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Band wars at the Barn a highlight of this week

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There is all sorts of music happening this week in Lethbridge for all tastes.The Living Luca are among 10 bands playing Band Wars at the Barn, Jan. 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 But tonight there are two open mics. Check out the new open mic at Cudos Lounge. It is hosted by  the Neccessities’ Devin Gergel. Last week, the stage was packed, so get there early. It begins at 8:30 p.m.
 And open mics are back at the Slice on their newly renovated stage. Toques and Beards are the hosts this week.

A variety of bands have been chosen for Lethbridge College’s one day  band wars gala, Jan. 21 at the Barn. Look for the folk country of the Clapping Monkeys, hard rock band the Living Luca and folk/ blues singer Matt Robinson, to name just a few. Others who made the cut out of 25 applicants are the punk/ hard rock band Kenzi Kill, blues rockers Smokestack Jacks, metal from Pilgrimage of the Lost, Caste of Shadows and Enceladus as well as Penny Fortune and folk from Taber’s As We Migrate.

 The winning band wins $800. Tickets to the show, which begins at 7 p.m., are five dollars.

The Lethbridge Folk Club also opens up the new year with John Wort Hannam with special guests Dalliance Elixir, Jan. 22 at the Wolf’s Den.

 Also on Jan, 22, Smokestack Jacks will be performing at the Slice with the Gorgon Horde and Miesha and the Spanks.
Rockabilly fans, however, will want to be at the Tongue N Groove for  their rockabilly showdown featuring Hurricane Felix and the Southern Twisters along with Bent 8. Admission is $10 for the show, which begins at 8:30 p.m.

 There are even a couple choices for classical music fans this week. Not only is Dale Ketcheson playing the Mocha Cabana, Jan 21 and Jan. 22, but  Classical Winds is at the University of Lethbridge recital hall, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m.

Leigh Doerksen of Dean Selena plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery Also at the university that same night, Jan. 22,  The Lethbridge Big Band will be in the Student’s Union Ballroom  for the Casino Lights Cabaret.
 If you missed Brenna Lowrie and Dean Selena at Cudos Lounge this weekend, catch them at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 22 as well. Leigh Doerksen from that band will be performing.

 And if you missed Fernie  based country/ folk bluegrass band Shred Kelly at the Owl last year, catch them at the Slice, Jan. 21 with the Barefoot Band.

 The Slice features unique folk singer Craig Cardiff, Jan. 19. He is a storyteller and uses inovative looping effects in his music.

 The Slice is going country on Sunday, Jan. 23  with the Pernell Riechert Band.

 Meanwhile, Average Joes has moved their Wednesday dueling pianos  to Friday nights, so check it out.

There is even something for the kids this week as popular children’s book and television characters, Toopy and Binoo come to life for two shows, Jan. 19 at the Yates Theatre, 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
If you miss this performance, Toopy  and Binoo will be back, Feb. 7 for two more shows at the Yates Theatre.

If you are in the mood for some drama, Theatre Xtra’s next production runs Jan. 20-22 in the David Spinks Theatre at the University of Lethbridge. “Song of the Say Sayer” is the story of three brothers who are orphaned when their parents are killed in a lightning strike. They must cope with their trauma, but stay in their childhood personas through adulthood.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 January 2011 18:07 )  
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