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Canada Day and the Perpetrators highlight this week

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Happy Canada Day everyone. Most of the entertainment this week takes place in conjunction with Canada Day.  Just before that, though Canadian classic rock icons Kenny Shields and Streetheart, who have numerous ’80s hits including “Hollywood,” “ Action” and popular covers of “Here Comes the Night,”  the Small Faces’ “Tin Soldier”  and “Under My Thumb” return to Average Joes, June 30 with Band of Brothers. Tickets cost $25.

 There are two big city Canada Day parties.

Jay Nowicki of the Perpetrators who play the Slice, July 3. photo by Richard Amery
 There is an electronica/ dance party in Galt Gardens beginning at noon as from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bassworks presents DJ Rabbyt, Marty Funkhauser, Steve Samurai, Phunky Le Freq and Verboze performing in the afternoon. There is no cover to attend.

The big party is at Henderson Lake where a lot of familiar faces in music and dance will be performing.

 The Lethbridge Taiko Association gets things started  at 10 a.m. by the Japanese Gardens. The Lethbridge Community band Society perform at noon.

The Karen Romanchuk band follows at 12:40 p.m.

She will be followed by the Troyanda Dancers (1:20-1:50 p.m.); classic rock band Fast Times (1:50-2:30 p.m); Dance Images (2:30-3 p.m.); folk singer Stan Ashbee (3-3:30 p.m.); Urban Beat (3:30-4 p.m.). Opening ceremonies begin at  4 p.m. with  O Canada, dignitaries and a piper. The entertainment begins again at 4:30 p.m with mentalist Jeff Newman. He will be followed by Exisdance at 5-5:30 p.m., local rock band Dory and the Weatherman (5:30-6:10 p.m.); the Lethbridge Highland Dancers (6:10-6:40 p.m.); rockabilly band Bent 8 (6:40-7:20 pm); The Canadian Rocky Mountain Cloggers (7:20-7:50 p.m.); local country band the Oldman River Band (7:50-8:30 p.m.); Ammena Dance (8:30-8:50 p.m.); Calgary blues/ country/ rock singer Eric Braun (8:50-9:30 p.m.); Japanese drum group Hibikaya (9:30-10 p.m.) and local hard rock/ metal band Unzipped who play at 10 p.m. until the fireworks at 11 p.m.

 For a something a little less mainstream, there is a Canada Day punk show at Inferno with Vancouver punk band the Spree Killers, and Calgary’s Copsickle and the Motherfuckers plus local punks the Scallywags. So come out and celebrate Lethbridge punk promoter Alex Currie’s birthday. There is a $10 cover for the show.

That is one of several excellent Vancouver punk shows this week as another Vancouver punk band the Old Derelicts play the Moose Hall, Sunday, July 5  with Calgary’s Oh Shit and guests. There is a $10 cover for that show as well.
The Slice brings in Vancouver punk/ noise rock four piece TAXA on July 2. They will be playing with Calgary band Prepared, which features veterans of Calgary’s hardcore scene and fronted by Kevin Stebner. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

Kenny Shields and Streetheart play Average Joes, June 30. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Slice also brings back one of my favourites — Winnipeg blues rock trio the Perpetrators the next day on July 3. There is a $10 cover for the show.
Another big event this week is Pridefest which features events happening throughout the week.  Chair’s Martini  Meet and Greet at CASA with Jesse Plessis, Didi D’EDADA and Glinda Sparks. There is also a big Pride in the Park event on  July 4 where  Shangelai from Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Dory and the Weathermen will be performing.

If you are heading out of town for the fourth of July weekend, stop by Twin Butte for Soulfest, July 4, which features performances by the Weber Brothers, Devon Coyote, the Whiskey Sheiks, Carolyn Mark and Ridley Bent plus Ryland Moranz. Tickets are $60.

Local shows this week include The Mark Hall band playing Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday, Dale Ketcheson at the Mocha Cabana and much more.
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge features folk influenced rock band band SC Mira from Winnipeg, July 4.

 And the Mark hall band play country music at Casino Lethbridge, July 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. each night.

 Modern country band Cold Creek County  will be laying Average Joes, July 4. Their hit “Our Town” is rocketing up the  charts.

 Tickets cost $15. The show begins at 9 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 July 2015 12:11 )  
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