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Good music on Friday the 13th

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There is a lot going on as we move into spring.
 The fun begins early on Wednesday, April 11 as the April edition of the Windy City Opry features Calgary born, Vancouver based folk duo Chicken-like Birds and Edmonton country band the Denim Daddies. as usual the show begins at 8 p.m. sharp and admission is $10.

Just out of town, local musician John Wort Hannam has an important annual fundraiser for ALS as the fourth annual Songs For Ken happens at the Empress Theatre, Thursday, April 12 with a house band  plus the Polyjesters, Mike StaDanny Vacon returns to lethbridge for two shows with the Dudes, April 13. Photo by Richard Ameryck, Brooke Wylie, Maria Dunn, John Rutherford and artist Annie Froese. Tickets are $25 for the show, which runs 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Friday the 13 might  be an unlucky day for some, but it’s good luck for anybody looking for live music this weekend.
 Calgary rock band The Dudes have a busy day, April 13 as they are not only playing the Last Class Bash at the University of Lethbridge in the Grove , but they are also playing a special ticketed gig at the Owl Acoustic lounge later that night.

 The Last Class bash begins at 3 p.m. with a variety of acts in addition to the Dudes including DJS WUKI from Denver, who is replacing the Smalltown DJs due to a scheduling conflict, Flavours, Freddy J, Burchill, ONTK, Zodiaque and Shannon Hart
 Tickets are $15 at the Gate, $10 in advance.

 The Dudes play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, at approximately 9 p.m. with local rock band Biloxi Parish. The $20 tickets are almost sold out.
 Just around the corner from that at the Old Firehall, it will be a night of noise rock and post punk as the Terrific Kids Collective present Calgary industrial noise meisters Dri Hiev and two new local acts, object_option and Touching God making their debuts. Admission is $10 for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

 Winnipeg area country musician Sean Burns is becoming somewhat of a Lethbridge regular this year. This weekend he returns to Casino Lethbridge April 13 and 14. He also returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, on Thursday, April 12
 Also returning, Cal Toth brings Dueling Pianos back to Average Joes.

 The Lethbridge Folk Club has their monthly open mic at Casa on April 13. Kelly Klimchuk hosts Honker’s Friday open mic this week.

 For a little but of humour Club Didi features the latest edition of improvised soap opera Starship Gommorah.
 And last, but not least, Lethbridge musician Riley McKinnon plays the Slice.
There are several fun shows happening on Saturday, April 14.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge is a busy place with  the Metrik Jazztet performing at 3 p.m.
 later in the eveningNorwegian Blue records presents Bands as bands II Can Con Edition with Cope, Ryland Moranz, Joel Stretch  playing the music of The Weakerthans, Age of Electric and Limblifter. A secret band will be playing the music of a well known Canadian duo. Admission is by donation.

 Over at the Slice, local roots and blues trio In Cahoots host a Spring Fling with  folk rock band Artemis in the Summer.
 The Lethbridge Folk Club returns this week as well by bringing in Canadian treasure, blues and folk musician Ken Whiteley, who will be performing with First nations musician Dennis Allen. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Lethbridge College Cave. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for guests including a year membership and $20 for students.

Just up the road from that, Lethbridge Community Band presents Heroes and Villains at  the College Drive Community Church. The concert is 7-9 p.m.. Tickets are $15.
You can also get a little magic in your life with the Illusionists at the Enmax Centre, April 14 as well beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $63, $83 and $103.50.

Over in Fort Macleod, Steely Dan tribute Steelytown will be performing at the Empress Theatre with Calgary blues band the Steve Pineo band. The concert is 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $26.75.
 It’s not over yet as there are a couple of fun afternoon shows. The monthly ukulele jam is at Casa from 2-3 p.m..
 And a little later, Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers play a new matinee series at the Smokehouse beginning at 4 p.m.

Further down the road, Average Joes is presenting ’80s hair metal bands the Killer Dwarves and Kick Axe, June 14. Tickets just went on sale for $35 at Average Joes or online.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 April 2018 09:02 )  
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