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CKXU FunDrive and shows around Southern Alberta among the week’s highights

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Things pick up again this week in Lethbridge — like there’s ever a slow week in Lethbridge.
 This week, Lethbridge community radio station CKXU 88.3 begins their annual FunDrive, running March 21-28.

FunDriTreeline and Shaela Miller will headline CKXU's country night which kicks off FunDrive activities, March 21. Photo by Richard Ameryve is an annual fundraise station member volunteers do every year to help promote CKXU and raise money for the essentials needed to keep the station operational. This year’s theme is “Boost the Signal.”
 While they have a lot of events planned next week, they go country for the big kick off event at the Slice, March 21. Treeline and Shaela Miller will be performing plus several local bands including Planet Telex, St. Country Creep, Colonial Angus and  and Cosmic Charley, will be trying their hand at country music as well.

There is a huge mainstream country show taking place at the Enmax Centre coming up as Travis Tritt plays March 26
 Admission is $15. The show is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

If you didn’t get enough St. Patrick’s day celebrating done over the weekend, there are a couple more shows this week. Rock out with your kilt out with the Mudmen, a dual bagpipe juggernaut out of Toronto who return to rock Lethbridge with pipes at Average Joes, March 22. The other big St. Patrick’s Day celebration is for a good cause.  Kilt up for Cancer with the Junkman’s Choir takes place at the Slice, March 26.

There are a couple excellent blues/ jazz shows this week as well. My favourite Albertan bluesman Marshall Lawrence returns to Lethbridge, March 22 with a full band to play the Slice. There is a $10 cover.

Celeigh Cardinal, who has done several Lethbridge shows with Andrew Scott, returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge with her own band, March 22.

 There are numerous excellent local shows throughout the week as well.
 Also, Alyssa McQuaid returns home to play the Mocha Cabana, March 21-22.
There are a couple excellent rock shows including Toronto based band the Seas playing with Lethbridge’s the Mormon Girls at the Slice, March 20.

And, of you like old school hip hop, Bone Thugs N Harmony visit Studio 54, March 19. Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone will be joined by special Guests The Life Artists Caine and & Pozition with  Terell Safadi and Dizzi. Local openers Pyke, Sin Sane and F-Bomb will also be performing. Tickets cost $40 for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

An excellent rock show takes place just outside of town at Sidelines in Coaldale where Glorious Sons, whose song “White Noise” is getting a lot of airplay, plus special guests Teenage Kicks, will be performing. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $15 cover.

 Even further down the road, in Fort Macleod, another one of my favourites, musical comedy trio the Arrogant Worms return to Southern Alberta to play the Empress Theatre, March 20. The Arrogant Worms  have been making audiences laugh since 1990 with songs like “ the Last Saskatchewan Pirate,” “Canada Is Really Big”  “ I Am Cow, and newer songs like their ode to Rob Ford “Local Politician.”  They get a lot of  airplay on CBC and had several minor hits including “Jesus’ Brother Bob” and “Don’t Go Into Politics”  and “Carrot Juice Is Murder.”
Tickets cost $34.50 each. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. They release their next album “Space” this month.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:30 )  
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