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Tributes celebrate Easter ’80s style at the Place

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As usual  Dave Chomiak’s ’80s  Easter weekend at the Place was a hit, March 28, 29 and 30.

Breaking the Chains rocking’ Dokken at the Place. By Richard Amery

 The had the usual suspects playing   ’80s hard rock and metal favourites. So that meant plenty of  hot guitar playing,  fast paced riffs, histrionic vocals, anthemic choruses and  the requisite  ’80s power ballads from Thursday to Saturday.


Motley Crüe tribute Live Wire  playing the Place for this year’s 80s weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 For something a little different they had  Danica Sommer’s   Alanis Morrisette tribute . A Rolling Stones Tribute  couldn't make the weekend. Unfortunately. I missed  Tyrants of Chaos’s “ Tyrants of Priest tribute and the Van Halen tribute as well as a new Heart Tribute.


I caught popular Dokken tribute Breaking the Chains on March 29.


Breaking the Chains  brought all of Dokken‘s hits like “It’s not Love,” and the band’s namesake “ Breaking the Chains.” and the always firy “ Into the Fire

 Chomiak’s Def Leppard tribute Stage Fright are always amazing, Their show was no exception, March 30.


  They played all the hits from “ Hysteria,“ including that album”s namesake, “ Women,” and ‘ Pour Some Sugar On Me,” and “Armageddon It.”

 They went back even further for one of my favourite Def Leppard songs “ Foolin’” “ Let’s get Rocked” was an early highlight.


 For something different,  Chomiak observed   that their new drummer would play with one aren’t for $100. I didn’t know if they got that, But he did it anyway.


 Motley Crüe tribute Live wire are always a lot of fun.

 They played the crowds’s Crüe favourites, focussing on the earlier, grittier  material plus hits like “ Girls, Girls Girls,” and “ Kickstart My Heart.”

— By Rchard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Stage Fright’s drummer showing  he can play with one arm  during the ’80s weekend at the Place. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Friday, 03 May 2024 12:22 )

Hurtin’ play long awaited country show at Owl

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 Local country band Hurtin’ made a long awaited return to the Owl Acoustic lounge, March 30.


Hurtin’s playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught their last set, which they opened with  Canadian classic— Showdown’s “ Rodeo Song.”


The  band featuring  Keenan and Shael Pezderic, plus their dad Marlin on bass and vocals and Scott Mezei adding extra guitar.


 They played some of the  best of ’90s country like “ Friends on Low Places,” and dabbled in classic rock and blues  with the Allman Brothers band’s “ Midnight Rider.”


Keenan Pezderic sang a hot version of “ 9 to 5.”

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 May 2024 11:13 )

Kingston’s Kasador brings close core of fans to Slice

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 Kingston based indie rock band Kasador played  an intimate  set for an enthusiastic but intimate audience a the Slice,Wednesday, April 24. They had dedicated fans in the front row, calling out requests for their favourite Kasador songs.

Kasador and The Wilderness  jamming at the Slice, April 24. Photo by Richard Amery

 I missed opening act fellow Kingstonites  the Wilderness, but they joined Kasador on  stage for an  encore a showing off some fine saxophone soloing on  an upbeat cover of Calum Scott/ Robyn’s “I Keep Dancing On my Own.”



 Kasador’s frontman had a Myles Goodwyn style tenor  voice. They showed a variety of indie rick and classic rock influences. At first they reminded me of the Alan parsons Project, a little of 21 Pilots.


 They picked up the tempo on a cover of Blue Rodeo’s “ Rose Coloured Glasses, and played a few audience request for “ Younger Days.” “ Quit Your Cryin’,” and “ Squeeze.”

 — BY Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 May 2024 11:30 )

Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few help poet Teri Petz get back to Hungary

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 Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive few  played an eclectic set, Wednesday April 24 for a fundraiser for Teri Petz, who runs the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s monthly poetry open mics.


The fundraiser was to  help Teri Petz return to Hungary to visit an old friend.

 There was an intimate audience for their set as most of the poets, who had performed before, had left.


Jolene Draper playing Teri PEtz’s Fundraiser at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 24. Photo by Richard Amery


 Draper and Bassist Steve Martin sang a  variety of popular hits like The Bare Naked Ladies’ “ Brian Wilson”  a few originals  and a quirky song that may have been a Ween song. 

 Draper tried her hands at scatting as she recited a beat style poem, as the band laid down the groove


 Gabe Thaine alternated on guitar and keyboards as drummer Taylor Murphy held down the beat.

 The event raised  close to $1,000 including the donation bucket and  silent auction of a variety of items including poetry books.

 The played one of Draper’s originals  the jazz tinged “ Storm Rolling In,” and  went right into a hot rendition of Queen”s “ Somebody To Love,” which showed off the band’s vocal harmonies.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 May 2024 11:03 )

Michael Charles brings back laid back marathon of the blues to the Slice

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Once again, Chicago via Australia bluesman Michael Charles didn't have the audience he deserved, April 18 at the Slice.

Charles eased into his usual marathon set of classic blues and original music.

Michael Charles playing the Slice, April 18. Photo by Richard Amery


 He and his hot band started off slow with  a solo acoustic version of blues classic “ Before you Accuse me,” His band joined him to play what should be a theme song for Lethbridge , one of his original songs, “ The Wind.”

He didn’t say a lot during the first half of his set ( I lasted about two hours) preferring to let his guitars do the talking.


He held down the laid back groove on another  blues classic “ Crosscut Saw” then switched to a Stratocaster for another original “ My Shadow.”


The trio had a lot of groove throughout guitar changes. They added sweet vocal harmonies.


He picked up a beautiful PRS guitar as he picked up the tempo a little for one of my favourite Michael Charles Originals “ Nobody’s Fool,” which he followed up with “ A To Z.”

“ Step By Step ” was the other highlight I took in before I left.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 May 2024 10:25 )
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