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Whoop Up Days brings in big acts for Canada 150

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 Lethbridge Celebrates Canada 150 and the Lethbridge Exhibition Park’s 120’s anniversary with a wicked Whoop Up Days line -up , Aug 22-26.

Local band Uncoveredopen for Finger Eleven at Whoop Up Days, Aug. 24. Photo by Richard Amery
“We’ve put a lot more money into music this year,” said organizer Jackie French, noting bigger concerts will be at the grandstand beginning, Tuesday, Aug. 22 with the Trews opening the night at 7 p.m. and grunge rockers Theory of a Deadman at 9 p.m. The special shows will have a bigger ticket price of $59.

“We’re moving a stage into the grandstand. It’s still a good deal because it‘s great music and includes admission to the Whoop-Up Days,” she said.

The fun continues on Wednesday with  another show in the grandstand on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

 Southern rockers .38 Special , who had a number of hits in the ”70s and ’80s including “Back Where You Belong,” “Caught Up in You,” “Teacher,Teacher” and “Hold On Loosely,” to name a few, headline at 9 p.m.
April Wine will open a great night at 7 p.m.. Tickets for that show are $59,

 Music is on the Whoop Up Days grounds  for the rest of Whoop up Days beginning Thursday, Aug. 24 with alternative rockers Finger 11  on the Gas King Stage at 9 p.m. and local alternative rock band Uncovered playing at 7 p.m.
The next day, modern rock band the Glorious Sons  play the Gas King Stage, Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. Local blues band the Steve Keenan Band open at 7 p.m..
 Saturday night , Aug. 26, is country night.


 Former Calgary Flame Theo Fleury shows his country music chops with  his band Theo Fleury and the Death Valley Rebels playing at 7 p.m. They will be opening for up and coming, Juno nominated country singer Jess Moskluke who has charted a couple of hits including “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes,” “Kiss Me Quiet,” and “Take Me  Home.”

Dory and the Weathermen play the Gas King Stage, at 5 p.m. Tickets to those shows are included with Whoop up Days admission
 In addition to  live music, The Heritage Pavilion will be turned into a saloon for Whoop Up Days with a variety of activities happening.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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