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The Small Glories to bring a joyous musical experience to the Geomatic Attic

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Getting through the pandemic is a big victory for  independent folk acts like  Winnipeg duo  the Small Glories, who play the Geomatic Attic on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

 The Small Glories played the Lethbridge Folk Club just before the pandemic shut everything down.

The Small Glories return to Lethbridge, Wednesday, Oct. 19. Photo by RichardAmery

 Cara Luft is excited to return to Lethbridge with JD Edwards.


“We’d just started touring in support of ‘Assiniboine and the Red,” when everything got shut down by the pandemic. We’re still trying to fulfill 2020 and 2021 contracts,” said Luft, who has been playing with JD Edwards in Small Glories for eight years.


“I was  in a pretty depressive state, but at the same time there was a strange sense of relief. I wasn't in a very creative place during the pandemic. I was actually very envious of other musicians who  were posting ‘hey, I just recorded this song, or played on this platform.’ I missed playing,” she said.


“ JD is married and has three kids, so he got to stay home and watch them grow up rather than being away from home all the time. But we don’t live in the same household and weren’t in the same bubble. So we didn’t play  at all during the pandemic,” she continued, noting the Small Glories just returned from a  United States tour.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 October 2022 08:46 ) Read more...

Fawns emphasize keyboard side at Slice with Strange Breed

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I missed Fawns’ opening set  for the Pack AD last week, but caught their closing set at  the Slice, Oct. 5. I was really looking forward to seeign Vancuver}s strange breed again as I also missed their show with Fawns on March 31.

Mercedes Fawns at the Slice, oct. 5. Photo by Richard Amery

 Fawns was missing lead guitarist Richard Charlton and I was missing his leads.


That left lead singer Mercedes Fawns to handle the guitar as well as lead vocals, so wasn’t as  frenetic on stage.


 Fawns set was more keyboard heavy than usual.


 They played their usual set  of  anthemic  Alanis Morissette ’90s  style alternative rock but with a touch of dance and pop music, thanks to Fawns’ powerful voice.

They wound up their set on a slightly slower note by going back to their debut album “ I Grew up here.”

— By Richard Amery,L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 October 2022 16:21 )

4BPM and company make some noise for the Audio Engineers Society and CKXU at Theoretically Brewing

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 I missed most of  the U of L Audio Engineering and CKXU  Hectic Eclectic show at Theoretically Brewing, Saturday, Oct. 1. I missed Edmonton’s Fitness and Ol’ Ben, but  just in time for the last song lof local noise rock/ screamo band 4BPM.


4BPM playing for  AES and CKXu at Theoretically brewing, oct. 1. Photo b y Richard Amery

They seemed to be  the act most of the 70 some people on the Theoretically Brewing patio were waiting for and they didn’t disappoint. they started slow and melodic,  but soon amped things up into a crescendo of feedback, noise, crushing chords and bellowing vocals as the frontman jumped amidst the mosh pit  starting about the same time 4BPM picked up the tempo.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 October 2022 16:08 )

The Wicked Grins play laid back country and roots music

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Chris Drew and his band the Wicked Grins returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge to play some  traditional country music.


The Wicked Grins at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 1. photo by RichardAmery

 They  are Lethbridge’s go to backing country band featuring bassist Kieren Patrick Swinney, drummer Shyloh Haberman and lead guitarist Kevin Peters added a solid bed to Chris Drew’s music.


 I just caught the end of their first set, but waited around for the second, set which was mostly acousitic.


 Swinney added background vocals while Peters added hot, tasteful , twangy leads on a variety of original music, which blended traditional country and more modern outlaw cuntry acts like the Turnpike Troubadours and Tyler Childers.


 “I Can’t Make you Love Me” was a highlight near the end featuring the harmony vocals and leads.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 October 2022 16:00 )

Alpen Schatz rings in October with Oktoberfest at Lethbridge Rugby club and Spectrum Ale

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If you missed Medicine Hat’s Alpen Schatz during the Pogo Brothers’ Oktoberfest, approximately 100 people  caught the repeat performance as Spectrum Ale kicked off October with Oktoberfest at the Lethbridge Rugby Club, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 1.


Oktoberfest is always a lot of fun and so is German oom pah pah polka music. And German beer is delicious.


 There was plenty of both on the Rugby Club patio.


Alpen Schatz celebrating Oktoberfest with Spectrum Ale Works, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery

 I arrived in time  to grab a Brat and a specially brewed German beer and settle in foir the second  Alpen Schatz’s four sets.

 Of course, they opened it with an “Ein Prosit” toast and  oom pahed their way into  the first of many drinking songs “ Let’s have A Party.”


 The followed it up by turning the Beatles‘m “Ob La Di Ob la Dah,” into a brassy polka.


 After a couple of German songs, they turned Johnny Cash’s “ Ring of Fire” into a toe tapping polka and stayed  in that era for “Bye Bye Love.”


 After that, they lead the audinece in another sing along “Ein Prosit” toast and carried on with up tempo , horn heavy German music.


 You can take in your third Oktoberfest of the year with Alpen Schatz when they return to lethbridge to play the German Canadian Club”s Oktoberfest, Oct. 15.


 Tickets are $5 for members, $55 for guests.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 October 2022 15:51 )
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