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Rockabilly New Year’s at Outlaws with Hurricane Felix


    Rock and roll is living on the fringes of everything else, mixing influences and carving out a new direction.
    This is the same formula Elvis had, as did the British invasion, taking UK teenagers and injecting rhythm and blues.
    These are the footsteps that Hurricane Felix an the Souther Twisters are following.
    The Rockabilly trio is playing Outlaws Saloon for New Year’s Eve. The band combines  the roots of subversive rockabilly, real rebel rock and roll, with a diverse mix of influences, including members of the band’s Latino background, country, punk and burlesque dancers.
    “Hurricane” Felix Calderon  says this is the first time the band that includes Calderon on the stand up bass and vocals, Earl Garnett on guitar and Calderon’s brother Santo on the trap kit, have ever been to Drumheller.  A first listen to their latest release has the sonic feel of the grease-monkey wrong side of the track rockabilly of the 50’s, singing about drag strips and dangerous curves of all kinds.
    On the surface it has the old sound, celebrating Detroit Iron, but there is an undeniable swagger to the sound that may come from two of the members coming from a Latino-Canadian home, and their experiences growing up.
    “I moved a lot when I was young. We lived in LA for a few years and definitely got the feel of the whole culture, from the grease to the leather jackets and the music and how all that ties together,” said Felix. “And being Latino from El Salvador had a lot more to bring to it, with the flavour of the rockabilly.”
    Rockabilly is garnering a following in the Calgary music scene, and Hurricane Felix have been on the leading edge, including pioneering a gig that combines the trademark stand-up bass slapping and a burlesque show. They have been getting rave reviews as they branch out away from Calgary and into Lethbridge and Edmonton.
    “As far as being in a rockabilly band too, you always have to keep on top of it, you don’t want to  be the same, but then you really don’t want to go out of your realm,” he said.
    That realm is ever expanding. He says playing the stand up bass is versatile and lends itself to the hillbilly country sound, jazz and even polka riffs. Now a trio, Hurricane Felix has, at times, brought on pedal steel, saxophones and even banjo to the mix.
    The result is a danceable mix that is all rock and roll.
    Hurricane Felix and the Southern Twisters are appearing at Outlaws Saloon on Thursday, December 31, with special guests the Ronny Hayward Trio, another well seasoned Rockabilly act that has toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe.
    Tickets are limited for the show hosted by Outlaws Saloon and Ink Slingers Tattoo. The night includes a free shuttle service  from Outlaws to Mac’s Convenience Store, door prizes and giveaways. Call 403-823-7799 for more information.

Kiss of luck


    The results are in  and local shopper Nancy Kiss won the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas giveaway.
    This year the chamber’s annual Christmas contest, where local shoppers enter to win weekly prizes from area merchants, and then   are entered in a grand prize draw for $1,000 dinosaur dollars, concluded on December 19. This year the contest also awarded 10 runner up prizes for  $100 dinosaur dollars.
    Kiss told inSide Drumheller, December was always her lucky month an in fact the win came close to her birthday. While some have concluded she must have entered the contest a great number of times to win, she said she simply shopped as she would regularly, and entered whenever she would get the chance.
    While she has no immediate plans for her winnings, she says there are few things she needs at the Brick.
    Other winnera included Darlene Alford who won $500 dinosaur dollars, and Bonnie Chambers who won the third prize of $250 dinosaur dollars.
    The 10 consolation prizes went to Marie Fairhead, Candy Lefferson, Jesse Axelsen, Greg Jacobsen, Sharon Garner, Jo Anne Baird, Larry Poland, Margaret Tabert, Alice Wilson and Diana Wolf.

Appeal denied... artistic structure deemed Bylaw offence





On Tuesday, December 8, the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) reached an unanimous decision to deny the appeal filed by Lawrence Eisler and which was heard on December, 1 at Council Chambers, Town Hall.
    Eisler had filed the appeal following the refusal of a development permit on the height of a fence-like structure at 436, 3rd Street East, Drumheller. During the appeal, Eisler, together with members of the community, explained that he felt this structure was more than a fence and added value to Drumheller.
    The SDAB’s decision was based on the following reasons:
    The board considers the structure to be a fence as defined by the Land Use Bylaw 10.08 which states: “Fence” means a physical barrier constructed out of typical building material for the purpose of providing privacy or preventing unauthorized access or both.
    The SDAB also agreed that the fence does not comply with the Town’s Land Use Bylaw 10.08 Section 41 (b), which regulates the height of a fence in a residential district to a maximum height of 1.2 m (4 ft.).

    The board also stated that, having considered the opinions of the neighbours’ and others’ presentation, the board was of the opinion that consideration should be given to future landowners, particularly with regard to the encroachments of portions of the fence in to the neighbouring side yards.
    Eisler commented to inSide about the outcome: “obviously I am disappointed with this decision”. Eisler explained he was hoping people involved in the whole process would have looked past bylaws and have considered the contribution he was making to the town by beautifying his yard.          Eisler expressed his frustration that: “the role here of Council and the Community Planning board isn’t to say whether any of this stuff is in the best interest of Drumheller, it’s only to say whether or not a bylaw has been broken. Well, we know from the beginning I broke a bylaw! So why spend all this time and having these people coming in and voicing what they thought was important when it doesn’t matter? It makes no sense.”
    Eisler also questioned : “so if I want to say, well, this historical area of Drumheller which is really beautiful and should be treasured is being limited by bylaws that are about the suburbs, and I think these bylaws should be changed and there should be relaxation for this area, where do I go?”
    Eisler was given until April 30, 2010 for the front yard structure to be reduced to 4 ft. high or, alternatively has 30 days from the issue of the order to appeal to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Alberta.
    Asked whether Eisler will appeal this decision, he explains: “now it becomes expensive, at the end of the day I am not sure at what point do I keep giving of myself and my time and at what point do I stop? I am leaning towards not doing anything right now as it takes a lot of energy physically and emotionally.” He concluded: “Although I am very disappointed with the outcome, I am incredibly appreciative about the people that stood up for me, that means a lot to me."


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