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Lots of blues, folk, metal and laughter this week

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Surprise, surprise, it is another busy week in Lethbridge.
U of L based radio station Into the Realm of Radio themed CKXU’s FUNDrive continues this week with several events happening throughout the week. There is a karaoke night at the ZOO in the SU on Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. Feel free to dress as your favourite fantasy character and get ready to sing your heart out and maybe you will find the web wizard who will help fund a new website for CKXU which will allow you to download your favourite shows and listen to them at your leisure.

George Fowler opens for Irish Mythen at the Lethbridge College Cave for the LEthbridge Folk Club on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery
FUNDrive ends on March 22 at the Old Firehall with Musical Monarchy featuring performances by  Shaela Miller, Biloxi Parish, Chief Mountain, Tut and Jess and Sil who will be playing  the hits of your favourite monarchy or fantastic themed bands like Queen, Queens of the Stone Age, Prince and more. There is a $10 cover at the door. The music begins at 9 p.m.
 But there is a lot of other fun happening.
 Josh Davies and HBO3 host the jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Wednesday, March 20. And the Geomatic Attic has the first of three shows this week featuring Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns. The show begins at 8 p.m., March 20. Tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. As usual, Geomatic Attic shows start at 8 p.m.

 Juno nominated folk/ pop musician Donovan Woods plays a Geomatic Attic show at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, March 24 at 8 p.m. Sharp with special guest Katie Pruitt. Tickets are $38.
 Samantha Martin And Delta Sugar featuring Lethbridge singer Mwansa Mwansa return to the Geomatic Attic, Wednesday, March 27.
Friday night will be off the hook beginning at 7:30 p.m. where local country musician Trevor Panczak plays the fourth annual Boots and Roots Benefit for STARS.
 The event happens at the Sandman Signature Hotel downtown. It features a prime rib dinner hosted by Prime Catering, a live and silent auction and Panczak playing all the country music you want. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75.

Good Times features comedian Simon King performing two shows at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.., Friday, march 22.  Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door.
 Theatre Outre features The Drinking Game in Club Didi, “an opportunity to learn about yourself and a celebration of human relationships in all their simplicity and complexity,” March 21 and 22. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

 If you like the Eagles, Hotel California an Eagles tribute is back at Average Joes, March 22 beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance $25 at the door. The Nova Scotiables will open the show at 8 p.m..

 For blues fans, The Steve Keenan band return to Casino Lethbridge for two nights, March 22 and 23. The show begins at 8 p.m.
It will be mellow but fun night at the Slice, March 22 with singer songwriter Max Hopkins, Silent Mike and Makiisma performing.

One of my favourite  duos, Edmonton’s F&M aka Ryan and Rebecca Anderson return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 22. Tyson Ray Borsboom opens the show.
Saturday, March 23 will be just as hectic.
 If you want to laugh, comedy trio the Arrogant Worms best known for  writing “Last Saskatchewan Pirate”  are at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.50.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 March 2019 10:38 ) Read more...

Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar embrace big band sound

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Samantha Martin is excited to bring her hot blues/ gospel band Delta Sugar back to the Geomatic Attic, Wednesday, March 27.Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar return to the Geomatic Attic, March 27. Photo by Richard Amery
 She will be bringing beloved local singer Mwansa Mwansa with her, who opened for her the last time and who soon joined her band, which has since toured all over the world.
“ We haven’t played there  since 2016 and it was really really great because we found Mwansa Mwansa who opened for us. She joined the band soon after,” Martin recalled, taking a quick breather at home, having just returned from a successful European tour.
Their latest CD Run To Me has been nominated for Blues Album of the Year, up against luminaries like Colin James, Jack DeKeyser, Myles Goodwyn  and Sue Foley.
 In which case it really is just an honour to be nominated. They won’t be attending the Juno awards celebrations in London, Ontario.
“We’re not going to be there because we‘re touring out there,” Martin said, noting they  will be in the middle of a tour of  B.C. and Alberta.
She is pleased with the big band sound of the new record “ Run To Me,” which she released last April.
“ We didn’t have a very large budget for the last record  ‘Send The Nightingale.’ We  had a bigger budget for this one, so I wrote these songs with a big band sound in mind,” she said.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 March 2019 09:46 ) Read more...

Donovan Woods enjoying Juno week before making Lethbridge debut

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Lethbridge welcomes Juno award winning singer songwriter Donovan Woods to the  Sterndale Bennett Theatre, March 24 for a special Geomatic Attic show.Donovan Woods plays Lethbridge, March 24. Photo by Danielle Holbert
Donovon Woods is a busy man. He just took home this year‘s Juno Award award for best contemporary roots album, he spent last week playing Juno week in London, Ontario and touring in support of his most recent album “Both Ways.”

Donovan Woods Sarnia, Ontario based a two time JUNO nominated singer/songwriter. He has previously been nominated for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year as well as Songwriter of the Year at the JUNO Awards in 2014 and 2017 respectively. As a songwriter, he has been involved in the writing of songs for artists such as Billy Currington, Alan Doyle, Charles Kelly & Tim McGraw.

He is enjoying being part of Juno week in London Ontario.
“The routine for Juno week includes more thinking about clothes than I like to do. There's a lot of dressing up and expectations to look cool and stuff. That stresses me out a bit. What I enjoy most about it is just seeing friends and folks I know,” he wrote in response to a series of e-mailed questions, sent before his win.

“ Our Canadian music community is small, so in a way, it's just a fun hang. Being nominated for “songwriter of the year” is exciting, of course. It's the award I dreamed about winning as a kid writing songs. Lots of my heroes have won it, so it's a thrill. I'm always pleasantly surprised to be nominated for things. I know how many good records come out every year, because I'm a music fan, and I love so many of them, so it's surprising to be centred out, yes. ”

 This year, he was up against  new albums from the Deep Dark Woods, Megan nash, AHI and Kaia Kater.

He has been spending some time co-writing in Nashville for country stars like Tim McGraw, Billy Currington and even great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 March 2019 09:32 ) Read more...

King Bull bring big riffs and groove

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Red Deer groove rock trio King Bull braved wintery weather to play for aRed Deer rock trio King Bull played the Slice, March 2. photo by Richard Amerypproximately 25 people at the Slice, March 2.
 The trio, formerly  known as Sweet Grass, brought a suitcase full of big bass , solid grooves and Guitar referencing the ’80s and late ’70s.

 They had a bit of a power metal/ hair metal sound with big riffs and guitar tricks, as they bounded all over the stage.

 They sounded like Motley Crüe in places, musically anyway.

They played mostly original music, but added a hyperactive version of Van Halen’s hit “Ain’t Talkin ’Bout Love,” then followed it up with an equally hyperactive  version of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 March 2019 10:01 )

Mariel Buckley band bring the roots on a Tuesday night

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Calgary country/ roots musician Mariel  Buckley and her band  stopped by the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Tuesday, March 5 at the beginning of her tour in support of her new CD “Driving in The Dark.”The Mariel Buckley Band playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge Tuesday, March 5. Photo by Richard Amery
“ Just because everyone asks me the question, the tour is going well so far,” said Buckley to start off her show, noting she  had already played one date solo and another two with her bandmates drummer Nich Davies, lead guitarist Keane Eng and bassist Kurtis Cockerill.
She had the full band playing for an almost full house on a Tuesday night.

 They started of slowly and picked up the pace quickly reminding me of Kathleen Edwards, who they covered near the end of the set.

Buckley joked about a woman who tipped her $20 to see her but at a recent show then played a song about being a shitty teenager, which was a highlight.

 The started off by playing more ambient, stranger originals, after which she thanked the audience for letting them show their weirder side.
 Their strongest  material was more straight ahead country rock and alt country and even a touch of jazz, which featured Buckley’s  appealing mid range voice with the occasional vocal harmony from guitarist  Keane Eng.

 She gave her rhythm  section a break as she played a couple brand new songs with Eng and a couple stripped down versions of songs like “Rose Coloured Frames” from the new CD.
 They ended strong with “ I Wonder,”  a song written with Leeroy Stagger who produced her new CD.
 They were called back for an encore of a moving version of Neil Young’s Unknown Legend.”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 March 2019 09:55 )
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