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Lots of laughs, stoner rock, blues and new art this week

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April has just flown by. And as usual, at the end of the month, there is comedy.Papa King plays one of several blues shows happening this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge hosts their monthly stand up comedy open mic, Wednesday beginning at 9 p.m. Good Times features their regular  amateur comedy night on Thursday, April 26. Good Times welcomes Bronx based, Dominican comic Vlad Caamano for a special show on April 26  beginning at 7 p.m. He has performed at just For laughs, was part of the CW Comedy Gala with  Howie Mandel and is working on a pilot for a new TV show with Undateable writer Adam Styzikiel. He has also been named on of the top 10 comics to watch by Variety magazine in 2016. He has also played roles on Brooklyn 99, Superstore and Marvel’s Runaways. Tickets are $25.
Comedy veteran Lori Ferguson performs two shows at Good Times, At 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27. Tickets are $10. Good Times even has a Monday show with comedian and magician Wes Barker, performing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for that show.
 And Club Didi features Drunk Improv, Friday,  April 26 as well beginning at 8:30 p.m. There is $10 cover.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge welcomes local poets with a poetry open mic on April 25 with host Teri Petz.
 Down the street at the Slice, bang your head desert rock style with the Decibel Worship tour featuring Vancouver atmospheric sludge band Heron,  fellow Vancouver desert rock band Bort, plus Lethbridge’s own Monolith and Rainbow Patrol. The music begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge.

Stoner rock seems to be the order of the week as Vancouver islands Wise Youngblood share the stage with Red Deer’s King Bull on Friday, April 26.
 Down the street, Blazed Gringo and the Man return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge with a  touch of jazz, plus Eat your Vegetables. Admission is by donation.

 Local jazz trio HBO3 featuring Paul Holden, Brad Brouwer and James Oldenburg will be at the Watertower Grill, Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.
 Get your dose of the blues at Casino Lethbridge with Zojo Black, Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27.

 And delta blues fans or just fans of fleet fingered guitar picking should not miss Forget, Saskatchewan based  bluesman Ken Hamm’s long awaited return to Lethbridge in support of his equally  long awaited new CD Mokoman, which he released last year. He plays a Lethbridge Folk Club show at the Lethbridge College Cave, Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. sharp with the Karen Romanchuk 3 opening the show. Tickets are $30.” There is a lot of blues happening this week, as competing with that, Papa King Cole and the Boogiemen return to the Slice, April 27. King will be joined by lead guitarist Steve Keenan and keyboardist T.J Waltho will be playing all the blues you can use. Down the road from that show, Galiano Island country/ blues musician Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge. They will be joined by  The Dark Wrangler aka Don Cassell and Dil Jopp from in Cahoots.

 Kelly Klimchuk hosts Honker’s Pub’s April 26 open mic. Aaron Landry hosts Honker’s Pub’s afternoon open mic on Saturday, April 27.
 For something slightly different, Club Didi features Our Homo Highness: a tribute to Lady Gaga, April 27 at 8;30 p.m. There is a $10 cover for that.


 And it is a weekend of tribute acts at the Yates Theatre.
 Rumours, the ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac  is a Los Angeles based Tribute act that faithfully recreates the music and stage show of  Rumours era Fleetwood mack. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $54.50.
 The next night, The Lonely— Celebrating the music of Roy Orbison is at the Yates Theatre, Sunday, April 28.
 Tickets are  $52.50 The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

This is a weekend for new art as well.
 L.A. Beat celebrates 10 years by  displaying  some of my favourite music pics from over the past few years in High Notes  in low Lighting.
I’ve turned some of my favourite pics,three dimensional and pain splashed in time to the musicians music. Most of them are local performers or performers who have played local venues like the Slice, Owl Acoustic lounge and special events like Love and Records,the classic rock festival at Spitz Stadium and Geomatic Attic. So come and look and remember some great times listening to live music.  In addition to my exhibit in the main concourse, the  main gallery features Troy Nickel’s  Contours of Time which examines  conceptual associations between science, art and culture, specifically tree rings, forms, lines and contours.
Edmonton artist Jamie-Lee Girodat’s  Pluck explores  female autonomy, genetics and dialogues in self relation through  her research into print media and animation.
Local artist Diana Zasadny’s Shadows from the Fire was inspired by her  exploration and wanderings in the recent fire afflicted areas in Waterton Lakes including the 2017 Kenow  Fire.
The opening reception for the new exhibits is 7-10 p.m., Saturday, April 27.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor


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