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Plenty of Christmas concerts plus blues and jazz happening this week

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Welcome to a chilly December. As expected, there are a plethora of Christmas concerts happening this week.

Bandemonium return to Casino Lethbridge this weekend.  Photo by Richard Amery
 But first, One Bad Son has postponed their  Dec. 5 show at Average Joes to a family emergency according to their publicist. The Show has been postponed to Jan. 30  pre-sale tickets and early bird tickets are sold out and  honoured at the door. General admission tickets are on sale for $25.
 The event was supposed to be one of their staff members who was injured in an accident, so, in it’s place, Average Joes has partnered with Good Times to  present a night of comedy. The line up is to be announced. Tickets for the show are $20 with five dollars of it going to  the fundraiser. Daylan Delaney will be opening the show.


The Sing a Song That’s Yours concert  that was to be Dec. 4 at Cité des Prairies has been postponed to Dec. 11, due to scheduling conflicts.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes rap and pop with Calgary  based one man boy band Mark Mills and Killah Khills. Mark Mills , who has played Sled Island music festival, brings his style of pop and sex pop jams to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 6.


It is a good week for the blues with Keith Woodrow’s High Level Blues band to the Slice, Dec. 6. Woodrow also hosts his monthly Slice of blues  jam on Dec. 10.
 James Oldenburg and Bandemonium return to the Casino this weekend as well. The Metrik Jazztet play a matinee show at the at Owl Acoustic Lounge from 3-5 p.m.. Admission is by donation.
 Oldenburg has a busy week as he will also be hosting the jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Wednesday, Dec. 4 with HBO3 beginning at 9 p.m.

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Decadent Phase play the best of the ’70s

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 Local band  the Decadent Phase have an undying love for ’70s rock and roll. So much so  that they have several tributes to different ’70s bands.James Swinney and Ian Morrice of the Decadent Phase, Nov. 23. Photo by Richard Amery


The band, who looked like they stepped right out of the ’70s,  played a little bit of all of them for a full Owl Acoustic Lounge Nov. 23. I haven’t seen them for awhile, so this was the first time I saw Ian Morrice playing bass for them. He fit right in as expected.

Frontman James Swinney swung with the ’70s groove.

I caught them in the middle of a set break , but arrived in time for them to kick off their second set with the Rolling Stones “Miss You.”


They played a lot of other  ’70s hits, but I was really impressed to hear them pull off Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” with  Tyler Eresman playing a  solid bluesy solo.

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 November 2019 13:08 )
 

Papa King and the Boogiemen give it their all

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Papa King and the Boogiemen was one show that did suffer, Nov. 23 due to so much competition including Old Man Luedecke, Hawksley Workman and the Condom Couture at Arches.
 Unfortunately King, bassist Doug Freeman and lead guitarist Steve Keenan played an excellent show for a dismal turnout.Doiug Freeman, Papa King  and Steve Keenan at the Slice, Nov. 23. Photo By Richard Amery
 They treated it as a rehearsal and just killed it as usual.


 Keenan was singing lead vocals and playing some hot guitar. They were lost in a tight groove together as King bashed out rhythm and pounded out   percussion with his feet. Freeman grooved and Keenan played a lot of soulful guitar solos.

Papa King  growled out lead vocals in his gravelly voice for most of the set, while thumping at an old acoustic guitar while bobbing his head in time to the rhythm

They have a new CD “Bootleg ” out which is a taste of a full length live album coming out next year. So they played several tracks from that before taking a break.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:50 )
 

Old Man Luedecke entertains good Folk Club crowd

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It was a busy night on Saturday, Nov. 23. Though I was at the university for my blues show the Hotrock Blues Beat, I wasn’t able to catch Hawksley Workman down the hill. Mainly, because I wanted to catch Chris “Old Man” Luedecke at the Lethbridge College Cave and couldn’t do both as they both started at the same time.Chris Old Man Luedecke and Charlotte Cornfield at the Lethbridge College Cave. Photo by Richard Amery
 As it was, I barely made it to the Lethbridge Folk Club show.


 I was impressed with the audience, I thought that show might suffer due to Workman.
It was not to be.

Mike O'Brien,Chris “Old Man” Luedecke and Charlotte Cornfield at the Lethbridge College Cave, Nov. 23. Photo by Richard Amery
 Luedecke and his hot band including Michael O’ Brien, drummer Jamie Thompson and bassist Charlotte Cornfield had a good sized, attentive crowd plus a couple dancing in the aisles to Luedecke’s chipper banjo powered indie folk music.


 I only caught the last couple songs, most of which came from his latest CD “Easy Money.”
 I just caught the heartfelt “ If I Skipped A Stone,” from the new CD.


 I missed the title track but caught a cool rendition of his pirate treasure song “ Money Pit” though he had switched to an acoustic guitar for it. He noted he could see Oak Island from his window and observed nobody had found anything there yet.


 He slowed things down for a love song, chuckling “I’ve been writing love songs to my wife for 21 years and it’s amazing how terrible some of them are.”


He followed that up with a Celtic tinged song “about death.”


Of course, he was called back for an encore and strapped his banjo back on for crowd favourite “I Quit My Job.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:26 )
 

Lots of holiday entertainment this week

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It’s starting to feel like Christmas.Richard Inman returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
But a busy week begins tonight with another Geomatic Attic show in a new location.
Vancouver based Andrea Superstein plays the Mortar and brick Gallery tonight with Elizabeth Shepherd.
Superstein blends a variety of different  styles into her music including blues, pop, electronic and lots of jazz. Tickets are $40. The show begins at 8 p.m.
If you like traditional country music Tre Twitty and Twlya Lynn continue a busy week at the Yates Theatre with their tribute to Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn tonight, Monday, Nov. 25. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49.50.


Christmas shows are the order of the week this week, with a special holiday themed tribute to  the Beatles, Beach Boys, and BeeGees and Motown with Four By Four, who are performing at the Yates Sterndale Theatre, Wednesday, Nov. 27.
 Tickets are $67.50.The music begins at 7 p.m,.


 Vox Musica celebrates the season at Southminster United Church, Saturday, Nov. 30. Their holiday show  also features the Aeris Brass quintet and U of L Incanto Singers. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Casa for $25. Children under 12 get in for free.
 And you can’t have Christmas without the Nutcracker. So check out Jeunesse Classique Ballet Society’s production of  the popular Yuletide ballet at the Yates Theatre, Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
 Tickets are  $25.20, $28, $32.25 and $38. The production begins at 7:30 p.m., Jan, 29 and 30, Pus there is a 2:30 matinee on Dec. 1.


 If you aren’t ready to celebrate Christmas in November, there are lots of other entertainment options.
 Sing your favourite Broadway hits at  the Owl Acoustic Lounge for  Lethbridge Musical Theatre’s Broadway open mic on Saturday from 2-5 p.m,.

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