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Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival dominates entertainment scene this week

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An extremely busy June takes off this week with several Lethbridge Jazz and Blues festival events. The fun begins on Friday with  the Young Lions Concert at the gate featuring numerous school bands. The big free outdoor festival Jazz in the park is across the street at Galt Gardens at noon, June 9 with an all local line-up including Hippodrome, Papa King, Texas Flood, the Metrik Tentet and Lethbridge Big band.Megan brown and Steve Martin play with Makiisma this week. Photo by Richard Amery
There is a blues brunch on Sunday featuring Papa King at the Stoketown Café at noon.

 Jazz fans get a day off on Monday, but are sure to be at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Tuesday, June 12 with the jazz jam with HBO3 and Josh Davies.

 And the Sojourners’ Marcus Mosely hosts this year’s  Sweet Inspiration gospel jazz show at  the Southminster United Church, June 13. There is a $10 cover for that event.
 But there is more than just jazz happening  this week.

The Silver Creek band plays Casino Lethbridge on the weekend.
The Slice is hopping this week beginning  with an early starting rock show, June 5 featuring Winnipeg emo/pop duo Alone I Walk/Tanner Cyr and the Rainbow Patrol. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is a  $10 cover.

Local bluesman Keith Woodrow plays June 6 and Prince Albert based, female indie rock trio The Wolfe hosts the jam on Thursday. They were a top 4 finalist for the CBC Searchlight competition in 2017 and just released their second album Strange Words. The Slice features Megan Brown’s band Makiisma on Friday, June 8 with Riley McKinnon. Calgary pop punk band the Galacticas return to the Slice on June 10 with sessions. There is $10 cover for that show.

 Not to be outdone, the Owl Acoustic Lounge also has a busy weekend with Vancouver indie rock/pop band Echo Nebraska performing, June 8.
 On June 9, the Terrific Kids Artists Collective have an eventful week, featuring  post punk. shoegaze band Rhythm of Cruelty with local acts Body Lens and Touching God at the Owl Acoustic lounge. Terrific Kids  also bring a show to a new venue — the Sonder Coffee House (1119 3rd Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 1C8), Tuesday, June 12. they feature Vancouver musician Malcolm Jack of the band Sun Wizard and Max Hopkins. The early show starts at 7 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $5.

 And don’t forget, it is the beginning of the month and that means it is time for the monthly ukulele jam at Casa from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.

There are several open mics as usual.  The Owl Acoustic lounge and the Onion both feature open mics on Mondays as usual, the Smokehouse has their usual open mic on Tuesday and this week, Club Didi features an open mic on Tuesday, June 5. Devin Gergel hosts a new Wednesday night open mic at Beaches and Honker’s has open mics on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 04 June 2018 15:14 )  
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