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CKXU puts their ass on the line for a successful FUNdrive

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CKXU Station manager Aaron Trozzo literally put his ass on the line to help University of Lethbridge based community radio station not only achieve, but exceed this year’s FUNDrive goal of $20,000 by earning  $21,545 in pledges from 245 donors not including donations and admission from several special events.

 Literally because among the innovative incentives given by on-air personalities throughout the week including home made bookmarks, art, toques, cooking, videotapes, a polaroid camera, curbside recycling for a year and fresh eggs, Trozzo and the other station executives promised to wear Prince style butt-less chaps during  CKXU’s wind uNathan Kunkel plays  some of Prince’s 1999 album. Photo by Richard Ameryp party of local bands performing Prince covers.

“This is amazing,” Trozzo said after his set, still wearing his Prince pants.
 “ We’re pleased to be part of this community,” he said  adding he appreciates the support of the community members for not only the pledges themselves, but for  donations in kind and for attending the events and the hard work of their volunteers.

CKXU had a big party at SAAG for Friends card members ( a card which  allows discounts at 40 local businesses, the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s afternoon family jam on March 21 ,  a free party at the University of Lethbridge at the Zoo in the University of Lethbridge Student’s Union Building featuring Calgary based Latin Fusion band the Uno Band plus local rapper Pzeudo and the Acoustic Rhymers.


Ben Sures excited to premiere new trio

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Edmonton blues/ folk musician Ben Sures is excited about his long awaited return to Lethbridge, March 28  when he plays the Lethbridge College Cave for the Lethbridge Folk Club.Ben Sures returns to Lethbridge, March 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 He was supposed to wind up their season last year, but  unfortunately the show was cancelled due to an issue with the venue. His last performance in Lethbridge was last year when he was playing lead guitarist for harp player Paul Reddick.
 Sures is surely excited about playing with his trio — bassist Tyson Maiko and drummer  Bramwell Park.

“ I’ve played with each of them before but never with them together,” Sures  enthused.

“ The three of us are going to make a hoopla,” he said, returning from a successful Home Routes House Concert  tour of northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
“Tyson plays with John Wort Hannam,” he observed.

 He noted the tour went well.
“ I’ve been away for most of March. It went really well,” he said adding a lot of the people who came to the shows were very impressed.
“ Not to toot my own horn but  a number of people who had been to every Home Routes show, said my show was the best they’d ever seen,” Sures said.


This week is a cornucopia of comedy and classic rock inspired music

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A lot of new bands are tapping into the spirit of guitar driven classic rock. Lethbridge features some of the best of them this week.The Bryant Watson Duo are among many local acts playing this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 Kelowna’s the Wild and Vancouver’s One Bad Son return to Lethbridge to rock Bo Diddly’s, March 27. If you like classic rock along the lines of AC DC, you will love The Wild and One Bad Son are one solid rock band with plenty of big guitar and sing along choruses.

 If you like progressive rock and experimental rock  and organ along the lines of Deep Purple, Bend Sinister is right up your alley. They were a hit at the South Country Fair last year and sold out the Slice last year when they visited  on a Wednesday. This time, they play a Thursday night at the Slice, March 26.
 There is also a lot of comedy this week.

 The Slice features the I’s the Bye Musical comedy tour, March 25. Tickets are $10. The Owl Acoustic Lounge features their always popular comedy open mic on March 25. Comedians of all stripes and styles are welcome to perform on their open mics on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. And Average Joes features stand up comedian Simon King with Noor Kidal, March 27.


The Thrashers explore killer robots on new CD

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Winnipeg surf rock band  the Thrashers brought the spirit of the ocean to the prairies over their previous EP and CDs, but bring the spirit of the universe  on their latest CD ‘ Robot Invaders from the Death Galaxy.The Thrashers return to Lethbridge, April 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 They play the Owl Acoustic Lounge with the Ruby Plumes, March 30.

“The killer robots sprouted from a conversation I had with Iaian (Loeppky, bassist) about ’50s B horror movies,” said lead guitarist Jesse Bercier, complete the trio  with drummer Sean G.

“ We wrote the title track first and the rest just kind of spread organically from there,“ he said adding  there was some talk of designing a nine foot robot to walk across the stage as well, which they did.

“ For the CD release in Winnipeg, we’re playing the West End Cultural Centre. We do have a nine foot robot and some film  we shot, so there is a  stage show aspect to it, but that’s too much to take on tour,” he continued adding Lethbridge will be the second stop on the 10 day tour following their Winnipeg show.
 the songs on the CD are interspersed with snippets of dialogue from B movies Loeppke collected.
‘We’re over the moon about how it turned out,” Bercier said.

 We haven’t actually released it yet, so the only people who have heard it are media and their response has been overwhelmingly positive, so  we hope that is indicative of how it will be received,” he continued.

 The band has branched of from the more surf punk  if their previous works into a more ’50’ ‘60s surf sound.


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 CKXU is in the middle of their annual FUNDrive . They are raising money to bring power to the tower and boost their broadcast signal. Call CKXU pledge phone lines (403-329-2400). They will be open from March 20 at  9 a.m - March 27 at 6 p.m.
For further information about the CKXU Radio Society and “CKXU Presents: FUNdrive 2015 Power to the Tower,” please visit . You can also donate through the CKXU website.


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