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Tongue N Groove opening a highlight of this week

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There are a couple big shows leading Lethbridge into Christmas. Music fans get an early Christmas present this week as theThe Record Holder return to open the Tongue N Groove this week. Photo by Richard Amery long awaited opening of the new Tongue N’ Groove happens, Dec. 18 with a special performance from a revamped Record Holder as Mike and Jon Granzow are back in Lethbridge for the holidays. Special guest Clayton Smith will be joining them on drums. Treeline is also playing the grand opening.

 The bar itself, located at 518 5th Street South, was coming together well on the weekend. A huge bar dominates the east side of the building, decorated with artfully rusted pieces of metal, which also adorns the trimming of the wood panel walls. A massive stage dominates the west side of the room, which has booths set along the walls, There are also chairs and tables which can be removed from the dance floor  in between the bar and the stage.

There are no televisions, so it looks like the Tongue N Groove will be all about the music. Admission to the grand opening is $10 or $8 with a donation to the Lethbridge Food Bank.

 John Wort Hannam, Dave McCann and Leeroy Stagger bring the Highway 3 Roots revue tour back to the Slice, Dec. 19. They will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from this show to the Lethbridge Food Bank.

If last year’s tour was any indication (which took place in the Geomatic Attic last December, this  will be a superb combination of  the music of some of Southern Alberta’s finest songwriters. This year they will be capping off the 12 date tour at the Slice.

Edmonton/ Toronto/ Vancouver indie rock band Hot Panda are looking forward to returning to Lethbridge where they are capping off a 12 date Western United States and Canada tour at the Slice, Dec. 15.

Also at the Slice, singer songwriters Leslie Alexander and Jenny Allen  return, Dec. 16, promising a more polished show as well as some new songs from their upcoming solo albums.

And not to write just about the Slice, but they will be having here a Steely Dan tribute, Dec. 17 with Jim McLaren, Paul Holden, Anthony Pittarelli, Brad Brouwer and Jon Martin.

If you want to dance, Hippodrome is back at the Slice as well, promising some upbeat disco/ R and B/ bluesy fun, Dec. 18. For more blues, go to Bobby Johns, Dec. 18 where Steve Keenan will be serving up a plateful of the blues.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge features local hip hop, Dec. 17 with the City Prophets, while they will be bringing back the jazz and pop stylings of Dalliance Elixir, Dec. 18.
Tonight, Toques and Beards host the open mic at the Slice.


 There are also a couple arts and craft shows featuring local artisits and artisans. The first one is next to the new Tongue N Groove, Dec. 18. For artists, there are a couple crafts/ artisans sales Dec. 18, beginning with a vintage sale  next to the new Tongue N’ Groove. Numeorus vendors will be selling vintage items and wares, Dec. 18-19 from 11 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
 There is another one in Chinatown at the Chinese Freemasons hall, Dec. 18  where Craftateria, a conglomeration of art and indie works will be taking place. It happens from noon to 5 p.m. at 310-2nd Avenue South. Many of the vendors involved are new to the crafting/DIY/Artisan market and make very unique one of a kind items. This is a great time to support individuals in the crafts community, since every purchase will go directly to the artists.  

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:52 )  
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