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Lethbridge Folk Club opening fortieth anniversary season with the Wardens

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 The Lethbridge opens their 40th year with the Wardens, returning to the Cave, Sept. 8 with Cathy Hawley.Cathy Hawley opens  for The Wardens for the Lethbridge Folk Club’s season opening concert at the Lethbridge College Cave, Sept. 8. Photo by Richard Amery
 They don’t have anything special to celebrate except bringing back some old favourites and extending memberships.

“We thought we’d give our members a gift, so we’re extending our membership season until the end of 2019, ” said Lethbridge Folk Club president Morris Soenen, adding you can buy tickets for the shows at Street Legal Records. Tickets remain at  $30 for non-members  including a five dollar membership for the rest of the season and $25 for members, $20 for students who aren’t members and $15 for students who  are members.

This year’s season opens with the return of the Wardens, Saturday, Sept. 8 to the Lethbridge College Cave with Cathy Hawley opening.

“They’re wardens in Banff and Canmore. Two of them are retired and I think the other is in the grizzly bear management program. He was an IT guy,” Soenen said.
“Last time they were here, they had a slideshow of some of the pictures they took. They have a lot of stories to tell,” Soenen said.
 Calgary based newgrass  and folk band Rotary Park play for the Folk Club on  Oct. 13 with Bob Blair opening.
“Bob  is a top notch steel guitar and lap steel guitar player,” he said.
A big highlight for blues fans of this year‘s  season is  the return of Doc MacLean.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:22 ) Read more...

Rae Spoon returning with “Bodies of Water”

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  Rae Spoon is excited to return to Lethbridge, Sept. 11 for a show at the Owl Acoustic lounge for Flipfest.Rae Spoon Returns to Lethbridge, Sept. 11. Photo Submitted
The popular non-binary artist is touring in support of a new ninth album “ Bodies of Water” featuring the new single “Do Whatever The Heck You Want.”
The new album will officially be released on Sept. 7.
“We’ve released two singles so far including ‘Bioluminiescent,” said Spoon from home in Victoria.
 Spoon is touring with Saskatoon based non-binary electronic artist Respectfulchild aka Gan and the Ground Sloth Orchestra at the Lethbridge show.
“Respectfulchild is coming to play keyboards and I’ll be playing some electric guitar,” Spoon added.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:37 ) Read more...

The Lethbridge Folk Club and Geomatic Attic begin their new seasons this week

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Things pick up for fall this week with two major concert series opening their new seasons and  big events welcoming back students.Hollerado are one of several bands playing Freshfesst this week. Photo by Richard Amery
The Lethbridge Folk Club opens their new, fortieth anniversary year by bringing back the Wardens to the Lethbridge College Cave on Saturday, Sept. 8.
 The Wardens are a folk trio from the Banff and Canmore area who work as park wardens and have stories and photos to share. Tickets are $30 including a membership for the season which also includes membership through to the end of 2019. Tickets are $20 for students who aren’t members and $15 for students who are members. Cathy Hawley opens the show. at 8 p.m.

 The Geomatic Attic also opens their new season this week with John Wort Hannam’s CD release party for “Acres of Elbow Room” The show begins at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $32.50 for that show.

 U of L students are in for a treat if they like indie rock with an expanded Freshfest, Sept. 7 and 8 outside the Student’s Union building. The first day features Halifax indie Rock band Wintersleep, Ottawa rock band Hollerado, local indie rock bands the Silkstones and Biloxi Parish and  the Zolas from Vancouver.
 Saturday includes Calgary power trio the Static Shift and Calgary pop singer Jocelyn Alice plus Toronto pop band Valleys. New York City based pop/soul singer Max is on the bill as is local country musician Tyson Ray Borsboom. Local DJ Zodiaque performs each night. Freshfest is only open to  students or guests of students.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:30 ) Read more...

Prism play the hits and nothing but the hits for Whoop Up Days

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I’ve seen enough Prism shows to be able to predict their sets. Usually they play Average Joes on a Saturday, so I miss my favourite Prism classics. So I was was glad to catch them at Whoop up Days, Thursday, Aug. 23 for an excellent crowd.Prism's Al Harlow gets some air at Whoop up Days, Aug. 23. Photo by Richard Amery
 They focused on the hits, opening with their usual opener and best known hit “Spaceship Superstar.“ They played it and killed it to the delight of the audience, most of them remembering to bring lawn chairs.

Prism's al Harlow and  Tad Goddard at Whoop Up Days, Aug. 23. photo by Richard Amery
 Al Harlow is the only  original member of the band, but he had some familiar faces on keyboardist Marc Gladstone and drummer Gary Grace and bassist Tad Goddard.
They played another older song “Virginia,” and “dusted off the song that got us the record contract ,” one of my favourites “Open Soul Surgery.”

Harlow still managed to hit original vocalist Ron Tabak’s incredibly high notes, and showed some impressive guitar playing, especially during his usual bluesy slide guitar solo, during he which he wandered off the stage and got the audience members up front to strum a few notes.

They got back to the hits with “Young and Reckless,” featuring Harlow changing a few words around.

 A brief drum solo  prefaces another of my favourites “Flying,” which featured Harlow blowing into a talk box as he also did in “See Forever Eyes.” He usually does that for “Mirror Man,” but I may have missed it as I left briefly during their panty peeling ballad “ Night to Remember.”
As usual, he dedicated “Take Me Away” For Ron Tabak, noting he wrote the song for Tabak’s voice.

 They wound up a high spirited set with a couple rockers including “Don’t Let Him Know,’ and a big drum solo spot before ending their show with their  usual show closer “Armageddon,” with a pre recorded horn and guitar parts.

 The Roaming Dragon Fire Spinners perform at Whoop up Days. Photo by Richard Amery
 They were called back by lukewarm applause for an encore of “Take me To The Kaptain.”

 After the show  Roaming Dragon Fire Spinners performed some impressive acrobatics with fire  which enraptured a good sized crowd

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 August 2018 15:02 )

Sam Weber channels John Lennon and Ron Sexsmith

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It was a really busy Wednesday night in Lethbridge, with two excellent, though poorly attended shows.

Sam Weber brought his band back to Lethbridge, Aug. 22. Photo by Richard Amery
 Vancouver musician Sam Weber played an excellent set at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 22 with his band for about 30 people. I arrived just in time for their second set.

 He opened  the set by playing some subtle slide guitar on an exotic, Caribbean flavoured song which reminded me of Danny Michel mixed with Ron Sexsmith caressed by the ghost of John Lennon.

 They laid down a mellow, intimate   groove set behind a multi-layered indie rock sound more reminiscent of the Great Lake Swimmers with a touch of Phish.
They played music of their new CD and went back to  their previous CDs.

 Weber traded places with his keyboards while his keyboardist played some lead guitar for a couple perky Billy Joel sounding piano powered pop music.

One of the highlights was a song about growing up too fast  in America.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 August 2018 14:44 )
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