This is a great week for big names and tribute bands.
There are a couple of excellent tribute acts ringing in the long weekend.
Soundgarden starts things off Thursday, April 17 with Re/Opened: a tribute to the Doors playing at 9:30 p.m. there is only a $3 cover for the show.
Average Joe’s brings in three huge tribute acts, April 28 with the Monsters of Mock.
The show features Bon Jovi tribute Blaze of Glory, Aerosmith tribute Aerosmith Rocks and AC DC tribute Who Made Who winds things up.
Tickets are $30. The shows begin at 9:30 p.m.
If you like modern pop-influenced country music, Florida Georgia Line play the Enmax Centre, April 17 with Dallas Smith.
On the other hand, if you like punk rock music or “puck rock music,” the Hanson Brothers (not the ’90s pop stars who recorded MMM Bop) play Sidelines in Coaldale. They will be playing high-octane hockey- and beer-inspired songs and will be sharing the stage with Calgary pop punk icons Chixdiggit. Tickets cost $20 in advance with a Pilsner and $25 at the door.
There is an excellent blues/rock show at the Slice this week with Miss Quincy returning with her brand new CD. Miss Quincy and the Showdown play the Slice, April 17. It will begin early at 8 p.m., so don’t miss it by showing up fashionably late.
There are a lot of unusual shows this week.
Doug Hoyer, Christian Hansen and Mark Mills will be playing weird pop/synth music at the Slice, April 16.
Saskatchewan band The Faps return to play the Slice, April 18 to add their own, weird twist on psych punk and noise rock as well.
And if you want to see a van’s gas tank used as a standup bass, don’t miss Shane Chisholm at Casino Lethbridge, April 18 and 19 where he will be playing his own blend of country, rockabilly and rock and roll music.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge focuses on country and roots music this weekend with local country band Hurtin’ playing April 19 and Kacy and Clayton playing April 18, who include the Deep Dark Woods’ Clayton Linthicum and his cousin Kacy Anderson playing traditional country music.
Around the corner from the Owl, The Inferno had another metal night featuring Form 9, The Delawares, Obsidian Soul and Accalia.
For a complete contrast to that, the Slice hosts a Spring Fling, April 19 featuring progressive rock act The New Weather Machine, plus local country bands Rancho Deluxe and and Treeline with Shaela Miller.
And if you want to laugh, comedian Mike “Pickle” Dambra will be performing at Scores, April 17, with special guests Ken Hicks, Brett Hutchinson and Jeff Gunderson. Tickets cost $15 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.
Last, but not least, local rock band the Raw Dogs are lending their musical talents to the Coalhurst Elementary School by playing an April 19 fundraiser at Average Joes. Tickets are $10. The show begin at 9 p.m. Florida Georgia Line ready to party with Lethbridge
Mega popular country pop duo the Florida Georgia Line are taking life one day at a time.
They seemed to explode out of nowhere with their 2012 CD “Here’s to the Good Times,” which spawned numerous hits including “Cruise,” “This is How We Roll,” “Round Here” and Here’s to the Good Times.”
They bring their “Here’s to the Good Times” tour to the Enmax Centre with Dallas Smith, April 17.
They began their headlining Here’s to The Good Times Tour in Abbotsford April 9 and played Pentiction the next day.
“It’s going good so far. The whole tour is bigger. We played to 7- to 8,000 people last night which is a lot bigger than the Commodore (in Vancouver) the last time we played (in B.C.)” said Ormand Beach, Florida-born Brian Kelley, who met Monroe, Georgia born band mate Tyler Hubbard while attending Belmont University in Nashville.
“It’s always exciting and it’s always fun. The size of the venue doesn’t really matter,” he said.
“I’m very excited about the whole year,” he said.
“We definitely have a lot of influences from hip hop to Christian rock to country. We just wanted to make a sound that was fresh and that you don’t hear anywhere else. It’s just really feel good music,” he continued adding most of their songs are country, except for a couple which have rap influences.
He didn’t know why Florida Georgia Line’s music caught on with fans so quickly.
“I guess it was just the right time. I feel blessed to be part of something special and to be able to play and write songs,” he said.
The duo have several big tours including a tour with Jason Aldean and ballpark tour with hip hop star Nelly who is on a remixed version of Florida Georgia Lines’s career making hit “Cruise.”
“We’re excited about that tour. We’ve been fans of his for a long time, so we’re excited about hanging out with him and his crew,” he said, adding the duo don’t think too far ahead into the year.
“We only look at it one day at a time. If you look any further, then you miss what’s right in front of you,” he said.
“That’s why touring is so addictive — it’s different every night,” he said.
He said they have already written a half dozen songs for a new album they hope to release by the end of the year.
The show, which also features an opening set by Dallas Smith, begins at 7:30 p.m., April 17. Tickets are $49 or $59+Fees
Miss Quincy and the Showdown ride again with new CD
Vancouver-based blueswoman Jody Peck, best known as Miss Quincy, is excited about bringing her brand new third CD “Roadside Recovery” to the Slice, April 17.
Peck and her band the Showdown recorded it with Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer’s Matt Rogers.
“We’ve worked with them for many years. It just made a lot of sense because we’re on the same page musically, so there are a lot of dirty guitar sounds on it,” she described.
“It is raw and stripped down. Every note played and every drum hit has a purpose,” she continued.
“We wanted to strip all of the fat out of the music,” she added.
Another important thing about the new CD is it properly reflects the live show.
“It was definitely important that it accurately reflected and sounded like the live show. I wanted to make sure people wouldn’t be confused that it doesn’t sound like the live show and vice versa,” she said.
Working with Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer was like working with family.
Matt Rogers played bass on two tracks when bassist Shari Rae couldn’t make the session.
Joy Mullen plays drums on all of the tracks and there is extra keyboards on couple of tracks as well.
When they come to Lethbridge they will feature Christie Rose on keyboards and harmony vocals, who will also be playing a solo set.
Bassist Jessie Robertson will be joining them on this quick tour of Western Canada and Joy Mullen will be on the drums.
“We’re touring as a four-piece now. So that’s cool,” she said.
“We have a more mature sound. We’ve known Christie for a lot of years. She plays a lot with C.R. Avery,” she said.
She noted she will be focusing on the songs from the new CD for the Lethbridge show.
“And some old favourites. It is pretty bluesy. If people want to dance and party, they can,” she continued.
She is excited to be back on the road as Miss Quincy is constantly on tour so she usually lives out of her trailer, though has called Vancouver her home for the past year while making the album.
“I’m just really excited to get back on the road. Every night is different. One night we’ll be playing a dirty bar, the next night it will be somebody’s home,” she said.
Miss Quincy and Christie Rose play the Slice, Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m.. There will be a $10 cover.
Clayton and Kacy provide a break from Deep Dark Woods
Clayton Linthicum is taking advantage of a brief hiatus in the Deep Dark Woods’ schedule to play a few shows with his second cousin, Kacy Anderson. The duo, Kacy and Clayton, play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 18.
“She’s still in high school, so we can only play on weekends,” he said.
“It’s very simple acoustic folk music. I play acoustic guitar and Kacy and I both sing,” he described.
“We grew up playing music together. Her grandfather, my uncle Carl, actually taught me to play the music of the ’40s and ’50s,” he said.
“So we’re keeping it in the family.
Clayton and Kacy have been playing together for four years, releasing two CDs along the way including the most recent “The Day is Past and Gone,” which they released late last year.
“We play whenever the Deep Dark Woods are on a break. So it is really a treat to play with her. Though you can only do so much,” he continued, adding Deep Dark Woods lead singer Ryan Boldt produced the CD at Dahl Street Records.
“We wrote four original songs for it and the rest are traditional tunes from Britain and the Southern United States,” he described.
“It’s great. It’s a lot different playing solo guitar than the Deep Dark Woods which is a big loud, five-piece rock band,” he observed.
He noted the new CD has been very well received especially in Europe and the United States.
The Deep Dark Woods are gearing up for a tour of the West Coast of the United States, during which one of their gigs will be sharing he spotlight with the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh.
“It’s going to be awesome,” he said.
Kacy and Clayton play the Owl Acoustic Lounge at 9 p.m., April 18. There is no cover for the show.
Hanson Brothers on the road with personal microbrew ale and hockey
Vancouver/Victoria-based puck rockers the Hanson Brothers are pretty much a quintessentially Canadian band — they love beer, hockey and loud music.
They are pumped about returning “to the scene of the crime” — the Coaldale Hotel, where they recorded their live album “It’s a Living,” a few years ago and to promote Hanson’s brand new craft beer Punk Rauch ale, April 19 at Sidelines in Coaldale.
“We normally wouldn’t tour because we don’t have a new album out but we wanted to promote my new beer and NomeansNo is on hiatus, so we didn’t have anything else to do,” said Hanson Brothers frontman John Wright, who also plays drums for Victoria/Vancouver based prog-punkers NoMeansNo.
The Hanson Brothers formed back in 1984 to do something a little different than the more complex progressive punk rock of NoMeansNo by combining the band members love of hockey, beer and back to the basics Ramones-style punk rock.
Unfortunately the bar won’t be able to serve Puck Rauch Ale as distribution got held up “due to a cock-up in Quebec.”
“I’ll be bringing some with me,” said Wright, eager to talk about micro-brewing and the state of hockey in Canada, particularly Alberta.
“It is so hard to get alcohol over provincial borders, you might as well be dealing with Russia,“ he observed.
He is collaborating with Quebec microbrewery Trou du Diable brewery to create his specialty brew.
“The owners were little punk rock kids who got hold of my ‘how to brew beer’ video back in the ’90s and now they’re an award-winning Canadian brewery. They wanted us, NoMeansNo, to play a show at the bar in their brewery and we decided to collaborate. I‘d make the recipe and they would they would make it for me,” he said, adding “Rauch” is a German term meaning smoky.
“It is literally translated as ‘hole of the devil,’ because it describes the convergence of three rivers by Shawinigan where aboriginals used to throw missionaries to their deaths,” he described.
They are excited about returning to Coaldale.
“Chixdiggit are playing, so that should be exciting. If you’ve seen the Hanson Brothers before, it will be the same thing. It’s going to be a great show. We have three albums. So we’ll be playing the songs and having a lot of Punk Rauch.”
There will also be special linesmen on stage.
“Usually we get the backing band to dress up as linesmen to make sure things don’t get out of hand on stage. Or we’ll get friends to take on that part,” he said.
He noted punk rock and hockey are pretty closely related.
“Hockey is really exciting and high energy and punk rock is really high energy and exciting. I never understood why country and western music is related to hockey, because it is pretty bland,” he said.
Doors open at Sidelines, April 19 at 8 p.m. Advance tickets cost $25 including a free bottle of Pilsner, or $25 at the door which doesn’t include the beer.
Chixdiggit all about having fun
Calgary pop punk band Chixdiggit are excited about sharing a stage with the Hanson Brothers, April 19 at Sidelines.
“We just got back from tour in Europe and we took the last year off so we’re kind of going from zero to 60 right now. It was great and a great way to get back into things,” said guitarist KJ Jansen. The rotating lineup includes guitarist Jimmy Gamble from fellow Calgary punk band Knucklehead, drummer Tyler Pickering and Brent Cooper on bass.
“He’s from Huevos Rancheros and he‘s one of the best guitarists in Canada, so we thought it would be a good idea to get him to play bass,” Jansen joked.
The band formed in 1990 as high school students who didn’t play any instruments, but decided to design T-shirts for a band that didn’t exist, then decided to form said band. They have since toured the world and recorded several albums, spreading the gospel of perky, happy, catchy pop punk music.
They’re happy to play one off gigs like the local gig with the Hanson Brothers.
“The last time we played with them was in about 1994. They’re Canadian legends. They put on a hell of a show,” Jansen enthused.
They enjoyed their year off.
“We’ve been working in new songs and have been learning to play our instruments. We’ve been working on that, too,” he said, adding their friendship is what has been keeping them together for so long.
“I think is it’s because we’ve always been friends first. That was the whole point of doing this. There was a point in time when we were doing this as a job and we all hated that. So now we do it because we want to do it, not because we have to do it,” he continued. “It’s not a bad job though. You get to go out and have a few drinks and play a few songs and go home,” he said.
SunParlour Players play a plethora of instruments
Toronto area-based folk/rock/roots duo the Sunparlour Players have always had a fondness for Lethbridge, so they are excited about returning to the Slice, Tuesday, April 22.
“We love Lethbridge. The first time we played there was with Elliott Brood and this great band, the Acorn,” related Andrew Penner, one half of the multi-instrumental duo with Michael “ Rosie” Rosenthal.
“And six years later, we have a pizza named after ourselves at the Slice. Some of our most bizarre memories have happened in Lethbridge,” he said.
“I think there ended up being fist fights at the first show,” he said.
“So this time I’m hoping for a big dance party,” he said.
They have literally just released their brand new CD, “The Living Proof,” which was released April 8. They recorded it over three months last fall with their producer Chris Stinger.
The duo always set out to record something different.
“There is a Heinz plant in my hometown, Leamington, which shut down. I grew up on a tomato farm helping grow tomatoes for the Heinz plant. Now it is closed, it is really going to hurt the people of this town. It is something a lot of people in a lot of small towns will be able to identify with,” he said.
“This CD is sharper and stronger,” he said.
They each play a plethora of different instruments and on their CD.
“Rosie might pick up a violin bow and use it to play a glockenspiel. It’s pretty crazy. We get together and this is the sound that happens,” he continued.
“Rosie will be playing a drum with one foot and an organ with one hand and bass with the other and I’ll be playing a drum and a bass player and a guitar or banjo,” he said, adding the two of them play very specific parts to recreate the sound of their CDs on stage and vice versa.
“When we start to feel too comfortable on stage, that’s when we need to change the sound,” he said.
“But we want to keep this to two people for practical reasons,” he said, adding other than the poet reading the “How to Make Ginger Bourbon Ale,” and the piano player plus a horn player, it is just the two of them playing everything else on the CD.
“But we didn’t want it to just be a gimmick. We make practical musical choices on stage,” he said.
“So we play what is absolutely necessary,” he said.
There is a $10 cover for the April 22 show at the Slice, which begins at 9 p.m.
Romi Mayes plays the Slice
A decent-sized Thursday night crowd wished Winnipeg blueswoman Romi Mayes a very happy birthday, April 10.
She and the Perpetrators’ Jay Nowicki killed it as usual as they worked through much of Mayes’ repertoire plus some new songs.
They always deserve twice as many people as are there, but the crowd was completely into the duo’s brand of dirty blues rock with just a touch of country.
She “made it easy” to enjoy the show by opening with “Make it Easy On You,” and followed up with her sassy, sexy originals.
“Don’t Mess with Me” was a highlight of the first set which included most of my favourite Romi Mayes songs including “The Other Dame,” and the title track of her most recent CD “Lucky Tonight.”
But she also went back to her early albums for some of her more country and bluegrass-tinged tunes. “Lord Have Mercy on Me” drew enthusiastic response at the beginning of the show.
She played tender ballads as well as gritty blues rockers as Jay Nowicki added tasteful, mostly finger-picked guitar solos.
Her second set was a little more laid back, beginning with a ’60s tinged pop ballad.
She followed it up with “Something’s Going On” and tried to get the audience to sing along.
They picked up the tempo with “Make You Love Me” and the upbeat blues shuffle “ I Can’t Get You Off of My Mind.”
She also played a couple of new songs. One of my favourites of these was “She Makes a Monkey out of a Man,” which was a more straight-ahead rock song. She followed that up by going back to her bluegrass days to plays a rocking version of “Styx and BTO” and picked up the tempo a little for “Sweet Something Steady.” She was called back for an encore of her touching “Ball and Chain” from “Lucky Tonight.”
Megan Nash, Mary Caroline at the Owl
Monday night gigs can be tough, so Megan Nash and Mary Caroline’s April 7 show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge was no exception.
I only caught the last couple songs from Yellowknife-based singer songwriter Mary Caroline. She had an appealing voice as always as she played songs from her last CD and a few new ones. She ended with one of my favourites “Into the Rain.”
Megan Nash, one third of Moose Jaw-based indie rock trio PandaCorn, was a real trouper for her solo set as she was playing with a finger she injured in a “mango cutting accident.”
She sounded like Serena Ryder as she sang a few new songs, some PandaCorn songs and “a whole pile of angry songs.”
She played a riveting set which featured her powerfully passionate voice.
“Trust Me” was a highlight, as was her song “about not getting laid.”
A newer song called “My Melancholy Man,” about an ex who was always grouchy, was another highlight.
She finished her set with her “birth control/viking” song.
She wound down her set with a sultry cover of the Patsy Cline hit “I Fall To Pieces.”
Sarah Jane Scouten and dobro player Sam Masterton played an entertaining set of upbeat folk and blues music, April 5 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
Scouten sang lead on most songs and joked with a decent-sized crowd about music and life in general.
“This one goes out to anyone who is here to pick up chicks or dudes,” she chuckled before playing one of the first set’s highlights.
Most of the set was all original music though they ended with an excellent cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” which featured some excellent vocal harmonies.
Terra give a taste of the Electric Eye music festival
Lethbridge caught a taste of the music to be featured at the Electric Eye Music Festival, taking place May 10 at six different venues, with a special fundraising show at the Slice, Saturday April 5.
While I missed Chief Mountain and Birch Bark and couldn’t stick around for the Ruby Plumes, who ended the show, I was glad to have caught Medicine Hat-based noise rock trio Terra who will be one of the 30 bands performing at the festival.
They featured a lot of delay drenched vocals and guitar and you could tell they listen to a lot of Pixies.
They played an intense and outstanding set with a super tight rhythm, solid bass groove and lots of noises and energy. They had most of the good sized crowd clustered in front of the stage.
They ended with something you don’t see every day in Lethbridge — with the bassist smashing his bass on the stage.
After that adrenaline rush, The Electric Eye mascot Michael Bolt-on — a one eyed alien in a boxing outfit — appeared on stage to the tune of “Eye of the Tiger” to draw for assorted prizes.
The Electric Eye festival will take place at The Slice Bar and Grill, Owl Acoustic Lounge, Telegraph Tap House, Blueprint Records, SAAG and Army Navy Air Force Hall with 30 of the weirdest delay drenched garage rock, punk and psychedelic noise rock bands scheduled to perform, Saturday, May 10.
Admission is free thanks to several generous sponsors.
So far the bands schedule to play include a variety of local acts including Advertisement, Clockwork Towns, Fox Eyes, Brenna Lowrie, Jesse Northey, Lustre Creame, Open Channels, the Palmers, Robotoroboros, the Ruby Plumes and the Yeah Dads plus Edmonton bands Nolan Bossert,Boosh (and/ or ka-kow), the Lad Mags, the Betrayers and Bonspiel plus Calgary bands Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Hag Face, Barnaby Bennett, Feel Alright and Fist City plus An Ant and an Atom. http://eemusicfest.wordpress.com/
Slice — Doug Hoyer, Christian Hansen, Mark Mills $5
Owl Acoustic Lounge — L.A. beat open jam
Enmax Centre — Florida Georgia Line with Dallas Smith and Chris Lane Here’s to the Good Times Tour Tix $39,$49,$59+Fees
Scores — Mike Pickle Dambra $15
Slice — Miss Quincy
Owl Acoustic lounge — library trivia
Cotton Blossom Lounge — James Oldenburg
Bo Diddleys — open mic
Sound Garden — Doors tribute Re Opened 9:30 p.m $3
Mocha Cabana — Herb Hicks Jazz Quartet
Casino Lethbridge — Shane Chisholm
Average Joe’s — Monsters of Mock with Blaze of Glory (Bon Jovi tribute, Aerosmith Rocks (Aerosmith tribute), Who Made Who (AC DC tribute). $30 9 p.m.
Jimmy’s — open mic
Wolfs Den — bluegrass jam
Honkers — Steve Keenan Blues jam
Slice — The Faps
Owl Acoustic lounge — Kacy and Clayton
Mocha Cabana — Herb Hicks Jazz Quartet
Casino Lethbridge — Shane Chisholm
Sidelines — The Hanson Brothers with Chixdiggit $20 advance, $25 at the door
Inferno — The Delawares, Obsidian Soul, Accalia, Form 9 8:30 p.m. $5
Slice — New Weather Machine Rancho Deluxe, Treeline
Owl Acoustic lounge — Hurtin’
Average Joe’s — The Raw Dogs Coalhurst Elementary School Fundraiser $10 9 p.m.
Owl Acoustic Lounge— open mic
Onion — Open mic 9 p.m.
Slice — Sunparlour Players $10
Club Didi — Wednesday Night Nutz; Murders monthly Crisis On Excelsior
Owl Acoustic Lounge — L.A. Beat open mic
Soundgarden — open mic
Slice — Like Animals, Lustre Creame $8 advance $10 at the door
Bo Diddley’s — open mic
Cotton Blossom Lounge — james Oldenburg
The Vent — The Press Gang, No More Moments, The Spacewolves $10 9 p.m.?
Casino Lethbridge — Al Barrett
Slice — Dirti Speshuls CD release with Cosmic Charley, RikoRa
Owl Acoustic lounge — Christopher Ford
Mocha Cabana — James Oldenburg
Jimmy’s Pub — open mic
Wolf’s Den — open mic
Moose Hall — Trevor Panczak and Rough Stock