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Everything from opera to pop music plus southern Alberta country happening this week

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January goes out with a bang this week.

 There are a lot of great shows happening this week, most of them at the Slice.Megan Wittig and Caitlin McCaughey perform a scene from The Marriage of Figaro. Photo by Richard Amery
Vancouver keyboard powered indie rockers/ progressive rockers Bend Sinister play the Slice, Jan. 29 by putting their own stamp on keyboard  powered ’70s style progressive rock of the ilk of Queen and Supertramp.

 In a similar vein, local band the New Weather Machine return to the Slice with pianist Jesse Plessis, Feb. 1.

 Former Winnipeg blues rockers the Perpetrators drummer Scotty Hills plays a solo show at the Slice, Jan. 30. He will be showing his more pop and R and B side with a set of original music.

 And if you love living in Southern Alberta, you have something in common with Vulcan/ Nanton roots/ country band Tin and the Toad who officially release their new CD ‘Roots We Ramble On’ at the Slice, Jan. 31 with special guests Rancho Deluxe.

As always the Owl Acoustic Lounge has some excellent shows with Zachary Lucky returning on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and one of my favourite Calgary blues/ roots musicians Erin Ross returning, Jan. 31. Local songwriter Amy Bronson is also back home for a couple of weeks. She will be performing at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Joal Kramps, Feb. 1.

 The Mix Lounge at Ric’s Grill brings back the Bryant Watson Duo on Jan 29. James Oldenburg has his regular Thursday gig at the Cotton Blossom Lounge, Jan, 29. And the Mocha Cabana brings back piano man Dana Honey on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
 If you want to rock, local rock band Unzipped play Casino Lethbridge, Jan 31 and Feb. 1.

 For something completely opposite to all of that, the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge Symphony are combining  students and resources  to bring Mozart’s renown opera ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ to the Southminster United Church, Jan 31 and Feb. 1 for their fourth Masters Series presentation of the season.  The three hour long production is fully staged and performed in English by a 22 member vocal cast and 28 members of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.

The beloved opera has something for fans of comedy, romance, action and, of course, beautiful music.
Master Series tickets range from $20 - $75, and are available at or by calling 403.328.6808 between 1- 5 p.m. Flexible subscription packages are still available, and audience members age 15-29 can sign up for the LSO Access Pass and receive further discounts.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 January 2014 11:09 )  
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