:00 )
 

JW Jones to bring out the soul with the HOROJO Trio at Sisters Pub

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Guitar whiz JW Jones is excited to tour with his new blues and soul trio the HOROJO Trio, which stops by Sisters  on Sunday, Oct. 16 in support of their debut CD  “Set The Record.”

 Jones, drummer Jamie Holmes, singer/keyboardist Jeff Rogers make up the HOROJO trio. 

 

The HOROJO Trio play Sisters Pub, Sunday, Oct. 16. Photo by Sean Sisk Photography

“Today is a driving day today, then we start the tour at the Zubar,” said Jones, driving through Nebraska en route to the first date of a five week tour.

“So far so good. The driving has been easy It’s a beautiful Fall day,” he said.

 

“This is a five week tour . We start in Nebraska with a couple of dates then Minnesota and then we head over to Lethbridge  for our first Canadian date. We play some dates in Alberta dates including Festival place in Sherwood Park outside of Edmonton on Monday and we’re selling tickets for that. So you can those online for that as well. Then we continue west to B.C and do a bunch of B.C Dates. Then we go down through California, Vega , Texas and then ending in Memphis, Tennessee, then the final show is closer to home in upstate New York. We’re covering a lot of ground in five weeks,”  Jones said, driving across Nebraska for to kick off the tour.

 

The HOROJO Trio formed about a year an a half before winning the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2020.

“We only formed about a year and a half before that and went down to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge. There were about 200 bands. And somehow we came out on top and won the whole thing. And the world shut down about a month later, so it was a bit of a strange time to win such a prestigious event,” he said.

 

They are excited about the new album, which they wrote over the pandemic.

 

“During the pandemic we started working on writing songs. We were doing everything over Zoom,  and wrote the music, wrote the tunes and started to work on demos and planned to just go ahead and release it on our own. But right before we were starting on a distribution deal in the U.S., we sent it over to Stony Plain and they said ‘wow, we want this. So they jumped on board. So our first record was released April 1 through Stony Plain Records and it’s been going great so far,” he said.

 

 Forming the HOROJO trio allowed him to reconned with his old drummer on a new project.

“ I’ve known the drummer Jamie Holmes for quite some time. He used to tour with me and my band many years ago and we’ve been very, very close friends and he started working with an incredible singer/ keyboard player named Jeff Rogers in Ottawa. They had a band together called Beats N Keys. So we actually ended up meeting after a corporate event where we were both performing and decided we’d get together and jam a little bit. So we did that. And that’s when the sparks started flying and we thought this is so cool we’ve got to make a band out of  this,” he enthused.

 

JW Jones already had a successful solo career, but wanted to branch out a little bit.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 October 2022 16:17 ) Read more...
 

Plenty of blues and jazz on the plate this week

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It’s a good week to  play the blues  and get the jazz inin Lethbridge.

Keith Catfish Woodrow retunrs to the Slice to host the blues jam, Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Slice.

Ryland Moranz returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 15. photo by Richard Amery

Local singers and musicians will be performing theior favourite Tony Bennett, barbra Streisand and Michael Bublé as Fran Rude and Ken Rogers bring The Starlight Lounge  back to the Yates  Theatre as fundraiser for Sunrise Rotary Club. Performers include Jillian Bracken, Jessica Ens, Jordana Kohn, Sheena Lawson, Anna McBryan, Mark Campbell, Jeff Carlson, George Gallant, David Mikuliak, Ken Rogers and Mark Ward. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are  $50 , with all proceeds going to fund numerous community projects by the Sunrise Rotary Club.

 

 The Watertower Pub and Grill have a regular jazz night on Wednesday. This week James Oldenburg and Paul Holden return to the stage from 6-8 p.m.

There are a lot of different open mics.

 

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge‘s jazz jam is Wednesday, Oct. 12 with  HBO3 and  saxophonist Michael Carter.

Fawns hosts a queer open mic at the Slice on Thursday, oct. 13.

 Electrasoul host Honkers Pub”s open mic on Friday Oct. 14.

 

Honkers pub has a big show on Saturday instead of their afternoon open mic.

 Piggystock returns to Honkers Pub, Oct, 15 with a  local blues band Coda. Ticketd are $0 ina dvance, $50 at the door for an evening flull of blues music, a pulled pork dunner, fun and games. Piggystock begins at 5:30 p.m.

 

 Get your third shot of Oktoberfest on oct. 15 at the German Canadian Club as Medicine Hat band Allen Schatz  hit the stage from 5-11 p.m 

 

The Owl Acoustic Lounge has a ticketed event, Thursday, Oct, 13 with Amy Nelson and Mariel Buckley. Tickets are $17.89  through Eventbrite.

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