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Harmony Foundation for George Arsene and lots of blues and rap this week

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While this past week was very busy, this week is quite a bit slower, though, as always there are still plenty of good shows worth checking out.

George Arsene playing with Rancho Deluxe. Photo By Richard Amery
 The biggest event of the week is March 23 at the Slice when the Harmony Foundation will be holding a benefit concert for George Arsene, a Lethbridge songwriter who was battling serious health issues late last year. Numerous local musicians will be playing to help him get through a tough time. Arsene pays in roots/ country band Rancho Deluxe. The Harmony Foundation is a new organization set up to help musicians who need a little extra help making up for lost income due to illness and injury. Admission is a minimum donation of five dollars. It begins at 8 p.m.
The Slice also brings back Daryll Düus to play the blues on March 22.

 It is a good week for blues music as  Riviera Paradise returns to the Mocha Cabana, March 22 and March 23 while Paul Kype and Texas Flood are at Casino Lethbridge for the weekend.
 And, one of several excellent shows early in the week, Sarah Burton returns to the Slice to play her own brand of folk and blues, March 25.
Vancouver based musician Harry Manx has been blending the blues with the exotic sounds of the Far East for many years.

 He will be bringing his music and new CD Ohm Suite Ohm to the Geomatic Attic,  March 24 where he will be playing a solo show featuring his prowess on several different instruments including the Mohan Veena, a 20 string blend of sitar and guitar. The new CD further explores East Indian music, focusing on Electric Bollywood slide guitar.
 Tickets for his show at the Geomatic Attic cost $45. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp.

The  Owl Acoustic Lounge is going back to the roots this week with John Jerome and the Congregation playing, March 22 with the Brenna Lowrie band and Ashley and Jesse Northey, playing March 23.
 For something a little different, the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Urban Spirits will be holding a Carnival, March 23 at Lethbridge Lodge featuring the Desert Wind Belly Dancers. It is inspired by the club’s  International  convention in Lisbon, Portugal. Tickets are $85 each or $175 for two. It begins with dinner at 6 p.m.

The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra has the fifth edition of their Masters series, March 25 at Southminster  United Church it features Brooke Day on viola.  Selections include Joseph Martin Kraus’s Sinfonia in F Minor, VB 128, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Suite for Viola and Orchestra and Ludwig Von Beethoven’s Symphony  No. 4 in B-Flat  Major, Op. 60.The concert begins at 8 p.m. sharp.


If you like rap music, Vancouver rap icons the Swollen Members return to Lethbridge to play Studio 54, March 26 in support of their new CD Beautiful Death Machine and their new single “King of Diamonds.
Local rappers Sin-Sane and F-Bomb plus Pyke and DJ Fuze will also be performing. Tickets are $25 in advance for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.
Rap battles are also back at the Slice this Wednesday, March 20. MCs Urban Voyce, Felix Wilde,Skrawny Bills, Logan Scott, LRev, Jiles, Heavy Knowledge and Unfinished Business will be battling backed by DJ Fuze..
 Admission is $10. The battles begin at 9 p.m.

As always there are open mics happening throughout the week beginning tonight, March 19, with  Matt Robinson, Brad Brouwer and Paul Holden hosting the Slice open mic. Bo Diddly’s also has an open mic on Tuesday.
L.A. Beat hosts its open jam on Wednesday at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, and the Trianon also has an open mic on Thursday night.
 The Lethbridge Folk Club has their open mic on Friday in the Wolf’s Den. Jimmy’s Pub and Brasserie also has a popular open mic on Friday nights.
 And while  there are no  longer  Saturday open mics at  Bo Diddly’s, Steve Keenan is hosting a new open mic at Honkers on Friday nights.
 The Telegraph Taphouse downtown is also starting to have  live music on Saturday afternoons.
 Last but not least, Moon Dancer  plays  a Superhero dance at the Galt Museum to wind up Nerdfest activities, which began March 21. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 March 2013 12:55 )  
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