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Local musicians excited about Bigwood IIII

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 BIgwood IIII is like a summer holiday for the local music community.The Dirti Speshulks are among the many performers at Bigwood IIII. Photo by Richard Amery

 The day long event features most of Lethbridge’s music scene who will be gathering on the Research Centre Road, Aug. 27.

“It started as just an employee appreciation barbecue, and they wanted to have some live music,” said Todd Carter, one of the organizers adding it soon expanded.

The event is located on the south end of Research Station Road near the Evergreen golf course where a wide variety of local bands from folk and blues to metal will be performing throughout the day.

The performers include New Weather Machine, Smokestack Jacks, Phantom Creeps, Berserker, Leeroy Stagger, Dirti Speshuls, Duus Blues Band, Toques & Beards, Treeline, Mr. Personal, Blue Sensashun, Gravity Crash, Andrew Scott, Lustre Cream and The Horrorshow Groodies.

There will also be a new burlesque trio performing a couple sets. There will be a pig roast and food from the Fiery Greek lots of fun and music, which begins at approximately 1 p.m. with the first band slated to start at 1:45 p.m.

 “It’s like a big summer party for the local music community,” said Carter.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what the bands play because I encourage original music,” he continued.
“ A lot of these bands never play together because they’re usually playing at different venues.”
Organizers, who started the event  as an employee get-together and appreciation featuring a couple bands, have seen it to expand to 20 some acts and 150 people attending last year, to an expected 200 this year.

“We’re thinking of a venue change for next year because I don’t know if  it can handle that many people,” Carter continued.
 Admission is $20 cash, though kids 12 and under get in for free. It begins at approximately 1:45 p.m. and goes on through the night.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:34 )  
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