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Holiday Mash-Up supports local music scene and Youth One

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Supporting all kinds of local music is what the second annual Holiday mash -Up will be about, Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Eagle’s Hall.

The Youngbloods are among the local bands playing the Holiday Mash-Up, Nov. 26. Photo by Richard Amery
 A variety of Lethbridge bands will be performing  all day long plus special guests from Calgary and Saskatoon. It is all for a good cause too as some of the proceeds will be donated to the organization Youth One.

“Last year we had 175 people total, this year we‘re expecting between 200-225 people,” said organizer Bonnie Heine, who also manages local pop-punk band the Youngbloods, one of the bands playing the Holiday Mashup along with alternative rock band Greyscale Manor, pop punk band Every Ounce, roots/ bluegrass musician Ryland Moranz, pop punk band Friends Over Fame, progressive rock band Accalia, hard rock band Outrun the Arrow, Saskatoon’s Mostly Wanted, funk rock/ R an B trio Adequate and Calgary rock band White Chocolate Thunder.

“It started because we felt  there should be better support for the entire scene,” said Heine, who moved from Lethbridge in 2010 to live in Calgary.
 “People only go to shows of the genres they’re interested in,” she observed.

“When I left, we had shows at the Gate. Then I noticed there were a lot less people at the shows then a lot less shows,” she said.

“So the Holiday Mashup is an effort to bring all of the various scenes together,” she continued.

 She said the The Holiday Mash Up began with bands the Youngbloods knew. This year they expanded their palate by sending invitations out to bands to play the event.
“ We tried to pick the most diverse  bands we could out of those that responded,” she said.

In addition to trying to bring the various scenes together, she is happy to support local organizations which support youth in the community.

“Last year it was Streets Alive. This year it’s Youth One. Youth One supports kids who just want to play music — kids like us,” she said, adding they offer a variety of programming and  facilities for youth who want to make music including DJs and bands, plus they run a weekly skateboarding night.
last year, we had a goal of raising $1,000. This year we want to raise $2,000,” she said.

“I think it’s nice to support the local scene. It’s very important, so if you are going to spend 10 bucks,  this is the right way to do it,” she said.

 Tickets are $10 and available from the bands themselves, at Long and McQuade and for $15 at the door.

— By Richard Amery,L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 November 2016 11:14 )  
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