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Slicefest and blues and more this week

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Slice is where it’s at this week as they have several special events.

 The first big show is on Thursday, May 12 when they welcome back Chicago via Melbourne bluesman  Michael Charles.

 Charles played the Slice back in 2013. Charles has received multiple Grammy elections (the level below nominations) and has even been inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of fame. He has been in Chicago since the mid ’80s and has released 37 records over the past 38 years. Admission to the show is by donation.

Amy Nelson plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Biloxi Parish and  Kassi Valazza, May 14. Photo by Richard Amery

It is all about the blues at the Slice this week, as things begin with a  blues jam at the Slice tonight, Tuesday, May 10.

 But the big event is a three day , musical extravaganza featuring three big days of music at Slicefest.


 Slicefest begins on Friday with Bailey Kate, Edmonton’s St. Arnaud and Adequate.

 Saturday is a lot heavier with Hell Diablo, Berserker, North Sound and  Suit Jacket Society. Slicefest ends on a more folky note with Chris Drew’s band The Wicked Grins, plus the Decadent Phase and more blues with bluesman Eric Braun. Admission is $30 for all three shows or $10 in advance for individual show or $15 at the door.


Things are hopping all over town all week. But first, in addition to the blues jam at  the Slice, May 10,  Night Moves: The Essential Bob Seger tribute starring Bob Hare is at the Yates Theatre. That show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $70.

 Jazz night is always on Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge always has an interesting week.

Walt Hamburger hosts the open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 10.


The Owl has an eclectic show on  May 14 with local roots rock band Biloxi Parish, Calgary country singer Amy Nelson and Edmonton pop musician Kassi Valazzai. Admission is by donation.

 This week, Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans stop by  the Owl for two stops on their Back to the Bar rooms tour, May 12 and 13. Both shows sold out almost immediately though.

 Two Guys and a Pizza Place are starting to have live music on Thursdays. This week, Luke James Bruce will be performing at 6:15 p.m. He usually hosts Mojos’s Pub open mic on the last three Mondays of the month.

 the Bridgette band plays  Mojo’s Pub, Friday, May 13.


Alana Folkard plays Casino Lethbridge this weekend.

 And Makiisma, Megan Brown plays a solo show at Bread Milk and Honey, May 14 at 7 p.m.


 Over at Honker’s Pub, Train Wreck featuring Breanne Urban hosts the open mic at Honkers Pub on Friday. Usually Honkers’ Pub has an open mic on Saturday, but this Saturday, Honkers owner Vicki Nan Den Hoek celebrates her sixtieth birthday for a private party.

 There is a special fundraising dance  show at the Yates theatre , Sunday, May 15 featuring Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club at 1:15 p.m. They show also features performances by the Bridge Brass Quintet and Interludo String Duo.

Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going towards humanitarian aid.


For drama and comedy, things move up a day at Good Times as Sterling Scott performs Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.

Playgoers of Lethbridge brings back the One Act Play Festival to the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Saturday, May 14.

And rehearsals are in full swing for Hatrix Theatre’s upcoming production of the Gazebo , happening at the Moose Hall, May 25-28.

 Speaking of Hatrix, the local theatre company  is bringing Back the Evil Dead the musical in the fall. They last staged it in 2014, this time.Evil Dead: The Musical! 10th Anniversary necro-Omnicron Edition will be Oct. 20-22, Oct. 27-31.

 Auditions happen this week at McNally Hall, May 12-14 , Come prepared to sing, bring your sheet music and prepare a monologue. Rehearsals will begin at the end of June. . For more information, please message the Hatrix Evil Dead the musical page or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 May 2022 12:36 )  
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