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Barrell full of blues and a cornucopia of classical music this week

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Things slow down slightly this week. 

There are open mics at the Owl Acoustic lounge on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday Dec. 7 at the Slice.


The Owl Acoustic lounge hosts their comedy open mic on Wednesday, Dec. 7. 


If you want to laugh, comedian Sammy Ray Benty is  performing at Good Times, Dec. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15. 

The University of Lethbridge continues a busy few weeks of performances.

The U of L Opera Workshop  perform Sondheim: A Celebration in the University Recital Hall, Friday, Dec. 9. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors/ alumni , $12 students /children. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.


 Also in the classical music Christmas vein The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra gets into the holiday spirit at Southminster United Church as they bring a little “Holiday Magic” to the stage, Sunday Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.  and Monday, Dec. 12 at 7p .m. Expect to hear all of your Christmas favourites with special guest baritone  Michael Hope.Tickets range from $25-$80.


 Racket are back at Casino Lethbridge to make some noise this Friday and Saturday.

Adequate return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage this weekend. Photo by RichardAmery


If you missed the Mark Hall band at Casino Lethbridge last weekend, they will be playing Honkers Pub, Friday, Dec. 9 beginning at 8 p.m.. Coda Lite host Honkers Pub’s open mic on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 December 2022 14:56 ) Read more...

Red Hot Hayseeds swing western style at the Owl

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It’s always a different show and a different lineup when Calgary roots/ western swing revivalists the Red Hot Hayseeds return to Lethbridge.


Frontman Tyler Allen had three beautiful singers, including vocalist, guitarist Dayna Lyn Moritz,  Rikki J Browne, and the multi-talented Sydney Zadravec yodelling and singing while plucking her upright bass. Drummer Matt Dawe held down the rhythm and  clarinet, bassoon player Cedric Blary added extra  jazz inspired musical colours.


The Red Hot Hayseeds returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 25. Photo by RichardAmery

 They added a little  gospel on Abilene, which had a couple couples two-stepping.


 Tyler Allen  introduced  “ Bye Bye Blues”  was among the songs that were older than the audience’s grandparents.


And they looked the part, like they just stepped off the stage of the Grand Old Opry, dressed in vintage western clothing and cowboy hats.


 They played a lot of Bob Wills era western swing covers and a few originals.


 All of the band members got  a spot in the spotlight.

Cedric Blary laid down a tasteful clarinet solo on “ Fats Waller Homage”  “Louisville Fairytale.” 

Rikki J Browne sang lead on “ Bye Bye Blues.”


 Zadravec yodelled and played her bass on “I Want to be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart.”

 They wound up their show on a humourous note  as Allen stripped off his shirt, danced on the edge of the stage and wandered into the audience for their popular original about tired audience request tropes called “ Play One We Know.”

—By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2022 16:47 )

Hi Tops bring sleazy rock to the Slice

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The Slice welcomed  Calgary based rock band the Hi Tops to cap off a night of local country and ’60s rock music, Nov. 25.


The Hi Tops at the Slice, Nov. 25. Photo by RichardAmery

 While I missed The Decadent Phase and Chris Drew, I was in time for an intense set of contemporary rock and roll along the lines of Buck Cherry, the Dirty Nil and a touch of AC DC.


 They also had a few Guns n Roses moments.


Overall they had a strong early 2000s alternative rock feel to them. They played a tight set of original music which had a touch of Jimi Hendrix and punk energy.

They played.  big, loud , catchy riffs and a few striking solos.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2022 16:31 )

My Son Ted add Celtic spirit to Lethbridge Folk Club

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 The Lethbridge Folk Club welcomed Calgary Celtic-folk band Calgary Celtic band My Son Ted,  formerly known as Tir na n’Og to the Lethbridge College Cave, Saturday, Nov. 26. The six-piece band played a variety of original and traditional Celtic - folk songs.


My Son Ted playing the Lethbridge College Cave For the Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 26. Photo by Richard Amery

The sextet had a small but enraptured audience sitting on the edges of their seats with sprightly pipe solos and beautiful vocal harmonies.


 They played a few originals in the last part of the show that I caught but mostly Celticized popular covers of classics like Pink Floyd‘s “Wish You Were Here” and Simon and Garfunkels’ “ Cecilia” which showcased their vocal harmonies and some fine fiddle playing. 


They also showed off multi-part vocal harmonies on a revamped version of Hank Williams’ “ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”


 They explained their band name, saying they borrowed it from a Bruce Springsteen song “Mrs. McGrath,” which they played.


They wound up their show with a solid original suitably  called “ Where the End Begins,” written by their piper and acoustic guitarist in 2013.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2022 16:16 )

This week already sounds a lot like Christmas

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It‘s already looking a lot like Christmas and I’m not talking about the snow and cold weather.

Biloxi Parish return to the Slice, Dec. 2. Photo by RichardAmery

 This week features two big Christmas concerts at the Enmax Centre.


Tonight, Nov. 29, Tom Jackson, And Tom McKillip  brings  Stories, Songs and Santa Causes to the Enmax Centre to raise money for local charities. Tickets are $63 and $74, The Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Quebec born, Medicine Hat raised Country singer Terri Clark brings her first Christmas show to the Enmax Centre,Thursday  Dec. 1. Tickets are $59 and $71. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

 The Amy Bishop Christmas Special is at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod, Dec. 2. Tickets are $25. Tickets are $35.


The Lethbridge Community Band’s 29th annual Mayor’s Christmas Concert is Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The Lethbridge Silver and Gold bands will be performing with special guests the Alegre Choir directed by Kathy Matkin-Clapton . Admission is $15 for adults. As always, the event is a fundraiser for the Lethbridge Food bank and Interfaith Food bank.


 Global drums is also getting in on the Christmas action as they bring A Heavy Metal Christmas  at the university of Lethbridge Theatre , Friday, Dec. 2.This year's concert features the Zimbabwe Marimba Band, plus the Brazilian Samba, Steel Bands, Percussion Ensemble, and Chamber Percussion Ensemble. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and Alumni and $12 students and children.


On Sunday, Dec. 4, the Collaborative Ensemble Concert will be in the university  Recital hall at 7:30 p.m.


Also Dec. 2, the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival society present  the Johnny Summers Christmas Special at Southminster United Church. Summer is  a multi-instrumentalist, trumpeter, arranger, vocalist and composer who o brings his talents to the post of director of the Calgary jazz Orchestra.The show begins at 7 p.m.  Admission is free for those under 18, $10 students and Seniors and $20 for adults.

A little later in the month TJ Waltho , Aaron Trozzo, Paul Holden and Brad Brouwer bring their annual Charlie Brown Christmas and A Ventures Christmas to  several local venues beginning with an early show at Spectrum Ale , Dec 17. They will be at the Owl Acoustic Lounge that night and they will be at the Slice, Dec. 22.


Also looking ahead, The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society presents Shakespeare meets Dickens at Casa, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Christmas show to several local venues including an early show at Spectrum Ale, Dec. 17 and at the Owl Acoustic Lounge later that night. They will be at the Slice, Dec. 22.


If it’s too early to think about Christmas, then get ready to rock this week.

The Owl Acoustic lounge’s weekly open mic is tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 29.

 Paul Holden and James Oldenburg return to the Watertower Grill to play some jazz music,  Wednesday, Nov. 30.

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