A whole lot of rockabilly and fundraisers going on this week


If you didn’t get enough toe tapping, hip swinging twanging rockabilly with Cousin Harley and MonkeyJunk’s two shows at the Mocha Cabana and the Geomatic Attic, or if they left you wanting more, then this is your lucky week with a pair of talented rockabilly acts standing out with Lethbridge shows.

 Young, up and coming Calgary rocGuy Davis returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amerykabilly quartet Peter and the Wolves rock and roll at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 24. As well, Hamilton’s Ginger St. James promises to be a foot stomping good time at the Slice, April 23.
 There is a $10 cover for St. James, who draws from the spirits of Wanda Jackson, June Carter and Patsy Cline, with  the modern day outlaw sass of Elizabeth Cook. She was curator and front woman of burlesque group the Steeltown Sirens and View magazine named her  best female artist  five years in a row.

 That is competing with a great blues show at the Cave courtesy of the Lethbridge Folk Club , who bring in New York bluesman and actor Guy Davis. He has starred on Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow, has played major music festivals and has been on the Conan O’Brien  show. He tells stories and plays heartfelt Delta blues. His most recent, sixth album is “Legacy.”
 Ticket sales have been very slow for this show. He’s one of these cats who deserve a lot more love than he gets in Lethbridge. Tickets cost $40 for non-member guests (which also includes the annual membership) or $35 for members and students. It takes place at 8 p.m, April 23.

 It is a good week for Delta blues and folk music.
Whitehorse, Yukon musician Gordie Tentrees comes to The Slice, April 24 in support of his brand new album “Less Is More. As a special treat he will be bringing  multi-instrumentalist Jaxon Haldane, who used to play in Winnipeg punk bluegrass band The D-Rangers.
The show begins at 9 p.m.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has Calgary songwriter Mariel Buckley, April 25.
If you want to bang your head to the sound of Southern Alberta metal, be at Inferno, April 25 with classic metal act Obsidian Soul who take the stage with Killage and progressive metal band Accalia at 8:30 p.m. sharp. There is a five dollar cover for the show.

 For more mainstream metal, ’80s metal band Def Leppard play the Enmax Centre with special guests One Bad Son, April 25. If you aren’t going to that and want to rock Australian style. The Lazys, who just finished a tour with Danko Jones, will stop by the Slice, April 25.

On April 26, the Mocha Cabana hosts the 3rd annual MS fundraiser with Kevan Tolley, Adam Tolley HBO3  with Brad Brouwer James Oldenburg and Paul Holden, Bruce Roome, Karen Romanchuk, Devin Gergel and Dale Ketcheson. Tickets cost  $10. The event is 5-9 p.m.


 There  are also a couple of tribute acts at The Holiday Bowl. Vancouver tribute artist Steve Hillis  will be “ Bringing Back Some Memories” by performing the hits of the ’50s and ’60s including CCR and Buddy Holly,April 24 . The next day he brings Basically Brooks to the stage, performing all of Garth Brooks’ hits. Tickets for that show are $20. If you have a ticket for that show, you can get into Bringing Back the Memories  for half price. Both shows begin at 8 p.m.

There are a couple of other excellent events happening as well as the usual events. There will be an MS fundraiser at the Mocha Cabana, April 26 featuring a variety of local talent including Kevan Tolley, Adam Tolley HBO3 with Brad Brouwer James Oldenburg and Paul Holden, Bruce Roome, Karen Romanchuk, Devin Gergel.  It takes place between 5-9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

The other multi-act fundraiser takes place at the Smokehouse, April 25 where a variety of bands including blues band CODA, the Mark Hall band, Killage, Caste of Shadows and Pigs In Space will be among the acts  playing beginning at 4 p.m. An open jam will follow.

If you are in the mood for a little brass powered classical music, The Lethbridge Community band features their brand new band the Brass Choir at CASA for a special show, April 24. the family friendly program will feature a little something for everybody. Selections include Bach’s Fugue in G minor and Passacaglia and Fugue, Eric Whitacre’s Sleep. Included on the program is Anthony Plog’s Animal Ditties IV for brass tentet and narrator, a selection of eight short pieces, each depicting an animal.
 The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 and free for children 12 and under.

 If you missed young guitar whiz Fei Fei du last week, he plays the Mocha Cabana Friday and Saturday for supper.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:40 )