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Taylor Ackerman's Global Acid Reset returns to Slice with blues infused rock

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 It has been a while since I’ve seen  Taylor Ackerman in his natural element— playing high energy, psychedelic tinged blues rock music, but made it to the Slice, Saturday, July 6 in time to catch some of his set with Taylor Ackerman”s Global Acid Reset featuring  his dad Pat on bass, drummer Dustin Gergel and some hot harp playing from special guest Don Cassell.

Don Cassell playing harp with Taylor Ackerman's Global Acid Reset, July 6 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery


 A good sized audience enjoyed listening to them jamming on some blues and a few songs from their albums including “Easy on Myself” and one of my favourites “ Bangladeshi T Shirt.”


 As usual, they band had a rock solid groove and throbbing bass letting Taylor  Ackerman to stretch his musical muscles on  classic rock style blues influenced riffs and scorching, psychedelic  solos.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 July 2024 12:46 )

Old man River Rattlers add new string to old sounds

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 The Old Man River Rattlers, who just formed in January, usually play at Honkers Pub, but made their debut at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, July 6 for a small, but enthusiastic audience.


Tara Warburton singing with the Oldman River Rattlers at the Owl, July 6. Photo by Richard Amery

 The talented string band/ bluegrass band featuring guitarist Kyle Bischke, cellist Julie Amundson, bassist  Andy Dyck, mandolinist Garrett Jackson and new banjo player Shane Dyck, played an array of folk, outlaw country plus hits arranged for a string band plus an original.


 I missed Tara Warburton’s opening set, but she joined the band to sing background vocals on “Wagon Wheel,” in an avowed  “ No Wagon Wheel” zone.


 The band sang marvellous multi- part  vocal harmonies throughout an eclectic set of string band, bluegrass and alternative country music.


 For alternative country, they  played Tyler Childers’ “ White House Road” and several Devil Makes Three songs.

 They also played one original song sung with passion from Garrett Jackson.


 They added unique string band arrangements for  a few classic rock hits including Elton John’s  “Rocket Man,” in which   they hit all of Elton John’s high notes and translated well to acoustic guitar , mandolin and banjo.


 They applied the same special touch to the Faces”  1973 hit  “Ooh La La.”


 The band played some hot licks throughout, while Amundson’s cello added a haunting air to the ambience.

 The Old Man River Rattlers will be headlining Honkers Pub’s fourth annual Patio Party on Saturday, July  13..

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 July 2024 12:41 )

Upside Downtown opens season with MomBod and alternative rock

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Upside  Downtown opened the  summer season with a bang outside casa, Thursday, July 4.


MomBod opened Upside Downtown’s summer season, July 4. Photo by Richard Amery

 Local punk / alternative rock trio MomBod were the first in a variety of bands scheduled to play outside casa for Upside Downtown.


 I just caught thee end of their set and missed Fawns as The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society’s summer production of Twelfth Night was also opening  across the street in Galt Gardens.


 As usual  MoBod played their usual loud set of  Alternative rock and punk   along the line of L7 and hole

 They had some new songs. Mandy Fox was wielding a new Gibson Flying and kept the energy up on a sweltering Thursday afternoon with bassist/ vocalist Sil Campus and  drummer Amberlea Rauda.


 They  had the audience singing along with “ All Work No Play,” which was a highlight of the set.

Fawns followed but I missed their set.


 For completely something different, Upside Downtown features local country band Hurtin’, Thursday, July  11 from 5-7 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2024 16:56 )

Honkers festival, Street Wheelers and Weber Brothers among this week’s highlights

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This week is hot in more ways other than the just the weather.

Another busy week features a few big events and a whole lot of rock and roll.  Street Machine Weekend means hot rods and  muscle cars will be prowling the streets of Lethbridge.


 The show and shine begins with the controlled cruise, Friday, July 12 from  7 p.m.- midnight  along 3rd Ave South and Mayor Magrath Drive. Entry is open to clean and show worthy  cars and trucks and motorcycles. Though no diesel powered vehicles or semis will be permitted. Admission is $25.


The Old man River Rattlers headline Honkers fourth annual parking lot party on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery

 If you want a beverage while watching the cars, The Ten Ten Pub has Bow City Underground rocking the patio  into the night, Friday from 8 to 11p.m..


 Races happen at Exhibition Park on Saturday and Street Machine Weekend ends at Galt Gardens, Sunday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live music happening there as well as plenty of awesome machines.

Honker’s Pub hosts the other big event of the week on Saturday, July 13 with the  fourth annual outdoor music fest and barbecue.


Luke Bruce opens the party at 3 p.m. followed by Citizen Radio, Undefined, The Time Bandits and Lunch Date at 7 p.m., Train Wreck, Sad Kids Under New Tyranny and new bluegrass/ string band The Oldman River Rattlers  closing the show at 10 p.m. Admission is  free with the donation of a non perishable  food item or cash donations to the Veteran Association of Lethbridge.


 Thursdays are a hot night for live entertainment downtown.


 Upside Downtown features country band Hurtin’ performing outside casa, Thursday, July 11 5-7 .p.m. outside casa.

 After that don’t miss the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society’s summer performance of Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night Thursday and Friday.  Admission is free though donations will be taken. Because of the heat, the shows have been relocated to the casa community room. The Thursday show will  begin at 7:30 p.m.  to avoid competing with Hurting at Upside Downtown.


 Across the street, there is live music happening in Festival square from 6-8 p.m. James Moore plays this Thursday and Daylan Delaney returns to the square on July 18. 

 Also because of weather, The Lethbridge Community Band has rescheduled their Cancelled Canada Day show  to Nikki Yuki Japanese Gardens at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 13. Admission is free. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 July 2024 09:33 ) Read more...

Local talent helps celebrate Canada Day 2024 in Henderson Lake Park

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 A good sized crowd braved inclement weather for Canada Day celebrations  in Henderson lake Park, Monday, July 1.

Dave McCann and the Firehearts laying Canada Day in Henderson Lake Park, July 1. Photo by Richard amery

 I missed the  stormy weather as things cleared up for a spell in time for local outlaw country band Badlands and Dave McCann and the Firehearts.


 Badlands were in the middle of an upbeat song of mostly original country rock performed by lead singer Aly Stuart, bassist Devin Gergel, drummer Avery Friesen and lead guitarist Brett Skauge.

 They finished their set with the apt “ Got to Roll.”


Dancers Brooklyn Fowler and Darian Bagnall entertained in the interlude between bands with a fast paced set of modern dance and tap dancing.


Latin Soul dancing at Canada Day celebrations in Henderson Lake Park, July 1. Photo by Richard Amery

Southern Alberta’s own version of Wilco, Dave McCann and the Firehearts were on Fire for their upbeat set of alternative country rock. The hot band  featuring lead guitarist Dave Bauer, bassist Shawn Worden and drummer Steve Hazlett and frontman Dave McCann were getting warmed up for a visit to Mississippi to record their next album. So they had some new music to share.


They played a lot of crowd favourites “ Ashes of a Brand New Day,” and my favourite and the band”s namesake “ Fireheart” which featured multi- part vocal harmonies

 McCann told a few stories about that and touring in the United States, but mostly stuck to the music.

 They gave the audience a taste of the next album in “ Snake Pit.” which he noted was inspired by driving down to Arizona and meeting Southern Alberta  farmers and snowbirds  arguing about the best way to fix a br=oken down car.


McCann told  the audience about being inspired by Gordon Lightfoot charting epic story song “Great  Railroad  Trilogy,” when all record companies wanted was another “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and noted he always like  writing story songs. He introduced his own epic “Swing that Lantern.”

Badlands Performing at Canada Day celebrations in Henderson Lake Park, July 1. Photo by Richard Amery


 McCann wound down the set  by telling a story about test driving musician Uncle Thirsty’s  propane powered Cadillac and  played “Broken Bugs,” that was inspired by it.


Darian Bagnall dancing at Canada Day celebrations in Henderson Lake Park, July 1. Photo by Richard Amery

A couple dancers from Latin Soul Dance Studios performed a set of sultry modern Lance  as the Bamboo Guppies got set up in the interlude.


 Bamboo, Guppies including drummer/ vocalist Rick Kawa, guitarist Vocalist Jason Eveleigh  and bassist Vocalist JP Lorge, opened with country favourite “Country Roads” plus other crowd pleasers including Great Big Sea’s “Ordinary Day,” and the Arrogant Worms’  “Last Saskatchewan Pirate.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 July 2024 15:08 )
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