This is the week for CD release parties, with several on deck.
Local folk/jazz/Celtic group the Junkman’s Quire has their EP release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 20, while local country group the Cody Hall Band release their CD the next night, Oct. 21 at the Slice.
But things start early with several shows early in the week.
Vancouver-based, organ-powered classic rock-style band Bend Sinister Return to the Slice, Oct. 18 with Band of Rascals, who both have new albums out. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
For classic rock fans, Burton Cummings plays the Enmax Centre, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. He has a variety of solo hits including “My Own Way To Rock,” “I Will Play a Rhapsody,” “Break It To Them Gently,” as well as was part of the Guess Who. Tickets are $93.95.
For the complete opposite to that, Blueprint hosts an all-ages show, Oct. 19 featuring Calgary’s Soft Cure a.k.a. Seth Cardinal, Cassia Hardy’s Edmonton-based project Wares and local synth pop band Wits.
Admission is $10. Capacity is limited, so contact the Terrific Kids Collective to get on the list.
There is also laughter on Oct. 19 as Jokers Gone Wild returns to Casino Lethbridge with comedians, Todd Ness, Alex Fortin and Drew Behm. Admission is $10 for the show which begins at 8:30p.m.
On the weekend, tap into your inner Scotsman with the ninth annual Scotchtoberfest at Average Joe’s Oct. 20 . Local funk rock trio Adequate will be performing as well as Bashed Tatties and Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and drums. There will also be a silent auction and a scotch bar; tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Funds will be donated to the Burn Camp for Children.
There is also a big fundraiser at Legends, Oct. 21 for Angela Entz, who suffered a serious workplace accident on May 15.
Numerous local bands including local rock band Scotch Whiskey Limousine, Keith Woodrow, Oliver Wolf, Dory and the Weathermen, Coda, Good Time Charlie, Band of Brothers and Quick Draw perform beginning at 1 p.m. There is a $15 cover.
Family jams are back at the Owl Acoustic Lounge Oct. 21 as well. It starts at 1:30 p.m.
In the evening local country/folk duo Carter Felker and Skinny Dyck will be performing at the Owl.
If you are in the mood for a little bit of country, the Mark Hall Band is at Casino Lethbridge on the weekend.
It is a busy week at the Slice next week. Calgary-based singer songwriter Cam Penner returns to Lethbridge, Oct. 24 with steel guitarist Jon Wood.
The next night, Oct. 25, features Edmonton’s Matt Patershuk touring in support of his third album “Same As I Ever Was.” Steve Dawson will be joining him on lead guitar.
The Slice features surf music with the Atomicos Oct. 20 and it will also be a farewell party for their drummer Chris Lipinski. Mickey Hayward is also on the bill.
For something slightly different, Russell Treyz and Tom Key’s musical the “Cotton Patch Gospel” explores the question of what if Jesus was born in Gainesville, Georgia in 1950. The music and lyrics were written by Harry Chapin.
Find out the answer at several shows at Casa, Oct. 20-22. It is directed by Jeremy Mason and features Andrew Legg plus the musical talents of Cody Parr, Matt Cameron and Kurt Ciesla. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 for students and seniors.
Vancouver Island rock band Band of Rascals are excited to tear up the Slice with Bend Sinister, Oct. 18.They are touring in support of their blues infused new EP “Tempest” and the lead single “Holler.”
“We’ve never played Lethbridge before, though we’ve passed through it,” said drummer Marcus Manhas, who is joined by bandmates lead singer Sam Trainor, lead guitarist Malcolm Owen-Flood and bassist Sean Marcy.
“We’re excited to get out there with Bend Sinister. We don’t really know them, but we know of them and we’ve got five shows with them,” he continued, while working in the band’s Cowichan Bay studio on Vancouver Island.
The EP and single were officially released, Oct. 13.
“We‘re really excited to have it out,” he said, noting the band formed in June 2013.
He said the EP shows off the band’s various influences.
“We explored old blues, but the EP is a good mix of both old blues and more modern influences,“ he observed.
They recorded the EP with well known producer Eric Ratz, who has worked with a variety of hard rock acts like Billy Talent, Monster Truck and the Arkells.
“We recorded it at The Warehouse, Bryan Adams’ studio. Eric is such a positive guy. He is full of experiences and he told us stories about the Arkells,” he enthused.
“He knew the sound we wanted and he knew exactly how to get it. But he‘s such a relaxed guy. He really helped us to be the best we could be and help create the best sound for the record,” he continued, adding it paid off.
“Response has been really good, We‘ve been getting play on college radio and on the Zone 91.3 in Victoria,” he said.
They are looking forward to the show.
“It’s really high energy. We like to make it a new experience,” he described.
“It’s electrifying and fun. We’re excited to bring it across Canada,” he continued.
“Then in December we’ll take some time to write some more,” he said.
Bend Sinister and band of Rascals play the Slice, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.
There is no dust on Edmonton singer songwriter Matt Patershuk, who returns to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Oct. 25 in support of his third CD “Same As I’ve Ever Been.”
The CD is anything but as producer Steve Dawson encouraged Patershuk to spread his wings and explore a few of his other musical interests.
“It”s a little different. There’s a lot of different things on it. It’s not just country. There’s blues music and Celtic music and Tex Mex music,” said Patershuk on his way to work. He has been enjoying spending time at home with his wife and kids, but is excited to return to Lethbridge.
“I really like playing Lethbridge. I get better response there than I do up north so love getting back on the road and coming back,” Patershuk said.
He will be bringing a rejigged line up of his band, the straight Arrows including drummer Liam MacDonald, bassist Curtis Ebner and Steve Dawson on lead guitar.
“And, of course, me,” he chuckled.
“This will be the first time this configuration has played together, but I have no doubt that it will be golden. I’ve played with Steve for years. he’s on all three albums and I’ve played with Curtis for years,” he said.
He always enjoys playing with Steve Dawson.
“He’s been on all three of my albums. We started working on the first one in 2012 and that came out in 2013. So it’s been about five years. It helps that we really get along well together and that he’s incredibly technically proficient on his instruments. But he’s also very honest which is unusual, because often in Nashville people tend to blow smoke,” he observed.
He noted Dawson encouraged him to experiment with blues music.
“I remember my uncle gave me a tape of BB King Live at the Cook County Jail when I was 12 and I fell in love with it It was one of those mind blowing experiences. I never thought I could play it. Blues music is a little bit out of my wheelhouse but Steve encouraged me to try it,” Patershuk said.
Patershuk and a different line up of the Straight Arrows played several shows for the Wide Cut Country Weekend in Calgary, and after Lethbridge will play Saskatoon and Winnipeg before playing a short run in B.c including stops in Vancouver and Victoria. Then Patershuk will concentrate on more writing.
Lyrically, the new CD has one song about his sister, who died in an accident with a drunk driver called “Memory and The First Law of Thermodynamics.”
“I read an essay by a physicist about how energy and matter goes back into the universe. So they are always with you which is comforting even if you don’t believe in a higher power. So that’s why I read it at her funeral,” he said.
The other songs were inspired by a combination of fictional characters and people Patershuk knows.
“I still write a lot in the first person. These characters are all experiencing a time of transition, so the songs are about how they deal with that transition. I’m always interested in people’s reaction to that,” he said.
Matt Patershuk and the Straight Arrows play their album release show at the Slice, Wednesday, Oct, 25.
I missed most of the October edition of the Windy City Opry on Wednesday, Oct. 11, because it starts at 8 p.m. on the dot and ends early. So I completely missed Saskatoon songwriter Zachary Lucky’s set and most of Calgary songwriter Kent McAlister.
McAlister finished an entertaining set with his big, rumbling baritone voice and introduced his band which included Jay Bowcott playing lead guitar.
They ended their set with an apt song called “That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” but were called back for an encore they were not expecting and improvised a ’50s/’60s pop-influenced jam.
I was going to give a Tuesday night show at the Slice a miss, Oct. 10, but was glad I caught Edmonton-based pop band The Royal Foundry’s exuberant set of heavily ’80s-influenced pop music from husband-and-wife duo Jared and Bethany Salte and bandmates drummer Robbie Szabo and bassist Jeremy Dehek.
They were an energetic blue jumping between an assortment of different musical instruments, often within the same song and without missing a beat.
Jared Salte beamed as he brandished a sparkling silver keytar which was lying on a keyboard stand, before he picked it up and swung the instrument around his head.
He put it down and rushed to take up Bethany’s guitar while she dashed across the stage to beat away at a KAOSS pad. Drummer Robbie Szabo leaped from his drum kit and grabbed his cello for a couple verse of songs before rushing back to his kit. Bassist Jeremy Dehek also sang harmonies and added extra percussion throughout the band’s frenetic show of perky, up-tempo pop music.
They also slowed down for a couple folk numbers with Bethany strumming acoustic guitar, but quickly picked up the tempo again as her husband played a tasteful solo for the song.
Their catchy hit single “Running Away,” which has been used by the CFL, came midway through their set.
They were called back for an encore after some delay and returned to put their own pop-fuelled twist on Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In the Free World,” with Jared Salte playing the main riff on keyboard.
Alex Vissia at the Owl
I only caught the tail end of Edmonton musician Alex Vissia a.k.a. Vissa’s outstanding long weekend show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Oct. 7.
But I heard enough to be suitably impressed by her gorgeous, bluesy R and B-tinged voice which reminded me of Moose Jaw’s Megan Nash, but with a touch more alternative rock along the lines of the Pixies and a touch of ’50s and ’60s pop music.
She mostly focussed on music from her new CD “Place Holder.” She ended her first set with a sultry cover of Neil Young’s “Walk On.”
Ivory Hours at the Slice
Though the Fox Who Slept the Day Away stayed way from the Slice upon seeing barely a dozen people in the audience, Saturday, Oct. 7, the show went on for London, Ontario-based alternative rock/pop band Ivory Hours.
They played an excellent show for the appreciative audience of hook filled set of music, mostly from their new CD “Dreamworld.” Frontman Luke Roes sang in appealing tenor voice which reminded me of Danny Michel, especially with some of the more world music influenced songs,
Their addictive new single “Shadow Kids, came mid way through the set.
“Pain” was a highlight as was the set ending “Living in a Dream World.”
Slice — Bend Sinister with Band of Rascals $10
Slice — open mic
Enmax Centre — Burton Cummings Up Close and Alone Tour 7:30 p.m.
Casino Lethbridge — jokers Gone wild
Blueprint — Soft Cure, Wits, Wares $10 8 p.m.
Mocha Cabana — Sandy Gervais
Smokehouse — Open mic with Daylan Delaney
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Junkman’s Quire EP release
Slice — Atomicos with the Boss Novas
Average Joe’s — Scotchtoberfest IX with Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums Bashed Tatties and Adequate $20 advance $25 day of show
Casino Lethbridge — Mark Hall Band
Casa — Cotton Patch Gospel
Mocha Cabana–Alyssa mcQuaid
The Slice— Cody Hall
Legends — Angela Entz fundraiser with Scotch Whiskey Limousine, Keith Woodrow, Oliver Wolf, Dory and the Weathermen, Coda, Good Time Charlie, Band of brothers, Quick Draw 1 p.m. $15
Owl Acoustic Lounge — family jam 1:30 p.m., Carter Felker and Skinny Dyck
Casino Lethbridge — Mark Hall Band
Onion — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Slice — Cam penner and Jon Wood
Slice — Matt Patershuk
Owl Acoustic Lounge — standup comedy open mic
The Slice — Open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Peter and the Wolves
Slice — Dudes from nowhere
Honker’s Pub — Open mic
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Extra A Canada’s 150th with Musaeus
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Mark Jackson (BBQ),, Mark Sultan aka BBQ, J BLissette, Biloxi parish
Slice — the Due Clause
Honker’s Pub — afternoon Open mic
Average Joe’s — One Bad Son with Whale and the Wolf $25
Chinook High School Theatre – Geomatic Attic — Shane Koyczan $32.50 7-11 p.m.