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Plenty of blues,roots and rock happening this week

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A cornucopia of roots and blues shows mark an extremely busy week that begins with Charlie Jacobson and ends with the Lethbridge Roots and blues Festival in Legacy Park with late addition Little Miss Higgins.


Charlie Jacobson returns to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Tuesday, Aug. 16. Photo by RichardAmery

Luke James Bruce hosts the open mic at Mojo’s Pub on Monday.


 You might remember guitarist extraordinaire  Charlie Jacobson from his outstanding set at Harpdog Brown’s memorial in May.


The Red Deer based guitarist returns to Lethbridge, Tuesday, Aug. 16 to play the Slice for a special show featuring Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few.

 The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $10.


The Owl Acoustic lounge’s weekly open mic is on Tuesday, Aug. 16. 


If you’re in an alt country mood, Aug. 18 is a rare chance to catch Edmonton/ alt country duo the  Goddamsels, who kick off a quick Albertan tour at the Slice on Wednesday.

 The show begins at 9 p.m.


 It will be an eclectic Thursday.

 Staying in the alt-country lane, local favourites Starpainter play  Rotary Square outside Casa for Upside Downtown from 5-7 p.m. James Moore plays festival square outside    The Telegraph Taphouse  beginning at 6 p.m.


Impromptu’s Drunk Queer-prov returns to Good Times, Aug. 18.

David Gabert, Erica Barr, Mark Ogle, Jon Kirsch and Greg Wilson perform all your favourite improv games beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $15.


The Slice features the Butch Sassidy Burlesque Cabaret with Ruffen Tumble, Easton West, Rip Em, Dayna Hart, Bitch Sassidy and Karla Marx performing all your favourite ear-worms. The show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15.


 For something little more mainstream, this is the last week to Catch the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society’s performance of hamlet.  They are in Galt Gardens at 7:30 p.m., Thursday Aug. 18. They close their run at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19.


 There are a heap of shows on Friday. Redhead Mack aka Kevin  Phillips, brings his Ale Trails tour to Spectrum Ale Works, at 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19.

Ribfest returns to the Enmax Centre parking lot with  live entertainment .

 New West Theatre‘s production of Decades continues at  the Yates Theatre, Wednesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. 



 Saints and Sinners opening Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. followed by  the Midnight Sons  at 6 p.m. and the JDs ending Ribfest at 7 p.m. 

Circle Ridge Country host Honkers Pub”s open mic on Friday at 7 p.m. 


 Lawless Murphy rock Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each night.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 August 2022 08:50 ) Read more...

The Goddamsels explore sisterhood and friendship on debut CD

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The Goddamsels are all about friendship.


 The Edmonton meets Montreal alternative country duo will be playing the Slice, Wednesday, Aug. 17.


 The duo, Montreal based Frédrique “Freddi” MacDougall and Mallory Chipman met while playing with the house band of popular Edmonton venue the Blue Chair, and found an instant connection.

The Goddamsels play the Slice, Aug. 17. photo submitted

 MacDougall was playing with the band  in 2011 and Chipman joined in 2015. They decided to form the Goddamsels in 2017 , finding common inspiration in modern acts like First Aid Kit and country artists Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmy Lou Harris plus the Chicks.


“ I also grew up listening to people like Lucinda Williams,” she said.


  MacDougall loves singing with Chipman.

“It’s great . It’s a lot of fun. I  love the way she can sing harmonies. She sings just the right harmony. She’s so talented,” said MacDougall from Montreal.


“Our voices blend so well together. She sings higher and my voice is lower,” she said.


“For years people said they liked how our voices complemented each other so we decided to start a group together. And then the pandemic happened,”  she said, adding they had just started to write music together. 


“ It’s challenging, but it also opened up a creative space for new narrative in country music,” she said, adding they started working on new music in fall 2020.


“We started working together around the same time I moved to Montreal. So we did  a lot of FaceTime and sending texts with lyric ideas,” MacDougall said.


 In August 2021, they got in the studio with producer Scott Franchuk, who has worked with a lot of popular groups including Scenic Route to Alaska.


“ I do a lot of back and forth from Montreal to sing with her,” she continued.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2022 11:47 ) Read more...

Kobo Town keeps Wide Skies grooving

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Kobotown was the perfect soundtrack to sweltering summer weather at Sandman Signature, Aug. 3.


 The Toronto  band brought a Carribean feel  to the Geomatic Attic’s second Wide Skies music Festival event  in as many weeks.

Kobo Town wound up Wide Skies 2022 in the Sandman Signature parking lot. Photo by RichardAmery


 While I missed Blue and Gold ( Trish Kevin and Ndidi O)and Alameda, the crowd was well warmed up for Kobo Town and dancing in the parking lot.



Kobo Town wound up Wide Skies 2022 in the Sandman Signature parking lot. Photo by RichardAmery

 They had an unstoppable, toe tapping, yet laid back  groove,. They emitted a  beautiful peaceful, loving vibe.


The bassist played in the pocket and  the audience gleefully danced the night awa  their cups overflowing with love and positivity.


A crack saxophonist and a trombonist  added the toe tapping melodies.


 They were called back for an encore, the apt “Summer Light,” as the moonlight beamed over the coulee.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:46 )

Plenty of ’90s favourites with Dylan Delaney in Festival Square

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 Thursdays are starting to hop downtown.


Daylan Delaney singing inFestival Square, Aug. 4. Photo by RichardAmery

 In addition to Upside Downtown, and usually Shakespeare in Galt Gardens, there is also live music in festival square outside Telegraph every Thursday at 7 p.m..

 This past Thursday, it was Daylan Delaney, Aug 4.


 Delaney was howling out impassioned  ’90s alternative rock and pop favourites accompanied by his acoustic guitar.  


You could hear his powerful voice singing all over downtown and into Galt Garden.


 James Moore is on stage tonight at 7 p.m. and Delaney is back, Aug. 25.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:32 )

Biloxi Parish’s Zach Passey plays new songs

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 The slice was also in a country mood, Saturday, Aug. 6.


Zach Passey playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 6. Photo by RichardAmery

 I missed up and coming country duo Badlands, but caught an impassioned solo acoustic set from Zach Passey.


 Passey was testing out some new songs for an appreciative audience.


 He tried out some new songs as a couple from his band Biloxi Parish.


 I only caught the end of his set, but it was an entertaining look into some new material.

— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:19 )
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