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Local stars to shine bright for Rotary Club Sunrise with Starlight Lounge

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The stars will be  shining bright for the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise as Fran Rude and Ken Rogers bring  “the Starlight Lounge,” back to the Yates Theatre, Oct. 12 and 13.

Fran Rude and Ken Rogers bring back Starlight Lounge for the  Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise. Photo by RichardAmery

“This time it focusses on the three Bs— Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Michael Bublé,” said Sunshine Rotary Club co-president Don Robb.


 This will be the third iteration of Starlight Lounge, which was part of the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival at the Sandman Signature in 2016 and a fundraiser for the LSCO in 2015 at there Yates Theatre.


“ It looked like a fun project to do that is a good match for some different age groups,” Robb said.


 Adding the proceeds will help fund a variety of  projects including the lunch program at Westminster School, youth camps, a plethora of youth projects and  to help the new sexual assault centre.


The event  features an 18 piece band including five saxophones, four trumpets and four trombones and a full  rhythm section of piano drums, bass and guitar.


“It’s typical for a big band concert,” said music Ken Rogers.


 “ There are a lot of great players. They are all gigging musicians and people I’ve worked with before,” he said , noting they start rehearsing on Sept. 25.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 September 2022 08:28 ) Read more...

Blues and children’s festivals a highlight of first week of September

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Soak up the last month of summer with two more festivals for  the first full week of September.

Steve Pineo plays the Lethbridge Roots and blues Festival this weekend. Photo by RichardAmery

 Get the blues in Galt Gardens with The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues festival’s  Jazz And Blues in the Park. , Saturday, Sept. 10.


 Juno award winning nominated singer/ songwriter Joann  Borromeo is top first at 2 p.m. followed by local funk favourites Adequate, Calgary bluesman Steve Pineo is on at 5 p.m and fellow Calgarians Natural twenty groove at 6:30 p.m. There will be food trucks and a beer garden and much more.


 At the other end of the city, there is fun for thew whole Family as the Allied Arts council winds up their Arts in the Park summer concert series with kids in the park in Legacy Park.

 The band formerly known as Karen Lewis and Pam perform at noon.


 And get a head start on October with Oktoberfest, Sept. 9 and 10 which returns to it’s original home outside the Telegraph Taphouse. Tickets are $12.62-$16.93


 But there is a lot more happening.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s Tuesday open mic features Brandon based roots rock musician Mitchell Makoons.


The Slice has an eclectic show, Wednesday, Sept 7 with Spencer Jo, folk band Ghostly Hounds and Wily Big Bull. There is a $15 cover.

Calgary based singer songwriter Marcus Trummer returns to the Slice, Friday, Sept. 9.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 September 2022 12:23 ) Read more...

Moon Runners and The Rainbow Patrol return with new psychedelic music

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A good sized crowd got a sneak preview of Frankenfest 2 at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, Sept.  Richard Charlton kicked off a busy weekend with Rainbow Patrol, who played their first gig since 2019.

They welcomed new bassist Jacqueline to the stage to hold down an intricate groove, while dancing all over the stage and into the audience.


Rainbow patrol playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 2. They will be at Frankenfest 2 tonight (Sept. 3). Photo by RichardAmery

 They played an energetic set of alternative rock and stoner rock. Charlton and the drummer Travis Arnoldussen took turns on lead vocals with Arnoldussen snarling out vocals from behind his kit.

 Charlton sang into two microphones for the more melodic vocals.. He also traded guitar licks with  guitarist  Chris Arnoldussen who was playing the more spooky, psychedelic arpeggiated passages.

In addition to the new bassist, they also had new songs to share including the catchy “Apocalypse Now,” which Charlton dedicated to all the bald head villains.


Charlton punched away a a keyboard as his compatriot soloed. 


Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 September 2022 11:33 ) Read more...

Whoop Up days dubbed a success despite rain, construction and less music

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Despite inclement weather, ongoing construction, and a trimmed down music program, organizers are calling Whoop Up Days 2022 a success.


Exhibition park CEO Mike Warkentin talks to media abut Whoop Up Days 2022. Photo by RichardAmery

 They are already planning for next year including putting together a music program.


Lethbridge Exhibition park Chief Executive officer Mike Warkentin noted 23,000 visitors passed through Exhibition Park gates for the popular summer fair.

Whoop Up Days takes over a year to plan, so  there wasn’t much of a music program this year.


“Its a really big missing piece of Whoop Up days. It’s an important component,” said Warkentin.


“ Music will definitely be part of it next year,” he said.


He said they will be planning a bigger music program for Whoop Up Days 2023.


“ It’s an important part of the experience,” he said.


“ When we were planning for this year it was in the middle of Covid and we didn’t really know what was going to happen,” he continued, adding construction of the  Trade and Convention centre on the site, meant  a little less parking and less room for the festival on the site.


“After construction, there will be a storm pond area that can be converted into an amphitheatre,” Warkentin said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 September 2022 14:15 ) Read more...

More than one way to rock in September

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There’s more than one way to rock for the long weekend as we usher out August and welcome September.

 There are two big events on the weekend.


Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few play Rocking In the Park Redux, Saturday. Photo by RichardAmery, L.A. Beat Editor

 The rescheduled Rockin’ in the park Redux is at the Nicholas Sheran Park, Saturday , Sept. 3 with Midnight Channel, Biloxi Parish’s Zach Passey and Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few.


 Rotten weather  meant the Arts in the Park series got off  to a rocky start at the beginning of summer, but sunny skies are predicted for this rescheduled free concert, which begins at noon.

 The other big event is Frankenfest 2, at the Creepy Hollow haunted house in Warner beginning at 10 a.m.

A variety of local bands start playing at noon including Misfits tribute 138, Tyrants of Chaos, Decadent Phase, Dead Army. The Plaid Ramblers, The Wicked Grins, Switched Off, Fawns, Makiisma, Rainbow Patrol and District Attorney Dallas.

Admission is $30. Tickets are available at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, the Slice, Josee’s, Catwalk as well as at the gate.


 Swift Current progressive rock band the Moon Runners have also been added to the bill.

 If you can’t get out to Warner,  The Moon Runners are also playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge with the Rainbow Patrol, Friday, Sept. 2. Admission is by donation.


There is a lot happening earlier in the week 

 There is an open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge tonight, Aug. 30.

Local percussion duo the duo have an album release party at Casa at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. Admission is free.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 August 2022 13:05 ) Read more...
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