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Geomatic Attic and lots of Yates Theatre shows this week

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 Once  the weekend’s freak snowstorm clears, come out of hibernation for  some live entertainment.
The Geomatic Attic begins a busy October with Vancouver based songstress Jill Barber, playing the Yates Theatre, Oct. 5.

 She is continuing her toSheala Miller and John Wort hannam play an inclusiveness fundraiser at the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Ameryur “Dedicated To You,” by letting the audience choose their favourite songs and gives them a chance to tell them during the show.
Tickets are $44 for Jill Barber’s show at the Yates Theatre, which begins at 8 p.m.
 Next week Canadian Celtic/ country musician Jimmy Rankin plays two shows at the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 10 and 11 in support of his new CD “Moving East.”
 The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $42.50 for Geomatic Attic members, $47.50 for non members.

The Lethbridge Folk Club has their new website launch party at Casa, Oct. 4 with performances by Celtic Routes and Reid And Writes, who often perform at the Lethbridge Folk Club open mics.
Speaking of the Folk Club, get a preview of the Wailin’ Jennys’ Cara Luft and JD Edwards’ new duo the Small Glories, who play the Empress Theatre in Fore Macleod, Oct. 3. They play for the Folk Club, Feb. 9.
 Their show at the Empress begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37.50.

Back at the Yates Theatre, magician Reveen performs Oct. 3. Reveen’s son carries on the family’s magical tradition at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $56.

The Yates Theatre is a busy place this week as they also feature PIGS: The Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute, Friday, Oct, 4. Tickets are $49.50 at the door, $45 in advance.
 The weekend already looks like fun.

 Good Times is starting to feature music  instead of just comedy. Local country/ rock band the Plaid Ramblers play Good Times on Friday night with Chris Ryan Drew aka CRD opening at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door. The next night, Oct. 5, Comedian Brett Foerte performs two shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 October 2019 11:37 ) Read more...

ArtsDays opens with Word on the Street and Fred Penner

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Word on the Street kicked off ArtsDays , Sunday Sept. 22 at the Lethbridge Library Downtown Branch.
They had a great turnout , partially due to beautiful weather. As usual there were numerous tents and set up featuring an array of authors, cartoonists, comic book aficionados. Also as usual, they had a great stage set up featuring mostly local music as well as performers inside the library this year.

Fred Penner embraces his fans at Word on the Street. Photo by Richard Amery
I missed most of the acts, but caught a few songs from local folk/roots band In Cahoots. But the main attraction was children’s performer Fred Penner, who entertained multi- generations of Fred Penner fans who embraced his warm fuzzy, up with people, ultra positive vibe.

 The Winnipeg born folk singer/ children’s performer, encouraged everyone to get right up close to the stage instead of staying at the back, so they quickly filled up the empty space as Penner talked about the importance of reading and writing, chatted about Monty Python and sang upbeat, ultra positive songs  “celebrating being human.”

 As Penner embraced the audience, one child on the side of the stage leaped into his arms for a massive hug, which took him aback a little. But it just seemed right. There was lot of love in the air as the show soon turned into a giant , life affirming sing-along, which really showed what is best about being human— putting aside your worries, coming together and just singing and having a good time together.

 He began with the cheerful “ Where In the World Are You,” and followed it up with another song about “opening your mind.”
 I had to leave early right after “ This House is a Home” so missed his best known hit “ The Cat Came Back.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 September 2019 23:24 )

Masters of Justice Play Metallica's hits

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Vancouver based Metallica tribute Masters of Justice stopped by Average Joes, Saturday, Sept. 21. I arrived a little late to join a pretty intimate audience  for the show.

Tribute acts usually have a much better turnout.Metallica tribute Masters of Justice playing Average Joes, Sept. 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 They were solid, they knew the music, they even resembled Metallica, but something was missing.

Their bassist had apparently just joined the band and put on the best show, even wandering onto the mostly empty dance floor. On stage, they showed a lot of energy and for set pieces, added a “Metal Up Your Ass” Toilet  with a dagger sticking out of it on the right hand side of the stage and what looked like an electric chair on the other side of the stage.

 They played some deep cuts and a lot of familiar tracks like “ Master of Puppets,” got the audience to shout along with “ Seek and Destroy,” and they played the radio hits like “Unforgiven II” “One” and their cover of Bob Seger’s “ Turn The Page,” featuring the lead guitarist playing slide guitar with a beer bottle.

 They were called back for an encore of Judas Priest’s “You Got Another Thing Coming” and Black Sabbath’s “ Paranoid.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:59 )

Biloxi Parish entertain with brand new material at Owl

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Local rock band Biloxi Parish continue to be impressive. They continue to pack houses as they did at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 20.Biloxi Parish entertaining a full house at the owlAcoustic Lounge, Sept. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
 While I missed Free the Cynics and the Northern Coast, the room was packed wall to wall mostly  for Biloxi Parish.

They entertained their enthusiastic  audience with a lot of loud, sweaty, high octane energy. Frontman Zach Passey looked pretty much possessed, when he wasn’t grinning at the crowd in between songs.

 They delivered a whole lot of brand new original material, which fit right in with the balls to the wall rock they’ve been playing so well for the past couple years.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:48 )

Bridgette Yarwood back to show off beautiful voice

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Bridgette Yarwood has been keeping a low profile over the past three years, focusing on teaching singing, so it was great to see and hear her back on stage at the Watertower Grill, Sept. 2Bridgette Yarwood was playing the Watertower, Sept. 20 and 21. Photo byn Richard Amery0. where she was performing Sept. 20 and 21 with her new guitarist Mel.

 She sat crouched behind a set of keyboards, strumming an acoustic guitar and belting out blues, jazz and classic rock covers, which really showed off her magnificent vocal range. For his part, her lead guitarist  played tasteful leads on acoustic guitar.

 Yarwood sounded gorgeous as usual and delivered her typically huge vocals.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:36 )
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