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Tim Isberg opens Lethbridge Folk Club season with stories and songs

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The Lethbridge Folk Club opened their season with Tim Isberg at the Lethbridge College Cave, Saturday, Sept.16.


Tim Isberg Playing the Lethbridge College Cave , Sept, 16 . Photo by Richard Amery

The enraptured audience included 80 people including volunteers and 29 paying attendees, who listened to a heartfelt  night of stories and folk music from Fort Macleod born Tim Isberg and guitarist/ mandolinist/ vocalist Marc Ladouceur and bassist Derek Vokins.


 I only caught the last  half hour or so of the show. Singer/ songwriter soldier  Tim Isberg  noted he was excited to be back home and told some stories, about southern Alberta History.

 Ladouceur was in the middle of a hot mandolin solo, which drew a round of applause as I arrived.

 As promised he was playing a lot from his upcoming concept album “ Prairie Fire.”


 He told stories in his soothing voice as he plucked tender guitar, but picked up the tempo on a couple more blues influenced songs

 Ladouceur and  Vokins added harmony vocals.


 Ladouceur brought out the twang on his Les Paul Junior for a couple of the more country influenced songs. His guitar solos  drew polite applause.

 He thanked a couple of relatives of the  people he was singing about for being at the show. 


 Isberg told stories about Treaty 7, which is the inspiration for much  of the upcoming CD.


 He wound down his set by talking about his experience  patrolling the roads in Afghanistan as a soldier and about how  he is still apprehensive about mundane items like abandoned  propane bottles, which could signify booby traps in Afghanistan, and played  “ Tears Along the Road,” to officially close his show.

Tim Isberg and Marc Ladouceur playing the Lethbridge College Cave , Sept, 16 . Photo by Richard Amery


 But the trio got a standing ovation so they came back to play a couple more including an upbeat more bluegrass Vince Gill style number from the upcoming album called “ Better Times Ahead.”

 They wound up a pretty serious themed set with a song called “ Don’t Need No Wine.”

 Charlie Ewing with bassist Les Kesler and  pedal steel and dobro player  Ramblin Bb Blair plus opening act  Mike Murchison plays the next Lethbridge Folk Club show, Oct. 21 at  the Lethbridge College Cave. Tickets are $40 / $35 for members.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. beat editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 September 2023 18:42 )

Couleefest welcomes back students and live music

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Couleefest, the annual welcome back to students and community members was a hit at Lethbridge College on Sept. 16.

The waterfront playing Couleefest, Sept. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 They had an outstanding line-up of live music on deck. 


 But I was there for the local alternative rock band the Waterfront, who I haven’t seen for a while.


 They’ve stepped up their game a lot.


 They roared through a tight and energetic set of modern and ’90s/ 2000s detuned, bass heavy upbeat rock along the lines of Finger 11 with a touch of mid ’90s punk like Treble Charger.


 “ Three Years” later  and “Everything is Okay,” which featured some excellent background vocals were a couple of the highlights they announced.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 September 2023 18:28 )

Sixth Street Block party provides encore of Braden lam and Mia Kelly

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 There was a lot happening on Saturday, Sept. 16.


Braden Lam playing the Sixth Street Block party, Sept. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 I only caught a little bit of the  6th Street Block party in Festival Square I missed  Halifax singer songwriter Braden Lam and Mia Kelly who played the Owl Acoustic lounge the night before, so caught a little bit of  Lam’s set. He played a solo set of  acoustic music. 


He provided the soundtrack  to  a bustling town square full of family activities and artisans hawking their wares. So the beer garden stage was pretty empty though Lam’s voice rang through downtown as he song off kilter songs about unrequited love including one he wrote about  knowing a marriage wouldn't work between a pair of newlyweds he knows.


He also played a few more  straight ahead love songs.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beart Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 September 2023 18:22 )

Word on the Street and lots of punk rock this week

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 A punk heavy  month continues on Monday, Sept. 18 with the return of Toronto  punk band Brutal Youth at the Owl Acoustic lounge.  The last time I saw Brutal Youth was Oct. 27, 2016 opening for the Creepshow. They will be joined by local bands the Hockey Moms and Mombod.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

  After that, get a little mellow as The LoveCats aka guitarist/vocalist Sheena Lawson, percussionist Neil Sheets  and double bassist/ guitarist Randy Paskuski return to the Watertower Lounge to play some jazz music from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20.


Starpainter and Bailey Kate are among the performers at Word on the Street on Saturday,Sept. 23. Photo by Richard Amery

 The cornerstone of the week is the thirteenth Word on the Street at the Lethbridge  Public Library from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23.


Word On the Street Sept. 23 features plenty of authors including Ali  Bryan, Hali Heavy Shield,  Sid Marty and many more.


 There is also a full slate of live music beginning at noon with Bailey Kate, the Band formerly Known as Karen, Lewis and Pam, Starpainter, DanAlie, Bryan Bradfield, The Band Formerly Known as Karen,  Lewis and Pam and The Cody Hall Band winding down the music stage at 4 p.m.


Before that there are plenty of open mics.

 Peaches and Cream host the Owl Acoustic Lounge  open mic on Tuesday, Sept. 19.


 The Slice has an open mic on Wednesday , Sept. 19 with the host to be announced. Garrett Jackson hosts Honkers Pub’s open mic on Friday at 8 p.m. Kyle Bischke returns to host Honkers Pub”s afternoon open mic on Saturday.


 The Slice has an eclectic weekend planned. They are closed on Friday, Sept. 22 for a private ticketed event with YQLaborate

 The Slice brings back Calgary Cabaret burlesque show plus live music from Fawns and Alec Arms, Sept. 23.


There are lots of tribute acts this week.

Tickets are going fast for the ABBA Revisited tribute, Thursday Sept. 21 at the Yates Theatre. Tickets are $63. Only single tickets remain.


The David James and Big River tribute to Johnny Cash returns to  HB's Lounge, Friday. Sept. 22. Tickets range From $39 to $45. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 September 2023 09:37 ) Read more...

Calgary punk bands Upside Down Man and The Moröns bring back the fun side of ’90s punk

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With so much going on on Friday, Sept. 8, Calgary punk rock bands  Upside Down Man and The Moröns didn’t have a big of an audience as they deserved.

The Moröns at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

 I missed a set of punk covers from the Golden Loadies, which featured members of both bands.


 Upside Down man proudly sported their grey hair with pride and cracked self deprecating jokes about being old as they played a solid set  they took audience including a few fellow  “old” people like me  and a lot of younger people eager to experience a taste of  ’90s and early 2000s pop punk.


 They combined elements of metal and lots of ’90s and 2000s pop punk and mixed with ’90s Canadian alternative rock like Matthew  Good band as they slammed through a slid set of old songs and a few new songs featuring punchy riffs and a few harmonized guitar leads and adenoidal vocals similar sounding to Sum 41.


“ We will Make It”  was one of several upbeat highlights.

 Just to show the young punks in the audience  what’s what, they ended their set with a solid cover of Winnipeg punk icons Propagandhi’s “Speculative Fiction,” making for a tough set to follow.


Upside Down Man at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

The Moröns were up to the task, playing a frenetic yet laid back style of easy going Los Angeles style pop punk chock full of snarling guitar, and a few hot solos. The bassist leaped around like he was on fire, grinning and shouting background vocals into three separate mic set all over the stage.


 The band played a variety of originals plus a cool punk version of Whitney Houston’s “ I Want to Dance with Somebody,” which had a the audience singing along.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 September 2023 23:41 )
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