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Think Scottish for St. Patrick’s Day this year

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Though St. Patrick’s Day celebrations  are afoot this week, this week has a real Scottish flair to it, with return visits to  Lethbridge From Scottish celtic punk and the Real McKenzies and Scottish born soul man Johnny Reid among this week’s highlights.Juanita Devos Michelle Couper a from the Windy City Medieval Faire are excited about their St. Patrick’s Day Interactive Murder mystery “Kill me I’m’ Irish” at the Galt Museum at 6 p.m. March 17. Photo by Richard Amery
But first get ready to bring your best swing dance moves to the Slice, March 14 as this month’s edition of the Windy City Opry features Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves and Shaela Miller Band.

 The Real McKenzies play their annual Lethbridge pre-St. Patrick’s Day party, March 15 at Bullys Entertainment Centre.
 They will be joined by Edmonton ska/ punk band The Raygun Cowboys. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show will be done by midnight.

CKXU’s annual Fundrive kicks off with several big events this weekend.
 The official “launch” for this year’s cosmic frequencies themed Pledge drive begins at 6 p.m at SAAG. There will be special Theoretical Brewing CKXU  Extra Terresti-ale and live music a with Galactic Space Punk and Boogie Houser.

 After that there is an after party at the old Firehall featuring Calgary post punk band Melted Mirror, Paris/ Edmonton psych pop duo Le Plaisir and local duo Birch Barks.
 If you want to hear some country, Calgary western swing/ country and jazz group the Red Hot Hayseeds return to the Owl acoustic Lounge, Friday, March 16 as well.
Calgary rock band Mr. Tuesday return to the Slice on Friday, March 16.

A rock band called Maple Sugar play Casino Lethbridge this weekend.
 Honker’s Pub celebrate 21 years with a big birthday bash, on Saturday at 3 p.m. There will be 11 different sets of music from Paul Kype, Steve Keenan. Coda, Good Time Charlie. There will be soloists and duos as well. There will be food specials and drink specials as well. There is no cover to enjoy the music.

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so there is even more entertainment than usual.
Start things off with murder. The Windy City Medieval Faire is planning an interactive murder mystery at The Galt Museum beginning at 6 p.m.
“Everyone plays a character,” said organizer Juanita DeVos, noting you will be issued your character with your $20 ticket available at Java The Hut or $25 at the door. If you just want to watch rather than really be involved, you can ask for a smaller role.
 Malfeasance is afoot at the “Shakin’ Shamrock Pub” and it is up to you to figure out whodunnit. There will be socialization at the beginning of the night where you share  who your character is. There will be Irish food and Guinness, party games and lots more.
 The event is a fundraiser for The windy City Medieval Faire who have to pay off  the debt from last year’s event in preparation for this year’s Faire.

After that, there are several options. Pianist Cal Toth plays Mojos Pub, local blues rock band Coda plays Legends Pub. Local funk trio Adequate play an Adequate St. Patrick’s Day at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
 There are several ticketed events as well.


 Local jazz/rock/ folk band the Junkman’s Quire play Average Joes with Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums. There is a $5 cover after 9 p.m..
 B.C. country musician Petunia and Nathan Godfrey return to the slice, March 7. There is a $15 cover for the show.

 If you want to bang your head, From Mountains to Eons features local hard rock bands To The Mountains and Eons of Earth rocking the Smokehouse beginning at 8 p.m. There is  a $10 cover for the show.

And the Lethbridge Folk Club presents High River bluegrass band The Spitzee post band at the Lethbridge College Cave at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for invited guests including a year’s membership.
But the fun isn’t done as Crooner Johnny Reid returns to The Enmax Centre, Monday, March 19 with classic rockers Glass Tiger.

The  Lethbridge International Film Festival is coming up in a week as well at the Lethbridge Public library downtown branch. the theme is “issues of our times,” so  films explore issues like North Korea, climate Change and migration.
“ An Inconvenient Sequel” screens March 19. “Human Flow” is March 20. “The Secret State of North Korea ” is Wednesday, March 21. “Food Evolution” is March 22, “Wildlife of the Oldman River Valley” shot in and around Lethbridge by local wildlife photographer Rick Andrews is March 23 and “Land Beneath our Feet” finishes the festival, March 24. Showtimes are 7 p.m. each night. More details are at

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:31 )  
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