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New West Arts In the Park Geomatic Attic and Lethbridge Jazz Society Coulee Blues Festival
Sat, Aug 28


Time: 1 -7 

Cover: none 

Geomatic Attic and Lethbridge Jazz & Blues Festival present: Coulee Blues Fest! Come down to the Civic Centre Park (905 6th Ave. S.) for great music, drinks, and food. This family friendly event runs from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm with an incredible lineup of artists: Paul Kype & Texas Flood, Jack Semple, Satellite & The Harpoonist, The Rondel Roberts Band, and Kat Danser & The Tall Tales! Food trucks will be present, along with the beer garden. We encourage attendees to bring a chair with them.

1:00pm: Intro/ MC Andrew Legg
1:30pm: Paul Kype & Texas Flood
2:30pm: Jack Semple
3:30pm: Rondel Roberts Band
4:45pm: Satellite & The Harpoonist
6:00pm: Kat Danser & The Tall Tales

1:30 p.m. Paul Kype and Texas Flood 

 Paul Kype and Texas Flood are  a Lethbridge based blues rock band. 

2:30 p.m.  Jack Semple

Semple grew up on a farm north of Regina, Saskatchewan. He started his musical career playing with various Regina-based bands, and later relocated to Toronto in the late 1980s to become the lead guitarist of The Lincolns, a popular funk and rhythm and blues band. He left the band after  two years and returned to Regina to pursue a solo career and to spend more time with his family. After his move back to Regina, Semple contributed to television and music scores and appeared in the title role of Guitarman, a 1994 television movie. Semple also commenced a solo recording career that has resulted in the release of ten albums. In 1992, Semple came to national prominence through winning the MuchMusic "Guitar Wars" contest. Semple has been twice nominated, in 1999 and 2000, for a Gemini Award for his soundtrack work on the television series Incredible Story Studio. Semple won a Juno award in 1991 for best roots recording. He has won two Western Canadian music awards for "Qu'Appelle" and "In the Blue Light". Semple continues to perform as a solo artist and with The Jack Semple Band, across Canada and now being championed across America!

Jack Semple writes and performs "Modern Blues" without forgetting where he came from. He is an epic guitarist and a soulful singer. His music is like Stevie Ray Vaughn meets James Brown meets Robben Ford. He is a Juno Award winner and Western Canadian Music Award winner.  


3:30 p.m.  Rondell Roberts band

Rondel Roberts Band is an Alberta band who play original music that's easy to move to... - Neo Soul - Urban Alternative - Reggae/Dancehall - Funk - Indie RnB - Groove - Boom Bap 

Tube driven guitar tones, “sweet spot” bass lines, pulsating drums topped with sultry vocals are characteristics that draw listeners to TRRB’s profound songwriting and masterful soundscaping.  

Tube driven guitar tones, “sweet spot” bass lines, pulsating drums topped with sultry vocals are characteristics that draw listeners to TRRB’s profound songwriting and masterful soundscaping  

 4:45 p.m.  Satellite and the Harpoonist

New project from Shawn Hall of The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer. First single 'Ballet in a Phone Booth' is set for release on April 17th, 2020.  

6:00 p.m.  Kat Danser & The Tall Tales 

Kat Danser

There’s a trail that runs from the dead heat of the Mississippi Delta, through the winding alleyways of Havana to the smoky confines of a cigar club in Edmonton. Kat Danser has spent most of her life trawling the backstreets of the blues and her sixth album ‘One Eye Open’ reflects the fruits of her explorations. From an old string band melody passed down from the twenties, to a lyric written the night before the Covid pandemic shut the world down, the past rides shotgun with the present on everything Kat Danser sings and plays. “One Eye Open’ enlarges upon her decades long conversation with the blues and is a testament to the enduring emotional power and relevance of the art form.

“One Eye Open” continues Kat’s ongoing collaboration with veteran guitarist and producer Steve Dawson, and features an ensemble of North America’s finest roots musicians. The core band, comprised of Dawson (guitars), Gary Craig (drums) and
Jeremy Holmes (bass) were not able to record in the same room together, virtually live off of the floor as is their preference, but – as a concession to the times we are living through – had to assemble the album remotely. Yet, even with Kat recording her vocals in Edmonton, and other musicians located around the continent while Dawson directed traffic from his studio in Nashville, the results are as organic, intuitive and in the moment as anything these veterans have ever recorded.

Extensive travel, study and immersion in Cuban culture have left their mark on the songs on ‘One Eye Open.’ The full horn section featured on six of the album’s ten tracks reflects her passion for Afro Cuban jazz and the place where it intersects with traditional
New Orleans music. The section, comprised of Dominic Conway, Jeremy Cook and Malcolm Aiken was produced in real time from Nashville while the players stood 15 feet apart from each other in Vancouver as Kat watched the whole session on Zoom from
her home in Edmonton.

From the road house swagger of “Train Wreck” to the deep, slow blues of “ Lonely and Dragon” to reflective, soulful tunes like the Patsy Cline inspired, ‘Please Don’t Cry’ every track of ‘One Eye Open’ offers a window into blues history and geography. The topical ‘End of Days’ with its confident, Etta James infused vocals was - along with most of the other songs on the album - written in the sanctuary of her favourite cigar shop. Danser explains, ‘I wrote it on the night where Covid really hit home, so it naturally reflects all of the fear, panic and judgment that has marked our lives since.”

In addition to Kat’s original songs, “One Eye Open” features two carefully chosen covers that set the context for her own take on the blues. “Bring it with you when you come” is a song from the 1920’s by Gus Cannon that Danser’s been studying and performing for more than a decade. The upbeat arrangement, swinging vocals and rollicking keyboards - provided by Kevin McKendree of Brian Setzer and Delbert McClinton’s bands- make it one of the album’s most crucial tracks. Similarly, her soulful take of Jessie May Hemphill’s ‘Get Right Church’ is incendiary and truly a song Kat was born to sing. “One Eye Closed” is a punk number that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Stiff Little Fingers record, reminding us of how fluid and resilient the blues can be. Brash and
uncompromising, it is one of “One Eye Open’s” many highlights.

When asked about the ongoing appeal of blues music, Kat Danser offers, ‘the blues gives us a place to bring all of our hope and sorrow.” Raucous and introspective, cautious and hopeful, ‘One Eye Open’ is unforgettable music for an unforgettable year.

As an award-winning performer, Danser has graced the stages of some of Canada’s most prestigious events and venues including the Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina and Edmonton Folk Festivals as well as The Canadian Women in Blues at Massey Hall and the Salmon
Arm Roots and Blues and Mountain View Music Festivals.

Danser and her music have been profiled on CBC Radio, Global TV and newspapers across the country including the Winnipeg Free Press and Vancouver’s Georgia Straight weekly. She’s co-hosted Natch’l Blues with Holger Petersen, been profiled in the influential Penguin Eggs and completed a documentary film entitled Rails & Rivers: Searching for the Heart of the Blues.

In addition to being nominated four times for a Western Canadian Music Award, a national Maple Blues Award and winning the Ambassador of the Blues Award and the Best Independent Blues Album from the International Blues competition, and has recently been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. As if that wasn’t enough, Danser is also a nationally award-winning scholar who has presented at conferences throughout North America. She has also been the Artist in Residence at the EPCOR Centre for the

Performing Arts in Calgary and facilitated music and healing courses for marginalized children and adults. 

1 p.m. Geomatic Attic and Lethbridge Jazz Society Coulee Blues Festival

  • Held at Civic Centre Park, north of 6th Avenue and west of 11 Street South
  • Also part of “ARTS IN THE ARKS” and in collaboration with the Lethbridge Jazz Society this mini-festival will feature an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, soul, R & B and world music. Among confirmed performers are Satellite & the Harpoonist, Kat Danser & the Tall Tales, Jack Semple, the Rondel Roberts Band and Paul Kype & Texas Flood 


Announcing ARTS IN THE PARKS by New West Theatre
Music, Theatre, Dance, Comedy, and much, much more!

New West Theatre is heating up the summer with Arts in the Parks, a summerlong outdoor performance series celebrating performing arts in Lethbridge. 

Each weekend from July 10 to September 11, Arts in the Parks will present convenient, safe, accessible and highly entertaining performances in various public parks throughout Lethbridge. With one marque event each weekend, the series will feature performances from a multitude of local artists, groups and organizations to deliver a summerlong menu of outdoor entertainment for all-ages. All events are free to attend.


Civic Field
11 Street South and 6 Ave South
T1J 4G7
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The park is located behind the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization Centre downtown.

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