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Homeless In Hawaii return to rock and roll

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 The Slice had a dismal turnout for Calgary rockers Homeless in Hawaii, Saturday, Nov. 30. Homeless in Hawaii returned to the Slice, Nov. 30 Photo by richard amery

Everybody was there for the opening bands, but had left by the time I arrived. And I only caught the very end of the set.

 But they played a lot of  upbeat indie rock/ pop and punk music with lots of flanger drenched guitar.

 They played a tight and entertaining set of  catchy music.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Richard Inman and Markus Sommer trade stories and songs

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It is always a treat to see Winnipeg born songwriter Richard Inman. He had a good sized crowd listening intently at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30 as he was joined by Markus Sommer.Markus Sommer and Richard Inman at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30. Photo by Richard Amery
I caught them at the end of a two hour set, but stuck around for the second.

Inman is a talented songwriter and guitarist with a big baritone  voice. He played a couple of familiar songs I hear on CKUA  from time to time.

Ponoka songwriter Markus Sommer also sang in a beautiful baritone, cranking a out a waltz while complaining about people not listening, but inviting people to sing along anyway.

 They duo took turns  singing their own songs though Inman noted he and Sommer had several songs they wrote together and promised to play them later. Inman played a pretty new song called “Lilac” about being on the road.

 Instead they traded  country roots classics as Sommer busted out some Guy Clark, while  Inman  upped the ante with a Townes Van Zandt song.
 I left that early because I didn’t want to miss an excellent show from Calgary rock band  Homeless in Hawaii at the Slice.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2019 15:09 )

Jon Martin and the Lovers play laid back songs

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Jon Martin  is in love. So he formed a new Lethbridge supergroup including members of the Utilities, Mormon Girls, Hippodrome and several other bands,  to play nothing but tender love songs.Jon Martin and the Lovers at the Owl Acoustic lounge. photo by Richard Amery
 I finally caught Jon Martin and the lovers at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Nov. 29 where a full house was enjoying the good vibes. The Lovers included Martin playing keyboards and singing backed by crack rhythm section of Bassist Paul Holden and drummer Kyle Harmon with Jason Oakes adding extra guitar and Joel Grey adding even more guitar.

 Martin sang in a plaintive, heartfelt voice, playing pretty keyboards. His bandmates were rock solid  as well, keeping pace during a couple of brand new songs Martin brought out.

 He kicked things up a notch for the last couple of songs by play, taking up the guitar and belting out the last couple of songs.
Starpainter, a rebranded and revamped Utilities, were up next, but I wasn’t able to catch that set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2019 15:00 )

Plenty of Christmas concerts plus blues and jazz happening this week

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Welcome to a chilly December. As expected, there are a plethora of Christmas concerts happening this week.

Bandemonium return to Casino Lethbridge this weekend.  Photo by Richard Amery
 But first, One Bad Son has postponed their  Dec. 5 show at Average Joes to a family emergency according to their publicist. The Show has been postponed to Jan. 30  pre-sale tickets and early bird tickets are sold out and  honoured at the door. General admission tickets are on sale for $25.
 The event was supposed to be one of their staff members who was injured in an accident, so, in it’s place, Average Joes has partnered with Good Times to  present a night of comedy. The line up is to be announced. Tickets for the show are $20 with five dollars of it going to  the fundraiser. Daylan Delaney will be opening the show.

The Sing a Song That’s Yours concert  that was to be Dec. 4 at Cité des Prairies has been postponed to Dec. 11, due to scheduling conflicts.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes rap and pop with Calgary  based one man boy band Mark Mills and Killah Khills. Mark Mills , who has played Sled Island music festival, brings his style of pop and sex pop jams to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 6.

It is a good week for the blues with Keith Woodrow’s High Level Blues band to the Slice, Dec. 6. Woodrow also hosts his monthly Slice of blues  jam on Dec. 10.
 James Oldenburg and Bandemonium return to the Casino this weekend as well. The Metrik Jazztet play a matinee show at the at Owl Acoustic Lounge from 3-5 p.m.. Admission is by donation.
 Oldenburg has a busy week as he will also be hosting the jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Wednesday, Dec. 4 with HBO3 beginning at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 December 2019 10:18 ) Read more...

Decadent Phase play the best of the ’70s

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 Local band  the Decadent Phase have an undying love for ’70s rock and roll. So much so  that they have several tributes to different ’70s bands.James Swinney and Ian Morrice of the Decadent Phase, Nov. 23. Photo by Richard Amery

The band, who looked like they stepped right out of the ’70s,  played a little bit of all of them for a full Owl Acoustic Lounge Nov. 23. I haven’t seen them for awhile, so this was the first time I saw Ian Morrice playing bass for them. He fit right in as expected.

Frontman James Swinney swung with the ’70s groove.

I caught them in the middle of a set break , but arrived in time for them to kick off their second set with the Rolling Stones “Miss You.”

They played a lot of other  ’70s hits, but I was really impressed to hear them pull off Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” with  Tyler Eresman playing a  solid bluesy solo.

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 November 2019 13:08 )
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