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Big shows mark the beginning of March

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The first week of March comes in like a lion this week with several huge shows plus some big auditions for upcoming theatrical productions.
 The two big concert groups in Lethbridge both feature great blues shows this week.Hippodrome plays the community cabaret at Casa this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 First up, the Lethbridge  Folk Club brings Toronto born, Calgary based bluesman John Rutherford and the Big Blues Trio to the Cave at Lethbridge College, March 5.  

 Rutherford just won a Calgary Blues Music Association award for best guitar player. Keith Woodrow will be opening the show. Tickets are $25 for Lethbridge Folk Club members with a card and $30 for invited guests. The show begins at 8 p.m.

The Geomatic Attic also features a blues show with Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar paying the attic a visit, March 8.
 Martin received four Maple Blues nominations for her most recent CD Send the Nightingale, but lost to the likes of Colin Linden and Angel Forrest. They play the Attic beginning at 8 p.m., March 8. Tickets are $30.

The Geomatic Attic also features their big annual Southern Alberta Community Living Association (SACLA) Community cabaret, March 5 at the German Canadian Club.

 It features the music of Hippodrome and Metis jigger Roy Pogarzelski.  Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to support community initiatives with the Southern Alberta Community Living Association.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. , with the entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. There will even be a taco lunch included.

The other big event of the week is  all about dancing.  Ammena Dance Company’s  annual  Explosion of World Dance takes place at the Yates Theatre, March 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. each night. The show features dances from across the globe. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 for kids.'The big rap and hip hop show this week is Vancouver raised, Los Angeles based rapper Sonreal and Classified who return to Lethbridge, March 2  to visit Studio 54. Tickets are $30 in advance. Doors open at 8 p.m.


 There is also a big country show this week in conjunction with PBR bull riding at the Enmax Centre.
 Dallas Smith, who used to be in a popular  ’90s band Default,  shows off his new found country persona, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. He has a variety of hits on country radio including “ Tipping Point, ” “ Wastin’ Gas” “Lifted”  and his latest hit “Kids With Cars.” Tickets are $50. Petric is opening the show.
As always there is great local music happening. Country/ pop singer Alyssa McQuaid makes a long awaited return to Lethbridge stage when she plays the Mocha Cabana, March 4 at 6 p.m.
 For something a little weirder, Clockwork Towns and Birch Barks play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, march 5.
 And last, but not least, if you remember the mid’90s, you probably remember the band Live and their iconic second CD “Throwing Copper.” which brought us hits like “Lightning Crashes,” “Alone,” and “All Over You.”

 Former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk will be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of that album with a special semi-unplugged show and stage show at Average Joes, Monday, March 7. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 on the day of the show. The show begins at 8 p.m.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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