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Rock dominates the live music schedule

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Richard Amery

There is a whole lot of rock happening this week.
Open things up with Keith Woodrow’s A Slice of Blues jam at the Slice, Oct. 8. Come out and play the blues.
But first, the Geomatic Attic features two big shows with Nova Scotia musician Jimmy Rankin. Rankin is “moving west” on his Songs From Route 19 tour in support of his most recent album, “Moving East.” Rankin plays the Geomatic Attic Oct. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $42.50 for members and $47.50 for non-members.
In a similar vein, the Windy City Opry features Quebec-born, Calgary-based folk musician Emily Triggs and Calgary country folk musician Carter Felker. The Opry begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Admission is $10.
For the complete opposite to that, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features a big stoner rock night Oct. 10 with Calgary’s Chron Goblin and Edmonton/Vancouver trio Black Mastiff, who both have brand-new albums out. Local band Facecut is also on the bill. They play the Owl Acoustic Lounge at 9 p.m. for a special ticketed event. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
The Slice rocks on Friday, Oct. 11, with the Northern Pirate Radio Metal music bash featuring Calgary metal band Syryn, local Celtic metal band Nyghtblead, local rock band Quick Draw and Eons of Earth. Admission is $10.
For something a little more low key, Cal Toth and Katie LaRoque’s Dueling Pianos returns to Average Joe’s Oct. 11 as well.
Go country at Casino Lethbridge with Ryan Lindsay, who is performing there Oct. 10 and 11.
For something a little weirder, dark country band Makiisma and Ghostwoman plus Kamloops psych-pop band Mother Sun will be at the Owl Acoustic Lounge Oct. 11. Admission is by donation.
The Lethbridge Folk Club’s monthly open mic is at Casa, Oct. 11, as well. There are lots of opportunities to play in front of people this week. Ian Morrice hosts the Slice’s Thursday open mic. And Honker’s Pub has open mics on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Good Times has an open mic on Monday nights, too. And Gabe Thaine’s High Level variety show is on Tuesday, Oct. 15.The family jam returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. The Owl Acoustic Lounge has another big rock show, Oct. 12 with Regina one-man rock band Tyle and local alternative rock duo Cope.
I hate to drop a C bomb, but last week’s snow reminded me that Christmas is coming.
So get a head start on Christmas shopping at the Handmade Market at Exhibition Park, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition to handmade crafts, there will also be live music with Chris Ryan Drew playing bright and early at 9 a.m., Corduroy Brown at 11 a.m. and Wendy Colby at 1 p.m. Admission is $5.
For your laughter fix, teacher-turned-comedian Ken Valgardson has two shows at Good Times, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Or just celebrate Sunday with the Bravura brunch at the old Firehall, where Bridgette Yarwood will be performing, Sunday, Oct. 13. from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $18 per person.
The University of Lethbridge drama department opens their main-stage season with Sam Shepard’s “A Lie Of the Mind.” It runs Oct. 8-12 in University Theatre at 7 p.m. each night.
Edmonton based stoner rock/alternative rock band Black Mastiff are excited to finally release their third full-length album, “Loser Delusions,” on Oct. 18, though they will have it with them when they kick off a Western Canadian tour with Chron Goblin, at a special ticketed event, Oct. 10 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
“It’s been four years. It’s been a process, not necessarily musically, but logistically,” said guitarist/vocalist Bob Yiannakoulias, who is joined by bassist Clay Shea and drummer Alan Harding, who moved to Vancouver three years ago.
“Because Allan moved to Vancouver and wanted to try it long distance and we didn’t want to replace him. So we communicated digitally. Through technology, Clay and I could send him guitar, bass and click and sometimes rough drums for us. He didn’t want to play drum parts that weren’t his,” he said.
“We recorded it three times, dropped a lot of songs,” he continued, adding they recorded the album with Nik Kozub at the Audio Department Studio.
“We recorded the last album in Palm Springs, so this was a quite a transition. There can be a lot of distractions when working at home. My house is about two blocks away, so every day, I could bike, walk or skateboard to the studio and work. And Nik is so relaxed and we both love dogs, so we were always showing each other pictures of our dogs,” he enthused.
Taking more time allowed the trio to experiment more, though there is a heavy Black Sabbath influence.
“There is Black Sabbath. We definitely feel that, but we didn’t want to just do that. I don’t like the term eclectic, but there are a lot of different things, like garage rock, heavier music and jam rock and even some pop. It’s a bit different,” he said. He added that the band put the songs that felt the best.
“We just knew. When we played a riff or a part of a songs, we can just feel it. Like that’s a hit and that’s a hit,” he said.
“I’m really proud of it. It checked off all the boxes for me. There are a lot of good songs on this album.”

Calgary stoner rock band Chron Goblin hope to break out of that genre with their fourth CD “Here Before.”
“We didn’t want to get stuck in the stoner rock genre. And I’m more of a progressive rock guy,” said long-time bassist Richard Hepp, noting he is pleased with the CD’s cleaner sound.
“So we recorded it at OCL studios just outside of Calgary in Strathmore. Half of the house is a residence and the other half is a soundproofed recording studio,” he said.
The band includes vocalist Josh Sandulak, guitarist Devin “Darty” Purdy and drummer Brett Whittingham. They started to play together just over 10 years ago.
“Brett and Darty started jamming together while living in residence in university on some thrash metal, but that didn’t work out. They asked Josh to sing and he’d never sang anything before; then I joined. I was the guitar player. I never even thought of playing bass and now I love playing bass,” Hepp summarized, adding the band made a conscious decision to record elsewhere with people who weren’t focused on alternative rock and stoner rock.
“Josh sings punkish, but also really clean. You can understand what he’s saying. But they used to distort his vocals and the guitar. And even my bass was all fuzzy. This time everything was a lot more clean,” he said.
Audiences have responded positively to the CD since it was released on their new record label, Grand Hand Records, on Sept. 27.
“We’ve had a lot of eight- and nine-star reviews,” he said, adding audiences can expect to hear a lot of the new album.
“When some bands have a new album, they like to play it all the way through. We were thinking of doing that. But we’re still toying with the set list. You’ll hear at least half of the new album,” said Hepp, who has a newborn at home, so he will only be joining Chron Goblin for the Alberta dates of the two-week tour.
“We’ll probably play half of the new album and half older songs. It will be a lot of fun,” he said.
Chron Goblin and Black Mastiff and local band Facecut play the Owl Acoustic Lounge at 9 p.m. for a special ticketed event. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Jimmy Rankin hits the road on a tour meant to be a tribute to small Cape Breton towns.
It has been 30 years since the Rankin family released their first album, but Rankin has had a successful solo career for several years. His new “Songs from Route 19” tour stops at the Geomatic Attic Oct. 9 and 10. It is in support of his new CD “Moving East, which was released last fall.
“I just moved back to Halifax two years ago,” said Rankin, who has been spending a lot of time in Nashville.
“There are a lot of little towns on Route 19 all around Cape Breton,” he said, adding the songs on the new CD are inspired by the towns and the people who live there.
It has been quite a few years since Rankin played Lethbridge. He will be joined by multi-instrumentalist and guitarist Jamie Robinson, who was with him for his Christmas show in Lethbridge in 2012 as well as another solo show in 2012
“I can’t believe it’s been seven years,” Rankin said.
“I remember the Geomatic Attic. It was a nice, small venue.”
He is excited about the new CD, which he recorded with Joel Plaskett.
“I wanted to record the CD at home in Nova Scotia and was thinking of producers. I thought of Joel (Plaskett),” he said.
He recorded the new CD with Plaskett at his New Scotland Yard Studio studio in Dartmouth.
“He’s great. He has a lot of great ideas and we’ve become friends,” he continued, noting Plaskett plays and sings throughout the album.
“Joel really understood what I wanted to do and that came across,” he said.
“The record had a very organic feel. There are a lots of different songs and sounds.”
Rankin plays the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 for members and $47.50 for non-members

Oct. 9
Geomatic Attic — Jimmy Rankin 8 p.m. $42.50, $47.50
Beaches — open mic
Slice — Windy City Opry with Emily Triggs and Carter Felker
Oct. 10
Geomatic Attic — Jimmy Rankin 8 p.m. $42.50, $47.50
Slice — open mic with Ian Morrice
Good Times — amateur comedy night
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Black Mastiff with Chron Goblin and Face Cut $15 advance $20 door
Oct. 11
Average Joe’s — Dueling Pianos with Cal Toth and Kate LaRoque
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Casa — Lethbridge Folk Club open stage 7 p.m. $5 donation
Slice — Northern Pirate Radio Bash Fall metal bash with Syrn, Divide and conquer, Nyghtblead, Eons of Earth $10
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Mother Sun, Ghostwoman Makiisma
Casino Lethbridge — Ryan Lindsay
Oct. 12
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Good Times — Ken Valgardson $10
Slice — Misery Mountain Boys and In Cahoots
Owl Acoustic Lounge — 2 p.m. Family jam 9 o.m. Tyle , Cope
Casino Lethbridge — Ryan Lindsay
Oct. 14
Owl Acoustic Lounge — closed for Thanksgiving
Good Times — Open mic
Oct. 15
Slice — High Level Variety Show with Gabe Thaine
Oct. 16
Beaches — open mic
Enmax Centre — John Fogerty
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Maddie Strovold
Slice — Royal Foundry with Roman Clarke and Tyson Ray Borsboom
October 17
The Slice — Daniel Champagne $20
Good Times — amateur comedy night
Oct. 18
Average Joe’s — Tyler Shaw with Chris Strickland $20 early bird, $25 at door
Good Times — Bridgette Yarwood duo with Hannah Nickerson 8:30 p.m. $10
Casino Lethbridge —Trevor Christensen and EL Mule
Owl Acoustic Lounge — St. Arnaud with Jon Martin and the Lovers
Slice — George Arsene with Vince Andrushko
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Oct. 19
Lethbridge College Cave—Lethbridge Folk Club Tricontinental $25 members, $30 invited guests, $10 children 6-14 accompanied by adult $5 membership
The Gate — Musicians for Streets Alive with Coda
Casino Lethbridge — Trevor Christensen and EL Mule
Owl Acoustic Lounge — 3 p.m. Jazz jam with HBO39 p.m. Perverts, MomBod, Morii
Slice — Johnny O trio
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Oct. 20
Enmax Centre — Lee Greenwood
Oct. 21
Enmax Centre — Dean Brody and Dallas Smith
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Good Times — Open mic
Oct. 22
Geomatic Attic — Del Barber $30, $35
Slice — Hollerado farewell tour
Oct. 23
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Wares, Vandendool
Slice — Homeless in Hawaii, Excuses, Excuses, The Cayley, Waterfront
Oct. 24
Slice — open mic with Jaymz Joseph
Good Times — amateur comedy night
Owl Acoustic Lounge — 7 p.m. poetry open mic with Teri Petz

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