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Lots of live music to be thankful for for Thanksgiving weekend

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There is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend and a lot  to think the best for. Unfortunately Beatles drummer Ringo Starr just cancelled several shows on his tour with the All Starrs including his Lethbridge show on Thursday, Oct. 6 after contracting covid, but there is still a lot happening in Lethbridge this week, especially on Thursday.


Jon Martin returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

 Things start tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 4 as the University of Lethbridge opens their first main-stage production of the year. Harold Pinter penned comedy The Dumb Waiter runs Oct. 4- Saturday, Oct. 8 in the David Spinks theatre at 7:30 p.m. each night.

 Director Gabriel Houle describes the The Dumb Waiter “ A truly immersive experience.” 


“Gus and Ben are in a decrepit basement waiting for orders regarding an assignment. They’re there as a team, but what happens when the channels of communication start to break down? The Dumb Waiter, by Harold Pinter, immerses audiences into an intimate yet absurd world.”


Also on the comedic front,  Ladies night returns to Good Times on Thursday with Michaela Chung and Sara Stupar plus host Megan Windle. Tickets are $15 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.


 Andrew Grose is providing the laughs at Good Times this weekend at 8 p.m. each night.


 Kick off the week by getting on stage as the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic is tonight, Oct. 4.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 October 2022 11:34 ) Read more...

Bros. Landreth find a place for old songs on new album

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While Winnipeg guitar whiz Joey Landreth likes to melt faces in solo shows and CDs, he holds back, just a little when recording with his brother Dave.


 The Bros. Lethbridge make a long awaited return to Lethbridge when they play the Geomatic Attic, Monday, Oct. 24.

The Bros Landreth play the Geomatic Attic, Monday, Oct. 24. Both by BNB Studios


They just released their third CD  “Come Morning” as Bros. Landreth.


“ So far nobody hates it, so that’s a good thing,” Joey Landreth chuckled from Winnipeg, noting he has recorded eight CDs including EPs, solo CDs and the three Bros. Landreth CD.


“ This CD is a collection of songs that never found a place in other projects and newer songs,” he said, adding he worked on the CD with his brother during the pandemic and long-time producer Murray Pulver.


“Dave and I are really proud of it. We really explored every avenue we came across. We challenged ourselves to not put aside any idea. It was a very active collaboration,”  Landreth said.


“ We were writing from different perspectives. A lot of the lyrics go deeper and are multi-layered,” he said.


“ We‘ve tried recording some of the songs before. ‘ Back to Thee’ was from back in 2015. ‘Come Morning’ was the only one that wasn’t fully formed,” he said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 September 2022 14:40 ) Read more...

A handful of Hip hits from Hip Trip Hip tribute at the Place

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 The Place, one again was the place to be, Friday, Sept. 23.  While I missed the Good Love and just  missed The Bridgette Yarwood band, I was in time for local Tragically hip tribute “The Hip Trip.”

Mark Hall and Gabe Thaine of the hip Trip at the Place, Sept. 23. Photo by Richard Amery


 guitarist Mark Hall and bassist Jack Horne, took advantage of wireless units by wandering out into the middle of the soon to be filled dance floor.

They played a brief set of Hip hits.


Gabe Thaine did his best  Gord Downie Impression on a set which was mostly the highlights of the Road  Apples CD beginning with  “ Little Bones,” and “Three Pistols.”

They showed the mellower side of the Hip on “ Bobcaygeon” and picked up the tempo for “ Blow at High Dough.”


They wound up their brief set by digging deep on “ I’ll believe In You” form the Hip’s debut “ Up To Here.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 September 2022 17:03 )

Richard Inman returns with band and excellent music

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Richard Inman and his hot band including drummer Brad Brouwer and fiddle player/ singer Megan Brown  and guitarist Kevin Peters returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Sept. 23 to play some authentic country music for a good sized audience.


Megan Brown and Richard Inman at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 23. photo by Richard Amery

 I only caught the end of the set as  Inman crooned out a song about going back home in his velvety  baritone.


 He ended the set with a cover of the Turnpike Troubadours’ “Easton and Main”

— By RichardAmery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 September 2022 16:53 )

The Gift a wonderful tribute to Ian Tyson’s music

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There was a lot of fun stuff happening on Friday, Sept. 23, but I was glad I chose to stay   for  “The Gift” at Southminster United Church. The Ian Tyson tribute, lead by keyboardist vocalist Stewart MacDougall and spearheaded by Peter North, featured several of Ian Tyson’s former band mates playing most of of Tyson’s most popular songs.


John Wort Hannam playing Ian Tyson as part of the Gift, Sept. 23 at Southminster United Church. Photo by RichardAmery

MacDougall told stories about  playing and writing with Ian Tyson, and a few stories of his history and sang lead vocals.


 Ian Tyson , of course, is a gifted songwriter , who started playing as a folk musician in the ’60 with Sylvia, formed country rock band  Great Speckled Bird in the early ’70s with Sylvia and  got a second  “strong wind” in the ’80s as a purveyor of cowboy poetry, so there was a lot of ground to cover.


 He was an avid chronicler of cowboy life in Alberta so the show reflected all of those phases of his career.

“Alberta’s Child” resonated with the  the audience of approximately 260 people, mostly seniors.


MacDougall noted Tyson turned 89 this week, so the show was really a gift of his music to his long time fans.

Amos Garrett playing Ian Tyson as part of the Gift, Sept. 23 at Southminster United Church. Photo by RichardAmery

MacDougall played keyboards and introduced special guests to shine on Tyson favourites.

A hot band played the music as MacDougall introduced special guests to  take the spotlight for a few songs.


 He introduced Tracy Millar to song’s gorgeous version of Tyson’s signature hit “Someday Soon.”

Myran Szott, played fiddle through out  the show, bowed as he received a polite round of applause for his solo on “ Fifty Years” which MacDougall introduced as showing Tyson’s romantic side.


Telecaster wielding Gord  Matthews deadpanned he still didn’t know what MC Horses meant, so MacDougall explained it  was was the story of  a ranch in Oregon that sold off it’s last horses.


acoustic guitarist Ian Oscar was also a constant throughout the show. He sang a couple more waltz oriented numbers.


 MacDougall welcomed John Wort Hannam to the stage for “Cowboy Pride.“ which he prefaced with a story  about opening for Ian Tyson in Saskatoon and getting caught without pants in Tyson’s dressing room, drinking one of his beer and eating his food as he was afraid he’s spill  on them.


 Amos Garrett, who was an original member of the Great Speckled Bird with Tyson, took a seat and picked up his red telecaster to give a masterclass in making people cry by playing a few tastefully placed notes.



 The first set ended with everybody singing  “Summer Wages.”

The Gift — Ian Tyson tribute was Sept. 23 at Southminster United Church. Photo by RichardAmery


 The second set started with a few more waltzs.

 “Elko Blues” was an immediate highlight.


 Tracy Millar returned for another huge highlight “ Navaho Rug.”

John Wort Hannam returned for “ Saddle Bronc Girl” with  a supper catchy riff echoing Tyson’s melody.


Amos Garrett Returned to humble a few people with minimal, but perfect licks as MacDougall sang his co-write with Ian Tyson “ Yellowhead to Yellowstone.”


Garrett played “Lost Herd” and talked a little bit about Great Speckled Bird and playing Japan with Tyson.


 He traded leads with Gord Matthews.

 The show ended with everybody on stage singing “Four Strong Winds,” which each player singing a verse.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 September 2022 16:46 )
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