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South Country Fair and Julian Austin video among highlights this week

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A couple of really cool events are happening this week. First off, this is the weekend where hippies, yippies, folkies and basically anybody who loves music and want to relax in the sun in a laid back atmosphere for a weekend congregate in Fort Macleod for the South Country Fair.

 The fun officially begins Friday night with an outstanding line up including Lethbridge talent like Shaela Miller, The Darby and Joan Club and Treeline. Shaela Miller plays the song she wrote to win the South Country Fair songwriting contest this year , “Loving You” during her set at 10 p.m. Saturday night on the South Stage, while the Darby and Joan Club are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday on the east stage and Treeline is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on the East Stage, Saturday afternoon.

 Other highlights include Juno Award winner Jenny Whiteley who is playing Saturday night at 7:40 p.m. and Twilight Hotel who will be a Friday evening highlight along with Cumako who played at the lineup announcement party , May 30 at the Slice.

 The United Steelworkers of Montreal are going to be another popular act Saturday night as will Woodpigeon on Saturday afternoon.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 July 2009 20:01 ) Read more...

James Murdoch’s new CD is more organic

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Lethbridge born and raised folk-pop musician James Murdoch returned to home to debut his hot off the press CD, “Wondering Where the Rush Has Gone,” July 4 to an appreciative crowd at the Slice. 
“I own a studio now, so I produced the CD,” Murdoch said between sets, adding he left a record label and decided to go the indie route for the new CD whihc was released  just a week ago.
“It has given me the freedom to make the record sound like I wanted it to with no limitations,” he said adding the first track “Building a Bridge,” is getting lots of airplay on CKUA and CBC radio.
Having the freedom of his own studio, the band was allowed to experiment with Murdoch’s music.
“I allowed the band to  develop their own sound. We recorded it pretty much live,” he said.
“This CD is a little less poppy and more organic sounding. We allowed the songs to breathe more,” he observed, adding the Lethbridge  show was the third of a  23 date cross-Canadian tour in support of the CD.
— Richard Amery, L. A. Beat Editor

July 7 is another week of tough choices

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Another week, another week of tough choices.
Beginning tonight, (July 7) Dave Renter is hosting a jazz jam at the Slice. It is the first of several open mics happening this week. Henotic has an open mic on Wednesday and the Lethbridge Folk Club has their twice monthly open mic on Friday beginning at 8 p.m.
 Then, on Wednesday, there are several choice shows starting with Carrie Rodriguez at the Geomatic Attic at 8 p.m.
 And for some bagpipe powered punk rock, the Mudmen are also at the Slice July 8. They put on an energetic and ear bleeding show full of fun and alcohol.
Thursday  there is something for everyone beginning with my number one choice — Canadian troubadour Fred Eaglesmith and his band play the Slice on July 9.  He plays the best train songs  like “49 Tones” I Like Trains” and i Wish i was A Freight Train,” plus countless others about the ordinary, working class disenfranchised blue collar worker.
If R and B and pop are more your thing, Karl Wolf, who remade  Toto’s ’80s hit “Africa” is at the Blarney Stone with Cash Flow, Kay  and Aace.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 July 2009 20:14 ) Read more...

Day of the Wolf dawns in Lethbridge

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Karl Wolf
 Karl Wolf’s overnight success, thanks to his smash hit reworking of Toto’s ’80s smash “Africa” only took nine years. So life has changed for the Montreal based R and B singer/songwriter and producer who visits the Blarney Stone, July 8 (Wednesday) with rappers Cash Flow, Kay and Aace.
“I guess the biggest change in my life is getting recognized in Canada. I have a career in Japan, Europe, the Czech Republic, but Canada is a little bit slow to jump on the bandwagon. Now people recognize me on the streets,” said Wolf, putting the finishing touches on the video for the new single “Carrera” off his sophomore CD, “ Bite the Bullet.” He has almost completed his third CD which is expected to be released in December.
“It’s difficult to imagine that. When it takes  you this long, you appreciate it more,” he continued adding nobody sets out on a career path planning to fail, so the success does not come entirely unexpected.
Last Updated ( Monday, 06 July 2009 17:53 ) Read more...

Rock solid entertainment at Geomatic Attic

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  You don’t need to know a secret handshake to attend some of the fantabulous gigs going on at a novel new venue — the Geomatic Attic, located  above Mike Spencer Geometrics (#70-491 W.T Blvd. South)— all you need to do 
is e-mail in advance.
“We welcome anybody, it’s just  they have to e-mail because we have to limit the the number of people who can come,” said proprietor Mike Spencer adding
 the Geomatic Attic has been a popular underground sensation since March 2008 when he, with the help of photographer Dave Jacobson decided it would be fun to start bringing in live music at their own house concerts. A  house concert is  an event where touring musicians are invited to perform at a private residences, the host’s friends all come and pay a nominal  cover charge for the musician. Because the people come to specifically listen to the musician, the room becomes a “listening room” and the musician usually sells CDs to almost everyone there. The Geomatic Attic operates under the same general principle. 
This week they have two big shows, New York born, Austin based folk/country/pop style fiddle virtuoso and mandolinist Carrie Rodriguez is playing Wednesday July 8, followed by the Olympic Athletes Musicfest, July 11 featuring Washboard Hank and numerous local artists including Shaela Miller, Karen Romanchuk, Dave McCann and the 10 Toed Frogs plus Steve Keenan and Fat Baby Jake, who are raising money to help send Olympic hammer-thrower Jim Steacy and world ranked skeleton athlete Carla Pavan to the Olympics.
“I”m also involved in the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame. So this is a nice little crossover for me. I get to help Jim Steacy and Carla Pavan go to the Olympics and have a fundraiser everybody will enjoy,” Spencer enthused, adding the Olympicfest  will be set up in Mike Spencer Geomatics’ parking lot including bleachers, a  stage and artisans booths for CD sales and Josee’s Handmade Imports.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 July 2009 20:34 ) Read more...
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