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A plethora of festivals this week include jazz, pride and classical music

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The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival and Pridefest are the source of most of entertainment this week.Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer Retuirn to Casino Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
But first, kick things off on Wednesday June 12 with this month’s Windy City Opry with Edmonton roots rock and country band “the Give ’em Hell Boys. As usual the show begins at 8 p.m. sharp and admission is $10.
Windy City Opry host Shaela Miller is also playing her own show at the Slice, on Friday, June 14 with Red Deer roots rock musician Ryan Langelois
The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues festival suppertime series features  the Sheldon Arvay Duo at Streatside Eatery from 6-8 p.m.. Anna McBryan is  at the Telegraph Taphouse, June 11. And Dale Ketcheson is at the Mocha Cabana, June 12.
For bigger shows, Dawn Pemberton conducts the Sweet Inspiration Gospel Choir, at Southminster United Church, Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10
Saxophonist Jim Brenan performs at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre at 7:30 p.m., June 13. Tickets are $20.
 Drummer extraordinaire Larnell Lewis  plays a showcase at  the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. Calgary based pianist Tricia Edwards is at the Owl for a jazz lunch at 3 p.m. and  The Shuffle Demons close off the festival at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
For pridefest, Theatre Outre and Pridefest present a production of Marshall Vielle’s play “ Where the Two Spirit Lives at 8 p.m. June 14-18.. It is  described as  “a whimsical and moving  exploration of what it means to be two spirited in southern Alberta in the new millennium through drag and storytelling.
 The Slice hosts a Slice of Everyone variety show, June 15 featuring a slate of performers to be announced. Admission is $10.
Applefest has a fundraiser June 13 at the Slice with a variety of roots and rock acts including  On the DL, In Cahoots and Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few, the Junkman’s Quire and Global Acid Reset.
When one music festival ends, another begins.
 If you like classical music,  the Centric  Music Festival returns  this week for several shows, mostly happening at St. Augustine’s Church.
The first concert is  at 7:30 p.m. featuring pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin. He will be performing  works from Chopin, Debbussy, Enescu and Mendelssohn.
 The next night, June 2o,  Trio de Moda, featuring musicians from the Edmonton symphony Orchestra will be performing works of Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann with Canadian pianist  Alison Kilgonnan. The music begins at 7:30 p.m..

Concert 3, Dance of the Drums,  features Lethbridge’s own jamani duo ( Matt and Ana Goenheide) performing a variety of percussive styles from all over the world. It takes place in the Casa community room at 7:30 p.m.
 The fourth concert also features Lethbridge talent as soprano Madison Craig and pianist Zain Solinski perform works by Purcell, Massiaen, Strauss, Szymanowski and Previn at St. Augustine  Church at 7:30 p.m..

 The Centric festival concludes with the farewell collaborative concert  at 2:30 .m. at Casa, Saturday, June 23. The program is to be announced.
Tickets for all concerts are  $30 regular online at or $25 for under 30.


Dory Rossiter’s band Horizon plays another fundraiser on the weekend as they hit the stage at the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association for the Fourth Annual  Interact Club Of Lethbridge Global Gala in support of construction at the APU Malawi Girl’s School in Malawi, and in support of the Lethbridge YMCA Strong Kids Program. The Interact Club of Lethbridge is the high school version of Rotary, and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lethbridge.. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40
And Sled Island  Music Festival is coming up in Calgary, June 19-23 so several local bands are getting ready for it at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 14 with Mombod, Stripmall, Chief Mountain and Ghost Woman playing a Sled Island kick-off party.
 But the Owl Acoustic Lounge goes roots  on June 13 with Mariel and T Buckley performing..
 For something different again, The Owl Acoustic Lounge features  the tape release party for local no wave duo Marigold who will be joined by Calgary feminist punk band Slut Prophet and Broke Til Friday. Admission is by donation.

 Breanne Urban And Southern Flyer play country and pop music at Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15.
 For comedy, Mike Dambra returns to Good Times, Saturday, June 15  for two shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15.   
As a counterpoint to Sled Island, U of L based community radio station CKXU presents  a mini music festival Shed Island at Theoretically Brewing, Tuesday, June 18. The event features Montreal bands Lovelet, LAPS, Andy And The Dannys and Winona Forever, Winnipeg’s Lev Snowe, Vancouver’ Garbage Dreams and Energy Slime, local bands Body Lens and J Blissette and, coming all the way from Berlin, Energy Boost.
 Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The music begins at 7 p.m.
 And, Gabriel Thaine’s High Level Variety show returns to the Slice, June 18 as well.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 June 2019 08:32 )  
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