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Wide Skies 2 lineup announced with live music and art

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Mike Spencer combined a new art exhibit by Southern Albertan artist/musician Steve Coffey with the line up announcement for the second edition of the Wide Skies Music Festival, July 30-Aug.1 at Jonny Bean’s coffee on the north side, May 12. Carter Felker and Skinny Dyck playing the Wide Skies launch, May 12 at Jonny Bean, May 12. Photo by Richard Amery
 Skinny Dyck backed Carter Felker on guitar for the launch, with Dyck playing sighing pedal steel guitar, enhanced the pastoral mood of Coffey’s train and prairie themed paintings placed all over the building. Felker sang his usual heartfelt songs and played some nimble acoustic guitar licks.

The first night of Wide Skies music Festival  on Monday, July 30 features Saskatchewan roots/ blues band Little Miss Higgins opening for acclaimed South Carolina  folk duo Shovels and Rope, staying an extra day after playing the Calgary Folk Festival  on the weekend. Tickets for that show cost $60. The music begins at 8 p.m.


 There will be a free outdoor show the next day, July 31 featuring the Weber Brothers, Vancouver Blues duo Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Shakura S’Aida Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers and guests. There will be a beer gardens as well as food trucks, vendors, artisans and lots of fun.

Skinny Dyck will also be organizing an after party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge as well as the side stage during the festival including a lot of talent including Calgary songwriter Tom Phillips.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:44 )
 

Cope release new Cd with good party

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I only caught the very end of an early ending show from local alternative rock duo Cope, who were releasing their new cassette at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 12 for approximately 30 fans.

Jon Vornbrock sings an encore of Pussy Walk with Cope. Photo by Richard Amery
I completely  missed  the opening set from the Supervoid, but  Supervoid frontman Jon Vornbrock  joined Cope on stage to scream a blues tinged version of an obscure Iggy Pop song “Pussy Walk.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:36 )
 

Geomatic Attic, Owl and the Slice all shaking this week

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The last couple weeks of  May are going to cook with lots of great shows happening.Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset has a couple of shows this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Hamilton singer songwriter Royal Wood and his band play two sold out shows at the Geomatic Attic, May 22 and 23 with Vancouver twins Fionn opening the shows.
 The Geomatic Attic really is the place to be this month, as they also bring back Ottawa blues/rock duo MonkeyJunk, May 25, who return to Lethbridge fresh off winning their second Juno award for their most recent CD “Time To Roll. Tickets are $37.50 in advance, $40 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.


 On June 15, the Geomatic Attic wind up their season with Vancouver rockabilly trio Cousin Harley, who are touring in support of their new tribute to Merle Travis “Blue Smoke”. Tickets for that show are also $37.50 in advance, $40 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.


 Then the Geomatic Attic gets ready for the second annual Wide Skies music Festival, which will be an impressive three days filled with music in the Southminster United Church and outside as well. The first night, Monday, July 30 features Saskatchewan roots/ blues band Little Miss Higgins opening for acclaimed South Carolina folk duo Shovels and Rope, who are playing the Calgary Folk Festival on the weekend. Tickets for that show cost $60. The music begins at 8 p.m.
 There will be a free outdoor show the next day, July 31 featuring the Weber Brothers, Vancouver blues duo Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Shakura S’Aida Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers and guests. There will be a beer gardens as well as food trucks, vendors, artisans and lots of fun. Skinny Dyck will also be organizing an after party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge as well as the side stage during the festival including a lot of talent including Calgary songwriter Tom Phillips.
 Frazey Ford, formerly of the Be Good Tanyas, returns to Lethbridge for another ticketed event inside the Southminster United Church, Aug. 1 with Seattle indie rock band the Cave Singers. Tickets for that show are $50, or you can get a festival pass for $90 including admission to all of the events.
 But that’s not for a few months yet.


 There is still a lot going on this week.
 The Smokehouse hosts another great punk show, May 23 with Montreal psychobilly veterans the Gutter Demons plus local bands Chief Mountain, the Hockey Moms and 13 to Go. Doors open at 7:30 with the bands beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
 For rap fans, local rap collective the Blood Rez Crew have an official CD release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, may 23 with  Amber AKA Shorty, Chuckbones, Heidi Mason,Olivia Tailfeathers, Fox Eyes, SMG (Killa Cam and Doggystar), UKS, Cat Storm and the Reckless  Gents and  DJ hooligan Admission is  $10.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:05 ) Read more...
 

RiverJacks excited to tour this Spring and Summer

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Calgary Celtic punks the RiverJacks are excited to kick off a big tour in support of their most recent album “Strange Adventures, ” which stops by the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Monday, May 28, where they will be the unofficial hosts of their regular Monday open mic.

The River Jacks return to Lethbridge next week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Bassist Tyler Burton, although he has been with the band for two years still considers himself  to be the new guy, but  is excited to be part of the band of seasoned Calgary music scene veterans, frontman Spencer Jo, drummer Mikey Blotto, accordion player Mandrill Shannon and guitarist Jordan Barrett.


 They considering touring to be a vacation.


“We like to get out at least once a year.This time we‘re going out for two weeks which is a bigger tour,” said Burton from an outdoor festival on the Siksika Nation.
“ We all have day jobs. So we do a lot of weekend playing. I’m an electrician, and Spencer Jo works at CJSW, the radio station at the University of Calgary. So we‘re all pretty busy,” he said.
“ Lethbridge shows always go well. We always love to play the Owl. We have a great relationship with Steve Foord,” he said.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:50 ) Read more...
 

MonkeyJunk cap off tenth anniversary by winning Juno for “Time To Roll”

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Ottawa based blues/ swamp rock trio MonkeyJunk are pleased to celebrate their tenth year, by not only playing some of their favourite rooms including the Geomatic Attic, May 24, but to win their second Juno Award for their most recent  album  “Time To Roll.”MonkeyJunk return to the Geomatic Attic this week. Photo by Richard Amery
“I haven’t spent much time at home,” admitted baritone guitarist/ vocalist/ harmonica player Steve Marriner, waiting for a sound check to start in Dauphin, Manitoba. He was pleasantly surprised to see the new album won the Juno award.


“I don’t think we expected it. It was a pleasant surprise. It‘s our second one. We also won one in 2 012.  But this one caps off a great tenth anniversary run,”  he said, adding the trio, including drummer Doug Sobb and lead guitarist Tony Diteodoro are visiting some of their favourite places. While the band calls Ottawa home, Marinner has lived in Toronto  for the past two years, Diteodoro splits his time between Edmonton where his girlfriend lives and Ottawa and Sobb lives in Ottawa full time.


“We’ve had a lot of sold out shows on this tour. We sold out a hometown show in Ottawa the National Arts Centre, which is a great feeling because 10 years ago , we were playing small clubs for about 60 people,” he said, adding the trio is celebrating their tenth anniversary by visiting some of their favourite places to play and playing with some of their favourite musicians.


“ In Winnipeg we played with Joey Landreth of the Bros. Landreth, Big Dave McLean, who is a big influence of mine and in Hamilton, we played with Steve Strongman,” he said.
 The tour has featured some of the biggest crowds they have played for.


 In Sault Sté Marie, we played for 200 people, which is more people we have played before,“he said adding they also have some big festivals booked for the summer including the Salmon Arm Blues and Roots Festival, The Harvest Jazz and blues Festival in Fredericton, and the Edmonton Blues Festival.


 In addition to touring cross Canada with MonkeyJunk, he also just completed a tour with Colin James which stopped by the Enmax Centre for the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival, which was the last time he was in Lethbridge.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:39 ) Read more...
 
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