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Lethbridge and District Exhibition ready to whoop it up for Whoop up Days

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Get ready for some rodeo fair food and live music because one again, it’s time for Lethbridge to Whoop it up  as a community and check out the new Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre for Whoop Up Days, Aug.22 -26.

The grounds open right after the Whoop Up Days parade that begins at Park place Mall at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22 .

 Thanks to sponsors like  Gas King, admission  to Whoop Up Days is free this year.


The Cody Hall band will be performing a lot through Whoop Up Days. photo by Richard Amery

“Whoop Up Days is meant to create a community. It’s homecoming for a a lot of people,” said Lethbridge and District Exhibition  CEO Mike Warkentin.


 West Coast amusements are already starting to build the midway into Exhibition park with most of the work beginning on Sunday.


There will be a dozen food trucks including the usual favourites and special fair food like Jumbo Ears, with proceeds from them being donated to the Lethbridge  & District International Baseball Association, which runs the Lethbridge Longhorns high school baseball program.


Past Whoop Up Days have usually focused on big name classic rock acts. But this year, all the live entertainment is from Southern Alberta beginning at 1 p.m. Aug. 24-26 on the Original 16 stage in the middle of the midway with headliners Shaela Miller on Aug. 24, Armond Duck Chief on Aug. 25 and Calgary folk/ roots musician T. Buckley on Aug. 26. The New Testaments will get the audience dancing until close beginning at 11 p.m. each night.


 The Cody Hall Band will be an ubiquitous presence at  Whoop Up days. Cody Hall played the official grand opening of the new building and  the band will be will be performing throughout Whoop Up Days including at 7:30 p.m. on aug. 26 at special events including their pancake breakfast throughout the week. The full entertainment schedule is at


“ Whoop Up Days is about community. So this year we’re really celebrating the local music community,” Warkentin said, adding the garden next to the  Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre isn’t ready yet, so the Original 16 stage will be in the middle of the midway.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 August 2023 16:22 ) Read more...

John Wort Hannam entertains appreciative audience at Upside Downtown

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John Wort Hannam was in a playful if not profane mood for Upside Downtown, Thursday Aug. 10 outside casa.

John Wort Hannam and his band at Upside Downtown, Aug. 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Allied Arts Council have been getting excellent crowds for their weekly Thursday afternoon summer festival.

 I missed Bailiey Kate this week, but  couldn’t miss John Wort Hannam last week.


Hannam started his set solo, but apologized for muffing the second song, showing even the pros sometimes forget their own songs.


 That was soon forgotten as he welcomed fiddle player Scott Duncan on stage to play the next  couple incendiary fiddle powered songs including “I Believe,” which left the audience with jaws agape.


 The rest of the band, upright bassist Jason Valleau, drummer Kyle Harmon and keyboardist Steve Fletcher, who all traded solos in between songs while Hannam regaled the audience with stories and a couple off colour jokes about penis puppetry during covid.


 The foibles were forgotten as Hannam bared his heart and shared his soul  for  “Forever Young,” a song about his dad, who passed away from cancer during Covid.


 John Wort Hannam’s earnest  manner and self deprecating humour   brought in the crowd.


 They played a lot from  his most recent album “Long Haul.” Hannam talked about trying to teach his son Charlie, who was selling merch for his dad, during Covid and mourning the fact he was growing up so quickly, and dedicated “Hurry Up Kid,” to him.


 There were a lot of ripping solos for Fletcher, Duncan and even Valleau providing a few bass solos, which were the icing on the cake of an exceptional set which also included a few old favourites like “Church of the Long Grass.”


They ended their first set with my favourite “Meat Draw”  from “Long haul” which reallly should be a hit on country radio.

Friday Aug. 11

Badlands play Upside Downtown at casa, next Thursday, Aug. 24.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 August 2023 09:32 )

Papa King previews new music with new band

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 It is always a pleasure to hear Papa King play the blues.

Papa King playing the blues at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Aug. 12. Photo by Richard Amery


 He played the Slice on Thursday, but I caught the second set of his show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Aug. 12. King played guitar and sang and added percussion.


 King opened the set on cigar box guitar and soon switched to a couple of others delivering gritty blues with his gravelly Dr. John baritone.

 Doug Freeman held down the bottom  end on bass and Ed Johnson added lead guitar licks.


 They opened set two  by doing a fantastic job on my favourite Harpdog Brown song “ Facebook Woman.”


  They followed it up with my favourite Papa King song “ Busy Boy Blues.”


 King gave the audience a preview of some of the songs on his soon to be released new album.

Elmore James’ “Moneymaker” was a highlight of these.


He witched to his “crossbow” guitar for some slower blues.


“ Chocolate” was another highlight.

They wound the second set down with a laid back, groovy version of the Rolling Stones‘ “ Cant Get No Satisfaction.”

The ended with a cover of blues class classic “ I’m Ready.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 August 2023 09:17 )

Waffelhouse bring the pop and a lot of fun for enthusiastic crowd

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 The Slice went pop on Saturday, Aug. 12 with Edmonton based contemporary pop rock band Waffelhouse who entertained an enthusiastic audience of approximately 50 people.


They played a tight, peppy and pop fuelled, enjoyably fun set.


Waffelhouse at the Slice, Saturday, Aug. 12. Photo by Rochard Amery

How can it not be fun when they have songs about toothbrushes and frothy music featuring melodica and kazoo solos.


 The two talented female vocalists harmonized together and took turns singing lead and played beautifully off each other over a bedrock of music which leaned heavily into pop territory but with just a touch of jazz and a touch of ’’80s pop.


They played mostly original material, butt added dded a pretty version of “killing me Softly with my Song.”


 They got a little angry with the highlight “ Fuck That Bitch.”


 They were called back for an encore of “ The Pina Colada Song,” and called it a night.

I missed opening sets from Damian and  Chrome Harvest

 — by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 August 2023 09:09 )

Like Wolf and Golers get loud on a Sunday afternoon

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 The Slice  went punk for a Sunday afternoon, Aug. 13 by bringing back Medicine Hat metal/ punk band Total Wolf and Vancouver punk stalwarts thew Golers to play for approximately 50 sweltering local punks.

Like Wolf at the Slice, Aug. 13. Photo by Richard Amery


Total Wolf were totally amazing.

They reminded me of a more metal Citizen Rage and a little bit of the Rebel Spell in other places.


The Golers at the Slice, Aug. 13. Photo by Richard Amery

 Vocals ranged between almost operatic and emo to straight out barking over ball to the wall riffs and  a few hot guitar solos.


 The bassist held it all together with some intricate licks plus some straight ahead Iron Maiden style galloping riffs.


“ Fuck it All” was a highlight of their set.


 Veteran punk  trio the Golers (Inbred Militia) played an unhinged set featuring shrieking bassist Charlie Goler.

 They were a lot more thrash metal than punk. They played an intense set that pretty much peeled the paint off the Slice’s walls.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat  Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 August 2023 09:03 )
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