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Lethbridge celebrates Canada Day with lots of live music and dance

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Canada Day was busy. I only got to see a few of the acts playing at Henderson Lake.
  There were several hundred people in the park and kids running everywhere and dancing among themselves, vendors and the sun shining nicely.

In short a perfect day for Canada  Day. Much of the park was blocked off as well as access roads into it, so it’s a good thing I walked there from my place.
 I got a chance to seKeliane Litchfield singing country for Canada Day with Wild Fire. Photo by Richard Amerye two acts I had never seen before.

 I caught the end of Lethbridge Blues band Riviera Paradise’s late afternoothe Drama Nutz do a scene. photo by Richard Ameryn set.
 They played a lot of classic blues rock from the likes of ZZ Top, and put on a fun show.

Local dance groups performed in between bands. I caught Expression Dance Studio who performed several contemporary  dances and ended with a tribute to Canada, which was written local songwriter Ryan Caldwell.

 Kelliane Litchfield has gone country with her new band Wild Fire.
 They played a solid set of contemporary hits, beginning with Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up.”
 There was also a little Carrie Underwood on on “Good Girls” and Miranda Lambert’s White Liar.

They brought the party with Shania Twain’s “Party For Two” and even played an old Reba McEntire chestnut “ Why Haven’t I Heard From You.”

Alex Thomson playing bass with Riviera Paradise. Photo by Richard Amery

 They even tackled Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues.”

 it helps that Litchfield already had a magnificent voice she fine tuned singing pop hits,  so the move to modern country wasn’t that much of a stretch for her or her band, which included Shael Pezderic playing lead guitar.

Expressions Dancers salute Canada. Photo by Richard Amery
 She showed a lot of emotion on The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young,” noting it was important not to mix up the words if and when in the song.

 After ending on a  slower note, it was time to laugh with Lethbridge improv group the Drama Nutz.
 They played a variety of  improv games, asking the crowd for  suggestions, which they were happy to supply.
 They even showed how well the could sing on a couple games.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2012 16:31 )  
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