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Curling, St. Patrick’s Day and prairie folk featured throughout the week

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Several big events this week include St. Patrick’s Day, of course, but keep an eye out for live music at the Enmax Centre for the 2012  Ford Women’s Curling Championship and some of Canada’s more unique roots and blues acts playing the Prairie Folk Tournament at the Slice and the Owl.

St. Patrick’s Day is the big day where everyone gets to be Irish.Church are one of many acts playing the Prairie Folk Tournament this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Vancouver Celtic punk rock band the Real McKenzies are happy to get you into the Celtic spirit, March 15 at Bo Diddly’s with the Scallywags.
 The Shamrocks and Shenanigans pre St. Patrick’s Day party with the Real McKenzies and the Scallywags begins at 9 p.m. at Bo Diddly’s.
Advance tickets cost $15. Bo Diddly’s also has a St Patrick’s Day show with Suite 33 and Deuce Coustics.

Most of the other big shows this week for St. Patrick’s Day are related to the second edition of the Prairie Folk Tournament — three days of alt country, roots and blues from all over Canada playing at two different venues — the Slice and the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 15- 17.

 The Owl features the Redhead reunion tour with Southern Saskatchewan born songwriter Megan Nash and Nova Scotian born songwriter Jenny MacDonald on March 15,  the Alex Vissia Band,  March 16 and B. A. Johnson, March 17.
Over at the Slice,  Bryson Waind, Red Rum Triumph and Church play March 15. There is a seven dollar cover in advance, $10 at the door for that show.
 The next day Tin and Toad, Treeline and Shaela Miller play. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

 Leeroy Stagger and his band, Shuyler Jansen and Cowpuncher finish things off at the Slice, March 17. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door for that.  If you plan on catching several of them, three day passes cost $25 which guarantee you admission to the Slice shows.
Alex Vissia is looking forward to bringing her band back to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 16  to play the Prairie Folk Festival with Spencer Jo and the Wood Sprites.

Last , but not least, Canada’s answer to Weird Al Yankovic, B.A. Johnston returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge to cap off the Prairie Folk Tournament. There is no cover for that show.
For something completely different than B.A. Johnston,  The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra features their fourth Masters Series concert on March 19 with pianist Glen Montgomery  and Asani who perform at Southminster United Church.

 Ric’s Grill has also switched up their Wednesday line-up.  Sheldon Arvay and Scott Kanashiro played fingerpicked acoustic music this past Wednesday while Felipe Rodriguez plays this Wednesday. Bridgette Yarwood and Evan Schaaf return to the Mix Lounge next Wednesday.

 There is also entertainment all week long at the Enmax Centre for the 2012 Ford Women’s Curling Championship.
 Lethbridge country band Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer as well as the Chevelles will be playing the Patch at the Enmax Centre, March 16. Tom and Curt and Hippodrome play the Patch, March 17. Fast Times play the Patch, March 18. Who’s Yer Daddy play March 19, Soup Of Flies are on March 20, Unzipped play March 21 and Trevor Panczak and Rough Stock play March 22. Admission to the Patch is free with admission to the curling matches.
Single draw seats are priced at just $20 for the 17 round robin draws, $25 for the playoffs, $30 for the semi-final and bronze medal games and $35 for the championship final.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 March 2012 01:16 )  
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