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One man band Steve Hill tears things up at the Slice blues style

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 I haven’t made it to a show for quite a while, let alone a blues show, so I was glad to catch Trois Rivieres based one man band/ force of nature Steve Hill’s second set at the Slice, Saturday, Dec. 16.

 I arrived in time for “Don’t Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story,” my favourite of his latest album “ Dear Illusion.”


Steve Hill returned to Lethbridge to rock the Slice, Dec. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 He has done a lot since playing Whoop Up Days in 2015.


Most of the set was new, pure unfiltered mostly original blues rock. Hill howled into the microphone like a man possessed.

 He stomped at a set of drums including a massive bass drum and a pair of snares set at his feet. He must have been playing bass pedals  for the bottom end, and even better, jerked and writhed while smacking a series of cymbals with a drumstick taped to the headstock of his guitar.


 He played some  deadly slide music, giving him a David Lindley feel.

 I only counted 20 people taking in this Juno award winner’s show, so counted myself lucky to be witnessing this tour de force of energy and off the hook musicianship from Trois Rivieres.


“ A few of the many ear bleedingly loud highlights were  “ Turns To Dust ” and another I think was called  “Devil’s Landmark ” for which he switched to a Gibson Flying V.


 He added a hot cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voo Doo Chile (Slight Return.)”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 December 2023 18:20 )

Charlie Brown / Ventures Christmas back for the holidays

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Keyboardist/ guitarist TJ Waltho, bassist Paul Holden, drummer Brad Brouwer and  guitarist  Aaron Trozzo have been enjoying starting their own local Christmas tradition by playing the soundtrack of the Charlie Brown Christmas special, while the show plays on a screen next to them for several years now.


TJ Waltho, Brad Brouwer, Aaron Trozzo and Paul Holden performing a Ventures Christmas at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Dec. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 They’ve since added  a Ventures Christmas component to their show, by playing the Ventures  Christmas  album and a lot more after they’ve finished playing the soundtrack.


 I caught the Ventures Christmas component at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Dec. 16.


 I haven’t been to  a show for a while because of family and illness, but was pleased to catch this one.

The Venture’s Christmas is extremely well done. Trozzo gave the audience the option of having a fireplace playing on the screen or the band burning up a motorhome. They chose the motorhome.


 I’m not a fan of Christmas music, but this show is definitely the exception.

 They played a mash up of assorted ’50s and ’60s riffs, while playing popular Christmas carol melodies during the solo portion  of the song. I recognized the Beatles’ “Day Tripper,” mixed with, I think ‘Frosty the Snowman,’  and ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ mixed with ‘Wooly Bully’ for example.


  Waltho played rhythm guitar for most of the set, allowing Trozzo to play the Christmas melodies, though he did double duty on  keyboards for a couple songs.


They added a great version of the Ventures only original on the album “ Scrooge.”

For a more contemporary flair, they played some Los Strait jackets and. Shadowy Men On a Shadowy Planet’s “Having an Average Weekend,” best known as the theme from Popular ’90s TV Show “ Kids in the Hall.”

 They wound up their set by getting the appreciative audience  into the New Year’s spirit by blending ‘La Bamba’ with ‘ Auld Lang Syne.’”

 There are two more chances to catch  A Charlie Brown Christmas/ Ventures Christmas— Friday, Dec. 22 at the Slice and opening for Hippodrome at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Dec. 23. Tickets are $10 for the Slice show and $15 in advance, $20 at the door for Hippodrome. Both shows start at 9 p.m.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 December 2023 18:03 )

Rock Christmas week metal style

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

 So if you want to get out of the house or if you have family and friends in town for the holidays, there is plenty to do and see.

New West Theatre’s hilarious and heartwarming production of Elf: The Musical continues until Dec. 31. Though tickets are scarcer than a chinook over Santa’s workshop for the shows leading up the Christmas.


 There are also  some impressive holiday light shows.


Danica Sommer debuts her new Alanis Morissette Tribute this week. Photo By Richard Amery

 Glow continues their light tour across the world at Exhibition Park Glow happens in the DA Hall  and KB Hall Thursdays through Saturdays 4-9 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 23-Dec. 31. You can sign up for the time slot you want to attend. 

 There are lights and live local music happening at the event.


  The musical performers will be listed on where you can buy the tickets. Tickets for 16 plus are $16.18 plus fees . Age  4-5 and 65 plus are $12.37 plus fees. Family tickets (2 adults and three children or seniors are available for $58.19 and 3 and under get in for free.


The Nikka Yuko Gardens’ eights annual  winter lights festival continues  until Feb. 24. 

admission is  $13.50 for adults, Five and under can see it for free. The exhibit is open Thursday through Sunday Through December, then changes to  Thursday through Saturday in January and Friday and Saturday in February. Tickets area available at the Bunka Centre and online.

 For Christmas themed shows— take your pick.


Jolene Draper hosts an ugly sweater jam at the Slice on Wednesday, Dec. 20.


 Theatre Outré presents  Home for the Holi-gays  at the Owl Acoustic lounge on Wednesday.


 There are a couple more chances to catch TJ Waltho, Brad Brouwer, Paul Holden and Aaron Trozzo’s A Charlie Brown/ Ventures Christmas.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 December 2023 17:07 ) Read more...

A cornucopia of Christmas and blues and jazz shows this week

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What’s going down in this town? A whole lot of Christmas and a whole lot of jazz and blues.

Keith Catfish Woodrow opens the week by hosting the blues jam at the Slice, tonight, Tuesday,  Dec. 12.

Bailey Kate returns to the Slice, Dec. 15. Photo by Richard Amery

Sheena Lawson and the LoveCats play some jazz music at the Watertower Grill on Wednesday, Dec. 13  from 6-8 p.m.


 After that, Clover Overboard host the open mic at the Slice  beginning at 8:30 p.m., Dec. 13.

 And then the Christmas / holiday shows begin on Thursday, Dec. 14.


 The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society will get you in the Holiday Spirit with their eighth annual Shakespeare Meets Dickens in the casa community room. There will be holiday treats, a reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and plenty of music.

 The evening begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 at casa.


  If you loved Elf the Movie, check out New West Theatre’s production of Elf The Musical, which also opens on Thursday, Dec. 14.

 It runs until Dec. 31. Tickets are already going fast


And Impromptu gets into the holiday “spirits” with  Drunk Queer Prov Ho Ho Holidays edition happening at  Good Times, Thursday, Dec. 14.

 A few days later,  don’t Miss  A Charlie Brown and the Ventures  Christmas.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 December 2023 15:57 ) Read more...

Classical music and university concerts highlights of the week

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University of Lethbridge Students take centre stage this week in University Theatre with several shows happening in the next couple of days.

Today, Dec. 5 ,  the final music at noon recital of the semester features Studio Showcase featuring performances by Madelyn Appleton, trombone; Ashlee Dowdle, horn; Franz Faeldo, tenor; Spencer Kindret, piano; Isaac Risling, piano

Saxophone Quartet - Cori Campbell, Veronique Fortier, Payge Laverdiere, Rayden Wong; Ellie Shifflett, bassoon Jessica White & Steve Yu, marimbas.

 The free concert begins at 12:15.

Fawns return to the Owl Acoustic lounge, Dec. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

 Tonight, a grand night of Musical collaboration features The University of Lethbridge Collaborative Ensemble, Guitar ensemble and U of L Opera Workshop performing at University Theatre  at 7:30p.m.. Admission is also free for this concert.

Global Drums go around the world on  Friday, Dec. 8 in University Theatre. They will be performing Limerick Daydreams ; Phillip Glass’ Aguas da Amazonia  and Rolling Walnuts - A traditional Chinese arrangement 

 Tickets for the concert  are $20 adults, $15 seniors and alumni and $12 children infants and students.


 It’s starting to sound a lot like Christmas, so  the Caritas Chamber Choir will be performing Songs of Hope at Southminster United Church, tonight, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, five dollars seniors and students.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6,  Ron Robb and Randy Epp return to  the Watertower Grill to play some jazz music from 6-8 p.m.

Megan Windle and  Brian Dawydiuk are hosting Pro-Amateur night at Good Times on Dec. 6.


 Tommy Mellor returns to Good Times on Friday, but they are closed for a private event, Dec. 9.

Mandy Fox returns to the Slice to host the open mic, on Wednesday, Dec. 6.


On the weekend, Undefined rock Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday. Bruce Peterson and Ranahan return to Honker’s Pub for a show on Friday, Dec. 8. A New band, Uncle Cranky play a show at Honkers Pub on Dec. 9.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 December 2023 11:59 ) Read more...
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