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Jazz Festival and much more among the highlights this week

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While the Lethbridge Jazz Festival provides most of the entertainment this week, there is a whole lot more for those who aren’t into jazz music.The Polyjesters return to the Lethbrige Jazz Festival this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 If your tastes tend to go more toward the pop end of the spectrum, Kenny Wizz brings back Michael Jackson to the Yates Theatre, June 12.

 Michael Jackson HIStory Show Presents Thriller runs at  the Yates Memorial Centre, June 12. Tickets cost $64. The show begins at 8 p.m.
The renown Michael Jackson tribute artist will be focusing on Jackson’s “Thriller” album for this tour but there will be a whole lot more. For something wonderfully weird, B.A. Johnston returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 11. Fist City is also going to be on the bill.

 Also for non jazz buffs, Calgary based alternative country turned indie rock band Cowpuncher returns to Lethbridge to play Scores, June 14 to play the Dodgeball tournament after party. Tickets cost $15, the show begins at 9 p.m.

 Jazz buffs will be in Heaven this week with an all Canadian lineup playing at numerous venues in Lethbridge. Some of the many highlights include Canadian blues icon Amos Garrett at the Geomatic Attic on June 11, the Lethbridge Big Band and friends at the Fritz Sick Centre on June 12, the Tyler Hornby Trio and Emilie-Claire Barlow at the Yates, June 13, the Polyjesters at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 12 and the Ellen Doty Quarter with boogie woogie pianist extraordinaire, Michael Kaeshammer at the Yates Memorial Centre on June 14.

 And Saskatchewan bluesman Jack Semple returns to rock the Slice,  June 14 with his band as well.
 These are just a few of the highlights. There will also be free shows at CASA and in Galt Gardens and suppertime jazz featuring local performers at restaurants and bars throughout the downtown core.
 Other exciting things happening  this week are auditions for Hatrix Theatre’s October production of Ken Ludwig’s 1989 Tony Award winning play “Lend Me A Tenor. Auditions are June 11 and June 12 at the Moose Hall at 7 p.m. each night.

 For something completely different for hip hop fans, Dub 0 and TEZO from MGK's 19XX EST Label Tour and return to Inferno, Friday, June 13. The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Also this week, Relay For Life runs June 13 and 14 at the Victory  Church. Hundreds of people will be walking all night long to raise money for cnacer. There will be a plethora of live entertainment as well. of  The Galt Museum has also opened a new exhibit with the Lethbridge Handicraft’s Weaver’s Guild. It runs June 7-Sept. 14.

 And Mark Sakamoto, nephew of Lethbridge concert promoter Ron Sakamoto, has written a new book about his grandparents’ contrasting experiences during the Second World War. He will be doing a book signing on June 12 at 7 p.m.

 Also, you can get a preview of  some of the band playing Sled Island in Calgary next week as Solids, Animal Faces and local post punk trio Advertisement will all be playing the Slice, on Monday, June 16.There is no cover for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 20:09 )  
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