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Local music scene offers a busy schedule

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Richard Amery

There are quite a few events happening this week.
The biggest event is the second annual Coulee Fest, happening Sept. 15 at Lethbridge College from 1-7 p.m..
The free event includes displays from all the programs, a market family fun including bouncy castles and face painting and live music with Adequate, White Chocolate Thunder and Kavanagh and Hepher.
But the week begins with the September edition of the Windy City Opry with Boots and the Hoots, hosting for Shaela Miller who is on tour. Pig Water, a.k.a. Lance Loree, and Toby Malloy will be performing. As usual the Opry begins at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
Just down the road in Fort Macleod, Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn perform at the Empress, Thursday, Sept. 13. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.
It‘s going to be a busy weekend. The Lethbridge Folk Club has their first open mic of the season, Sept. 14 at Casa in the ATB Community Room. It runs runs from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $5 to cover room rental.
Punk band Chief Mountain are starting to play more. This week they play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 14 with Face Cut.
Calgary power trio Bazaraba bring big riffs and vocal harmonies to the Slice, Sept. 14. They will be joined by local stoner rock band the Rainbow Patrol and Iron Tusk.
Bagpipes take centre stage with local rock band Soup of Flies, who return to the newly renovated Pop’s Pub North. They play from 8-11 p.m.
For something a little more mellow, Dueling Pianos with Cal Toth returns to Average Joe’s, Sept. 14.
A couple of exceptional blues acts play this week.
Papa King plays Coulee Brew on Sept. 14 with Darryl Düus, who has returned home for a couple of shows. They also play the Slice the next night, Sept. 15. Admission to that show is $5.
Theoretically Brewing has a big folk/rock show on Sept. 15. CKXU and Norwegian Blue Records bring in Victoria’s Wired to the Sky, a.k.a. Dylon Perkons, Regina’s Tyle and local acts Zach Passey of Biloxi Parish and Son of A Baker aka Mickey Hayward. Admission is $10.
And Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves will rock up Casino Lethbridge, Sept. 14 and 15.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge has a busy day on Saturday, Sept. 15 with the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp family jam at 1 p.m. And they have a special show that night as Edmonton songwriter Kimberley MacGregor returns to play a “songwriter in the round” with Calgary’s Jenny Allen and October Poppy, a.k.a. Eryn Kleyh, the lead singer of Vernon psychedelic folk band She Hangs Brightly.
For something different, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico rock band La Trez Quartoz play Beaches on Sept. 15.
Last, but not least, Winnipeg folk punk musician Greg Rekus returns to Lethbridge to host the Owl Acoustic Lounge open mic on Monday.

Edmonton singer-songwriter Kimberley MacGregor is excited to return to Lethbridge to visit some pals, with good pal Jenny Allen and new pal October Poppy, Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Admission is by donation.
“I love Jenny. I played with her at Waynestock and the North Country Fair and enjoyed it so much we booked a couple of shows together,” said MacGregor.
“Because we live in different cities, I find the best way to spend some time with someone is to book a show or two with them. So we’re taking a weekend to do that,” she enthused, adding she doesn’t really know October Poppy, who is part of Vernon band She Hangs Brightly.
“Our mutual friend, Tyler Allen from Red Deer, booked the show at the Owl on the same night, so I reached out to her, her name is Eryn, and asked her if she’d be interested in playing a songwriter in the round show with us,” MacGregor continued, adding she loves “songwriter in the round” shows.
“It’s a lot more fun than just watching one person playing, though that can be cool, too, but I like watching them play together on each other’s songs,” she said.
“I love going to music festivals. I usually skip the main stage and just watch the workshops. probably the best one I ever saw was the Sadies, Neko Case and the Good Brothers because they already knew each other’s songs,” she reminisced.
“I love going to Lethbridge. It’s usually just an excuse to go and visit pals,“ she said, adding she never passes up to travel.
“I was just in Winnipeg visiting my pal Amber (Neilsen who plays in Sweet Alibi ) and her roommate Rayne. They had to work, so I stayed home and wrote songs, and when they got back, we sang them, so now I have songs with three part harmonies,” MacGregor said, adding she is excited to share some of them in Lethbridge and test the harmonies with Jenny Allen and October Poppy.
“I have some songs we can all sing on,” she said.
She has a lot of new songs.
“You never know if they will be hits or they will be crap. But I have a couple ones I really, really like, but they aren’t finished yet,” she said, adding she also has a lot of songs she wrote at the Banff Centre two years ago.
“For the first two albums I lit a fire under my butt the get them done quickly, but I’m in no hurry now.”
“I’m busy working with a new drummer in the band. So there is a lot of work to do. We’ll have to get new band photos taken and we want to work on a new live video too,” she said.
“And I’ve been playing a lot of festivals. The Woodstove Festival in Cumberland in November will be the end of festival season for me,” she said.
Kelowna-born, Vancouver-based progressive rock band Bend Sinister have simplified into more of a pop sound, though far removed from modern day Top 40 with their eleventh CD “Foolish Games.
“It’s not something we meant to do. But it‘s wonderful and amazing old style stuff. It’s not modern pop, it’s more ’70s and ’80s pop hooks,” observed frontman/keyboardist Dan Moxon.
“It’s more similar to Elton John and early Billy Joel,” added Moxon, who is excited to bring the band back to Lethbridge to play a special ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 19.
“It’s a new venue for us, so we’re excited to play it,” said Moxon.
“We’ll be playing a lot of the new album and some favourites for ‘Animals and Small Fame,’” he said
They have released three singles and videos for the CD for “Heard it All Before,” “Shannon,” “Show Me How to Love” and will soon release another for “Got Your Back.”
There are a lot of love songs on the CD, because Moxon, not the band, enjoys exploring universal themes.
“They’re not really about anyone specifically, though Shannon is the name of (guitarist) Joseph Blood’s girlfriend. When we were on tour, he’d always be on the phone calling her, and I had this riff and this line. It’s more about being on the road, away from home and missing your loved ones,” Moxon said.
They welcomed a special guest on the CD, which was released in June — Dan Vacon from Calgary bands the Dudes and the High Kicks.
“He was in Vancouver and I’ve known him for a long time, so we hung out with him in the studio for the day. He sings on ‘Show Me How To Love’ and throughout the CD,” Moxon said.
“He did really great. He was a great addition to the music,” he added.
Moxon filmed a variety of street performers for the video for ‘Show Me How To Love.’
“My girlfriend works in L.A. So I had some time and wandered down to Venice Beach. There were all of these street performers. So I paid them five bucks and asked if I could film them and made it seem like they were singing our song. They ranged from great to really bad,” he said. As a bonus, he used a few clips at the end of the video of some of the better performances.
The next video for “Got Your Back” will be more straightforward.
“Johnny Jansen from Fake Shark is doing it,” he said.
Moxon continued his exploration of vintage keyboard sounds for the CD.
“I used a lot of Wurlitzer, Rhodes and Hammond and occasionally some old ARP synthesizers,” he said, adding he found a computer patch, so he doesn’t have to haul big keyboards on tour.
“We’re expecting a busy year in 2019,” he said.
Tickets for Bend Sinister at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Aug. 19 are $10. The show will begin at 9 p.m.
Pack A.D. and Tyler Bartfai
To paraphrase a popular song — and the pack came back the very next day — try three years.
Vancouver punk/alternative rock duo the Pack A.D. returned to the Slice Tuesday, Sept. 4 for an early show.
The duo, drummer/vocalist Maya Miller and guitarist/vocalist Becky Black, were in a pretty laidback mood and were a little shocked to have a good-sized audience actually standing and listening to them. They played a few Black Sabbath-influenced favourites and highlights from their latest CD “Dollhouse” including the title track and the single “Woke Up Weird.”
Though this is supposed to be their last big tour of Canada, they also played a big-riffed new song.
Black even stepped away from big riffs and grinding punk power chords to play the odd, succinct guitar solo, while Miller bashed away at her kit, adding extra vocals and stage patter.
They played a really tight set, making a lot of noise for two people.
As a tribute to their ’90s roots, they added a cover of Weezer’s “Buddy Holly.”
They were called back for an encore including “I’m Not Ready to Go.”
I missed opening act Shaun Rawlins, but caught the end of Tyler Bartfai’s opening set of earnest folk pop along the lines of Dave Matthews and Train with a touch of soul. Bartfai played some beautiful acoustic guitar and added a touch of exotic, caribbean flavoured music. He ended with a pretty cover of the Zutons/Amy Winehouse hit “Valerie.”
Chief Mountain at the Slice
Local punk quartet Chief Mountain are back together and returned with a bang to the Slice, Sept. 1.
I missed opening act Yo Bear, but was in time for the sound check and a hot set from Chief Mountain, who played the best I’ve seen them.
They played a tight set of garage rock, psychedelic rock and straight-ahead punk. They sounded like Forbidden Dimension in places and the Misfits in others. They channelled Social Distortion in their more punk places. most of their set was originals, but they also added a few obscure covers.

Nature Of at the Owl
Sherwood Park indie rock band Nature Of visited the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 1.
The multi-instrumental band played appealing indie rock and folk which was reminiscent of the Great Lake Swimmers. The frontman started off playing bass but switched to guitar couple of songs in. There were plenty of layers to the music provided by two guitars, keyboards and background vocals. I missed opening act Chris Drew.

Sept. 12
Beaches — open mic
Slice — Windy City Opry with Boots and the Hoots and Pig Water (Lance Loree and Toby Malloy) 8 p.m. $10
Sept. 13
Empress Theatre — Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn 7:30 p.m.
Slice — open Mic
Sept. 14
Average Joe’s — Dueling Pianos with Cal Toth
Casa — Lethbridge Folk Club open mic $5 7 p.m.
Honker’s Pub— open Mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Chief Mountain, Face Cut
Casino Lethbridge — Peter and the Wolves
Coulee Brew — Papa King and Darryl Düus
Slice — Bazaraba with Rainbow Patrol and Iron Tusk
Sept. 15
Lethbridge College — Couleefest with Adequate, White Chocolate Thunder, Uncovered, Kavnagh and Hepher
Slice — Papa King and Darryl Düus
Theoretically Brewing — Wired to the Sky, Biloxi Parish, Son of a Baker, Tyle $10
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Beaches la Trez Quartoz Owl Acoustic Lounge — 1 p.m. LGRC Family Jam 9 p.m.Jenny allen, Kimberley MacGregor, She Hangs Brightly (October Poppy)
Casino Lethbridge — Peter and the Wolves
Sept. 17
The Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic with Greg Rekus
Onion — open mic
Sept. 18
Smokehouse — open mic
Slice — High Level Variety
Sept. 19
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Bend Sinister $10
Beaches —open mic
Slice — Chase Spencer Band 9 p.m. by donation
Smokehouse — Prairie Huckster 8 p.m. by donation
Sept. 20
Old Fire Hall — Man Meat, Hex Beat, Mom Bod 7 p.m. $10
Sept. 21
Honker’s Pub— open Mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Richard Inman
Casino Lethbridge — Bamboo Guppies
Slice — Gabriel Thaine and friends
Galt Museum — Piano and Pie with Jesse Plessis $35 adults $20 students 6:30 p.m.
Smokehouse — Western Death, Cope, Chernoff
Sept. 22
Average Joe’s — Mike Pickle Dambra 8:30 p.m.$15 advance $20 at door
Galt Gardens — Zombie walk
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Slice — Too Soon monsoon with VandenDool 9 p.m. by donation
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Biloxi Parish Providence album release with Tyson Ray Borsboom
Casino Lethbridge — Bamboo Guppies

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