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Lots of fun to open November

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Cure your Halloween hangover this week with a lot of good music.

Adequate make Halloween night a little more funky tonight at the Owl. Photo by Richard Amery
 Halloween itself, though happening on a Tuesday, featured two great shows including an Adequate Halloween at the Owl Acoustic Lounge featuring local funk rock trio Adequate, plus a karaoke/jam night at the Slice, with Dustin Harder at the Slice.
But the rest of the week is pretty eclectic.

 Barney Bentall brings back the Cariboo Express Tour back to the Southminster United Church for the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 1. The  show is a special fundraiser for Youth One and features an all star cast of characters and songwriters including host Barney Bentall, who had several hits in the ’90s including “Live Could be worse” and “Something to Live For,” and his co-host Matt Masters. Also on the bill are Bentall’s son Dustin, Ridley Bent and Lethbridge’s own Leeroy Stagger to name a few. Wild Honey opens the set featuring one of Barney Bentall’s daughters. Tickets are $42.50.

Also on Wednesday, Nov. 1, guitar whiz Adrian Nation performs at the Slice. Tickets are $10.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:42 ) Read more...

Apollo Suns have fun experimenting with jazz and other forms

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Winnipeg based experimental jazz band Apollo Suns are excited to make their Lethbridge debut, with Calgary indie rock band Windigo, Saskatoon roots rock band Gunner and Smith and local jazz/ rock combo the Groove Apostles at the Slice, Friday, Nov 3.

Apollo Suns make their Lethbridge debut this week. Photo submitted
 Apollo Suns just released their debut Ep “ Each Day A Different Sun”, featuring plenty of groove, horns , catchy guitar riffs and a touch of spy movie flair.

“ We‘re doing 11 gigs in 10 days. This  will be our first time in Lethbridge,” said guitarist Ed Durocher, noting they will touch base with Gunner and Smith in Saskatoon and meet up with them at the Slice.

“ We absolutely love Pink Floyd. We’ve been described as psychedelic jazz rock, funk rock and have even called an instrumental Prince, though I don’t see it, but we sure appreciate it,” Durocher said.
 He is pleased with their debut CD, which they released on April 8, which features the full seven piece band.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 October 2017 09:41 ) Read more...

Gunner & Smith explores the past on “Byzantium”

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Saskatoon‘s Gunner and Smith, aka Saskatoon songwriter Geoff Smith , is excited to share an eclectic bill at the Slice with local jazz rock band The Groove Apostles, Winnipeg instrumental, experimental jazz band Apollo Suns and Calgary indie rock band  Windigo, Nov. 3.

Geoff Smith of Gunner and Smith joins an eclectic bill at the Slice this week. Photo submitted
There is no Gunner in Gunner & Smith.
“There’s a lot of people named Geoff Smith who play music. So I changed it so it would be more memorable, Originally it was just me and my guitar and a buddy of mine named the guitar Rex Gunner, so it became Gunner and Smith,” chuckled Geoff Smith, taking some time to organize a 10 date in 11 day tour of Western Canada.
“I added more musicians as the sound grew,” Smith said.

He is supporting their sophomore CD “Byzantium, ” which they recorded with Andrija Tokic, who also produced the Alabama Shakes.

“He was great. We actually flew him out to Saskatoon. But he only records on analog tape so we found a studio 100 km west of Saskatoon (Sinewave Studios near Perdue) which did that,” said Smith.

“So I was in the control room and the drummer and bassist were in their own rooms. We wanted to capture as close to the sound the live experience of us playing together as we could,” he said.
“It was a pretty different experience for us. There isn’t as much room to edit, so you have to get a pretty good take the first time,” he said.

In addition to recording  with Tokic, Gunner and Smith also played the Zandari Festa is Seoul, South Korea.

“It was definitely the farthest  I’ve ever gone for a show. It was an industry showcase, so you had people from a lot of different countries, about 9 or 10 different countries,” he said.
He and band mates band mates,  drummer Nik  Winnitowy, bassist Malcolm White, keyboardist Brent Letkeman and guitarist  Graham Tilsley will be playing a short and sweet set.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 October 2017 09:23 ) Read more...

U of L Opera Workshop presents contrasting short operas with dark:light

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U of L Opera Workshop presents dark : light in the University Recital Hall, Nov. 3-4. This semi-staged fall concert features two one-act operas: Riders to the Sea by Ralph Vaugh Williams, and Ten Belles and No Ring by Frantz von Suppe, which musical director Dr. Blaine Hendsbee hopes will give the audience and the audience a taste of their annual February collaboration with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra at the Southminster United Church which will focus on Viennese opera.Sarah Curtis sings a high F in light:dark, the University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop’s upcoming production this week. Photo by Richard Amery

“ We have two very contrasting one act operas,” he said of the Nov. 3-4 concert.

“On the dark side, we have  a dreadfully tragic story in the setting of John Mington Synge’s 1903 play Riders of the Sea. It’s about the matriarch of a family who has lost her husband, father and five sons to the sea. So there is just three women and one son left. Who also ends up being taken by the sea. So it’s about the relentless power of the sea,” Hendsbee said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 October 2017 09:12 ) Read more...

Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express having fun helping YouthOne

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Life could be worse for Barney Bentall , who not only has his first new album out in four years, but whose Cariboo Express charity concert series leaves the station at the Southminster United Church, Nov. 1 for  a quick Western Canadian tour  to raise money for various western Canadian charities. The proceeds from the Lethbridge show will be donated to Youth One.

Barney bentall and the Cariboo Express return to Lethbridge, Nov, 1. Photo by Richard Amery
“ It’s pretty much the same cast  as last year,” said Bentall, from the airport in Cranbrook, where he is about to catch a plane to Ottawa for a pair of weekend Ottawa area shows.

“So we have Lethbridge’s Leeroy Stagger, my son Dustin,  Ridley Bent, my co-host Matt Masters from Calgary and a couple of wonderful female  vocalists Kendel Carson and Wendy Barber and a crack band,” continued Bentall, who scored several early ’90s hits including “ Something to Live For” and “Life Could Be Worse.”

“Over the past 10 years, we’ve raised over a million dollars for Western Canadian charities. So we‘re excited to start the tour in Lethbridge,” Bentall said.
“That’s a beautiful room, that church, to play in, so we can get in the day before to rehearse for the tour,” he continued.

 Part of the fun of the tour, which is designed like an old time variety show, is song sponsorships.

“We weren’t able to do it last year, but usually we’ll  get a business to sponsor each song and we’ll make a up a special, humourous  introduction  to each one for the law office or construction company, whatever the company is, which is exactly what they used to so on the Grand Ole Opry,” he said, observing Youth One has been successful in selling the spots.
 He  always looks forward to the tour.

“One of my daughters in Cranbrook has a band called Wild Honey who will be playing with us as well. So this year, I have two of my kids with me,” he said.
This tour serves a double purpose as it is also serving as an album release tour for his brand new CD “The Drifter and  the Preacher.”
“That’s the beautiful thing about it is it’s also my album release tour,” he continued, adding the Cariboo Express performed some of the songs from the new CD  during last year’s tour.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:17 ) Read more...
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