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Keenan Pezderic shows falsetto with Shallow Lilac and TJ Waltho at Owl

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 They Owl Acoustic Lounge has been proceeding cautiously in light of Covid, so just announced their weekend line-up pretty much the day before they were to play.


Keenan Pezderic playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

 So I caught Keenan Pezderic playing as Shallow Lilac with help from TJ Waltho playing the Owl’s house piano, Saturday, Jan. 8.


Pezderic was centre stage paying drums and singing.


He wound up his last set of hits with a  soulful version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In the Dark,” and showed off his falsetto on  Prince’s “Purple Rain,” before calling it a night  with a beautiful version of the Beatles’ “ Hey Jude.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 January 2022 13:25 )

Mark Hall band brings country hits to Casino Lethbridge

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It was great to be out and about covering shows. I haven’t been out for almost a month, but made a point of checking out the Mark Hall band at Casino Lethbridge, Saturday, Jan. 8.


 There wasn’t very much of an audience and no dancing allowed.

The Mark Hall band at casino Lethbridge, Jan 8. Photo by Richard Amery


And my timing was off, so I only caught a couple songs from guitarist /vocalist Mark Hall, drummer Raz Bruce and bassist Jack Horne and lead guitarist Eric Braun, filling in for Gabe Thaine.

But the Mark Hall band, with special guest Eric Braun playing lead guitar, played familiar ’90s country hits and classic rock regardless.


 They took a break after playing the Band’s “The Weight.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 January 2022 13:14 )

Covid claims live film festival but winter festival and lots of live music is happening this week

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Covid has claimed another live event.

 The Banff Centre Mountain Movie Festival at the Yates Theatre, Jan. 14, however the online event is still happening. Details are available at

Eric Braun hosts Honkers Pub’s open mic, Jan. 14. Photo by Richard Amery


 YQL Winterfest will have nice albeit windy weather.

 There will be live music, storefront windows painted with winter themes, custom hot chocolate and a whole lot of fun  activities planned, Jan. 14-19

Live music is at the centre of the event which begins Friday, Jan. 14 with Karen Romanchuk performing at Rotary Square outside Casa at 5 p.m.

 Adequate will get funky on Rotary Square, Saturday, Jan 15 at 2 p.m.


 Live local music begins tonight , Tuesday, Jan. 11 as Winnipeg folk punk musician Greg Rekus returns to Lethbridge to host the Owl Acoustic lounge’s weekly open mic tonight at 8 p.m.


 Over at the Slice, Gabe Thaine hosts  a blues jam with sign up beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Slice features mid -week live music, Wednesday, Jan 12 with Scott Davidson, John Matthews and Brandon Vandoorn performing at approximately 8 p.m.

The Owl has cancelled this week’s jazz jam for Wednesday.


 However Audio/Rocketry’s Jo Vickers, The River Jacks’ Spencer Jo and Danica Sommer are still performing on Friday, Jan 14.

 The show begins early at 8 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 January 2022 12:14 ) Read more...

YQL WinterFEST to warm up winter with music and hot chocolate

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Tourism Lethbridge is making the most of a wild winter, Jan. 14-19 with  the YQL WinterFest 2022.


“It’s a family friendly event. And even though the forecast looks like it will be warming up, bundle up,  get ready to enjoy some live music and make the most of winter,” advised Tourism Lethbridge marketing director Stephen Braund.

Winterfest is Jan. 14-19.


“People say the third week of January is the most depressing. So we want to get people to come outside instead of staying inside with people being depressed. And with omicron, we wanted to keep all of our events outside,” he continued, noting none of the events are weather dependent.

“We were more worried about extreme cold,” he said.


“We’re really excited about the music especially.”

Karen Romanchuk plays Jan.14 at 5 p.m.


 Adequate plays an afternoon show on the square, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. Steve Keenan is unable to play on Jan. 15 but there will be another act to be announced.

“I was really impressed with the Upside Downtown concert series at Rotary Square during the summer,” he said.

“ I’m really looking forward to Adequate. They will really get you moving,” he said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 January 2022 15:15 ) Read more...

Open mics and rock and roll this week

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Things cautiously start to pick up after the  holiday season.



Open mics are at The Owl Acoustic Lounge on Tuesday, and the Slice on Thursday.


America’s Got Talent contestant  Cam Clark hosts Honkers pub’s open mic on Jan. 7. He will be playing an hour long set first.

 JD (Jackie French, Jasmine Mitchell and Danny Douglas) host the Saturday afternoon open mic beginning a 5 p.m.


 Just down the road, the Mark Hall band return to Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7 and 8.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 January 2022 09:49 ) Read more...
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