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Ridley Bent tickets won. Just one of the cool things happening this week

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Ridley Bent. Photo from Marianovich.comL.A. Beat has given away two tickets for to Ridley Bent’s Oct. 2 show at Henotic with up and coming country singer Ridley Bent.  Robin Hepher  is the lucky winner for being the first to correctly answer that Ridley Bent was born in Halifax. He has roots all over western Canada and once had a dream of being a professional skier when he was living in Whistler.

The title track of Bent’s new CD “Buckles and Boots” is getting regular air play on modern country radio. He will be touring with Corb Lund in the fall. He combines elements of rap into his original brand of country and folk music.So don’t miss seeing him in a small venue.

At the Slice on the same night, Kent McAllister and the Iron Choir will be playing with Rob Ursel and the Burning Sensations.
The Deep Dark Woods return to Lethbridge with Little Miss Higgins , Oct. 4 at the Geomatic Attic. And don’t forget to watch out for zombies that same night as it is the third annual zombie walk, which kicks off at  5:30 in Galt Gardens and ends up with  a show at the Slice with the Phantom Creeps, The Grave Mistakes and the Brains.
Elliott Brood also returns to Lethbridge, Oct. 5 to play Henotic with the Wooden Sky.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 September 2009 09:09 ) Read more...

Alyssa McQuaid excited to be a role model with debut CD

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Up and coming Lethbridge country singer Alyssa McQuaid, who is becoming a well known face at a variety of Lethbridge venues and events has just dropped her debut EP, “Stay Beautiful.”Alyssa McQuaid
The five song EP, including four original songs and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” was recorded in a day at Audities Studio in Calgary.
“It was a lot of fun. It was the first time I’d ever done that before. The guys there were very helpful,” McQuaid said, has a gig on Friday, Sept. 25 at the Mocha Cabana. She also plays a lot of weddings, anniversaries and YWCA functions. She also played regularly at the Cotton Blossom Lounge.

“It’s just me and my guitar (on the CD)— my baby,” she said adding she’d like to form a band one day.
“I’m really proud of of this CD. When I finished it, I took it to my mom and we both got all excited about it,” McQuaid enthused, adding while she enjoys contemporary county artists like Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert as much as she does the music of the Beatles and Foo Fighters, songs which tell a story are the songs which appeal to her the most. Everything she sings, both original and covers have special significance to her.
“I’m a storyteller,” she said adding she draws songwriting inspiration from her life and the lives of people she knows. The 20-year-old has a vast repertoire of songs she can play.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 September 2009 15:51 ) Read more...

Open mics begin another big week

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This week, begins now, with a couple choice open mics. First of all, Greg Gomola is hosting his regular open mic at the 1010 Pub tonight, Sept. 22. Downtown, Calgary hip hop influenced rockers Anthony Blaine and the Bare Bones Orchestra are hosting the open mic at the Slice, Sept. 22. They will be playing with Black Diamond Bay the next day, Sept. 24.
 On Wednesday, Sept. 23 Gabrel Olsen hosts the open mic at Henotic. Organizers welcome weird and unusual instruments for that one, and on Friday, Sept 25, the Lethbridge Folk Club has their open stage at the Wolf’s Den.
 It is also a pretty big week for big shows.

Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre’s official DJs, DJ Jam and DJ Fresh will be playing a student appreciation night at the Blarney Stone as part of the Puff and Pass Tour, Sept. 23. There is no cover for the show. There is a good show for metalheads of all ages at the Zoo at the University of Lethbridge, Sept. 23 as well. Several bands are on the bill including Mexico Kabron, Fetal Butchery, the Parapsychotic, Jesus and the Superfriends and Bi-Monthly E-Mail Newsletter. Admission is $10 for this all ages show, which begins at 7 p.m..
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:45 ) Read more...

Shout Out Out Out Out show was wild, wild, wild, wild

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I caught the end of an energetic  and sold out performance at Henotic  from the Shagbots and Edmonton based dance/disco/electronic band the Shout Out Out Out Outs, Sept. 12
A packed house swarmed before an extended stage which featured two drummers playing on risers set in the windows of the old firehall. A bank of synths braced the front of  the stage. One of the members thanked all of his family for showing up and promised they’d be back soon
 I was impressed with the triple bass attack near the end of the set,the bassists thumping through a wall of bleeps, bloops and assorted keyboard sounds. It was fast paced and energeticv and  surprisingly almost done by midnight by the time I arrived, but the audience was well into the music and enjoying themselves to no end.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 September 2009 16:27 )

Dixiebluebird release party a laid back affair for Dave McCann

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Dave McCann and the Firehearts officially released their new CD, “Dixiebluebird” during a laid back show at the Geomatic Attic for approximately 50 people, Sept. 12.
He played most of the tracks off of the new CD beginning his set with the first three.Dave McCann. L.A. Beat file photo
 And the hot band, electric guitarist Dave Bauer, bassist Pete Loughlin, pedal steel player Charlie Hase and drummer Tim Williams turned down the volume for this “left wing” listening room, so the audience could hear every single note and story McCann told. Some popular crowd favourites are among those on the new cd including “Road to Cain” and “Bloodpines” but he also played old favourites like “Joe’s Bones,”  “Tinseltown” and “Country Medicine.” Some of the new ones are sure to be future favourites like “Broken Bugs,” “Fireheart” and “Inferno.”
 In between songs, McCann told stories about being held up while filling up with gas in East St. Louis and deciding to change the name of the band to the Firehearts after being confronted by an angry April Wine fan to explain why they were playing in Vulcan instead of the popular Canadian rockers a few years ago.
Their version of the mandolin tinged “Inferno ” also had a really neat Hawaiian feel thanks to some creatively used pedal steel guitar.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 September 2009 16:10 )
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