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Kingston's Tom Savage returning to Lethbridge with new Cd

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Kingston acoustic rocker Tom Savage is exited to be back on the road again in support of his new solo album. He returns to the Slice, Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Tom Savage returns to Lethbridge, Sept. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
“It‘s been a few years,” Savage said, who  draws comparisons to Bruce Springsteen. He is embarking on a tour in support of his ninth album “Great Beyond.”

“ I usually only tour out there when I have a new record out,” he said, adding the new record is a stripped down affair that reflects his live solo show.
“I’ve put a lot of work into the show, I’m playing guitar more percussively and creating a different style of playing,” he said.
“ I’ve also got a stomp box to fill out the sound,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2019 10:09 ) Read more...

Lethbridge Folk Club opens fortieth season this week with Winter Wilson

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The Lethbridge Folk Club opens their fortieth season with a new president and a big new line up.Old Man Luedecke Plays the Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 23. Photo by Richard Amery
 Long time volunteer Tom Moffatt takes the helm of the Folk Club and has a planned a season with a few bigger names.
 They open their season, Sept. 14 with Winter Wilson and Celtic Routes at the Lethbridge College Cave beginning at 8 p.m.
“ They’re from England. Celtic Routes will be opening. So there will be lots of  Celtic rhythm and fiddle playing,” Moffatt said.
 In addition to their first show of the season this week, the first open mic of the season in Friday, Sept. 13. Open mics are at Casa at  7 p.m. on the second Friday of every month.

While that is the first show of the season, the real launch is Oct. 4. at Casa.
“ It’s a free event. We’ll be officially launching our new website. And we’ll be featuring performers who play at our open mics,” Moffatt continued.

 “The Folk club started in 1979, so they’ve been at it for a while,” he continued, adding outgoing president Morris Soenen already had most of the shows booked before  Moffatt was elected.
The next big act is Oct. 19 When four time Juno award winning cross cultural roots and blues trio Tri-Continental return to town.
 They feature the talents of Edmonton’s Bill Bourne, Australian Lester Quitzau and Malagasy musician Madagascar Slim, who brings a variety of exotic African sounds to a mix of Latin, folk, blues and traditional African music.

 Local blues musician Steve Keenan will be opening the show.

 The Folk Club has another big show on Nov. 23 with Old Man Luedecke, who is touring in support of his new CD “ Easy Money.” Reed and Writes will be opening the show.
January opens with Celtara, a Celtic group Moffatt discovered at the  Water Valley Music Festival. Local folk duo Kavanagh and Hepher will be opening the show, Jan. 18.
 And Cara Luft and JD Edwards aka Small Glories  will be performing at the Cave, Feb. 9.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 September 2019 11:21 ) Read more...

Couleefest and Lethbridge Folk Club among the fun this week

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School is in full swing for the second week of September.B.A. Johnston returns to the Owl, Sept. 16. Photo by Richard Amery
 As usual that means there is a lot going on, but I’ll miss it as I’ll be in Vancouver performing a wedding.
 The Lethbridge Folk Club has a busy week.
They not only have their first open mic of the new season, Friday at 7 p.m. at casa, but they also have their first show of the season, Saturday, Sept. 14 . Winter Wilson visit the Lethbridge College Cave all the way from England to bring a Celtic party to your feet. Celtic Routes will be opening.
 Ticket prices remain the same for Lethbridge Folk Club shows— $30 for the first show including a $5 membership which is good for the rest of the year, After that  Concerts are $25 for members, $30 for invited guests, which includes the membership.
 Concerts start at 8 p.m. sharp.
 Also starting at 8 p.m. sharp is Shaela Miller’s Windy City Opry at the Slice on the second Wednesday of the month.
 This week, Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Opry features Sol James who blends  jazz, soul,  R and B and country music. There is a $10 cover for the show.
 Lethbridge College welcomes back students and the community with the third annual Couleefest, Sept. 14.

Lethbridge College welcomes students and the community to campus for the third annual Couleefest, Sept. 14 and in the process gives everybody a chance to not only hear some excellent music, but get a feel for everything the College has to offer.
 Live music will be happening on the Brighter Together Stage, with The Corey Hotline, 21st Avenue, Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction, and The Cayley performing from 1 -5 p.m.
 The Nova Scotiables play the stage at 5 p.m. during Kodiaks Happy hour and Leeroy Stagger winds things up at 6 p.m.
 There will also be plenty of interactive Lethbridge College program showcases. Plus a beer gardens.
 Local  musicians the Corey Hotline, 21st Avenue, the Cayley and Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction will perform throughout the day from 10-5 p.m.
The Nova Scotiables perform for Kodiak’s Hour from 5-6 p.m. during which there will be four dollar drink specials.There will also be prizes and contests for community members during happy hour. They have a big day of family fun and live music beginning at 1 p.m. culminating with headliner Leeroy Stagger, who plays at 6 p.m.
 The Steve Keenan band will be holding court blues style at Casino Lethbridge for the weekend.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:41 ) Read more...

Lethbridge College bringing in new school year with Couleefest

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Lethbridge College welcomes students and the community to campus for the third annual Couleefest, Sept. 14 and in the process gives everybody a chance to not only hear some excellent music, but get a feel for everything the College has to offer.

Sidney Wakaruk is excited for Couleefest this year. Photo by Richard Amery
“ It started as a way to celebrate our sixtieth anniversary,” said community development officer Sidney Wakaruk.
“And now we’re going into our third year of the event,” she continued, adding there are special events planned.

There will be a family fun area including a petting zoo, bouncy castles, Kodiaks Athletics area and a dunk tank, more than a dozen food trucks, a what the junk vintage market, an indigenous craft area plus a beer garden.

 Live music will be happening on the Brighter Together Stage, with The Corey Hotline, 21st Avenue, Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction, and The Cayley perfoming from 1 -5 p.m.
 The Nova Scotiables play the stage at 5 p.m. during Kodiaks Happy hour and Leeroy Stagger winds things up at 6 p.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 September 2019 22:19 ) Read more...

New West Theatre embraces the life and music of Buddy Holly in Buddy

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New West Theatre explores the life of rock and roll icon Buddy Holly in their new musical “Buddy; the Buddy Holly story, running at 7:30 p.m. each night Sept. 4-21.
The 12 member cast of the Alan Jones penned rock and roll musical all multi-task, playing different instruments as well as characters.

Fraser Elsdon plays Buddy Holly in New West Theatre’s production ofBuddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Photo by Richard Amery
“ It’s great I get to work with a really big band,” enthused musical director Kathy Zaborsky, who also plays  Vi Petty.
“ This show is pure joy. It’s a celebration of rock and roll,” she enthused.
“It’s a biography of Buddy Holly. It’s a musical that tells the story of his life from his hits to the his last show before the plane crash,” Zaborsky continued.

“ We have 12 cast members which is large for a rock and roll musical,” she said.

 There are several familiar faces on the cast including Garrett Mallory Scott, who was in Shakespeare in the Park this year, New West Theatre veteran Rylan Kunkel, Jocelyn Brayne who returns to New West after a few years hiatus and Lethbridge singer Mwansa Mwansa who returns home from Toronto for this show. The cast also includes  Tony Zappone, Daniel Sequeira, Joel Gray, Zach  Peterson and Theo Lysyk.

“We’ll see Buddy Holly and the Crickets being forced to play country music against their will when they record at the Decca Studios. Then they go to New Mexico to record Nor-Va-Jak studio and play rock and roll. And they end up in New York where Buddy meets and falls in love with Maria and I won’t reveal any more than that,” Zaborsky said.
 The productions also includes several  people who have performed in the  show before including Fraser Elsdon, who plays Buddy Holly and Nayeli Abrego, who plays his love interest  Maria Elena and Marlena Walker. Elsdon, not only looks like Buddy Holy, but does a great job of performing his songs and showing his stubbornness  in terms of his music.
“ You’re the nicest guy in the world, unless it’s about your music, then you’re stubborn,” quips Hipockets Duncan, his first manager and the first DJ to give Holly a break.

 The first half of the show shows Buddy Holly and his band the Crickets as young, hungry, up and coming musicians determined to play their music their way. It explores a hectic 18 months in 1957 leading up to their final concert , Feb. 3, 1959.

They work on their version of  rock and roll in studios in Lubbock, has run ins with DJ/ manager  Hipockets Duncan, gets sent to New Mexico to record with Norman Petty and writes a string of popular hits, changes the name of Cindy Lou to Peggy Sue to appease his bassist, who’s girlfriend is named Peggy Sue. Garrett Mallory Scott adds a lot of comic relief to an already hilarious show first as Norman Petty and later as the Big Bopper. Holly’s hits are well represented in the show including “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Oh Boy”, “Not Fade Away”, “Everyday”, “Rave On”, “Heartbeat”, and “Raining in My Heart,” to name a few. That eventually leads them to New York, where they bravely play the Apollo Theatre, because music has no colour. There, a sassy Mwansa Mwansa sings a beautiful soulful version of “You Make me Want to Shout,” and warns the Crickets that they’d better be good or else they’ll be dead. I wanted to hear more of her, so her version of “Shout” and her sassy humour is much welcomed.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 September 2019 10:20 ) Read more...
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