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Big Dave McLean excited to bring the blues back to Lethbridge for Lethbridge Folk Club

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Winnipeg bluesman Big Dave McLean is champing at the bit  to get back on the road, so he is excited to play a Lethbridge for a one off show for the Lethbridge Folk Club, July 11 at  Pavan park with Keith  “Catfish” Woodrow.

“ I have a buddy out there I want to hang out with  for a couple of days,” rumbled McLean from his Winnipeg home.


 McLean is an Order of Canada winner, who has been a cornerstone of the Winnipeg musician for many years. He h

Big Dave McLean plays Lethbridge, July 11. photo by Richard Amery

as influenced a plethora of  prairie musicians including the Perpetrators, Colin James and Wide mouth Mason to name a few.


As expected Covid put on his life as a touring musician on standby.


“Things are opening up slowly Winnipeg. I just hope things aren’t opening too fast because when they loosen restrictions, the number go up,” he observed.


“ But me and my wife are double vaxxed and ready to go. There hasn’t been anywhere to go other than to the store. So I’ve been spending a lot of time at home playing lots of guitar and working on my singing and voice,” he said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 July 2021 15:55 ) Read more...

Honkers Pub’s music festival to be a celebration of the local music scene

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Honker’s Pub is giving back to the Lethbridge music community with a a mini musicifestival in their parking lot, Saturday, July 10 beginning at 4 p.m.


“All of these musicians have supported us throughout the pandemic by ordering fo

od. They’ve been aching to get back on stage,” said Honkers Pub owner Vicky Vanden Hoek.

“ We usually have a big festival to celebrate our birthday, which is March 17, but everything closed March 15 last year, so we had to cancel it.  We missed last year. We wanted to do something this year, but we didn’t know what was going to happen in March, so we thought we’d put on a little music festival in July,” she said.


Laurie Wintoniak and Joy Pizzingrilli of the Trippy Hippys are playing honker’s Pub’s Music Festival on the weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

“I’m not cancelling any more shows due to weather or anything now. Because we cancelled last year and we couldn’t do anything for a year,” she said, adding they have the Nest  next door and a covered tent for the musicians.


The performers are familiar faces at Honker‘s jams.


 Kelly Klimchuk’s band  Holy Roller and Roller Coasters opens the show at 4 p.m., followed by The Trippy Hippys  (Laurie Wintoniak and Joy Pizzingrilli), bluesman Steve Keenan, Coda Lite aka Sheldon Shukaliak and Ben Lamb, Dream Catcher  (Shawna Lorraine,  Mark Hall, Jack Horne and Raz Bruce) at 9 p.m., Frankie G and Vic Brown aka Driving While Blind playing the blues until sunset and the Mark Hall band at 10 p.m. before opening the stage inside for an open jam.

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 July 2021 14:58 ) Read more...

Live music returns in force with open mics and music festivals

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If you want live music, then you’ve got it this week. In addition to venues re-opening, The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society opens their season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, July 9 at Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens and  there are also three different music festivals happening this weekend.


Mark Hall has gigs with several bands this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 But before that there are open mics every day of the week to check out.

 The Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina, who have one of the festivals this weekend, have started a new Monday night open mic, which begins tonight, Monday, July 5 at 8 p.m.

 Gabe Thaine’s monthly High Level Variety show returns to the Slice, Tuesday, July 6.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s Tuesday night open mic returns this week.

 The Slice has claimed Thursday nights for their open mics, While Honker’s Pub  stakes claim to Friday night and Saturday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m..

 The Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina has a Sunday afternoon Family jam beginning at 4 p.m. as well

The Owl Acoustic Lounge has  a couple excellent shows. They feature a a songwriter’s showcase with Richard Inman, Marcus Sommer and Malcolm McLean from 8-10 p.m. on Thursday, July 8.


The Owl Acoustic Lounge is taking full advantage of nice weather and their spacious patio by adding live music.

Makiisma and Corduruoy Brown aka Megan Brown and James Swinney are on deck, Friday, July 9. at 6:30  p.m.. Things get a little funky inside as Adequate  hold their CD release party beginning around 9:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.

The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes punk on Saturday, July 10 with Calgary punks The Moröns’ CD release party for their CD “ Today’s Special” The show begins at 9 p.m. with Amor Fati followed by local punk pop band Session at 10 p.m. , Total Wolf at 11 and  Calgary punk band  the Moröns winding things up at midnight. Admission is by donation.

 The Slice rocks for the weekend with The Suit Jacket Society and Red Deer alt pop musician Rebecca Raabis playing at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 July 2021 06:06 ) Read more...

Lots to do this week as venues reopen in July

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It’s been a while since I’ve had enough upcoming events to write a week’s preview.

Steve Keenan hosts Honker’s Pub’s open mic, July 2. Photo by Richard Amery

 However Lethbridge is all set to open July 1 as soon as Covid health restrictions lift as we enter Stage 3.


 All of our live music  entertainment have cool stuff happening

There are no Canada Day celebrations in Galt Gardens and Henderson Lake, but the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens has special programming happening, July 1 beginning at 1 p.m. with a tea ceremony. Minyo Dancing  is at 5:30 and the Lethbridge Community Taiko Drumming Association performs at 7 p.m.


The Slice celebrates the return of live music with an open mic at 8 p.m..

 Shaela Miller Day is from  4- 9 p.m. at the Owl Acoustic Lounge followed by Funk DJ Phenomenorm who also returns to the Owl, July 2.


It will be a busy weekend.

If You want to laugh, Good Times, re-opens Friday July 2 with local comedians Johnny Pogo and Faris Hytiaa, who also perform Saturday July 3.

 Friday night open mics return to Honker‘s Pub as Steve Keenan hosts the open mic after his set at 7 p.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 June 2021 08:45 ) Read more...

Performers needed for Bridge City Brew and Music Festival at Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina

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Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina plans to help kick start Lethbridge’s thriving music scene which has been spinning its wheels since Covid closed down all performance venues, with the Bridge City Brew and Music Festival during what is usually Street Machine Weekend.


Brad Walen and Shawna Lorraine are excited about the Bridge City Brew and Music Festival. Photo by Richard Amery

There are 66 slots available for bands and DJ, both inside and outside in the parking lot for the three-day event at the new pop culture themed bar and restaurant, July 9-11.


 Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina owner Brad Whalen, who moved into the old Backstreet South location (1810 3 Avenue South) last year, noted the festival is keeping a tradition alive as Backstreet always had live music during Street Machine Weekend, especially during cruise night.


“It’s fun to sit and watch the cars, but it’s better to listen to live music and drink beer while watching cars,” Walen said.

 A few bands have been confirmed including Dirt, J Mills and John Brooks will be performing a folk set.


 Two of music organizer Shawna Lorraine’s bands are already on board including Dream Catcher and  Whiskey Gap Country.


“A lot of people are waiting to see if things actually open up on July 1, but we’re past the point of no return now,” Walen said, encouraging potential performers to contact Shawna Lorraine as soon as possible through Facebook, the Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina or 403-501-1558.


“We could accept acts right up until July 4 or 5, but ideally we want to book them by July 1,” he said.

 There will be a donation bucket to enter the festival and a donation bucket for each band.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 July 2021 08:31 ) Read more...
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