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Arts Days and big shows this week

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It’s another big week in Lethbridge. Perhaps because Arts Days runs throughout the week, or maybe it is just a coincidence,  there is everything from rap to roots music this week plus metal and mainstream country.

Leon Barr plays the Lethbridge Folk Club open mic, which have begun their season. Photo by Richard Amery Some of the highlights include a sold out  show at Average Joes, Sept. 28 by up and coming country sensation Tim Hicks, who is touring hot on the heels of his hit album Throwdown. Also in the country vein, the Coal Creek Boys play Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday.

For rap aficionados, Swollen Members’ Madchild returns to Lethbridge to play a memorial show at Studio 54 for DJ Booda, James Nishima, who passed away earlier this month. The show is Sept. 25. It features Madchild and Slaine. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

There is a lot of great roots and folk music this week too including Indigo Girls, who play the Yates Centre with Jeremy Fisher on Sept. 28. Tickets cost $45 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.

Vancouver roots/ alt country band the Sumner Brothers return to Lethbridge as well to play alt country music at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Oct. 1.
 Also early next week, Lee Harvey Osmond aka Tom Wilson and Friends play the Geomatic Attic, Sept, 30. Tickets are $37.50. It begins at 8 p.m. sharp.

Canadian alternative rockers Sloan are also in Lethbridge this week when they play Average Joes, Sept. 26.
 Metal fans will love Death Pledge with Mr. Personal and Atacama who pay the Slice, Sept 27. Dead Eye Strobe Lights return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 27 as well.

 For something a little strange, Hamilton slacker-poet B.A. Johnston returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Wednesday, Sept.  25 to bring his show and entertain.

There are also a couple of excellent blues shows with Lethbridge’s own Papa King returns to the Slice Sept. 28 and Luke Blu Guthrie returning to the Owl Acoustic Lounge that same night. In a similar vein, Undefined play blues and classic rock at the Smokehouse the same night as well.

If your tastes tend to be more classical, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra begins their Chamber series at CASA, Sept. 27 with pianist John Paul Ksiazek.

 And because it is Arts Days, look for numerous local musicians playing around the downtown core throughout the week.

 There are also a lot of open mics as always. The Lethbridge Folk Club has their second open mics at their new location on Friday  Sept.27. The first one, Sept. 13 was a success. They had a lot of people  into MJs Cycle ( 1502 – 2nd. Avenue South) as a variety of performers played everything from folk music to blues to unusual spoken word. Everyone is welcome to play at the open mic, which begins at 8 p.m. There is a two dollar cover.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 29 September 2013 10:54 )  
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