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Pat Travers

Pat Travers Band at Century Casino August 10, 2019

 Guitar icon Pat Travers and his band took the stage at Century Casino Saturday night and gave his fans a night to remember. With over 40 years of of music to pull from, the set list covered old favourites like Snortin’ Whiskey and Boom Boom to a sneak peak at the new album with tracks like Time Travel. The crowd was wildly enthusiastic and we are eagerly anticipating the the music coming in the new year. Thanks again to the Century Casino for another great night!
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Black Crown Initiate with Warforged and Inferi


The Starlite Room Aug 8
Photos by Rich Moreland


Progressive extreme metal band Black Crown went on a three-week North American tour with Inferi, and Warforged. The band is actively writing a new album and are expected to release new music later this year. Rich Moreland caught them at the Starlite Club.
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Billy Idol

Billy Idol at River Cree Resort and Casino
Cover photo by Rich Moreland
Highlights by Janice Stobie-Rushton

80’s Punk Rock legend Billy Idol rocked a sold out crowd at the River Cree Tuesday night. Proving age is just a number, Billy Idol and longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, took us back in time with all the favourites, showing his signature voice is still going strong. Pausing briefly to share a tribute to his late father and a story to two between songs, he left us all wanting MORE MORE MORE!

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Pentatonix

Pentatonix at Rogers Place
by Janice Stobie-Rushton

Pentatonix brought their incredible a cappella show to Rogers Place Sunday night. They had over 10k fans singing along to their unique renditions of many favourite songs from Dolly Parton and Queen to their own work. The group won a recording contract on The SingOff competition but they were surprisingly dropped. Instead of giving up, they produced a large number of successful YouTube videos, earning more than 16 million subscribers, all from their apartment couch which has become a symbolic set piece. Looking forward to hearing more of their new music which is scheduled to be released shortly and they are on a world tour until late October.
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Kane Incognito

Kane Incognito    

Station on Jasper
Edmonton
May 31, 2019


By Janice Stobie-Rushton


A packed house welcomed  Kane Incognito at the Station on Friday night. The 2019 Edmonton Music Award Indie Rock recording nominees debuted several new songs as well as playing  the fan favourites. Eric’s soulful lyrics and the harmonies of brothers Austin and Braydon Shaw gave the audience chills. Definitely worth checking out again

Anvil

Anvil

Rendezvous Pub
Edmonton
June 1, 2019


By Janice Stobie-Rushton

“63 going 36”
Steve “Lips” Kudlow has proven age is just a number. Playing their trademark brand of heavy metal to a loyal crowd, drummer Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson on bass, put on an incredible show. Choosing a set list that spanned their nearly 40 year career, they had the room rocking out non stop . Fans were treated to a gritty vibrator enhanced guitar solo, pounding drums and killer bass, Anvil had everyone head banging and devil horns ruled the night.

Prism

Prism

Century Casino
Edmonton
June 7, 2019 


By Faye Forges

Prism took the stage with all the energy you would expect of a “Spaceship Superstar”, which was also their opening song. Al Harlow led the mission to entertain the crowd with his leaps and bounds across the stage while he continuously interacted with the audience. One of the great interactions was when he held up his Gibson guitar towards the audience and walked across the stage so people could touch the strings.

The current band consists of incredibly talented musicians – Marc Gladstone on keyboards, Tad Goddard on bass, and Gary Grace on drums. They also paid tribute to former bandmates in the evening, including Ron Tabak, the former lead singer from the ‘80s. Al Harlow noted that he wrote “Take Me Away” with Ron’s voice in mind before they dedicated the song to him.  They have an extraordinary synergy together that leaves you with a “Night to Remember” always!

They are true entertainers with great heart and soul. I highly recommend attending their concert if they are in your area. Check out their upcoming events here and the video interview with Al Harlow here.


Galaxy 9

Saturday Night Fever Hip-Hop Ftr K-Blitz & More

Station on Jasper
Edmonton
May 18, 2018


By Charles Penner

Rapper Mokah Soulfly hosted this night of hip hop at the Station with  Saturday Night Fever's K-Blitz, K-Riz, along with rising Texas stars Flower Child and Alsace Carcione. 
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George Canyon

George Canyon
Charlie Major
Doc Walker

Century Casino 
Edmonton
May 8, 2019

By Janice Stobie-Rushton
Hit after Hit Tour at Century Casino Wednesday May 8, 2019

It was a country take over at the Century Casino on Wednesday night. George Canyon brought the Hit After Hit tour into town with the legendary Charlie Major and multi-award winning Winnipeg duo Doc Walker sharing the stage in a unique kitchen party atmosphere, complete with the 60’s style table and chairs on stage. Each musician took turns and played their favourite songs while the rest either sat at the table and sang along or played backup. They are heading east on the tour and ending in Barrie Ontario at Mavericks Music Hall on May 25.    


Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara


Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Edmonton
May 21, 2019

By Charles Penner


Alessia Cara played at the Jubilee Auditorium with Ryland James on her tour "The Pains of Growing".

Her second studio album was released Nov 30, 2018. Check out her website at  www.alessiacara.com 



West of Hell

West of Hell

 Temple (Starlite Room)
April 5, 2019

By Janice Stobie-Rushton

West of Hell made a stop at the Starlite Room on their cross county tour to promote their new album, Blood of the Infidel.  The intense and insane metal show brought out many loyal fans eager to thrash.

We were first introduced to three bands: Quietus, The Order of Chaos, and Expain.  These opening acts all gave the enthusiastic audience reason to bang their heads to the fast percussive beats.

Chris Valagao delivered a unique sound with his extremely powerful vocals which complemented the shredding guitar style perfectly. Sparks were literally flying multiple times during the show which added even more heat and intensity to the music. These guys gave us a great introduction into their new album, and they also included favourites from their debut album, Spiral Empire. The thrilling stage presence and incredible guitar riffs made for a memorable night.  I highly recommend checking them out.  Look out Ontario - they’re heading your way!

Johnny McCuaig

Johnny McCuaig

Station on Jasper
April 6, 2019

By Janice Stobie-Rushton

The Johnny McCuaig Band brought their high energy stage show to the Station on Jasper on Saturday night to a raucous crowd.

The night opened with local group FKB, whose set covered everything from Elvis to country to their own compositions such as "Bright Lights" and "Crystal Ball".  Their enthusiasm energized the room and definitely got the crowd going.

As the lights dimmed and the sounds of the bagpipes echoed throughout the room, all eyes turned toward the back of the room as piper Johnny McCuaig marched up to the stage.  The 5-piece band blended east coast folk and rock tunes into a wildly entertaining show. Johnny McCuaig's boundless energy, combined with his storytelling, gave the audience something to remember.  One memorable moment was the touching song "For The Love Of A Son", which was written in tribute to the Canadian Forces and ended with a solo version of "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes. The grand finale was the popular song, "A Long Way to the Top" which had everyone on their feet and singing along.  It was an incredible show and one hell of a party!

Changes to the band name are coming in the next few months to coincide with the release of their new album and tour.  

Saga

Saga

Century Casino
April 18, 2019

By Janice Stobie-Rushton

Almost a year after playing their last Canadian show, Saga returned to Edmonton for their show at the Century Casino on Thursday night.  This incredibly talented band started over 40 years ago, and they have sold over 10 million albums over the years.

Two enormous keyboards set up across the back of the stage were immediately noticed as we entered the room.  It was a shared space occupied by keyboardist Jim Gilmour and lead singer Michael Sadler, who alternated between keyboards and bass.  Dusty Chesterfield (who filled in for Jim Crichton on this tour), also took turns on keyboards and bass.  

Michael’s vocals and stage presence blew us all away, and Ian Crichton’s impressive guitar playing wowed the audience with his solos on hits like "Don’t Be Late" and "On The Loose".  As Jim Gilmour took over vocals on fan favourite "Scratching The Surface", drummer Mike Thorne created an incredible visual display with his glowing drum sticks, which added to the impact of the haunting song.  

Saga is performing at a number of festivals before heading overseas this summer.

Marianas Trench

Marianas Trench    

Jubilee Auditorium
Edmonton
March 26, 2019
Photos by Charles Penner

Editor
We managed to catch Marianas Trench playing at the Jubilee Auditorium on their Suspending Gravity tour in Edmonton.
Formed in 2001 in Vancouver, BC, Marianas Trench consists of Josh Ramsay (lead vocalist), Matt Webb (lead guitarist), Mike Ayley (bass guitarist), and Ian Casselman (percussionist).

They had two of their albums go platinum (Masterpiece Theatre and Ever After), and they also won the 2013 JUNO Award for Group of the Year.
Their video "Desperate Measures" won Pop Video of the Year at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards
They continue their tour to the USA starting in May at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia. The tour continues through to June 5, where they stop at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California .
Catch their latest video "I Knew You When", and check out their website where you can pick up their latest album, Phantoms.

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Colin James

Colin James

Jubilee Auditorium
Edmonton
March 28, 2019

By Janice Stobie-Rushton

Colin James made his return to the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium last night on his Miles to Go tour. The album recently won the 2019 JUNO award for Blues Album of the Year, which is also Colin's 19th album.

As the audience awaited the band to take the stage, Colin James stunned the cheering crowd as he came in the back door. The intimacy of stage set up gave the impression that we were hanging out with the band at a jam session or a house party.

Backed by his large and incredibly talented 7-piece band, the music moved between classic blues to swing to jump rock and everything in between. They featured tracks such as "40 Light Years" and "I Will Remain" from the Miles to Go album, but also delivered many of his greatest hits including the classic "Five Long Years" from his self-titled debut album.

It was easy to see why this multi award-winning artist could still command a room as he stood center stage for a haunting solo acoustic version of "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean". He later walked into the audience for a skillful solo that lasted for nearly five minutes during "Oh Baby Hold Me".

Colin James continues his tour until April 19. You can check out the dates and the cities here

Uli Jon Roth

Uli Jon Roth

Starlite Room
April 4, 2019

Uli Jon Roth took the stage at the Starlite Room on his Triple Anniversary Tour, which represents his career with the Scorpions, Electric Sun, and his solo career.

Uli performed his first concert at the incredibly young age of 13, and he has continued to play for over 50 years. Watching him play is every guitarist's dream, and he makes it look as effortless as breathing.

The first half of the show took us back to 1973 and his years with the Scorpions. With the support of his band. he delivered a flawless and inspiring performance. Niklas Turmann’s guitar playing along with his powerful vocals worked well with the neoclassical style.

He also gave a touching tribute to his brother and fellow guitarist Zeno Roth, who passed away last year, and honoured him by playing songs he had written.

After a short intermission, the band launched into a 90-minute Electric Sun set.

Uli has also designed his own style of guitars called Sky Guitars. The impressive selection of guitars on display gave an insight into the depth of Uli’s technical and groundbreaking style that has influenced more than one generation of players.

His legacy of performances in a successful career that spans over 50 years makes this show a must see on every level. 


Matthew Good

Matthew Good

Starlite Room
March 20, 2019

Fans of multi-award winning artist Matthew Good packed the Starlite Room to capacity Wednesday night for an intimate solo acoustic show.

The opening act featured singer/
songwriter Poesy whose alternative rock style was toned down to a raw bare bones set that completely captured the crowd's attention . Backed only by band mate Will O’Donnell, her stage presence suited the room perfectly.  Her rendition of the Cranberries’ hit "Zombie" was incredible.

Matthew Good took the stage and sang his first song "Selling You" in almost complete darkness, which silenced the entire room. As the song ended, the lights came up and the crowd went nuts.  Matthew shared stories of his childhood between guitar changes as well as impersonations of his father (with a hilarious British accent).  

His acoustic versions of "Born Losers", "While We Were Hunting Rabbits", and "Hello Time Bomb" almost made the songs brand new. 

Matthew Good returns to the Beaumont Blues Festival in June. 

Shanneyganock

Shanneyganock

Century Casino
March 16, 2019

It was an east coast kitchen party at Century Casino on St Patrick’s Day.

Shanneyganock was created when Chris Andrews on vocals and Mark Hiscock on accordian and other various instruments once shared a stage due to a booking error. Also on this tour were Brad Tuck on drums and Ian Chipman on bass, and they gave the sold out crowd many popular east coast favourites, toe-tapping shanties, ballads, traditional songs and jigs.

The fans, decked out in their Irish finery, filled the dance floor as the Newfoundland musicians played with heartfelt emotion.

Shanneyganock has won multiple awards throughout their 25-year history as a band, and they have managed to stay true to their sound. Chris joked that 25 years is just a number when you only remember 8 of them!  The next stop on their tour is Ottawa on May 23.

Helix

Kick Axe and Helix

Century Casino Edmonton
March 8, 2019

An incredible double bill of rock 'n roll hit the Century Casino as Kick Axe and Helix took the stage to a raucous crowd. Kick Axe opened the show, and Daniel Nargang's screaming vocals melted faces. Gillstrom brothers, Larry on guitar and Brian on drums, along with Victor Langen on bass and Ray Harvey on guitar, rocked through hits like "Alive and Kickin’", "On the Road to Rock" and "Can’t Take it With You". They closed their set appropriately with the hit "Too Loud...Too Old".

Helix took us back to 1981 with hits like "No Rest For The Wicked" and "Heavy Metal Love". Vocalist Brian Vollmer proved he can still scream with the best of them. Guitarists Kaleb Duck and Chris Julke and bassist Daryl Grey kept the energy alive as they pounded on the speakers or balanced on the security fence. There was never a dull moment! Drummer Jamie Constant, who filled in for Greg Hinz, matched everyone's energy as he kept everyone in line. As the the fans eagerly shouted on cue during Helix’s signature song "Rock You", it was easy to see why this legendary group has remained popular throughout the years.

Barney Bentall

Barney Bentall

Station on Jasper
Edmonton
March 7, 2019


By Janice Stobie-Rushton

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their self-titled debut album, Barney Bentall reunited with the Legendary Hearts and made a stop at the Station on Jasper in Edmonton, which was one of the few cities for their western Canadian tour.

The Juno award-winning band consists of Mike Crozier, Jack Guppy, Colin Nairne, and Dave Reimer, and they put on quite the show. If Barney Bentall’s grin was any indication, the band looked as though they were having as much fun as the audience was. The crowd filled the dance floor as they performed several hits such as "Doin Fine", "Oh Shelley" and "Do Ya".

A surprise encore was the cover of AC/DC tune "Shook Me All Night Long", which was a once in a lifetime performance. It capped off an amazing show.


Great White

Great White

Century Casino
Edmonton,
Febuary 22, 2019


By Janice Stobie-Rushton

It was 80s night at the Century Casino as Great White took to the stage amid thunderous applause. Lead singer Mitch Malloy’s mentioned the band's mantra: "These songs are bigger than any one member", and it was proven by their performance.

Mitch delivered high energy vocals while lead guitarist Mark Kendall impressed with his wailing riffs. Audie Desbrow’s drumming and Scott Snyder’s thumping bass kept everyone in line. Michael Lardie added amazing backing vocals as he alternated between keyboards and guitar.

The band played numerous fan favorites and also introduced a few new tunes such as "Big Time" and "I’m Alright" from their latest album, Full Circle. When the hit "Once Bitten Twice Shy" began, the fans once again roared their approval and sang every word. It was a masterful performance from a classic band.

Jeff Lang

Jeff Lang

Station on Jasper
Edmonton
Febuary 20, 2019


By Janice Stobie-Rushton

I was fortunate enough to be able to catch Australian guitarist/ vocalist Jeff Lang on his recent stop on his cross Canada tour.

He started the evening off with his stylistically diverse slide guitar, and continued to make his guitar fill the room with his often haunting melodies and gusty blues soul. Jeff crafted his lyrics to retell stories from true events in his hometown of Geelong or from things he read about in the news. His musical style of gritty blues/rock was especially apparent in the song "Twelve Thousand Miles", which was originally recorded with the late Chris Whitley.

Jeff has often referred to his music as “Disturbed Folk”, but after 25 albums and multiple awards, it’s clear that he is truly an incredible player and a masterful storyteller.


Irish Descendants

The Irish Descendants 

Century Casino 
Edmonton

Feb 15, 2019

By Janice Stobie-Rushton 


It was an East Coast invasion at the Century Casino on Friday night as The Irish Descendants played for a sold out crowd.  Members include Con O’Brien on guitar,  Ronnie Power on mandolin,  Justin Hickey on bass and Patrick Moran on fiddle and vocals. They introduced us to some new music off their latest CD release Is Your Rhubarb Up,which includes the song written by Patrick Moran, "Drink Boys Drink".   The dance floor resembled a Newfie mosh pit as they alternated between old and new foot-stomping songs. It was a high energy and entertaining show.
 

The Picture Books

The Picture Books

Station on Jasper
Edmonton
Feb 16, 2019

By Janice Stobie-Rushton

The high energy duo from Germany, Fynn Claus Grabke and Philipp Mirtschink, opened for Monster Truck for the second of two sold-out shows at Station on Jasper Saturday night.  The childhood friends share a passion for hard rock and building motorcycles. They started out recording songs in their garage and developed a unique style that’s all their own.

The drum kit took a lot a abuse as Philipp used mallets, sticks, and his hands to create his powerful rhythms. One of the fan favorite songs off of the new album Hands of Time was "Howling Wolf", which is about two dogs against the world.

Monster Truck

Monster Truck

Century Casino
Edmonton
Feb 16, 2019


By Janice Stobie-Rushton 

The fans came out in droves to see Juno award winners Monster Truck, who played two sold out shows. The band’s third studio album True Rockers paints a picture of beer, stoner rock, boots, denim and, of course, trucks.

The grainy guitar riffs poured out of Jeremy Widerman and his vocals harmonized with lead singer and bassist Jon Harvey to create an incredible wall of sound.  Drummer Steve Kiely and keyboardist Brandon Bliss helped the music reach every inch of the room. Jon stood as if on a soap box and belted out "Why are You Not Rocking?" with vocals  that hit you like a freight train. Jeremy’s high energy spilled over into the crowd and left everyones ears ringing. 


Element Orange

Odds with special guest Element Orange

Station on Jasper
Edmonton
Friday January 18


By Janice Stobie-Rushton

Local Edmonton band Element Orange, formed in 2012, opened the night playing and promoting their newly released EP titled 10:16......

As soon as the Odds took the stage at the Station on Jasper, the dance floor filled with die hard fans awaiting in eager anticipation. Craig Northey, Doug Elliott, Pat Steward and Murray Atkinson proved that age is just a number with their high energy antics which transported us back to the 90’s bar scene....



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Harpdog Brown

Harpdog Brown

Station on Jasper
Edmonton
January 5, 2019

By Janice Stobie-Rushton


Multiple blues award-winning artist Harpdog Brown made a return to his hometown of Edmonton, which he also refers to as the “Big Onion”. He credits the city for inspiring him to pursue blues music. His gritty, down-to-earth storytelling transports the audience into the mythical old world New Orleans blues clubs, while his raspy vocals are reminiscent of a smoky Chicago bar. 


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NYE Headpins Honeymoon Suite

NYE with
Headpins and
Honeymoon Suite

Century Casino
Edmonton
December 31, 2018
By Janice Stobie-Rushton 

It was a packed house at Century Casino on New Years Eve , and the crowd was definitely ready to rock. The show opened with the Headpins, featuring new vocalist, Kat Lawrence. She dominated the show with her high energy performance and playful spirit. It was easy to see the connection between Kat and the rest of the talented band mates as they took us through hits such as "Don’t Matter What You Say", "Mine, All Mine", and "Winnin'". The crowd filled the dance floor and shared the band's enthusiasm with the opening scream of "Turn It Loud". 


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Jersey Boulevard

Big Valley Jamboree 2019

Check out our coverage of this years Big Valley Jamboree        
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