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Titanic undertaking to help LSCO programming this week at the Yates

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 If you’ll pardon the easy pun, putting on the musical version of the Peter Stone penned / Maury Yeston composed Tony Award Winning musical of the Titanic, is a “Titanic” undertaking.Director Fran Rude works with actors Jessica Ens and Aaron Tyslan during rehearsals for the Titanic. Photo by Richard Amery
 The LSCO fundraising presentation happens at the newly renovated Yates Centre, Oct. 18-20.

Including crew, there are over 120 people involved in the production from all walks of life and of varying theatrical experience from people who are brand new to the stage to people to whom the stage is like a second home.

There are familiar faces from Hatrix, Shakespeare in the Park, Playgoers of Lethbridge LMT and the U of L and even New West Theatre veterans, plus people who have never on stage before and people who haven’t been on stage for a while.
“Ken Rogers and I won’t put on any musical that isn’t outside the box,” said director Fran Rude who is directing a cast of 39 plus working with Rogers to organize an orchestra of 21 and  a chorus of 42.

“Go big or go home,” she said.
“It isn’t anything like the movie, emphasized Rude, who is excited to piece the entire show together during “Hell Week.”

 Instead it is based on the book “ A Night to Remember,” by Walter Lord and Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck.

“That‘s important because it is based on interviews with the survivors and their descendants,” Rude said.

 She is excited to welcome James Robinson back to the stage as E.J Captain Smith.
“As soon as I decided to do this, I had James in mind for the captain. We haven’t been on the stage together for 30 years when we were in South Pacific together,” she said.
“I wanted to be involved because wanted to work with Fran,” said Robinson.


Edmonton artists all over Lethbridge this week

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It is another great week for roots and blues music in Lethbridge, not to mention a great week to hear Edmonton musicians play Lethbridge.Major Love have a CD release party for their self titled CD this week. photo by Richard Amery
 Edmonton blues and folk musician Kat Danser and the Tall Tales plus Steve Dawson play the Geomatic Attic, Thursday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $37.50. The Edmonton musician just finished her PHd and has released a long awaited new  CD “Goin’ Gone.”
Carter Felker returns to Lethbridge on Tuesday for a special show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 16.

Also in the county vein, Winnipeg’s Sean Burns returns to Casino Lethbridge with Grant Siemens and the Windy City Band.
 Burns sticks around town for Sunday, to play a matinee show the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
The Slice has a big blues show on Saturday with Colorado’s Johnny O Band beginning at 8 p.m.

 But it’s not just about blues and roots this week. Both the Slice and Owl Acoustic Lounge are holding pot legalization parties on Oct. 17.
The Owl features a prohibition party including a screening of “Reefer madness” followed by a the jazz jam hosted by HBO3 and Josh Davies.
 The Slice goes rap for their pot legalization party as SDKs Blaze ON3 with Katy L and NKI Louise plus local support from Sammy and the Fiend, Heavy Knowledge, Trey Mark, HayZe, Vosh, War Ready and DJ Stevie Heavy and host F Bomb. Admission is $10.

Thursday will be fun. With Kat Danser at the Geomatic Attic. But the Smokehouse features a big punk show with Victoria’s No Liars and local band the Hockey Moms and metal band Chernoff. There is a $10 cover.
 And the Zoo over at the U of L starts a new Thursday night open mic beginning at 8:30 p.m. Ian Morrice host the Slice’s Thursday open mic this week.

 The Slice features a slice of Edmonton rock on Friday, Oct. 19 with Edmonton rock band Upsidedown Town with Nicholas Rage and the Beaumont, Alberta punk band Gentlmans Pact.


Jesse and the Dandelions’ new CD “Give Up the Gold” more stripped down

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Edmonton musician Jesse Northey is excited to come back to Lethbridge with his band the Dandelions and his fourth CD “Give Up The Gold.”Jesse and the Dandelions return to Lethbridge this week. photo submitted
“I recorded it with Nik Kozub from Shout Out Out Out Out,” Northey said, noting the CD was released, Sept. 7.
 He plays the Owl Acoustic lounge with  Amy van Keeken and the Utilities, Oct. 20.

“It’s been really well received. I’ve been really impressed. It’s getting played a lot on CKUA. It’s been really nice,” said Northey who brings the Dandelions — keyboardist Dean Kheroufi, drummer Connor Ellinger, bassist  Dan Sedmak and guitarist Travis Sargeant to back him up as he sings and plays guitar.

 Hen noted the new CD sounds similar to the ambient indie rock of his previous works.

Northey noted Kozub suggested the new music be stripped down to the essentials.

“Nik was really great to work with. He was familiar with the sound I wanted and suggested a lot of the music be stripped back, Northey said, adding while he had to give up some control, it also gave him some freedom.


Kat Danser coming back to Lethbridge with PHd and new CD

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It has been a long, long time since we’ve had new music from Kat Danser. She released her fifth CD “Goin’ Gone‘  three months ago and it has since gained excellent reviews, chart positions and airplay on CKUA.Kat Danser returns to Lethbridge , Thursday, Oct. 18, to play the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard Amery
“The album’s been sitting in my basement since 2017. I wanted to finish my PHd. I’ve been studying  folk and string band music from  the 1920-40 for the past six years. I’ve been spending a lot of time down south and I’ll be going back to Nashville and Memphis to deliver my dissertation,” Danser said  from Edmonton, where she teaches American Pop Music History at both the University of Alberta and Mount Royal University.
“ But I couldn’t do both— release an album and finish my PhD,” said Danser She brings her band The Tall Tales including guitarist Jimmy Guiboche, bassist Chris Brzezcki, drummer Kelly Kruse and special guest Steve Dawson to the Geomatic Attic, Thursday, Oct. 18.

Steve Dawson will also be performing an opening set.
Complicating matters was having to undergo surgery related to turning 50.

“I had to get an embolization and a hysterectomy, which brought on menopause early. I’ve lost 135 pounds deliberately since you last saw me,” Danser said.

 In the process she rediscovered her love for punk music.
“I went to go see Joan Jett. And she’s 70 and looks great and is still rocking. She had one foot on the amp and yelled ‘I don’t give a fuck about my bad reputation.’ She’s 70, she’s in great shape and still rocks and I asked myself ‘why can’t I do that,’” she said, adding that lead to taking a heavier bent on the new album.

“I’ve definitely moved away from solo blues.  For the first time I didn’t record one gospel song for the album,” she said.
She recorded the CD in Nashville with Steve Dawson for his record label Black Hen records.


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