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Laughter and South Country Fair Songwriting Competition finals highlights of the week

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As always, the end of the month is full of laughter.Peter and the Wolves are at Casino Lethbridge this weekend at night and for the Bent 8 show and shine on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery
 WWF wrestler  Hacksaw Jim Duggan kicks off a busy week at Good Times on May 28. He will be sharing stories and telling tales at 7 p.m. Though there is a special meet and greet at 6 p.m for a $45 ticket.  Tickets are $25 for the regular performance, which also features Mike Dambra, who will be promoting his roast on June 14. Brittany Lyseng performs at Good Times, June 1 for two shows, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The Smokehouse has begun a regular Tuesday unfiltered open mic with local comedians Bubba and Randy. It begins at 8 p.m. And the Owl Acoustic Lounge has their monthly open mic Wednesday, May 29.

 Also on Wednesday, The Slice has a pop punk night with Vancouver’s Chase your Words,Calgary pop punk band Luna Coast, medicine Hat alternative rock band Reckless Renegade and Lethbridge’s 21st Avenue. Admission is $10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

 And Hatrix Theatre is sure to make you laugh  this week with their production of Neil Simon’s farce Rumors, which runs at McNally School, Wednesday , May 28-June 1 at 7 p.m. each night. You can get tickets through cast members for $20 and at Eventbrite and at ConneyBeare mercantile downtown across from the new multicultural centre for $22. The easiest way to get to mcNally school is take Hwy 4 as if you’re going to Coutts, then turn right on McNally Road, just past Evergreen Golf Course, cross the tracks and turn left and drive until you hit a lovely 1940s era school house on the left hand side of the road.

The Slice features a bit of blues this week beginning Thursday, May 30 with Winnipeg area musician Patrick Alexandre LeClerc and Vince Andrushko. The Slice also features Calgary based blues/funk and soul trio the Matthew Jay band, Saturday, June 1. There is a $10 cover.

The Owl has their monthly poetry open mic  on May 30.

The Lethbridge Community Jazz band winds up their season at College Drive Community Church, Saturday June 1 with A World Of Adventure featuring the Silver and Gold bands plus Joe Porters W.H.I.P it, Percussion Ensemble. Tickets are $15 from casa and The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Kelly Klimchuk hosts Honkers Pub’s Friday night open mic this week.
Get ready to rock ’50s style at Casino Lethbridge as Peter and the Wolves return for Friday and Saturday., They also play during the day on Saturday for the Bent 8 Show and Shine, June 1 , which begins at 10 a.m.

There are several indie rock shows happening this week. local twangy indie rock band  The Utilities return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, May 31 with local singer songwriter Bailey Kate. Admission is by donation.
And Regina based Bears in Hazenmore return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 1 with local folk/ country singer songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom and Vancouver Island pop  multi-instrumentalist Prince Shima. Prince Shima, aka Bradley Kurushima has played with Ghosts, Skylord, Lovers and Slumberland. Admission is by donation.

The Slice rocks out the end of May, with Calgary rock and roll crew The Gentlmen’s Club and local rock band 21st Avenue. That show begins at 9 p.m., Friday, May 31.
 Rock in June with an all ages skate punk show at the Moose Hall, June 1 with  Red Deer’s Trashed Ambulance, the Moröns and local skate punk band sessions. Tickets are $10 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.

Local ’90s rock band Uncovered are at Mojos Pub, June 1 as well.

A sure sign of summer is the approach of  the South Country Fair and  fie first sign of that is the South Country Fair songwriting contest finals, which is June 2 at the Slice.
 The finalists are Ali Stuart playing Like it That Way; Chris Ryan Drew  (Only Human): Chris Gheran ( Old Time Feeling); George Arsene ( She Sings to Her Horses ); James D. Swinney ( Hummingbird ); Jon Martin ( When Colours Fade); Joshua Beebe  (Clayton Stanley ); Megan Brown  ( Do I Work for the Devil (or Live in Hell)); Taylor Lang  ( Over Many Horizons ) ; Tyson Ray Borsboom  (Tell Me), who are all vying for a chance to play their song on the South stage at this year’s fair, July 19-21. It features an exceptional lineup including Blue Moon Marquee, Captain Tractor, Peter and the Wolves, Rancho Deluxe, Petunia and the Vipers, last year’s songwriting contest winner Tara Warburton and many more.

 Nelson B.C. based songwriter Cam Penner  and Jon Wood plays the Twin Butte store, Sunday, June 2 as well before visiting the Owl Acoustic lounge on a busy Tuesday night, June 4. Keith Woodrow’s Slice of blues jam returns to the Slice on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Leeroy Stagger and the Rebeltone Sound featuring MonkeyJunk’s Steve Marriner play a special show for the Geomatic Attic at the art gallery Mortar and brick at 8 p.m. Tickets are 8 p.m. Stagger has just released a new album“Me and the Mountain.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 May 2019 09:19 )  
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