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Olympic torch to cap off a busy week

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This week is another busy one culminating with Lethbridge welcoming the Olympic torch, Jan. 17 to the main stage at Henderson Lake.

The torch is scheduled to arrive at 5:55 p.m. The Lighting of the celebration cauldron takes place at  6 p.m.. Hippodrome plays the Olympic torch celebration in Hederson park, Jan. 17.There will be  Vancouver 2010 Entertainment at 6;05 and local funk/rock/disco band Hippodrome will play a brief set at 6:20 p.m. and there will be fireworks and closing remarks at 6:50 p.m.

But first, Paul Kype and Texas Flood  host a blues jam at the slice tonight. Ashlee Jonesmith hosts the open mic at Henotic on Wednesday. Greg Gomola and friends host another open mic Thursday at Beaches Pub and Grill.

The Slice has a cool show on Monday, Jan. 18 with Saskatoon’s Kamila Martel and the Ne’Er Dowells. The band includes members of  the Cracker Cats and some of Saskatoon’s best musicians.

Henotic is trying a comedy night, Jan. 15 with Roman Danylo and  Dean Haglund. Danylo is a member of   sketch comedy  show Comedy Inc. and Haglund is best known as “The Lone Gunman” from the X-Files. Tickets cost $15. That same night  Henotic is also featuring  the David Harmon Experience.

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Myelin Sheaths host big seven inch release party

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Henotic had a massive crowd for the Myelin Sheaths’s 7 inch single release party, Jan. 9.

Raymond E. Biesinger of the Famines. Photo by Richard AmeryFist City, a new band featuring members of Amelia Earhart and the New Danger Kids kicked things off with a set of energetic and tightly played punk.

The lead guitarist was lost in the writhing crowd while he played searingly tortured solos.

Edmonton duo The Famines created a chaotic scene  with an intense garage rock. Guitarist Raymond E Biesinger flailed and railed and writhed as he unleashed sheets of white noise which actually sounded like a fuzzed out bass. The hoppiMyelin Sheaths bassist Martine Menard gets lifted up by the crowd. Photo By Richard Ameryng crowd stripped off their shirts and started a mosh pit.

Drummer Garrett Heath Kruger thunderously pounded the skins and sounded like there were several drummers on stage.

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Antoine ‘Baby’ Harry rocks the blues at the Casino

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The Lethbridge Casino had a  superb blues gig with Antoine “Baby” Harry, Jan. 9 who brought his rocking trio to town to Antoine ‘Baby’ Harry playing the blues. Photo by Richard Ameryplay some energetic blues rock, including a sweet Jimi Hendrix medley and some original music. Harry, singing an a crystal clear tenor voice reminiscent of Buddy Guy and Robert Cray, played his Flying V with taste and restraint, but cut loose with some sweet wah wah  drenched solos which were backed by some outstanding bass playing and some in the pocket drumming. The 25 some strong audience was a lot more exuberant then are usually found in the more restrained Casino lounge. Harry grinned ear to ear as he dedicated song after song to the more enthusiastic members of the crowd.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat, editor

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Highwater Jug Band plays one of their last shows in Lethbridge

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A close to sold out crowd enjoyed the Highwater Jug band’s show at  the Wolf’s Den for the Lethbridge Folk Club’s first show of the year. They are calling it quits to pursue other project as of February.John Rutherford of the Highwater Jug Band. By Richard Amery
Their first set included most of their self titled 2007 CD. Guitarist/mandolinist/ banjo and jug player/vocalist Tim Williams as well as guitarist/jug player and singer Mark Sadlier-Brown, Suitcase James on muckbucket and acoustic bass, clarinet Cedric Blary on an array of woodwinds and drummer/ banjo/ukulele, banjo-uke player John Rutherford pulled out all the stops, a lot of instruments, an assortment of bells whistles, kazoos, bike horns and  plenty of jokes to keep the receptive audience grinning and cheering pretty much every solo.
Williams, Sadlier-Brown and Rutherford traded lead vocals and instruments throughout the first set. Even Suitcase James took lead vocal on a song.
Rutherford  sang, one of the show’s highlights, ‘My Ukulele Helps Me Beat the Blues,’  which appeared in the Hank Williams First Nation movie.
Sadlier -Brown had the crowd laughing during ‘Laundromat Blues.’
The band is calling it quits as of February.

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The real flamenco experience

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For  the real flamenco experience, after Art Stage 2 , Jan. 16 Flamenco guitarist and event organizer Ali Golbabai is putting on a show at the Yoga Rituals studio upstairs from Catwalk.alt
The two dancers, two singers and flamenco guitarist playing during ArtStage 2 will put on the full experience beginning at 9:30 p.m. for the  Arte Performance and juerga or jam session.
“This will be the full spectrum, not a Gipsy Kings thing. You can experience the real thing,” Golbabai said adding while people like Jesse Cook are considered flamenco, there is a lot more to it.
“So we’re pretty excited about it,” he said the performers  were coming from B.C for ArtStage 2  so he decided to give them an additional show to test the  waters for a bigger show  a few months down the road.
“This is a smaller venue. It holds about 60 people, but if this works we might do a bigger show,” said Golbabai who moved to Alberta from Spain, three to  four years ago.
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