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Beautiful day for Latino culture at Latin Fest

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The weather was just about perfect for a celebration of Latin culture.

It was already hot,  so it already put people in a tropical state of mind, Saturday, July 17 for Latin Fest.


Mexicanos sin Fronterosas dancers at Latinfest 2021,July 17. Photo by Richard Amery

The Southern Alberta Multicultural Centre downtown was packed with hungry patrons enjoying Latin food outside. The ice cream booth was particularly busy.


Most of the people packed inside to enjoy Latin music and dance in an air conditioned atmosphere.


Rigoberto Alvaredo singing at Latinfest 2021,July 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 I was only able to stay for a couple acts. Most of them performed several times.


Around 3 p.m. Rigoberto Alvaredo sang a variety of Latino pop and jazz songs ba

cked by a taped accompaniment.


 He enjoyed himself, wandering all over the dance floor crooning into his microphone.

He was pretty popular and was called back for an encore of “La Bamba” which several of the performers covered.

Traditional dancing is always a highlight of Latin Fest.


There were several dance troupes on the bill but I only caught Mexicanos Sin Fronterosas Dancers.


They began with a beautiful graceful dance dressed in blue and white then another group in yellow, red and white danced a different dance.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 July 2021 10:04 )

LMT take Broadway open mic to Arts in the Park

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New West Theatre’s weekly outdoor concert series Arts in the Park was in the north at Legacy Park, July 17.


The Lethbridge Musical Theatre Broadway open mic was the main attraction on a sweltering, smoky afternoon.


They have been doing online Broadway open mics during Covid, but before that were a regular fixture at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

Jillian Bracken and and Joel Gardner providing accompaniment for the LMT Broadway open mic, July 17. Photo by Richasrd Amery

A full slate of participants were just happy to be able to sing in public again.

 A variety of performers of all ages, sang their favourite show tunes from a variety of musicals from older like Fiddler on the Roof to the modern like Spamalot and Hamilton.


Host Jeff Carlson introduced all the   performers and lead the audience in giving them positive affirmation.


Joel Gardner added accompaniment on piano while Jillian Bracken turned pages when she wasn’t on stage. She sang a couple of times including “Once”

 Cole Fetting, who is a familiar face on Lethbridge stages sang “Wait For it” from Hamilton.


Jeff Godin was also  on the bill reading from  his autobiography “ Bears Falling From Trees with Erections: Diary of an Indigenous Dude:Book 1” as well as the Southern Accord Chorus.

 This weekend Arts in the park is on the west side at Nicholas  Sheran Park, July 24, where there will be several family friendly  events including   Nicola Elson’s new Hootenanny play,Carl Brave Rock’s napi stories and  the band formerly known as Karen, Lewis and Pam. The afternoon begins at 1 p.m.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 July 2021 09:32 )

Harpdog Brown and Papa King excited to play together again

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Local bluesman Papa King is excited to share the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage with Harpdog Brown, this Saturday, July 24.

“Harpdog is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. He’s a road musician and he’s done very well.


He’s very inspiring and very funny. He has a lot of stories,” King enthused, getting ready to rehearse for the show on his own. He noted the last time he played live was with Harpdog Brown last September at the Badlands Boogies Festival in East Coulee, 18 km Southeast of Drumheller.


Papa King will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 24. Photo by Richard Amery

Papa King will be  singing, playing guitar and adding percussion with a foot drum and a snare. Harpdog Brown will add vocals, and harp, of course. They will joined by Bruce MacKay on piano and keyboards.


“Bruce is a professor at the University of Lethbridge. He has the best Hammond B3 sound I’ve ever heard,” he continued.


“I think this show will be the first time Bruce and Harpdog have met,” he said, adding  they will also be playing the Owl  Acoustic Lounge , Sept. 17 with bassist Doug Freeman, who is in Las Vegas now, and East Coast bluesman Morgan Davis.


“So this show is really a rehearsal for that show,” he continued.

 Papa King has spent the pandemic writing songs and working in his studios and collaborating with other musicians online.


“ I’ve been hunkering down,” he said, adding he is excited to play again.

“Steve Foord will be opening. He’ll play four songs and then we’ll play two 45 minutes set. We’ll play some Muddy Waters and some Little Milton, but two thirds of the set will be original,” King continued.


 Harpdog Brown is just excited to play with King again.

“I’ve known King since 2018, definitely 2019,” said Harpdog Brown, who was just about to embark on a big  tour in support of his most recent CD “For Love and Money” when Covid hit.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 July 2021 13:23 ) Read more...

Lots of rock and laughs this weekend

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It will be another hard rocking week in Lethbridge, with fun shows happening throughout the week.

Tonight, July 20, Night Market returns to Theoretically Brewery from 4-10 p.m. There will be15 vendors, a food truck and live music. Theoretically Brewing also features Danica Sommer and Bailey Kate performing Friday, July 24.


Dave Chomiak’s Whitesnake tribute Snake Bite plays Club Lime on the weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic is also tonight. The Owl has a new monthly comedy show planned for  Wednesday, July 21 with  A.J Walker, Brian Smith, Donny Dennis, Xavier Quon and Zakaria all providing the laughs for the first  “You Think You Can Comic” beginning at 9 p.m.


The Centric Music Festival’s second online presentation is  Wednesday, July 21 featuring  percussionist Joe Porter, pianist Joel Goodfellow and Cellist Mark Rodgers all performing at 7 p.m.


There is a lot of drama this weekend.

 The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society‘s Friday, July 22 show at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens is sold out, but Trader Tales is at Fort Whoop Up on Friday. And Hootenanny’s summer production Hootenanny’s new production “The Risky, Yet Rewarding Adventure of Pearl and Dot,” is the main feature  of Arts In the park, which is at Nicolas Sheran Park, July 24 followed by Carl Brave Rock sharing Napi stories and  the band formerly known as Karen Lewis and Pam. The show begins at 1 p.m.

Good times Features Henry Sir performing two shows, Friday,July 22 at 7:30 and 9:30. Tickets are $15. And Tommy Mellor performs at Good Times, Saturday, July 23.

The weekend is all about rock.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 July 2021 11:35 ) Read more...

Geomatic Attic planning outdoor shows this summer

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Mike Spencer is cautiously optimistic about bringing in live music beginning this summer.

MonkeyJunk return to Lethbridge For Wide Skies Reimagined, July 28. Photo bY Richard Amery

“Covid isn’t over, even though the Alberta government says it is,” said Spencer, who is dipping his toe into the volatile water of hosting live events in the middle of a pandemic beginning with a reimagined Wide Skies Music Festival, Wednesday, July 28.

He has several outdoor shows and collaborations planned for the summer.


“We can’t have the Wide Skies Music Festival this year, but we have Wide Skies Re-imagined,” he said, adding on Wednesday, July 28 there will be a beer gardens and food trucks and the music of Ryan “Skinny” Dyck and Evan Uschenko warming up for MonkeyJunk and Leeroy Stagger and the Rebeltone  Boys performing across the street on the roof top of the new parkade.


“ We got some encouragement from the City of Lethbridge who want to utilize outside spaces,” he said.


There’s a bus station on the bottom floor and nothing on the next two floors, so we thought it would be fun to do something a little different,” Spencer said.


“We’re still encouraging people to wear masks and be safe,” Spencer said.

 Admission to the show is free but you need a ticket due to limited seating. There is a suggested $20 donation.

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 July 2021 16:40 ) Read more...
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