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This week features old friends and tribute bands

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As Christmas approaches, arms full of presents and bulging credit card bills and  bellies full of  eggnog and ears full of Christmas carols, the live music scene really slows down for touring musicians. On the other hand, that means there is room for a lot of local music.

 This week, Paul Kype and Texas Flood host the open mic at the Slice, Dec. 16, playing all the blues and rock you can use. The Slice brings in Jesse Northey to host the open mic on Dec. 23. And the Slice  has their monthly jazz jam with HBO3  on Dec. 17. There is no cover for either  show.The Shaela Miller Threesome plays the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Amery

  Lethbridge country/ folk trio The Shaela Miller Threesome return to the Slice on Dec. 19 with Treeline. There is a $10 cover for the show.
 The Slice will rock on Dec. 20 with Lethbridge alternative rock band the Void plus The Ruby Plumes, Moose Jaw rock band Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities and alternative rock band Fox Eyes.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge  has a mellow weekend planned with with Lethbridge folk duo Birch Barks featuring Eric  Den Haan and Dillon St. Jean. They will be joined by Unbroken Circle aka a solo acoustic project by Eric  Den Haan.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge also beings in  country music with local country band  Hurtin’ on Dec. 20.

For more rocking country, Casino Lethbridge brings back  Three Hills based country band the Dean Ray band this weekend
If you like jazz music, Dana  Honey returns to the Mocha Cabana this week and in addition to their regular  Thursday  night gig at Plum, HBO3 will be joined by Mwansa Mwansa and Aaron Collier for a night of  R and B, jazz and pop music at Plum, Dec. 20.

 If you want to hear something  you’ve heard before, but never quite like this, Average Joes brings the Rock of Ages Tour to town. Dec 20 with top notch tributes LegZZtribute (ZZ top tribute),  the Led Zeppelin Show and Barracuda — the Essential Tribute to Heart. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the show which begins at 9 p.m.
 If you want to laugh, Average Joes has  the Weather Permitting Comedy tour , Dec. 19 featuring  Andrew Barr, Toronto based comedian Michelle Christine and Michael Flamank performing. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The show begins at 9 p.m.
 If you think you’re funny, then prove it at the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s comedy open mic, Dec. 17, which has been moved up a few weeks due to the holidays.

 For something slightly different, New West Theatre winds down their 25th season with Jubilee which opened Dec. 15 and runs until Jan. 3. It features  your favourite songs from the past 25 years and beloved performers returning.
 For something different again, Cirque Du Soleil winds down a nine year run of their production of Dralion, which comes to the Enmax Centre, Dec. 17-21. There will be a variety of Chinese Circus inspired acts including aerial acts incorporating hoops and cloth, balancing acts and several Chinese circus inspired acts including Dralion which is Chinese Lion and Dragon dances as interpreted by Cirque du Soleil, acrobats, juggling and reinterpretations of children’s games like jump rope and yo yo.

 —by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:45 )  
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