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Not a lot going on to open 2018

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To borrow a line from the Odds’ Craig Northey’s  theme to hit TV show Corner Gas “There’s not a lot going on” to open 2018, but there are excellent shows already planned, “so that’s why you can stay so long.”If you missed them last week, the Crooked Creek warblers play the Owl Acoustic Lounge again this week.Photo by Richard Amery
Calgary roots/ country musician Carter Felker brings his trio back to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 5.

If you enjoyed the Crooked Creek Warblers at the Slice this past weekend, get a second helping of the local roots duo at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 6. Richard Inman is also on the bill.
 Winnipeg folk punk musician Greg Rekus returns to host the ope mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan 9 with British singer/ songwriter  Tim Holehouse.

 Hippodrome play their usual early year show at the Slice on Jan. 6 with special guests, Calgary Celtic rock trio Three Finger Shot.

 Open 2018 with laughs as Yuk Yuks Comedy returns to Average Joes, Friday, Jan. 5 with  Garrett Clark, Matt Foster and hist Randy Webb. Tickets are $20 on the day of the show and $15 in advance.
 Earlier in the day, Casa features “Lunch and listen” featuring  Lisa Mulgrew and pianist Zain Solinski.

 Club Didi has  an exciting January planned, including their first open mic of 2018, Jan 9.

 The following week, the Windy City Opry opens their second year at the Slice with Kory Istace and  Aryn El Hefe. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover.

The Lethbridge Folk Club opens the new year with Calgary rockabilly trio Peter and the Wolves, Saturday, Jan. 13. And the first ukulele jam of the year is at Casa, Jan. 14 from 2-3 p.m.

 Later in the year there are a couple of bigger shows coming up. FlIPfest presents Duchess Says, Partner and WITS on Jan. 17.

 The Slice also welcomes back Celtic rock band The Derina Harvey Band on Jan. 19.

 The Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to Lethbridge at the end of January, with Craig Campbell, Pete Zedlacher, Paul Myrehaug and Dan Quinn making you laugh at Average Joes, Jan 26. Tickets are $35 in advance.
 So far February looks like it is going to rock. Stone Sour, Halestorm and the Dead Deads play the Enmax Centre, Feb. 1. Tickets are $58.

 February also looks like a good month for country music.
The James Barker band and Meghan Patrick plus Jo Jo Mason play Average Joes, Feb. 3. Tickets are $31 in advance.


 The Enmax Centre hosts a big country show on Feb. 7 as Washboard Union, who were a highlight of the Shine on music Festival in September, return to Lethbridge with Cold Creek County and Old Dominion. Tickets for that show are $54.65, $74.65 and $84.65.

 One of my favourites Shred Kelly return to Lethbridge for a special ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 20 in support of their new CD “Archipaglo.” Tickets are $20 for the show.
 The Irish Descendants return to Average Joes, Feb. 22.

 Even Bully‘s has a big country show, Feb. 23 as they host Gord Bamford and Aaron Goodvin. Tickets are $48.

The other big roots show features roots duo the Mayhemingways returning to the Slice with Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers, Feb. 24.

There are already a couple of key shows booked for March.
 Country Icon Dwight Yoakam plays the Enmax Centre, March 7 with Brandi Clark. Tickets range from $39.99 to $99.99.

Petunia and the Vipers celebrate St.Patrick’s Day at the Slice, March 17.

 The other big country show of the year is Johnny Reid, who will be playing the Enmax Centre with ’80s pop band Glass Tiger.

So far rock is the word for April and May.
Shinedown return to the Enmax Centre, April 4 with In This Moment and One Bad Son.
 And blues rock legend George Thorogood and the Destroyers play the Enmax Centre, May 5.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 January 2018 13:02 )  
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