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Street Machine Weekend features cars and Concert for a Cause

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Big, beautiful, fast, classic cars take over Lethbridge as the 39th annual Street Machine Weekend rolls into the city, July 7-9.Street Wheelers Club vice chair Alex Dewar is looking forward to Street Machine Weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Street Machine Weekend has been the baby of the Lethbridge Street Wheelers club for the past 39 years, but like most long standing clubs , has undergone a change in leadership.

“There are changes. But we like fresh faces with new ideas to add some additional twists,” said new vice chairman Alex Dewar, who is glad to take the reins of the logistical challenges involved in putting on an event which brings several thousand people to Lethbridge every year.
“We do other events too, but this is our biggest event. It is a lot of work for our 34 to 35 core members,”  said Dewar, who has been part of the Street Wheelers club for four years and has been attending Street machine Weekend for 10 years.
“I enjoy organizing events and I’m good at it, so I do all the logistical work nobody else wants to,” said Dewar, who, surprisingly doesn’t enter a car into the Friday night cruise, the 100 metre dash and autocross at Exhibition park on Saturday, July 8 or even the show and shine at Galt Gardens on Sunday, July 9.

“I have a Volkswagen Golf car and I’m very proud of it, but I don’t enter it. I want to make room for elements people haven’t really seen before,” he said, adding he doesn’t want to take away from the plethora of classic and custom built cars available for the show.

“It’s not easy and it’s not cheap. People involved in it love cars and they love the experience of being able to talk to people who they have never seen before about their cars,” Dewar said, adding Street Wheelers are alway looking for volunteers to help out at the event.

 Street Machine Weekend begins with the Friday night cruise, running from 7-10 p.m. on Friday night.

“We have people lining up at noon to register,” said Dewar, noting not every car gets to participate in the cruise.

“We want to show as much of a variety of different cars as possible. We don’t want to have too many of the same type of car. But the cars have to be show ready. So we also don’t want old stuff that is barely running. So it really is a fine balance. And we don’t want to have newer cars like the new Mustang because you can see them on the show room floor,” he said, noting Ashley Herbers is responsible for choosing which cars make the cut, though if there is a dispute, club members take a vote.
“Originally it was just custom American cars, but we’ve expanded to include Japanese and European models, because everybody has their own tastes and preferences,” he said.
“We get all kinds of cars , trucks and motorcycles,” he said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 July 2017 16:19 ) Read more...

Street machines and classical music this weekend

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The big  events mark the first weekend of July— Street Machine Weekend and the Centric Music festival.Peter and the Wolves return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
In addition to plenty of pretty and loud cars, Street Machine Weekend features a special concert for Youth One.
 After the Friday night cruise, hang out at the beer gardens in Galt Gardens and listen to the music of a couple of excellent local bands- local country musicians Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction as well as the Cody Hall band. There is no cover for that show, which will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.

As usual some of the bars on the 3rd Ave cruise route also feature live music. Local classic rock band Fast Times will be performing at Backstreet South beginning at 7 p.m.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge features  live music for Street Wheelers weekend as Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves return to Lethbridge, July 7.

 J Blissette return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 8 with Hobart , Tasmania rock band Heart Beach and Edmonton based garage rock band Brunch Club
 The 1010 pub also has live music for the Street Machine cruise, as Band of Brothers will be playing some rock and roll, July. 7.

 For something completely different from that, classical music festival  Centric Music Festival takes over Casa with for concerts featuring the music of Chopin, Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.
The Centric music festival opens, July 5 with a gala concert featuring Chopin performed by internationally acclaimed pianist Krzysztof Jablonski who will perform a selection of the solo repertoire he presented at the 1985 International Chopin Competition for Centric's opening gala concert. The concert is a rare opportunity for Lethbridge audiences to hear an accomplished artist of Dr. Jablonski's  calibre. A pre-concert talk begins at 6:30 p.m. with the concert at 7:30 pm. Tickets for that concert are $40.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 July 2017 08:02 ) Read more...

Tallest to Shortest hope to kick bad luck streak for Lethbridge show

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Edmonton based  alternative rock/ psychedelic rock trio Tallest  to Shortest are hoping  the third time will be a charm for their next visit to Lethbridge, July 7 at the Slice with fellow Edmontonians Pine Barrens.Mark Feduk of Tallest to Shortest. Photo by Richard Amery
 They trio including guitarist/vocalist Sean Brewer, bassist/ vocalist Mark Feduk and drummer Cory Motz have unfortunately had to cancel their past two visits to Lethbridge because of a run of bad luck.

“ We’re still alive and kicking,” Feduk observed.

“The last time we cancelled because I had a a severe reaction  to antibiotics. I was in Mexico and fell and cut my leg. I waited Until I got home  to get it looked at and it got infected. The time before that we had a horrible car accident the day before the show on the way to Waterton. Luckily nobody was hurt, so it has been bad luck, but also good luck,” Feduk related, adding they are 85 per cent completed a new EP.

“So we’ll have a lot of new music to play,” he continued, adding the new EP is still in the mixing stages.
“We ’re not sure how we’ll release it. We may release two at ta time. But we also want to do videos. So we’re going to take the time to do it right,” said Feduk, who also plays with Brewer in Red Ram and sometimes alternative country band the Uncas.

“We don’t take the Uncas out of Edmonton anymore,” Feduk said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 July 2017 07:44 ) Read more...

Whoop Up Days brings in big acts for Canada 150

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 Lethbridge Celebrates Canada 150 and the Lethbridge Exhibition Park’s 120’s anniversary with a wicked Whoop Up Days line -up , Aug 22-26.

Local band Uncoveredopen for Finger Eleven at Whoop Up Days, Aug. 24. Photo by Richard Amery
“We’ve put a lot more money into music this year,” said organizer Jackie French, noting bigger concerts will be at the grandstand beginning, Tuesday, Aug. 22 with the Trews opening the night at 7 p.m. and grunge rockers Theory of a Deadman at 9 p.m. The special shows will have a bigger ticket price of $59.

“We’re moving a stage into the grandstand. It’s still a good deal because it‘s great music and includes admission to the Whoop-Up Days,” she said.

The fun continues on Wednesday with  another show in the grandstand on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

 Southern rockers .38 Special , who had a number of hits in the ”70s and ’80s including “Back Where You Belong,” “Caught Up in You,” “Teacher,Teacher” and “Hold On Loosely,” to name a few, headline at 9 p.m.
April Wine will open a great night at 7 p.m.. Tickets for that show are $59,


Jock Tears play perky pop punk from Vancouver

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge celebrated Pride week with several pride themed shows.

Jock Tears’ Lauren Ray kicks high at the Owl Acoustic lounge, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 A highlight was Wednesday night, June 21 when they hosted Vancouver female fuelled pop punk band Jock Tears.

 They played a short, sweet  immediately appealing set of catchy, sassy, supremely upbeat, feminist themed pop punk music , singing about  don’t call me darling, bad boys and Kitts Beach which reminded me of a more punk rock Bangles and especially ’90s Vancouver pop punk darlings cub.
One enthusiastic fan even tried crowd surfing on top of a half dozen dancing fans. Brunette lead singer, Lauren Ray, sporting glowing shoes, with lights flashing,  jumped into the middle of the enthusiastic audience and sang beautifully.

Supermoon playing the owl acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
Fellow Vancouverites Supermoon barely looked old enough to be in a bar. They played more ambient, introspective indie rock featuring chiming guitars, gorgeous vocal harmonies, three different lead vocalists and plenty of instrument switching.
I missed an opening set from local synth pop band  Open Channels.

—By Richard Amery,L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:02 )
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