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Trevor Panczak previews new music at mayor’s Whoop Up Days barbecue

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 Whoop Up Days opened with a whole lot of barbecues and pancake breakfasts after the parade, Aug. 23.

Trevor Panczak playing the mayor’s barbecue, Aug. 23. Photo by RIchardAmery

 

 One of those was the mayor’s barbecue outside City Hall featuring local country star Trevor Panczak, who was in full swing by the time I arrived. He was playing a song called “When Daddy was a Go To Church Man,”

 

Panczak  and his band were playing a set up uptempo modern country music, and while he had a a captive audience lining up for grub, decided to try out a few new songs on them.

 

 It’s been a while since I’ve seen him, but he had a mostly new set to go with his mostly new band of  steel guitarist Darren Sillito, drummer Ben Montgomery, lead guitarist Trevor Christensen and long time bassist Ray Banman.

 

He played several Panczak favourites like “ Blame It On the Whiskey” and  “Cheap Shades,” which he noted was played on Country 95.

 

A couple new songs including  the catchy “Winnebago” were well received by the audience.

 

He took the opportunity to introduce  his band and let them solo during a hot version of Ronnie Dunn’s “Singer in a Cowboy Band”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 August 2022 15:38 )
 

Papa King and Little Miss Higgins highlights of Lethbridge Roots and Blues Festival

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 Saturday’ Lethbridge Folk  and blues Festival Legacy park.

The Lethbridge Folk Club  took over Legacy Park, Saturday, Aug. 20 with roots and blues music from Southern Alberta and beyond.

 

Little Miss Higgins playing the Lethbridge Roods and Blues Festival, Aug. 20. Photo by RichardAmery

Several hundred people tricked in and out of three stages set all over the park. I caught part of Dr. Lar Bar’s set in the beer gardens first.

 

He was telling stories and singing folk songs accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar.

Ryland Moranz and his band playing the Lethbridge Roods and Blues Festival, Aug. 20. Photo by RichardAmery

 A short walk away on the main stages here most of this summer’s festivals are happening, local blues musician Papa King Cole, with bassist Dog Freeman and  lead guitarist Eric Braun got warmed up for their upcoming B.C tour with a strong set of mostly original acoustic blues music, most of it from King’s CD “Gutted To The Studs.”

 Papa King growled the vocals, stomped a bead and play rhythm guitar.

 Freeman grooved on bass and Braun added perfect solos.

 

 King announced they were beginning their tour in Lethbridge.

They played a lot of the audience’s favourites beginning with “Mellow Down Easy,” which he was playing on a. Cigar box guitar built by former Lethbridgian Darryl Düus, who he will be joining in B.C.

 

 He followed it up with blues classic “Ain’t Got You.” Then they played one of my favourites “ Busy Boy Blues.”

They dug in to their tool box for “Box of Tools,” and followed that up with another one of my favourites “Beale Street Blues,” as King noted it was about a 12 year-old kid who moved to Memphis to avoid the life of a sharecropper.

 

 I left for the refuge of the shady beer garden  during King’s trucking song “ 500 Horses.”

 

 In the beer gardens, rising Edmonton star Amanda Penner breathed heartfelt songs about mental health and relationships from her new CD  “ Honey and Heartache.”

“Bleed” was a highlight.

 

 The main act I wanted to see was Little Miss Higgins, but missed half of it. I rushed back over to the main stage to catch  their set of jazz tinged blues.

 She was playing as a duo with Calgary’s Kris Demeanour. She was playing tambourine and singing as I arrived, but traded that for a guitar to play some vintage 1920s jazz and blues music.

 

Ryland Moranz and his band playing the Lethbridge Roods and Blues Festival, Aug. 20. Photo by RichardAmery

 Their set focused in their new  concept album “Fire Waltz” about her great grandmother Florence’s journey to Canada with her two kids and  the ensuing challenges of settling in with husband, soon to be ex husband Henry.

 They played jazz tinged blues. Kris Demeanor added tasteful solos.

 

 And their stories and  jazzy blues took  the audience right back into the 1920s.

 

Ryland Moranz and his band were getting into their usual solid set of laid back, optimistic folk rock music as I was leaving the main stage.

 

John Wort Hannam was set to close off the afternoon festival.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 August 2022 15:18 )
 

Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival (LEMF) celebrates 10 years this weekend

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The Lethbridge  Electronic Music Festival celebrates their tenth anniversary this weekend in Galt Gardens.

 

The Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival celebrates their tenth anniversary this weekend. L.A. Beat file photo

“ Technically it’s  11 because we missed 2020 because of Covid type things,” said Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival president David Fritz aka DJ Marty Funkhauser, who is excited to go big for the tenth official anniversary of the family friendly rave which features two stages, professional dancers including a a poole dancing demonstration an expanded KidZone bouncy castle and chill tribute tent “chill tent” called the T Bird Lounge which is a tribute to artist Tanner Dietrich, who passed away two years ago featuring her artwork.

 

“ There will be donations and displays for mental health there,” he said.

 

“We were just getting back into it last year. We had a smaller lineup and an all Canadian line up because of travel issues. It just felt good to get it done,” he continued.

 

“This year, because it’s our tenth birthday, we wanted to do something extra-special, so we booked some pretty big names,” he continued.

 

“ We have a bigger sound system and a bigger light syste this year,” he said. 

 

There will be 24 DJs performing  from 10:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Los Angeles’  DJ Dan headlines the Zodiac stage, from 9-11 p.m.

 Before that Chicago raised DJ Colette performs from 7:30-9 p.m.

 

“She‘s a really great artist. She sings over her beats,” said Fritz, who is especially excited about  Joe Nice , who headlines the more drum and bass focused Unified Vibe Luminosity stage at  7:35-9 p.m.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 August 2022 16:35 ) Read more...
 

A cornucopia of fun with Whoop up Days, Taber Cornfest and much more this week

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    There are a couple big events in Southern Alberta this week.

Whoop Up Days opens today, Thursday, Aug. 23 with the Whoop Up Days parade followed by the Mayor’s barbecue at City hall featuring live music from local country favourite Trevor Panczak playing from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Punky Daniels demonstrates a traditional First Nations chicken dance. Whoop Up Days features a powwow, Aug. 24-25. Photo by RichardAmery

There is a powwow and pageant, Aug. 24 and 25. The professional rodeo is Aug. 25-27 at Whoop Up Days this year at 7 p.m. each night at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club. However, there isn’t a lot of live music at Whoop up days this year.

 However, there are a couple of local performers playing throughout the week.

 

Riley McKinnon plays the stage at 1 p.m. , Aug. 23.  Wednesday is Family Day, so admission is $8.99. Otherwise, admission is $15.99 for every other day.

 Stan Ashbee performes a few times. He is on Wednesday,  Aug. 24. at 6 p.m.,  7 p.m., Aug, 26. And  5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

Dan Berdusco performs at 8 p.m., Aug. 25.

 

Stan Ashbee performs at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26 followed by the New Testaments at 8 p.m.

 

Most of Lethbridge’s music scene is performing down the road for Taber Cornfest.

 

 Taber Cornfest is a long standing free festival featuring  rides , games, corn eating contests and lots more.

 It opens Thursday Aug. 25 at 6 p.m.. Dance Images perform at 6:30 p.m., The Mark Hall band play at 8 p.m. and The Bridgette Yarwood band close off the first night at 10 p.m.

Cornfest continues Friday, Aug. 26.

 Richard Betts opens the stage at 2:15 followed by Tanner James, Rooks, Breanne Urban and Detour at 7 p.m. followed by another Simple Solution and Lawless Murphy at 10:10 p.m.

Filipino talent opens Cornfest on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. followed by corn tasting at 1 p.m., a corn eating contest at 1:30 p.m., Ransom Note at 2:15 followed by Suzanne Scott and the Dusty Roads, Hippodrome at 4:45 p.m., Suite 33 at 6:30 p.m., the Plaid Ramblers at 8:15 and the Chevelles winding up the party at 10:15 p.m.

 

The New Testaments Play Whoop Up Days,Aug. 26 on the Troubadours stage. Photo by RichardAmery

 The Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival celebrates their tenth anniversary by taking over Galt Gardens with a heap of DJS spinning beginning at 11 a.m.

 There is an afterparty at Club Lime .

 

Several summer concert series wind up this week. Local country band Badlands close Upside Downtown outside Casa, Thursday from 5-7 p.m.

 And The Allied Arts Council’s  Arts in the parks festivals winds down on Saturday with  Stompin’ in the park— an afternoon festival in Legacy park focusing on country music. Kids in the Parks officially  finishes Arts in the parks in Legacy Park, Sept. 10.

 

 Even Wednesday is busy. Teri Petz returns to the Old Acoustic lounge to host the end of month Poetry open mic.

 

 Luke James Bruce has a busy week. He hosts Mojos Pub’s Monday open mic, hosts The Slice’s open mic on Wednesday and plays with his band the Plaid Ramblers on Saturday at Tabor Corn Fest.

 But there is a lot more happening, especially on Thursday.

 Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few return to the Slice, Thursday, Aug. 25. Jolene Draper opens with a solo set at 8:15 followed by a full band set at 10 p.m. Admission is by donation.

 

 Daylan Delaney returns to Telegraph Taphouse to play your ’90s favourites on the Festival Square stage at 6 p.m.

Theoretically Brewing has live music on Aug 25 as well with local surf band The Atomicos with London, Ontario musician Katherine Fischer and Wendy Colby performing beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $15.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 August 2022 10:48 ) Read more...
 

The Goddamsels sing gorgeous harmonies at the Slice

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Hearing female driven harmonies just make me happy.

 

 Edmonton/Montreal duo the Goddamsels, opened their Albertan tour at the Slice, Wednesday, Aug. 17.

 

 

The Goddamsels playing the Slice, Aug. 17. Photo by RichardAmery

 There’s nothing better than heavenly, cheerful vocal harmonies. So The Goddamsels were just the ticket.

 The duo including Frederique MacDougall and Mallory Chipman backed by Scenic Route to Alaska  rhythm section bassist Murray Wood and drummer Shea Connor and guitarists Kyle Shaboda and Brett Hansen, entertained an enraptured audience, mostly with music from their debut CD “Wayward Daughter,” and a couple of choice covers.

 

 They reminded me of groups like Nathan, the Scissor Sisters and a touch of the Indigo Girls.

 

 MacDougall and Chipman sang stunning vocal harmonies, beaming all the while. 

 

Electric guitarist Brett Hansen smiled and danced as he delivered  apt solos ranging from twangy country to more ambient. Kyle Shaboda held down the rhythm on acoustic guitar , but added  the odd tasteful acoustic number on  the more folk inspired numbers.

 

 Their second set included a lot  from the album including “ Catch Myself,” and the upbeat highlight “Sorry,” plus a couple new songs and just for  soothing different, a cover of ABBA’s “ SOS.”

“Everybody loves ABBA. and if they say they don’t,” they’re lying,” MacDougall quipped by way of an introduction.

 

 They played a beautiful set. One of may heartfelt highlights was  a song I think was called “See You Later” the last track on the album.

 

 They followed that up with a beautiful cover of Big Sugar]s “ All Hell For a Basement., as Brett Hansen switched from his blue Jaguar for a red Gibson hollowbody for the rest of the set.

 They ended with “ See You Next Time,” the last track on their album.

 

Their tour continues in Calgary, Aug. 18, Red Deer, Aug. 19, Wayne on Aug. 20 and ends in Blairmore, Aug. 21.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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