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Great week for blues, jazz and saving Chinatown

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It’s a pretty sweet week to hear New Brunswick talent in Lethbridge.Bridgette Yarwood and Jason Eveleigh play the Mocha Cabana this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Two stripped down blues flavoured shows happen this week.

 Ross Neilsen plays a solo show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 7. He is touring on  two CDs, but will focus on material from “The Shack Up Sessions” which he released in 2012. There is no cover for the show, which begins at approximately 9 p.m.

 Also from New Brunswick, Matt Andersen plays a show for the Geomatic Attic at Southminster United Church, Feb. 8.
 His latest CD “Weightless” which combines blues with a lot of R and B and soul, is hot off the presses.
 Tickets are $20 for that show, which also features David Myles.

It’s a great week for blues music period as local blues rock band Paul Kype and Texas Flood return to Casino Lethbridge, Feb. 7 and Feb. 8.

 It is also an excellent week for jazz music, mostly due to James Oldenburg, who has a full week of gigs at Ric’s Grill on Feb. 5, the Cotton Blossom Lounge, Feb. 6, and a special early first Friday show at the Slice with HBO3.

 For something slightly different, Okanagan groove rock band Windborn return to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 8.

 Feb. 8 is a huge night with a lot of great shows happening.
 The biggest is a fundraiser.
 The Save Chinatown Variety show begins at 7 p.m. at the Yates Theatre with a variety of acts including country act  the Loose Kanons and headliners the Coal Creek Boys.

There will also be a kung fu demonstration from Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu, the Desert Wind Belly Dancers, Gymfinity Aerials, the object manipulators and long time resident Albert Leung, who is sure to share stories about Lethbridge’s Chinatown. There will also be a variety of other activities including a silent auction, body art and much more.
 Tickets cost  $25, though donations will also be accepted for $50 or $75.

 The Slice goes country with local country band Hurtin’ who play, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m.
 Another excellent country show show is at the Mocha Cabana featuring  B.C. based roots/ country musician Lindsay May and Jodi Doidge on Feb. 8. They play 6-9 p.m. with Jodi Doidge opening the show.

Bridgette Yarwood and Jason Eveleigh return to the Mocha Cabana, Feb. 7. They have a regular monthly gig at Ric’s Grill. The Bryant Watson duo play there this Wednesday, though.

 Home Routes house concerts have some excellent shows coming up this winter and spring in Lethbridge.

 On Feb. 8, Austin based folk musician Matt the Electrician come to Lethbridge. He comes from the long tradition of Texas singer/ songwriters. Tickets cost $20 with every penny going to the performer.

Contact Dawn Gray This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   for details.
 Gray is also bringing in Suzie Vinnick on March 10 and Mark Reeves on April 8.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 February 2014 13:53 )  
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