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Local venues offer variety of live music this week

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Richard Amery

Ease into January and take shelter from the wind with some live music this week.
There is a variety of music happening this week, as there usually is.
There will be no Windy City Opry in January, but Petunia returns to play the Opry on Feb. 13.
Tyler Bird hosts the Slice’s open mic on Thursday night beginning around 9 p.m.
The first of several CD release parties already scheduled for this year happens at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 11 as Mercedes Fawns releases her new CD “I Grew Up Here.” Special guests the New Weather Machine and Bailey Kate will also be performing. Admission is by donation.
Keith “Catfish” Woodrow breaks out the first blues show of the new year at the Slice Jan. 11. Though local blues rock band Coda is likely to also bring out some blues at Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12 at Casino Lethbridge. The show begins at 8 p.m.
The Lethbridge Folk Club opens the new year at the Lethbridge College Cave on Saturday, Jan. 12 with John Wort Hannam, who released his new CD “Acres of Elbow Room” last year. The show begins at 8 p.m. with Gabriel Thaine opening with a set. Their first open mic of the season the night before, Jan. 11, at Casa beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Gabriel Thaine also brings back his High Level Variety show to the Slice on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
There is a lot of rock and roll happening on Saturday. The Slice features a big local rock show with alternative rock band Molly the Boy Cat, Biloxi Parish frontman Zach Passey and progressive rock trio Frege’s Puzzle. The show starts at 9 p.m.
Down the street, Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge to play a little bit of blues, rock and roll and original quirkiness. Admission is by donation. The show begins around 9 p.m.

New year’s Eve – Doors Tribute Morrison Phase
I wasn’t in the mood to go out for New Year’s Eve celebrations, but wanted to see the Decadent Phase’s Doors tribute The Morrison Phase, a.k.a. local ’60s/’70s rock band The Decadent Phase, but featuring TJ Waltho on keyboards, as I missed their show earlier this year at the Slice. But I made a point of ringing in the new year at the Slice with good friends and The Morrison Phase.
They hit all of the Doors’ big radio hits including “People Are Strange” and “Hello I Love You,” and “Riders on the Storm,” with which they ended their first set as well as funky and eerie deeper cuts like “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar).” They even had psychedelic tie-dyed graphics shining onto the back of the screen to add to the late ’60s feel of the night.
Frontman James Swinney channelled the spirit of Jim Morrison vocally and to extent in his hippy dance moves.
The band was tight. Guitarist Tyler Eresman hit all of Robbie Krieger’s psychedelic riffs and solos.
Ian Morrice filled in the bottom end on bass and it was tough to believe the Doors didn’t have a bassist in the beginning.
Waltho was spectacular, playing the Doors’ signature electric piano and organ parts.
As a bonus, they featured a local artist at the side of the stage creating a painting spooky green-faced ghoulish prisoner during the show which was to be raffled off at the end of the night.
They returned for a brief second set after counting down the new year.
Adequate at Owl
As expected, things got funky at the Owl Acoustic Lounge for New year’s Eve, Dec. 31, with local funk rock trio Adequate.
I was delighted to hear they have added a few more funk-fuelled originals. Guitarist Josh Thorlakson was singing one of their older originals, “Get the Funk Out of My House,” as I arrived. It fit in well with their set of ’70s funk, disco and R and B classics. During a campy prerecorded interlude, Keenan Pezderic took over on lead vocals, singing castrati, while Scott Mezei traded him his bass for a seat behind the drums.
They had a good-sized crowd up on their feet dancing and celebrating. Pezderic sung another original in between plenty of sweaty, sexy funk including Rick James’ “Superfreak” and “Don’t Let Me Down.”
Thorlakson took over on lead vocals again to sing some Earth Wind and Fire.

Harsh and Mombod at the Owl
The Owl Acoustic Lounge featured abrasive punk from a new Calgary band Harsh, Friday, Dec. 28 in a New Year’s Eve celebration which also featured local alternative rock trio the Supervoid and Mombod, who closed the night.
I just missed the Supervoid, but was in time to be impressed by a short set of abrasive 1977-style punk rock they described as “Queer/Feminist/ Rage intensifies,” which might have been apt if lead singer Rebecca Siferd wasn’t beaming and smiling as she danced.
Siferd’s piercing voice reminded me of the X-Ray Spex with a touch of Siouxie and the Banshees. They played an enjoyable set despite the singer being drowned out by the rhythm section. They ended with a song about toxic masculinity.
MomBod were in the mood to try out a couple new tunes, opening with one of them after after a few false starts. They still draw heavily from ’90s alternative rock Riot Grrls and bands like Hole, L7 and Kittie but have shown a little bit more musical growth, adding a new instrumental and a cover rom Moose Jaw based alternative rock/math rock duo the Faps.
The three, Drummer Amberlea Parker, guitarist Mandy Fox and bassist Sil Campus alternated singing lead vocals.

January 9
Beaches — open mic
Slice — Windy City Opry
January 10
Slice — open mic with Tyler Bird
The Zoo — Thursday Thursday open mic
January 11
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Fawns album release with New Weather Machine and Bailey Kate
Casa — Lethbridge Folk Club Open mic
Slice — Keith Catfish Woodrow
Casino Lethbridge — Coda
Club Didi — Downton Gommorrah
January 12
Lethbridge College Cave — Lethbridge Folk Club John Wort Hannam
Slice — Molly the Boy Cat with Biloxi Parish and Frege’s Puzzle
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Casino Lethbridge — Coda
Club Didi — Panti Rain ’90s edition
January 14
The Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Onion — open mic
January 15
The Slice High level Variety
January 16
Beaches — open mic
Lethbridge Public Library Scars Among us Book launch 7 p.m.
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Jazz jam with HBO3
January 17
Slice — open mic with Corduroy Brown
The Zoo — Thursday Thursday open mic
January 18
Slice — Rainbow patrol CD release party with Bazarabra
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Queen of the Worms
Casino Lethbridge — Ryerson Road
Honker’s Pub — open mic
January 19
Exhibition Park — Alberta Food and Beverage Expo
Slice — St. Groove with the Rumble and Dayparting
Owl Acoustic Lounge — 2 p.m. Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp matinee 4 p.m. Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp matinee 9 8p.m. Drunk Sailor Afterparty with Suzie and the HomeWreckers
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Casino Lethbridge — Ryerson Road
Club Didi — Lip Synch Roulette

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