This week highlighted by new clubs, jazz plus open mic for Amnesty International


As per usual, there is a lot happening this week including new  club openings, the jazz festival and an open mic for a great cause today.
  Today, numerous local restaurants are participating in the 15th annual amnesty International  Taste For Justice by donating a portion of the proceeds from today to Amnesty International.
 In honour of that project, Paul Kype and Texas Flood are hosting an open jam all day and night today beginning at 4 p.m. They will be starting mellow in the afternoon and work their way up to total rock an roll all night. Admission is free.

There are a couple cool new regular events happening in Lethbridge for music.
Last week Salem Abraha  oAl Harlow and Prism return to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo By 
Richard Ameryf the Ben Brown Trio started a new open mic at  the Bar One Lounge in the Sandman Inn. Something very cool is afoot at Coyote Joes beginning June 17. Taking advantage of a brand spanking new stage, every Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. there will be live karaoke with Paul Kype and friends. Singers will be able to choose from a list of songs, and will be able to get up on stage and sing them with the band. An acoustic open mic will follow that and a full fledged electric jam will finish off the night.
There are new clubs aplenty  opening this month.
A new dance club called the Republic opens this Friday, June 18 in the old firehall. It features live DJs and three levels of dance fueled mayhem. Doors open at 9 p.m.
 Look for the opening of Owl in the old Mood/O’Riley’s building, June 26. This is the Necessities/ former Henotic General manager Steven Foord’s new club which will be a new acoustic room featuring lunches and live acoustic music. It will help to pick up some of the void in the local arts community left by the closing of Henotic.
There are several choices for great live music this week.
 The biggest event this week is several Lethbridge events connected to the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival. The Contemporary Works Jazz Orchestra featuring special guest saxophonist Pat Belliveau perform at the Slice, June 18.
 The Deep Dark Woods are back at the Slice as well June 19 to cap off a day which begins with an afternoon jazz jam featuring New York guitarist  Nobuki Takamen. He will be playing a solo show at the Blue Note Lounge at Treats that evening.  Renown Lethbridge born saxophonist Vern Dorge plays at  the Slice, June 20. He has played with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Aretha Franklin and Tony Bennett to name just a few. Local country musician Alyssa McQuaid is going to spread her jazz wings down in Medicine Hat as part of the festival as well.

There is also a big rock show at the Eagle’s Hall, June 19 featuring Chief Mountain, Sevendaysin, Frightenstein, The Johnny Rains band and numerous other acts. Tickets are $10.
 Coyote Joes is doing both the rock and the country this weekend.
 Classic rockers Prism (Spaceship Superstar, Armageddon, Take Me To The Captain, See Forever Eyes) are playing June 18 with country musician Craig Moritz. Moritz is playing a solo show the next night as well.
Several acts including Kelliane, Hippodrome and Desert Wind Belly Dancers are playing out in the Park.
 There is even a lot of cool stuff happening on Monday beginning with country musician Sean Hogan at the Mocha Cabana, June 21. He was here a few weeks ago to organize and  play  the ‘Country  For a Country In Need,’ fundraiser for Haiti.
For more outlaw country fans, the Joey Outlaw band play the Slice Monday as well.


— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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