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 It’s a brand new year and a brand new decade. So my the best thing that happened to you last year be the worst thing  that happens to you this year.Fawns play a special Bands as bands Toronto 2005 show, Jan. 4. Photo by Richard Amery
It is already looking like a great year for live entertainment.
 If you haven’t planned your New Year’s Eve, there is plenty happening for everyone.
 Adequate plays their annual New Year’s Eve party at the Owl, Dec. 31. So get ready to get funky. There is no cover for the show.
 The Slice embraces the ’80s with local musicians including Bridgette Yarwood, Candee Burke, James Swinney, Raz Bruce, Mark Hall, Braeden Rouse, Keilan Hakstol, Sarah Wright, Ian Morrice, Tyler Vanden Dool revisiting the  ’80s.


 Pop’s Pub West welcomes Ali Hawkins back home to play New Year’s Eve with ’90s rock and pop quartet Uncovered. There is no cover for that show either.
Local blues rock band the Steve Keenan band play the Average Joes, for New Year’s Eve beginning around 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.
 Local rock band Band of Brothers  will be performing at the 1010 Pub. There is a $10 cover for that show.
On the west side, Cal Toth presents his Duelling Pianos show at Mojos Pub at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show are $25.
He will be all warmed up because he is also playing dinner music at the Coast , one of many pricier shows featuring a banquet. Toth is at the Coast during a five course LA Chefs custom menu beginning at 6 p.m.
 After that winds up, the Chevelles will rock you into the new year. Tickets are $85.
 It seems obvious to bring back swing music for the ’20s, so that is exactly what Swing Bridge Dance club are doing at their home 18 13th St N.  , Dance the night away with the Lethbridge Little Big Band. If you don’t know how to swing dance, this is an excellent opportunity to learn how.  There will be a dance lesson at 8  p.m.. The live music is at 9 and there will be food and drink and all sorts of fun winding up with a champagne lunch at midnight. Admission is $50 per person or a VIP bundle at $65.


If you’re feeling in the mood for Italian, the Italian Canadian Club features lots of food and music by the Bamboo Guppies. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50.
Hippodrome holds court for new year’s Eve again at Casino Lethbridge. There will be a dinner buffet at 7 p.m. with the band beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $74.95.
 The major hotels have more expensive events.
 Go country with Trevor Panczak and Rough Stock at the Signature Sandman downtown.
 There will be a prime rib buffet at 7:30 p.m., with the music beginning at 9:30 p.m. A midnight lunch and champagne will follow at midnight . Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $99.99.
Didi’s Playhaus features a New Year’s Eve Panti Raid beginning at 10 p.m. if you just want to dance. There is no cover though you have to be a member to attend.


 There are also a lot of big concerts already scheduled.
 Fred Eaglesmith  returns to Lethbridge to wind up the Geomatic Attic’s impressive spring  line up at  at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, June 23. Their Spring also included Steve Dawson and  The Black Hen Roadshow on June 3, Shayne Koyczan April 9, Ray Bonneville, March 12, Reuban and the Dark, Feb. 29 , Amy Helm, Feb. 4 and  Whitehorse opening the season at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod,  Jan 29.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 July 2020 15:33 ) Read more...
 

New Years Eve and much more coming up

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Most things are closed for Christmas, so take some time and celebrate with your families. Then get ready to ring in 2020.Sean Brewer shares the stage with Rancho Deluxe, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 If you want to do something with  your family or just get away from them, there are a lot of options.
 Tyler Bird’s local alternative rock/alt country band Queen of the Worms play their annual winter show, Dec. 27 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge
 This time they are releasing a new CD, Dec. 27. Dark Wrangler will be opening. Admission is by donation.

Fawns plays the Slice in a big local show, Dec. 27 . The Cayley and Biloxi Parish are also on the bill. So don’t miss three of Lethbridge’s most exciting new bands.
Local rock band The Bamboo Guppies return to Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 27 and 28. Unfortunately Mombod cancelled their pre new-year’s eve  party, Dec. 28 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Instead, The Owl Acoustic Lounge features Facecut, Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset and Ghost Woman performing, Dec. 28. Admission is by donation.

However Rancho Deluxe play the Slice, Dec. 28 with Sean Brewer from The Uncas and Tallest to Shortest.


Just down the road at McLennans in Coaldale, local rock band Good Time Charlie  will be playing for the Kinsman Harley raffle announcement, Dec. 28.
The Trippy Hippys play the Bavura Brunch  at the old Firehall, Dec. 29.


New years is in the middle of the week, so Teri Petz’s monthly poetry open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge has been moved to Monday, Dec. 30.
 That sets the stage for New Year’s Eve parties. There is music for everyone on Tuesday.

Dale Ketcheson will be playing the Mocha Cabana, on new year’s Eve from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Band of Brothers will be playing the 1010 Pub for New year‘s Eve. The band begins at 9 p.m. There is a  $10 cover for the show. A little later The 1010 features  Balkan Party 4, Jan. 4 featuring  Jalina Marinkov, Ivan Filipovic and Renato Henc performing beginning at  8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for that show.


 Adequate brings the funk and the noise for their annual New Year’s Eve party at the Owl, Dec. 31. So get ready to get funky. There is no cover for that show. The Slice celebrates their inner ’80s child with numerous local musicians including Bridgette Yarwood, Candee Burke,James Swinney, Raz Bruce, Mark Hall, Braeden Rouse, Keilan Hakstol, Sarah Wright, Ian Morrice, Tyler Vanden Dool revisiting their favourite ’80s hits.

Pop’s Pub west has a surprise. Ali Hawkins returns to play New Year’s Eve with 90s rock and pop quartet Uncovered. There is no cover for that show either.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 23 December 2019 17:24 ) Read more...
 

AC Vocals wind up sounds of seasson at city hall

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Local vocal instructor Andi Roberts’s students got into the spirit of the season at city hall, Dec. 20 as they wound up this year‘s Sounds of the season performances from local musicians from all over the city  performing throughout December.Andrea Roberts introducing her students at city hall, Dec. 20. Photo bY Richard Amery
Taylor Wichers  performing at city hall. Photo by Richard Amery

A handful of AC Vocals students sang their favourite Christmas carols, Christmas themed songs and a few more religious songs ranging from “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas and several others. 

One student,Sam , sang a beautiful rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” even though she was fairly ill.

 Most of them sang with a pre-recorded accompaniment, though one student, Maria Pickering played piano for her second song.


 Another student welcomed Hippodrome’s Don Ponech to provide piano accompaniment.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat EditorMaria Pickering performing at city hall. Photo by Richard AmeryJenna Chomiak performing at city hall. Photo by Richard Amery
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 December 2019 14:28 )
 

Shakespeare Meets Dickens get the Christmas spirit

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The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society got into the Christmas spirit, Friday, Dec. 20 at casa with the fourth annual Shakespeare Meets Dickens. Keith Miller and Megan Fennell perform in Shakespeare Meets Dickens. Photo by Richard AmeryJeff Graham and Keith Miller revisit  MacBeth's Porter's scene during Shakespeare Meets Dickens. Photo by Richard Amery

The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society board members, as well  as  familiar faces from this summer’s production of MacBeth, plus John Poulsen, who will be directing the Merry Wives of Windsor  next summer, performed a thrilling reader’s theatre version of Charles Dickens’ classic  “A Christmas Carol.

The cast in including  Bryson Brown, Linde Bruce Brown, Shelly David, Cole Fetting, Megan Fennell, Kaylee Johnson, Trevor Loman, Keith Miller, Shelly Scott John Poulsen and Ashley Thomson were dressed in period costumes as they played a variety of characters, standing up to read their parts.


 After a Christmas Carol, amongst colourfully decorated  tables  filled with Christmas treats and a candy bar, there was plenty of singing as performers including Newsies star Nicole Furlan, and familiar faces like Megan Wittig, Monica Baczuk, Brenton Taylor, Stephanie Savage and Chris Kyle Taylor all sang their favourite Christmas themed songs.

There were a couple of great dramatic scenes interspersed between the songs.


Jeff Graham and Keith miller revisited their popular Porter’s scene from the summer production of Macbeth.


 And Andrew Legg returned to the stage with Mark Leiren-Young’s  hilarious monologue called  “Stage Manager’s Nightmare,” in which he had fun with all of the fatalities in Shakespeare’s tragedies, particularly Titus AndronAndrew Legg performing Stage Manager's Nightmare in Shakespeare Meets Dickens. Photo by Richard Ameryicus.

I left midway through the second half to catch a few other gigs, so missed Lyle and Friends performing Hey Mr. Snowman.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 December 2019 15:09 )
 

Quick Draw and Vessel bring ’90s sounds back around

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 I haven’t seen local hard rock/ punk band Quick Draw for a while. They played several times this year, but I missed them every tome, so I was pleased to catch them at the Slice, Dec. 20, where they were Quick Draw at the Slice, Dec. 20. Photo by Richard Ameryplaying for a good sized and really enthusiastic audience.

Vessel making their debut at the Slice, Dec. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
 Vocalist Rory Freeman, drummer Ben Lamb, guitarist Keith Lamb and bassist Rod Cahoon drew heavily from ’90s alternative rock and grunge  along the lines of Soundgarden and Pearl  Jam, but they also dabbled in horror punk by covering  the Misfits “Dig up Her Bones”  and Danzig’s “Mother.”


 They also put a punkish stamp on Dead Or Alive’s  ’80s one hit wonder “ You Spin me Round.”


 Most of their set was  grunge styled originals showcasing slightly detuned riffs and Rory Freeman’s tenor range vocals.


 Local alternative band Vessel made their debut by drawing heavily from the musical tool box of ’’90s progressive rock/alternative rock band Tool. So their were slow, sludgy heavy soundscapes and ethereal vocals which really reflected the Tool influence.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 December 2019 11:41 )
 
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