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There’s lots of fun if you are  staying close to home for Thanksgiving.

King Bull  returns to the Slice this week. Photo by Richasrd Amery
Open mics are back in force this week. Tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 6, there is the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic as well as Good Times’ weekly comedy open mic. Devin Gergel hosts the open mic at Beaches as usual on Wednesday Night, and Kevin hosts the Slice’s Thursday night open mic.

Open mics are also back at Honker’s Pub. Aaron Landry hosts an open mic on Friday, Oct. 9. Honker’s Pub is closed for Thanksgiving weekend
 The Slice has started a Saturday afternoon open mic. In the evening, the Dark Wrangler return to the Slice stage.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 October 2020 09:12 ) Read more...

Aaron Pritchett excited to be back on stage for Big Screen harvest party

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Nanaimo based country star Aaron Pritchett is excited to bring some 30 years of his hits back to Lethbridge for the Big Screen Harvest Party — a special drive in show at the Enmax Centre, on Thursday, Oct. 1.Aaron Pritchett returns to Lethbridge for a special drive-in concert, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery
 Pritchett will be performing with George Canyon.

 “ I never done this before.I know artists like Brett Kissell have done a lot of these shows. So I’m excited to see how it will work,” enthused  Pritchett, who has numerous hits including “ Hold My Beer,” “ Dirt Road In ’em,” “ My Way,” “Better When I Do” and “Let’s Get Rowdy. So he’s not sure what he will be able to fit into his 45 minute sets.
“ It’s a nice problem to have isn’t it,” he chuckled.

“ I already have that problem choosing songs for a 90 minute show. So it will be the biggest hits.  And we do this really interesting medley at the end that I think the audience will enjoy,” said Pritchett.
“It won’t be like seeing us at Average Joes, but it will be a new experience for the audience listening  to us in their cars and SUVs or sitting on tailgates. I always have a lot of energy on stage,” he continued.

“There isn”t a lot of talk which is difficult  because I talk a lot, but I want to get all of the songs in,” he said adding the two shows will have a similar set list.
 They go to High River after Lethbridge for another drive in show and Regina after that.
George Canyon will start the show followed by Pritchett.

“ And George will join me on stage for the last song,” he  said, adding he is looking forward to sharing a stage with Canyon.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2020 12:53 ) Read more...

Lots of laughs and rock and roll this week

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It is great to see things opening up again, as the local music scene and venues dip their toes into a post-Covid world.The Chevelles return to Sound Garden this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 Start the week early with laughter.
 Faris Hytiaa hosts Good Times  weekly comedy open mic tonight, Tuesday. Mike Dambra plays four shows this weekend.

 His last show had to be postponed until October, So Dambra will be providing the laughter at Good Times at 7 P.m. and 9:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are $20
 Monthly comedy mics return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge this week too, with the laughs  beginning  inside beginning at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30.

New West Theatre as well as country star Gord Bamford enjoyed some success with drive in concerts this summer.

 This week, October opens with country stars George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett doing two drive in concerts at the Enmax Centre at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $115 per vehicle;  $135 including a concession package;  $140  for VIP admission and $160 for VIP and concession.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 September 2020 13:28 ) Read more...

Local punk rockers celebrate new Citizen Rage videos

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It was punk night at the Slice, Friday, Sept. 25, as Calgary thrash / punk band Citizen Rage were on hand to debut their new EP “Black,” and the two spooky black and white lyric videos for “I Will Fucking Kill You” and “Dreams.”

The Hockey moms at the Slice, Sept. 25. photo by Richard Amery
 Unfortunately Citizen Rage weren’t  playing however, the Oi Street Scoundrels and Hockey Moms were on stage.
The Oi Street Scoundrels at the Slice, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard AmeryThe Oi Street Scoundrels, a local punk super group including members of  the Scallywags, Hockey Moms and Chief Mountain, played a solid set behind plexiglass  boxes of energetic street punk.

 Their intense set included a song that sounded a little like the Who’s I Can’t Explain,” as well as a Dayglo Abortions cover.
While the Hockey Moms set up, Citizen Rage played the two new black and white lyric videos.
 “ I Will Fucking Kill You,” is an anti-bullying song, so the video featured youtube footage of several popular clips of bullys and riots.
The Hockey Moms’ high spirited set of fast tempo punk rock attracted a mosh pit, as their frontman jumped off the stage into their midst.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 September 2020 17:26 )

Wendy Colby plays new indoor stage at Owl

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 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has started doing shows inside. They have been putting shows on their improvised outdoor patio.
 To conform to Covid regulations, venues have to put plexiglass in front of the performers.

Wendy Colby playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 While Sound Garden and Honker’s have opted for  sheets of  plexiglas in front of the stage, the Owl Acoustic Lounge has followed the Slice’s lead by having performers play in a plexiglass box.

 Local singer-songwriter Wendy Colby was in the middle of her set by the time I arrived.

 She tenderly picked her Les Paul style guitar, eyes closed, lost in thought, singing ethereal melodies for a quiescent crowd.

 She played a pretty relaxed set and sounded a little like Joni Mitchell, which was enhanced as she paused to re-tune her guitar for a more exotic feeling song, then tuned it back again to finish her set on a more upbeat note.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 September 2020 17:15 )
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