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Rock and roll in Remembrance Day week

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With Remembrance Day on a Friday this year, get ready to party on Thursday night.


Five Alarm Funk return to Lethbridge, Nov. 9. Photo by RichardAmery

 The week opens with a couple of huge shows. Barney Bentall returns to Southminster United Church with the Cariboo Express fundraiser for Youth One on Monday, Nov.  7, opening another busy month for the Geomatic Attic. Tickets are from $30- $50. Doors open at  7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m.


The next night Canadian classic rock icon  Bryan Adams brings his So Happy it Hurts Tour to the Enmax Centre, Tuesday, Nov. 8 Tickets are $124.50, $102.50, $85.50 and are going fast. He is touring in support of his 15th album.


If you’re in the mood to move, then get funky with Vancouver’s Five Alarm Funk who  are guaranteed to entertain you with their rescheduled show at the Slice, Wednesday, Nov. 9. Apollo Suns open at 9 p.m.


 With Remembrance Day, Nov. 11 on a Friday this year Honkers Pub  moves their  open mic to Thursday, Nov. 10  with hosts Saints and Sinners.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 November 2022 10:58 ) Read more...

Plenty of plays and roots music to open November

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I’m going to be on vacation this week on the  Outlaw Cruise West with X, Los Lobos, Social Distortion and Steve Earle and Dave Alvin to name a few,  but there are already a lot of great shows planned in Lethbridge for early November, which I’m unfortunately going to miss. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out.


The Bridgette Yarwood band returns to casino Lethbridge this weekend, Phioto by RichardAmery

There are a couple great plays happening.

 Lethbridge Musical Theatre’s production of 9 to 5 the musical continues this week Wednesday Through Saturday.

 The University of Lethbridge’s main stage production of Dr. Faustus runs from Nov. 1-5 in  the David Spinks Theatre. Also happening at the university,  the Opera Workshop concert is  Nov. 4  in the recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.


 Get social with SAAG and check out their exhibits for one more time before new exhibits are installed, at the second annual SAAG social, Thursday, Nov. 3 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for SAAG members, $45 for non-members including an annual membership for this important Fundraiser for the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.There will be ice cream samples from Milkman Milk Bar, Flamingo Floss cotton candy courtesy Urban Studio Interior Design, beverages from Last Best Brewing and Distilling,  a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and more. The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s poutine bar returns as does Owl Acoustic Lounge co-owner Steven William Foord, who will be performing with  Jess Tollestrup and Lolly Willowes.

Theoretically Brewing hosts a Celtic Jam with Celtic Routes, Nov.  3 from 7-9 p.m.


 Listen to a little classical music as Lunch and Listen returns to Casa at 12: 15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 with  Deanna Oye and Bradley Parker.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 November 2022 10:10 ) Read more...

Barney Bentall coming back to Lethbridge with Cariboo Express for Youth One

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There is no dust on Barney Bentall. He is excited to come back to Lethbridge to bring music and raise money for Youth One as the Cariboo Express rolls into Lethbridge, Nov. 7 at Southminster United Church for the Geomatic Attic.

Bentall had a handful of hits in the ’90s including “ Life Could Be Worse,” and Something to Live For,” but he has evolved into a Juno award winning country and roots musician, who has released two albums this year including “Cosmic Dreamer”, produced his daughter’s band’s album and spends time working up north.


He has been supporting community charities with The Cariboo Express since 2006.

 Lethbridge is among the 10 Cariboo Express shows happening this fall.

Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express return to Lethbridge, Nov. 7. Photo Submitterd


“ We will have local guy Ryland Moranz who’s a just a great musician and  from that area. Ridley Bent, my son Dustin Bentall , Stephanie Cadman  who is an incredible fiddler and dancer and my son’s band who are kind of a bluegrassy band the Blue Wranglers, they’ll be there,” Bentall said. 

This year’s Cariboo Express also features Matt Masters, Wendy Bird, Geoff Hicks, Rob Becker, Geoffrey Kelly, Scott Smith, Geoff Holhorst, Jamielynn Caswell and Dan Fremlin

“It’ll be the usual thing. The shows have always been so fantastic there. It’s just wonderful,” he said.


This Old West‐inspired troupe helmed by Barney Bentall, was established in 2006. Since then it  has become a favourite annual touring event in Western Canada. Building on an Old West-inspired variety show, a typical Cariboo concert features a regular cast of some of Canada’s finest roots and country musicians each taking turns in the spotlight, collaborating, and warming the hearts of audiences with every stop they make. To date, the Cariboo Express has contributing over $2 million to worthwhile local causes.


“It’s a variety show, though that has the connotation of being cheesy, but it‘s not that way at all. There’s just so many artists. And we’re also doing this in support of Youth One which is a great charity there that supports youth. Which Lord knows they need a lot of that these days. So they get song sponsors to contribute to the charity. And we do have an element where my good friend Matt Masters is co-MCing with me and we give intros based on the companies or the individuals who sponsor songs. In which case it becomes a very humourous and entertaining part of the whole show. It‘s just an interesting format that I thought of 15 years now and we‘ve raised well over $4 million for various western Canadian charities by doing this,” he said, adding all the money stays in the community. This will be the third time in Lethbridge for  Youth One.

“What we need to do is just get people. We’re half way there to selling it out and we’d really like to sell it out though it always is well attended,” he said.

He found it easy to get motivated during the pandemic.


“ It was pretty easy. I realized what a time commitment touring all the time is. Music has changed in that for most of us the income stream is mostly live shows,” he observed.

“With streaming, things have changed dramatically. So you have to travel and you have to play and when you take that away, you realize oh my goodness, I  have a lot of time and you’re also not feeling, oh I’d better get out and hustle because everybody else I know is and so it kind of takes off that pressure. And then you find you have a lot of time. I worked on my house, I checked off a lot of items on the list at my ranch and I wrote lots of music. I really attribute that to  the lack of that grind of getting on a plane and flying somewhere. I love live performance, but when you take that away, you have a lot of time,” he said.


 The fruits of that time off the road was two of his own albums and another by his daughter’s Cranbrook based roots act Wild Honey, which has just been released.

“ I’m obviously biased, but I think it’s a great record,” he said adding they are playing some of the B.C Cariboo Express shows.


“It was a productive time musically for me during Covid because we weren’t playing. We weren’t touring. I mean there we some things that did present themselves when the situation relaxed somewhat. But there was a lot of time to write music and produce music and so i just  really enjoyed making Cosmic Dreamer but then I also made Ranch Riders with my friend Geoffrey Kelly from Spirit of the West. And both of these were just nominated for  Canadian Folk Music Awards. So that was really quite gratifying,” he said.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 October 2022 14:33 ) Read more...

Badlands entertain full house with original alt country

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Local country band Badlands rocked a full house at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Oct. 21.


 I really wanted to see the Mayhemingways’s Benj Rowland, but I missed his opening set.


Badlands at the Owl Acoustic Lounge,Oct. 21. Photo by RichardAmery

Badlands, featuring lead singer Ali Stuart, drummer Avery Friesen, bassist Devin Gergel and a lead guitarist singer Brett Stotes , played a tight set of mid-tempo modern country and alt country music showcasing Stuart’s voice.

 Their set was mostly their own material.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 October 2022 09:01 )

Bands as bands lend a hand to Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp

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 Several local bands  got together to play other bands at the Slice for the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp, Friday, Oct. 21.


Witiddenoise plays bands as bands at the Slice, Oct. 21. Photo by Richard Amery

I was looking forwrd to Fawns playing Incubus, but was only able to stay for local synth pop duo Withiddenoise featuring Victoria Nestorowicz (vocals, lyrics) and Nicholas Colyer  *guitar, bass, keyboards, programming) .

They were supposed to play a set of Beach House covers, but also added original music and ’80s synth pop  hits from bands like the Human League and a trance inducing version of the Eurythmics’ “Here Comes the Rain Again.” 


I missed sets by a rebranded Molly the Boy Cat,  Sometimes Always coviering the Breeders and September Crows doing Nirvana.


— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 October 2022 17:52 )
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