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Jazz Festival and punk mark mid June

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 The Lethbridge Jazz Festival dominates this week’s live music venues. BA Johnston returns to Lethbridge, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 Some of the highlights include the Sweet Inspiration Gospel Concert with Dee Daniels at the Southminster United Church. There is no cover for that show, which begins at 7 p.m.
There is a lot of local talent performing this year. The Starlight Lounge featuring a local jazz orchestra performing ’30s and ’40s  big band music in the style of an old radio show.
 After that Mwansa Mwansa and her band perform at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 16. Tickets cost $20 for that show.

Friday will be busy for the jazz festival fans as Jens Lindemann and Tommy Banks perform the Sterndale Bennett Theatre at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets for that show are $35. And after that, get in the mood for some blues as Kat Danser returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Tickets are $20 for her show.

 The festival features a lot of free entertainment as well.
 Local musicians play throughout Lethbridge as part of the Supper Club series June 17 and 18.

 And several festival highlights will be playing Galt Gardens on Saturday, June 18 from noon to 5 p.m. including  The Sandwich Quartet, Hippodrome, the Groove Apostles, Kat Danser, Papa King and the Boogie machine and Sue Foley, who has her own show  that night at the Slice, June 18. Tickets for Foley are $20.

 But before that, CBC 2 radio personality and crooner Tim Tamashiro gets a little “drinky” at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for Tamashiro and bandmates pianist Sheldon Zandboer, drummer Jim Johnston and Polyjesters’ bassist Jason Valleau, cost $35.

But there are also some excellent shows happening that are not related to the festival.
 Toronto based singer songwriter Danny Michel returns to the Slice, June 16 in support of his tenth CD “Matadora. Three singles have been released from the CD including “Click Click,” “Samantha In the Sky With Diamonds” and “Good Old Days.”
Casino Lethbridge also features blues with Calgary’s Eric Braun Band, who play June 17 and 18.


 And you will barely be able to catch a breath as lots happens early next week beginning June 21 with classic rocker Meatloaf who comes to the  Enmax with a plethora of hits including “Paradise By The Dashboard light, Two Out of Three Ain’t  Bad ” and “I’ll Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).” The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $52-$72.

He has lots of competition though. Hamilton slacker poet B.A Johnston returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge for a show with local bands Advertisement and the Rainbow Patrol, June 21. There is no cover for that show, which will begin around 9 p.m.
 There is also a big punk show at Inferno with Calgary’s Citizen Rage, local blackened punk band Chernoff and a new acoustic punk group called Ginger Priest. Admission is $10.

And Plum is putting  a new twist on open mic nights. Every Tuesday they are having an “open piano” night, where they open their piano to pianists to show their chops. It is 8-10 p.m.
Also early next week, Vancouver progressive rock band Bend Sinister return to the Slice, June 22.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:43 )  
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