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Plenty of theatre and New Year’s Eve gigs coming up

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This week is all about theatre.The Mark Hall band plays Casino Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 There are two big theatrical productions happening this week.
 New West Theatre celebrates their thirtieth anniversary with  their new music comedy revue, “Celebrate”. It features cast members from the past three decades performing all your favourite musical numbers and comedy bits.
 It runs at the Yates Theatre, Dec. 18-Jan. 4.
 And though smaller in scale, but no less important, the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society  is excited about the fourth annual Shakespeare meets Dickens celebration, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Casa.
 It is coming down to the wire for Christmas concerts.
 If you missed the multiple performances of TJ Waltho and Friends’ Charlie Brown Christmas, so fare, there are two more chance to catch it. They are at the Mocha Cabana, Dec. 19. The family friendly event features food and TJ Waltho, Brad Brouwer and Paul Holden playing the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas  with the show playing behind them. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children.  The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Then they will be at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Dec. 21. Admission is by donation.

If you are out and about downtown in the afternoon on Friday, Dec. 20, Sounds of the Season, featuring local singing instructor Andi Roberts‘ students, will be happening at city hall.
Another fun Christmas event, Tuba Christmas takes place at casa at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21. If you want to play,  bring your horn (tuba, baritone, sousaphone and euphonium) and sign up at 10 a.m., rehearse at 11 and take the stage at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
 Casa has another fun family friendly event on Dec. 22 with the interactive stage show Snow Sisters Christmas sing-along with everyone’s favourite snow sisters. Children are invited to dress up as their favourite princesses and sing and dance. Admission is $10 and there is a VIP meet and greet for the kids for $20. The show runs from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

 The other big Christmas party is the C21 Gold Christmas party and fundraiser for Youth one.
 Tickets begin at $110. Dinner is included. It begins at the Coast Hotel at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails. Dinner is at 7:15. There will be door prizes at 8 p.m. and Santa will visit at 8:30 p.m.

 Old School will be playing all your favourite ’80s hits after that. All proceeds go to Youth One.
 If you want to escape Christmas, you have options as well.

tomorrow, gewt up and show off as Gabe Thaine]s  monthly High Level Variety show  returns to the Slice, Dec. 17.

The Mark Hall band rock Casino Lethbridge country style on the weekend.
 Calgary indie rock band 36? return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Laura Hickli, Dec. 20.

 The Slice is all about rock and roll this weekend.
Local rock bands Quick Draw and Vessel play the Slice, Dec. 20. And Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset return to the Slice with a bit of the blues on Dec. 21.
Bridgette Yarwood returns to the old Firehall on Sunday for the Bavura Brunch.

As expected most things are closed for Christmas, so take some time and celebrate with your families.
 Then get ready to party again with a couple big local shows.
 Tyler Bird’s local alternative rock/alt country band Queen of the Worms usually play right after the holidays.
 This time they are releasing a new CD at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 27. Dark Wrangler will be opening.

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 best up and coming new bands.
Local rock band The Bamboo Guppies return to  Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 27 and 28.
 Get ready to celebrate the dawn of 2020 with a couple of pre-New year‘s Eve parties.

Rancho Deluxe play the Slice, Dec. 28 as well.
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.
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 clears the way for a plethora of New Year’s Eve Parties. There is music for everyone on Tuesday.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 December 2019 13:17 ) Read more...

Christmas shows and then some this week

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It should be a fun week as the Christmas season kicks into high gear.TJ Waltho brings his Charlie Brown Christmas show back to The Stoketown Cafe this week. Photo by Richard Amery

But first, Keith Woodrow hosts the Slice of Blues jam on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Slice beginning at around 8:30 p.m.

 Also on Tuesday, Write For Rights at the Owl Acoustic lounge features performances by Stephanie Brave Rock & Olivia Tailfeathers, Will Big Bull
Mandy Fox, Katie Jo Rabbit and more. There will be a silent auction and more. Admission is free.  It begins at 6 p.m.

Next, the Geomatic Attic  finishes the year with southern Saskatchewan duo Kacy and Clayton, performing, Dec. 11 with Ellen Froese. They are touring in support of their latest CD “ Carrying On.”

Wednesday is a big night for roots music as local roots collective Dark Wrangler play the Slice. Dark Wrangler includes Don Cassell, Dil Jopp, Tyler Bird, Megan and Mel will be performing with Makiisma and Corduroy Brown. Megan Brown, Corduroy Brown plus Chris Drew and Wendy Cee will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday, Dec. 13.
 The Slice has a big week as they help the Windy City Opry celebrate their third anniversary with a big show on Friday, Dec. 13 featuring Lethbridge favourites Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves and Calgary country musician Amy Nelson. There are more prizes and giveaways for this show, so tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
 The Decadent Phase play the Slice on Saturday.
 And Jaymz Joseph hosts the open mic at the Slice on Thursday.

Of course, there are a lot of Christmas shows coming up.
 Bridgette Yarwood’s vocal students will be performing “Voices of Winter” at a rescheduled show at Cité Des Prairies, Dec. 11. Another prominent vocal teacher, Andi Roberts, will feature some of her students performing at City Hall for “Sounds of the Season,” at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 20.
But before that, TJ. Waltho brings back his Charlie Brown Christmas show to Stoketown on Dec. 12.  He plus bassist Paul Holden and drummer Brad Brouwer were also  performing it at the handmade market and at the Bavura Brunch at the old firehall on the weekend.

Another sign of Christmas is the CP Holiday Train, a cross country cavalcade of stories and song that raises money for  local food banks.
 The Holiday Train stops by Save On Foods at 7 p.m, Tuesday, Dec. 10. Country stars Terri Clark and Dallas Smith are the featured performers. Donations will be accepted for local food banks. The train arrives at 7 p.m., with the music happening from 7:15- 7:45 p.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 December 2019 15:54 ) Read more...

Kacy and Clayton making long awaited return to Lethbridge

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Southern Saskatchewan duo Kacy And Clayton are “Carrying on” with their fifth CD, the ensuing tour carries on to the Geomatic Attic, Dec. 11.Kacy and Clayton play the Geomatic Attic, Dec. 11. Photo submitted

 “It reflects a lot of our influences we’ve been listening to lately,” said Clayton Linthicum taking a breather in between tours from his home in Glentworth, Saskatchewan.

“ We listen to a lot of country music from the late ’60s like  Gene Clark and Lee Hazelwood and a lot of  psychedelic music mixed with country music,” he said.
 He and compatriot Kacy Anderson will be joined  by their rhythm section of drummer Mike Silverman and bassist Andy Basil for this tour.

“ We’ve been playing a lot as a duo, so it is really exciting to  play with the band,” said Linthicum, who also plays with Deep Dark Woods when scheduling permits.
 “Kacy and Clayton are so busy. Most of our time is spent touring. But we still play with them. We’re on their latest album,” he continued.

“ The songs are shorter in Kacy and Clayton and there are fewer members than the Deep Dark Woods. We have similar influences,” he noted.

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 December 2019 07:39 ) Read more...

Homeless In Hawaii return to rock and roll

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 The Slice had a dismal turnout for Calgary rockers Homeless in Hawaii, Saturday, Nov. 30. Homeless in Hawaii returned to the Slice, Nov. 30 Photo by richard amery

Everybody was there for the opening bands, but had left by the time I arrived. And I only caught the very end of the set.

 But they played a lot of  upbeat indie rock/ pop and punk music with lots of flanger drenched guitar.

 They played a tight and entertaining set of  catchy music.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Richard Inman and Markus Sommer trade stories and songs

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It is always a treat to see Winnipeg born songwriter Richard Inman. He had a good sized crowd listening intently at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30 as he was joined by Markus Sommer.Markus Sommer and Richard Inman at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30. Photo by Richard Amery
I caught them at the end of a two hour set, but stuck around for the second.

Inman is a talented songwriter and guitarist with a big baritone  voice. He played a couple of familiar songs I hear on CKUA  from time to time.

Ponoka songwriter Markus Sommer also sang in a beautiful baritone, cranking a out a waltz while complaining about people not listening, but inviting people to sing along anyway.

 They duo took turns  singing their own songs though Inman noted he and Sommer had several songs they wrote together and promised to play them later. Inman played a pretty new song called “Lilac” about being on the road.

 Instead they traded  country roots classics as Sommer busted out some Guy Clark, while  Inman  upped the ante with a Townes Van Zandt song.
 I left that early because I didn’t want to miss an excellent show from Calgary rock band  Homeless in Hawaii at the Slice.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2019 15:09 )
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