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Street Wheelers and Back Alley bash to be week’s highlights

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If you aren’t going to the Calgary Stampede this week, catch some of the music right here in Lethbridge.
 That means there is a lot of country and music happening this week.
 But first, Keith Catfish Woodrow hosts his monthly Slice of blues jam at the Slice on Tuesday, July 9. The music begins at 8:30 p.m. He also returns the the Slice with the High Level Blues band, Saturday, July 13.

Auld School return to Street Machine Weekend For a Concert for a Cause. Photo by Richard Amery Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns returns to Lethbridge the play the Windy City Opry at the Slice, Wednesday, July 10 with Carolyn Mark. That show starts at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover. He sticks around town to play Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday in between gigs in Calgary for Stampede.
Kitchener fiddle powered duo A New Ground also play Calgary for Stampede, but they stop by Average Joes for a free show, Thursday, July 11.


While it is Stampede time in Calgary, it is Street Wheelers weekend in Lethbridge, which means there is more live music than usual around to accompany the cornucopia of classic cars and roadsters roaring around town. Fast Times help kick off Street Wheelers Weekend on Thursday at Exhibition Park at 7 p.m. Their show will be followed by a drive in move screening of “Days of Thunder.”


 There will be a beer garden and show and shine in Galt Gardens with live music over the weekend.
 That means while Shakespeare in the Park is in Galt Gardens, at 7 p.m. on Thursday with their production of Macbeth, they hit the road on Friday night to play the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod at 7:30 p.m., Friday July 12.


 Back home there will be live music in Galt Gardens at Jess F.M.’s beer garden. The Concert For A Cause begins at 6 p.m..with local ’80s rock band Auld School performing. The family friendly event features live music with performers to be announced. Donations will be accepted for Big Brothers and Sisters of Lethbridge. Another annual Street Wheelers fundraising show takes place in the alley behind Union Barbershop across from Galt Gardens. Coinciding with Street Wheelers’ show and shine, the Third Annual Back Alley Bash begins at noon, featuring local funk rock trio Adequate, roots rockers Biloxi Parish and ;local surf band the Atomicos playing from 1-4 p.m.. Donations will be taken for Misty Creek Dog Rescue and Last Chance Cat Ranch

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Sean Burns returns to Lethbridge for several shows this week with new CD

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Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns is excited to return to Southern Alberta for a spate of shows including a couple of Calgary Stampede shows.Sean Burns returns to the Windy City Opry and Casino Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 He plays the Windy City Opry at the Slice with Carolyn Mark, Wednesday, July 17, and will be at Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13.
“ I’m in Edmonton now and I’m playing Soulfest in Twin Butte (July 5-6),” Burns said on Friday.


 He will be joined by lead guitarist and Lethbridge’s Tyler Bird on drums, bassist Paul Holden and Skinny Dyck.
 He is touring in support of an innovative new CD “A Night of Country Music featuring Sean Burns and Lost Country, which he created as a pledge incentive for  the University of Winnipeg radio station CKUW’s annual fundrive.


“ I do a show called Boots and Saddle which is a lot like Skinny Dyck and T Bird’s Chin up Record Club ion CKXU. So I put on a show at (popular Winnipeg venue) Times Changed  High And Lonesome Club and invited all of these musicians like Del Barber and Andrew Neville to play with me and the host band. So it was different to have them playing with a different band. And all of the proceeds go back to the radio station,” he said.

The other guests include Skinny Dyck, Sol James, Frannie Klein, Gerry McIvor and Andrew Neville.
“It‘s getting a lot of play at the university and on community radio stations,“ he said.

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A New Ground cover lots of musical ground with fiddle

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Kitchener based folk/ Celtic duo A New Ground visit Average Joes, July 11 in the midst of a quick western Canada run including a coupleA New Ground play Average Joes this week. Photo submitted shows at the Calgary Stampede. They are also playing the Twin Butte store, July 10 and in Medicine Hat on July 13.
 The duo of multi-instrumentalist and fiddle player Claryssa Webb and bassist/drummer/guitarist Ryan Dugal have released two EPS since forming at an open mic  in 2013.
“ We have a couple shows in Calgary including at the Ironwood on July 9,” said Dugal, who is happy to be touring out west in the spring.

“Last time we drove out west in November in the fall and it was snowing,” he said.


“The set at Average Joes will include lot of traditional country Scottish and Irish fiddle music but you’ll also hear some musical experiments. We like to mix it up. But if you like fiddle music, you will like us,” Dugal said, adding the duo cover a lot of musical ground, so it will just be the two of them coming to Lethbridge.


“ We’re both multi-instrumentalists. Claryssa is a singer and an incredible fiddle player, but she is also classically trained.

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Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra inspired after returning from New Zealand tour

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Victoria based folk/ gypsy, roots collective The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra are excited to spread their multi-faceted and influenced brand of Canadian music overseas.


 They play a special ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic lounge, on Friday, July 5.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Percussionist/ drummer Paul Wolda is still psyched from the band’s March tour of New Zealand.


“We spent 10 days touring in New Zealand,” he said, adding that came on top of a tragic shooting in Christchurch.
“People are so peaceful there, that the shooting really took them by surprise. They had a hard time accepting something like that happening there. They weren’t sure if they were allowed to smile again. So we hope we were able to help,” he said.


“People there are very nice. We were well received and treated really well,” he said.


“And the landscape actually reminded me a lot of B.C.,” he mused, adding they were able to make some contacts there for a possible return to New Zealand as well as an upcoming tour of Australia.


“It’s interesting. Though we sound really different, and have a lot of different influences,  when you tour overseas you’re representing the music of Canada,” he said adding people appreciate having a Canadian band travelling overseas to play for them.


“They respect that,” he said.


“We played the CubaDupa festival in Wellington,” he said, adding he had the contact info of  a journalist friend in Wellington.
“And we just accidentally ran into him at CubaDupa. So I got to hang out with him,” he said, adding they spent some time listening to some New Zealand musicians during some down time, in between shows.

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Plenty of great local music for Rotary Dragon Boat Festival

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 The Rotary  Dragon Boat Festival is always a blast, even when battling spurts of  rain. I caught a few different acts in between storms, June 21 and 22.Chayce Mihalcz singing with Chinnook Rock and pop at the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery

The Chevelles’ Tim Carter at the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, June 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Chinook High School rock and pop program played an impressive array of ’90s songs and classic rock, with a couple of different lead vocalists belting out beloved hits by the likes of Guns N Roses and Nirvana.


 The main act of Friday night was the Chevelles.


 They played their usual strong set of classic rock, opening with “The Boys Are back in Town,” “ Twilight Zone,” and a couple of Rolling Stones classic s “Gimmie Shelter” and “Sympathy For the Devil,” coming on top of each other.


 I left as they went disco for a song or two.


I also caught a couple  of acts on Saturday, June 22 at the rotary Dragon  Boat Races.


 I mainly wanted to catch local blues rock band Coda. I caught them in the middle of a heartfelt version of the Allman Brothers/ Govt. Mule’s song “Soulshine,” but they also put a bluesy stamp on “Hold on I’m Coming” and the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride.”Global Drums at the Rotary Dragon boat Festival, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery


 They went classic rock with a cover of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s last dance.
 While Dory Rossiter and  her band Horizon were setting up, not to mention trying to track down their bassist.

Global DrumsSheldon Shukaliak of Coda at the Rotary Dragon boat Festival, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery put on a spirited set in front of the stage of Caribbean music and more impressively a percussion powered  version of Nirvana’s “Smell’s like Teen Spirit.”


 I was just expecting a set of classic rock from Horizon, but was pleased to hear them branching out on a variety of different pop and rock songs powered by Dory Rossiter’s big voice.Dory Rossiter of Horizon at the Rotary Dragon boat Festival, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery


 Coda bassist Rick Maddeaux stepped up to fill in on  the first couple of songs including a cool version of Barns Courtney’s “Fire.”


I’m really starting to appreciate Ottawa songstress Kathleen Edwards, so I was really pleased to hear Horizon cover Edwards‘ “ I Make the Dough.”


And I love their cover of Kacey Musgraves’  “Follow your Arrow, so I was excited to hear that as their bassist arrived and took over for “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 July 2019 00:17 )
 
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