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Whoop Up Days and a lot more happening this week

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There’s never an excuse to say “there‘s nothing to do in Lethbridge.” Especially not this week as there are a few big events happening in Southern Alberta this week.
 Whoop Up Days features superb live music throughout the week.

Country star Jason Blaine played Whoop Up Days, Aug. 23 with Trevor Panczak.Morgan Davis returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 But if your tastes lean towards more traditional country music, Floyd Sillito and friends will be at the Nord Bridge Senior‘s Centre are performing a tribute to the Alberta Ranch Boys. Tickets are $20 with the show beginning  at  7:30 p.m.
 Things rock at Exhibition Park for the rest of Whoop Up Days.

 Alternative rock duo the Standstills are on the Gas King stage at  9 p.m., Aug. 24. Calgary band Ten Minute Detour are on at 7:30 p.m.
The next night, Aug. 25  Kim Mitchell will show he is still a wild party, playing  his numerous  hits from the ’80s like “Easy To Tame,” “Rock and Roll Duty,” “Go For a Soda,” and maybe even some of  the rockers from  Max Webster.
 He is on stage at  9 p.m. Local rocking blues band Zojo Black opens the show at 8 p.m.

Things get turned up a  notch on Friday, Aug. 26 with a high octane performance from Monster Truck and local metal band Tyrants of Chaos.
And there is an eclectic lineup on Saturday , Aug. 27 with the country stylings of JJ Shiplett, some rocking blues from Angel Forrest and an exciting homage to the Band‚ The Last Waltz — A Musical celebration of the band featuring special guest performances from the Downchild Blues Band’s Chuck Jackson, Juno award winning bluesman Johnny Max and a talented up and comer Matt Weidinger.


Kim Mitchell won’t let heart attack keep him from his “Rock and Roll Duty”

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Kim Mitchell won’t let a tough year stop him from doing his “Rock and Roll Duty.”

Mitchell, who had sevKim Mitchell returns to Whoop Up Days, Aug. 26. PHoto by Richard Ameryeral in the ’80s and early ’90s including “Patio Lanterns,” “Rock and Roll Duty” and “Easy To Tame,” returns to Lethbridge to play Whoop Up Days, Aug. 25.

“It was a bit of a challenge. I lost three people close to me and my job on radio (as drive time DJ on Q107 after 11 years ) ended and a relationship and I ended up having a heart attack on top of it, but here I am talking to you, so  it’s all right,” said Mitchell, negotiating challenging Toronto traffic on his way to a have a bite to eat with a buddy.


“ But I’m feeling  way better now,” he said adding he is excited to play in front of people again.

“I just love having the opportunity to play in front of people. It’s pretty exciting,” he said.

 He was last in Lethbridge in 2012 to play Whoop Up Days.
“It was an outdoor gig. And playing outdoors in the summer is the best feeling. Why would you want to play inside,” he enthused.


Royal Tusk returning for Bigwood 9

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Edmonton  rock band Royal Tusk returns to Lethbridge for the ever expanding  Bigwood 9 festival, Aug. 27.Royal Tusk’s Daniel Carriere. Photo by Richard Amery

Saskatoon band Fancy Diamonds, Lethbridge alternative rock duo Sparkle Blood and local rock bands The Silkstones, surf rock band the Atomicos , 90s rock trio the Supervoid and the Dirti Speshuls will be performing just off Research Centre Road beginning at 6 p.m.
Royal Tusk were just here a few months ago, on May 27, winding up a tour in support of their most recent CD “Dealbreaker” which just passed a million listens on Spotify.

 They have had an eventful summer.

“It’s been really exciting,” said frontman Daniel Carriere.

“ We played the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. And we played some festivals with the Eagle of Death Metal and the Arkells,” he said.
“That was so gnarly. It was so much fun. We loved it,” he enthused.


Monster Truck figure out how to live on the road

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Don’t tell Hamilton ’70s revivalists and groove rockers Monster Truck how to live because they have it all figured out.

Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman. Photo by Richard Amery
 They roar into Whoop Up Days, Aug. 26 to rock the Gas King stage, in the middle of a busy year in support of their latest CD “Sittin’ Heavy,” which has already spawned three hit singles “ For The People,” Don’t Tell me How to Live” and  the latest “ The Enforcer.”

 They have already toured  Europe twice this year and are all set to return for a month long tour with Nickelback.
 But in the meantime the, band who draw heavily from the well of heavy ’70s riff rock along the lines of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Foghat,  are already writing new material though the album was just released in February.

“We’re revisiting some of the songs  that didn’t make the cut for this album because they needed more work and we just didn’t have the time to do it,” said guitarist Jeremy Widerman, just before a rehearsal with bandmates  Jon Harvey (bass & lead vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ & vocals) and drummer vocalist Steve Kielys.

They won’t be playing any of the new music at Whoop Up Days.
“ We usually like to play songs before we record them because  you can gauge certain things in front of an audience which  you might not get in a jam session or a rehearsal space. But we’re still in the demo stage,” he said, adding the new CD is still fresh.


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