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Rap and roots music are the order of the week this week.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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Friday, March 28, 2014

This Week in Live Entertainment
Friday, March 28, 2014

January goes out with a bang this week.
Sunday, February 02, 2014

Lethbridge Live Events Preview
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Rap and roots music are the order of the week this week.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Posted at 10:31:49 PM by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Rap and roots music are the order of the week this week.

 There are two big rap shows happening this week.
 The first one is presented by MASE One and CKXU. Females strut their hip hop chops  during Can She Kick it? Yes She Can which features Calgary’s Nki Louise and Role Model performing with local acts Pzeudo, Sam MacKey, Mwansa plus Emma Ladoceur and Dr. Drea spinning the beats and special guest DJ NickName. It takes place at the Army and Navy Club ( 5127 5 Ave South) and begins at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $8 in advance from Blueprint, Boarderline, CKXU and B.O.B Headquarters or $10 at the door.

 The other big rap show happens, April 11 at Studio 54 as Winnipeg duo the Winnipeg Boyz  featuring  Jon C and Charlie Fetteh of  Winnipeg’s Most stop by. Lethbridge’s Myriad ( LRev and NoEdic) , Slick and KJ & Dha-Q will be opening the show. Tickets cost $20 but 50 per cent of all sales go to  help at risk youth.

It is also a great week for roots and blues music.

Local alternative country act Dave McCann and the Firehearts release their new CD April 12 at the Geomatic Attic. Doors open at 7 p.m., with tickets  costing $22.50

At the same time on April 12 the Lethbridge Folk Club brings back  Montreal based bluesman Michael Jerome Browne to the Moose Hall, April 12 beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for members, $25 for non members.

Wellness through Living present a fundraising concert for  the building of a Life skills Training centre and community kitchen, April 11. Juno Award winner Derek Miller, who has won two Junos in 2003 and 2008 and toured wit Buffy St. Marie will be performing at the Southmnster United Church with special guests Dave McCann and the Firehearts. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $50.

 There is a lot of local roots and country music this week beginning with the Lethbridge Folk Club’s open mic at the Wolf’s Den, April 11. Karen Romanchuk returns to the Mocha Cabana this weekend to play April 11 and 12.

 Local country band Blacksmith plays the Slice, April 12. There is a five dollar cover for it.

 Also in the rock vein, Calgary alternative folk band the Ashley Hundred play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 11. They use traditional instruments like the glockenspiel, banjo, mandolin and whatnot to make ambient folk tinged indie rock along the lines of the Decembrists, the Shins and Arcade Fire.

In a slightly similar vein Jesse and the Dandelions return to Lethbridge to play indie rock at the Slice, April 11 with the Provincial Archive.
Lethbridge’s the Juxtaposers return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge return to the Owl this week as well to play original classic rock inspired music along the lines of CCR, on April 12. For more straight ahead classic/ modern rock, Soup of Flies return to Casino Lethbridge to play April 11 and 12.

 And  a pair of my favourite blues people return to the Slice this week to play a Thursday show, April 10. The Perpetrators’ Jason Nowicki and Romi Mayes will be celebrating Mayes’ birthday with some blues tinged rock and roll. There will be a $10 cover.

 And if you want to play some jazz music, HBO3 returns to the Slice to  host the monthly jazz jam at the Slice, April 9.
 Three new open mics have started out in Lethbridge.

On April 7,  The Onion began an open mic on Monday nights beginning at 9 p.m. hosted by Devin Gergel and Evan Herbst.

 And the Soundgarden begins a new open mic, April 9 every Wednesday as well. Bo Diddley’s has also started open mic night again. They are going for Thursday nights from 7-10 p.m.

Lethbridge improv troupe the Drama Nutz also bring back their uncensored improv night this week.

 They perform all of your favourite improv games at Club Didi on April 9. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.. There is a $10 cover.

 and last but not least on a more serious note, University of Lethbridge student Lauren Crazybull premieres her new audio documentary “ Finding Clarity: Working Towards Reconciliation in Southern Alberta” an audio documentary funded by University of Lethbridge community radio station CKXU and LPIRG which examines the subject of residential schools and their impact on the community and on community members.
It premieres  April 16 at CASA at 7:30 p.m. It will be broadcasted live on CKXU 88.3 FM, the doors open at 6 p.m., the event begins at 6 p.m. and  the documentary airs  at 7 p.m.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor


This Week in Live Entertainment

Friday, March 28, 2014
Posted at 10:52:04 AM by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

March ends with a roar this week. The next few weeks are an embarrassment of riches for live music lovers.

Some of the highlights this week include Canadian folk icon John McDermott, who performs at the Yates Theatre, March 31. He is best known for his rendition of Celtic classic “Danny Boy,” but has been recording for 20 years.

 The Geomatic Attic hosts some excellent traditional Celtic music, March 29 with Ireland’s Caladh Nua. Tickets cost $27.50. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp.

Other highlights include a lot of comedy.

Newfoundland born, Calgary based comedian Trent McLellan performs at the Yates with Randy Webb, March 28 and the Owl Acoustic Lounge has a popular comedy open mic on March 26— the last Wednesday of the month.

There is a lot of country and roots music this week as well. Country star Travis Tritt comes to the Enmax Centre on Wednesday, March 26, while the same night local roots/ jazz/ folk act The Junkman’s Choir is “ Kilting Up ” for Cancer at the Slice, March 28.

The Bryant Watson Duo play their own roots and folk at Ric’s Grill, March 28 and Shaela Miller and Treeline return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 29.

B.C roots/ rock and roll band the Steve Brockley Band return to Lethbridge to play the Slice, March 29 with Gillian and Ryland Moranz.

There are also a couple of excellent blues shows with Paul Kype and Texas Flood returning  to the Slice, March 28. And Winnipeg bluesman Big Dave McLean returns to the Slice,  March 31. He never gets the turnout he deserves, so if you want to hear some fantastic acoustic blues and lots of great stories, don’t miss McLean.

It is also a great week for local jazz music with HBO 3  at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 28, several solo gigs from HBO3 member James Oldenburg at the Cotton Blossom Lounge on March 27 and  Herb Hicks returning to the Mocha Cabana on the weekend.

For something a little different, the annual Pretty, Witty and Gay cabaret takes place at the Yates Centre, March 29 at 9 p.m.  Tickets cost  $20 or $35 for the Castrati combo, which also includes admission to electro-drag opera Castrati at  Club Didi, March 28. It winds up a week of “queer”  events all over town.

Also for something different The Slice brings in Australian electro act Kid Mac, who performs with a full band on March 27.

This Week in Live Entertainment

Friday, March 28, 2014
Posted at 10:49:18 AM by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Things pick up again this week in Lethbridge — like there’s ever a slow week in Lethbridge.

This week, Lethbridge community radio station CKXU 88.3 begins their annual FunDrive, running March 21-28.

FunDrive is an annual fundraise station member volunteers do every year to help promote CKXU and raise money for the essentials needed to keep the station operational. This year’s theme is “Boost the Signal.”
 While they have a lot of events planned next week, they go country for the big kick off event at the Slice, March 21. Treeline and Shaela Miller will be performing plus several local bands including Planet Telex, St. Country Creep, Colonial Angus and  and Cosmic Charley, will be trying their hand at country music as well.

There is a huge mainstream country show taking place at the Enmax Centre coming up as Travis Tritt plays, March 26
 Admission is $15. The show is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

If you didn’t get enough St. Patrick’s day celebrating done over the weekend, there are a couple more shows this week. Rock out with your kilt out with the Mudmen, a dual bagpipe juggernaut out of Toronto who return to rock Lethbridge with pipes at Average Joes, March 22. The other big St. Patrick’s Day celebration is for a good cause.  Kilt up for Cancer with the Junkman’s Choir takes place at the Slice, March 26.

There are a couple excellent blues/ jazz shows this week as well. My favourite Albertan bluesman Marshall Lawrence returns to Lethbridge, March 22 with a full band to play the Slice. There is a $10 cover.

Celeigh Cardinal, who has done several Lethbridge shows with Andrew Scott, returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge with her own band, March 22.

 There are numerous excellent local shows throughout the week as well.
 Also, Alyssa McQuaid returns home to play the Mocha Cabana, March 21-22.
There are a couple excellent  rock shows including Toronto based band the Seas playing with Lethbridge’s the Mormon Girls at the Slice, March 20.

An excellent rock show takes place just outside of town at Sidelines in Coaldale where Glorious Sons, whose song “White Noise” is getting a lot of airplay plus special guests Teenage Kicks, will be performing. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a$15 cover.

 Even further down the road, in Fort Macleod, another one of my favourites, musical comedy trio the Arrogant Worms return to Southern Alberta to play the Empress Theatre, March 20. The Arrogant Worms  have been making audiences laugh since 1990 with songs like “ the Last Saskatchewan Pirate,” “Canada Is Really Big”  “ I Am Cow, and newer songs like their ode to Rob Ford “Local Politician.”  They get a lot of  airplay on CBC and had several minor hits including “Jesus’ Brother Bob” and “Don’t Go Into Politics”  and “Carrot Juice Is Murder.”
Tickets cost $34.50 each. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. They release their next album “Space” this month.

January goes out with a bang this week.

Sunday, February 02, 2014
Posted at 7:32:35 PM by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

There are a lot of great shows happening this week, most of them at the Slice.
Vancouver keyboard powered indie rockers/ progressive rockers Bend Sinister play the Slice, Jan. 29 by putting their own stamp on keyboard  powered ’70s style progressive rock of the ilk of Queen and Supertramp.

 In a similar vein, local band the New Weather Machine return to the Slice with pianist Jesse Plessis, Feb. 1.

 Former Winnipeg blues rockers the Perpetrators drummer Scotty Hills plays a solo show at the Slice, Jan. 30. He will be showing his more pop and R and B side with a set of original music.

 And if you love living in Southern Alberta,  you have something in common with Vulcan/ Nanton roots/ county band Tin and the Toad who officially release their new CD ‘Roots We Ramble On’ at the Slice, Jan. 31 with special guests Rancho Deluxe.

As always the Owl Acoustic Lounge has some excellent shows with Zachary Lucky returning on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and one of my favourite Calgary blues/ roots musicians Erin Ross returning, Jan. 31. Local songwriter Amy Bronson is also back home for a couple of weeks. She will be performing  with Joal Kramps,

 Feb. 1. The Mix Lounge at Ric’s Grill brings back the Bryant Watson Duo on Jan 29 . James Oldenburg has his regular Thursday gig at the Cotton Blossom Lounge, Jan, 29. And the Mocha Cabana brings back piano man Dana Honey on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. If you want to rock, local rock band Unzipped play Casino Lethbridge, Jan 31 and Feb. 1. For something completely opposite to all of that, the University of lethbridge and Lethbridge Symphony are combining  students and resources  to bring Mozart’s renown opera ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ to the Southminster United Church, Jan 31 and Feb. 1 for their fourtth Masters Series presentation of the season.  The Three hour long production is fully staged and performed in English by a 22 member vocal cast and 28 members of the Lethbridge Symphny Orchestra.
The belvioed opera has soemthing for fans of comedy, romance, action and, of course, beautiful music.

Master Series tickets range from $20 - $75, and are available at or by calling 403.328.6808 between 1- 5 p.m. Flexible subscription packages are still available, and audience members age 15-29 can sign up for the LSO Access Pass and receive further discounts.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Lethbridge Live Events Preview

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Posted at 4:03:05 PM by Richard Amery

There are a lot of excellent shows this week, not to mention and impressive variety of music. The big show of the week takes place at the Yates Centre with Los Lobos and special guests, Leeroy Stagger and his band. They play the Yates Jan. 23

 There is a big metal show at the Moose Hall, Jan 25.
 Several metal bands will be playing including Black Pestilence, Path to Extinction, local bands the Avulsion and the Morbidly Depraved and Death Pledge plus Vythrak and Descending Abomination.' The all ages show begins at 6 p.m.. There is a $10 cover.
Death Pledge is also featured in a day long local band showcase at  the Smokehouse.

 This  huge show begins at noon with Dory and the Weathermen followed by Death Pledge, local grunge/ alternative band Fox Eyes, blues band the Johnny Rains Band, Danny Douglas, Automic, rock band the Raw Dogs, pop-punk band Open 24-7,  traditional First Nations folk duo Curt Young and Young Medicine.
Classic rock blues band Driving While Blind, Temple City and classic rock band Undefined who wind things up around 6 p.m. Each band plays for 30 minutes.

 There is no cover for the show. An open jam session will follow. In a similar vein, classic rock band the Chevelles rock the Casino, Friday and Saturday.

For something completely different, Calgary based classically rained electro pop band Sidney York play the  Slice, Jan 25. They are touring in support of their new CD  ‘Hearts <3s’ There is a $10 cover for that show.

The Slice also has a really different show which was just announced.
 Quadra Island, B.C. based one man band Shane Philip returns to lethbridge to play the SLice, Jan. 23.

 He plays a multitude of instruments, most prominently three didgeridoos, and uses them all to blend blues music with   a touch of reggae, some world music and  rock and folk music.

 Tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the door for the show, which begins at 9:30 p.m.

 For jazz buffs, Herb Hicks returns to the Mocha Cabana, Friday and Saturday. And James Oldenburg plays his regular gigs at Ric’s Grill, Jan. 22 and the Cotton Blossom Lounge on Thursday, Jan. 23. Sheldon Arvay plays an acoustic show at Ric’s Grill with his band on Jan. 25.

The Owl Acoustic Lounge has some great talent from Edmonton on the weekend, Evan Uschenko’s new band the Palmers play their debut gig of old school rock and roll inspired music at the owl Acoustic lounge, jan. 24 with Edmonton songstress  Cayley Thomas.
And Edmonton folk singer Alex Vissa returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 25.

One of Saskatchewan’s best up and coming bands Johnny Don’t will be blending indie rock with a touch of jazz and R and B and just a touch of funk at the Slice, Jan 24.

The Blue Ridge Mountain Country Society has their monthly afternoon jam session on Sunday, Jan 25 as well beginning at 1 p.m. It is one of many regular open jams happening in Lethbridge.

 And if you want to bang your head ’70s style, don’t miss Hamilton based riff rockers Monster Truck, when they roar into  Average Joes on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Tickets are $20 for the show which begins at 9 p.m..

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Lethbridge Live Events Preview

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Posted at 11:06:25 AM by Richard Amery

This week is mostly about local music and one big country-pop  act.

Cowpuncher’s Matt Olah. Cowpuncher returns to Lethbridge, Jan. 18. Photo by Richard Amery

The big mainstream country show features Mobile, Alabama country-pop band the Band Perry, known for mega-hits ‘If I Die Young,’ ‘Done’ and ‘Better Dig Two’ plays the Enmax Centre, Jan. 16. The Band Perry show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45-$80 or $179 (plus fees) for a Pioneer VIP experience including a pre-show acoustic performance, pre-show party with refreshments,  the Band Perry  tour poster and merchandise and a VIP laminate.

There are a variety of  different local acts performing this week. Sheldon Arvay and Scott Kanashiro will be playing classical music as the Fire Guitar Duo at Ric’s Grill, Wednesday, Jan. 15. Cal Toth returns to Ric’s Grill on  Jan. 18.
Karen Romanchuk will be playing her brand of folk and country music at the Mocha Cabana on Friday and Saturday.

 Toques and Beards play their unique rock music at the Slice on Han. 17. Also James Oldenburg has his regular Thursday gig at the Cotton Blossom Lounge. And local rapper Aerosubtle performs at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Jan. 17 with El Chupacabra.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge also features local band the Juxtaposers featuring Taylor Ackerman, Tyler Bird and  Don Cassell on vocals and guitar. He has a raspy, Creedence Clearwater Revival sound to his voice.
 Over at the Casino, local rock band Soup of Flies will be rocking the joint on the weekend, Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 . And don’t forget Steve Keenan is hosting his blues jam at Honker’s Pub, Jan. 17.

 There are a lot of open mics as always including the weekly Friday jam at Jimmy’s Pub and the Saturday afternoon open mic at Studio 54. Of course, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features their open mic every Monday and the L.A. Beat open jam on Wednesday.
 The  Slice has their weekly open mic every Tuesday.

 There are a couple cool prairie acts coming to Lethbridge this week as well.
Just announced, Panda/ Unicorn clad Moose Jaw based pop tinged indie rock trio PandaCorn aka Megan Nash and Brodie Mohninger plus drummer Ryan Schnell play the Slice on Jan. 16 with local alternative rock band Advertisement. PandaCorn released their  first CD ‘Synthesis of Opposites’ late last year.

 And even better, Calgary country band turned indie rock band Cowpuncher return to the Slice, Jan. 18. They have just released their latest CD ‘Ghost Notes.’ There is a $10 cover for the show.

 There is a huge event at the University of Lethbridge as well. Frostbite.2.snow takes place Jan. 17 on campus.
It features a rail jam competition beginning at 1 p.m. and live music after the event in the Zoo  beginning with Gray Area at 7 p.m. Gray Area, Calgary rock band Nikki Valentine & The Gypsy Ryders at 8 p.m., indie rock band Foam Lake, at 9:30 p.m. Vancouver blues duo Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer at 10:30 p.m. and Winnipeg hip hop crew the Lytics at 12:30 a.m.. Admission is $20 for the whole day or $10 for just the music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Lethbridge Live Events Preview

Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Posted at 3:19:01 PM by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Things pick up a lot this week. A couple big gigs are happening.

If you like the blues, don’t miss Winnipeg bluesman Big Dave McLean at the Slice, Jan. 9.

McLean is the patron saint of most of Winnipeg’s blues community and always puts on an excellent show of mostly acoustic delta blues music.

It is a good week for blues music in general.  Paul Kype and Texas Flood play the Slice, Jan. 10. That same night, Steve Keenan hosts a blues jam at Honker’s Pub.

There are also several locla jazz gigs this week with James Oldenburg playing  the Mocha Cabana on Jan. 10 and 11. He is also playing the Slice’s Jan. 8 jazz jam with HBO 3 and his regular Thursday night solo gig at the Cotton Blossom Lounge.

Murray Nelson begins his afternoon gig at the Round Street cafe on Friday, Jan. 10. He will playing a  set of instrumental classical music at 11:45 a.m.

There are also several roots gigs  with Pete Watson and Joel Bryant playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 10.

 the Lethbridge Folk Club is also back this  week with Calgary bluegrass band Go Ask Earl and opening act Common Ground.

 Go Ask Earl features Jack Loree on resonator guitar, Bruce Leinan (fiddle, vocals), Carolin McBrien (guitar, vocals), Keith Uyeno (upright bass, vocals) and Brad Lindberg (banjo, vocals).

The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members which includes a membership for the year.

 And, Blue Rodeo is playing the Enmax Centre on Jan. 12. they have been playing together for close to 30 years. They have just released their latest Cd ’In Our Natures.’

Also on that Sunday, Jan. 12, Average Joes  brings back Eagles’ Tribute Hotel Caifornia.

 For folk with a more punk edge, check out Winnipeg’s Greg Rekus at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 13. He always puts on energetic fun fueled shows with a lot of activity on stage.

Also on Jan 13, the Lethbridge Folk Club has a special show featuruing Banff based roots band the Wardens.

If you like dance music, local theatre comapny  Theatree Outre opens the new location of their theatre the Bordello to 517 A 4 ave South. They open with a  dance party featuring DJ Didi, Jan. 10.

Ric’s Grill  opens 2014 with  Bridgette Yarwood performing on Wednesday, Jan. 8 as well as  Sheldon Arvay and his band playing,  Jan. 10. Cal Toth returns to Ric’s, Jan. 11.


Lethbridge Live Events Preview

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Posted at 11:20:23 AM by Richard Amery

It is another excellent week for local shows leading into Christmas. Toques and Beards are back to play a show with the Juxtaposers (Taylor Ackerman, Tyler Bird and Don Cassels) at the Slice on Dec. 19. That is competing with Golden based rock band Willhorse who return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge Dec. 19 with Vancouver Island based songwriter Rolla Olak. Also in the rock and roll vein, local band the Mormon Girls officially release their debut cassette, yes you read that right cassette tape with betterhalf at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 20. If you really want to bang your head, Edmonton sludge rock trio Black Mastiff are back in town to rock the Slice with the Void, Mormon Girls and a great new local band called Advertisement. Tickets are $10. This is the official cassette release party for the Mormon Girls.

If you like something a little more jazzy, more mellow and a lot of fun, check out  Edmonton’s the Rooster Davis Group at the Slice, Dec. 19. They feature David Aide tickling the ivories Dr. John style, special guest Ann Vriend and trombonist Brad Sigeta, who used to play with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. It will be lots of fun if you like jazz music and lot of upbeat keyboards.
The other excellent jazz gig this week is the always awesome Herb Hicks Jazz Quartet, who play the Mocha Cabana, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21. And Cal Toth is playing the Mix Lounge at Ric’s Grill, Dec. 21 as well. And the Cotton Blossom Lounge in the Lethbridge Lodge is also bringing in jazz music on Thursdays now James Oldebnburg plays  from 5-11 p.m., Dec. 19.

There are also couple excellent roots and country shows this week with Shaela Miler and Treeline playing the Slice, Dec. 20 and the Matt Robinson band with Rusty Klok playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 21. More mainstream country fans will want to check out the Dean Ray Band at Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 20-21 as well.
For something more cultured, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra winds up a three day run of Les Miserables at Southminster United Church, Dec. 17 and 18.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Lethbridge Live Events Preview

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Posted at 1:38:32 PM by Richard Amery

Things are starting to slow down again in Lethbridge again, but there are several local shows worth checking out this week, most of them early next week.
But this week, The Highway 3 Roots Revue Tour featuring the music of  southern Albertan musicians Dave McCann, John Wort Hannam and Leeroy Stagger begin their annual winter tour of Alberta with stops in Lethbridge, Coleman, Calgary and Edmonton. The tour begins at the Slice, Dec. 12. They will be playing their own songs and playing on each other’s songs. Tickets are $20. The show will begin at 8 p.m.

The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra has something special for their third Masters series show of the season— they are bringing the world renown musical Les Miserables to the Southminster United Church. A fantastic cast of 40 including talented performers like Jessica Ens, Mark Campbell, George Gallant, David Mikuliak and Jordana Kohn (appearing courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association) will be performing the musical based on the Victor Hugo Novel. It is set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
Ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.  It features the songs ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, ‘Bring Him Home,’ ‘One Day More’ and ‘On My Own’
It runs in Lethbridge at the Southminster United Church Dec. 16-18. The show begins at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are going fast.

If you missed the Junkman’s Choir this past week and playing for the Lethbridge Folk Club on Saturday, Dec. 7, catch them, Dec. 14 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. The Owl also features George Arsene and Tyler Bird, playing roots and country music, Dec. 13.
If you want to rock on the weekend you want to be at the Slice. CKXU has their annual Christmas party on Friday 13 with Santa and local bands playing  their own takes on popular Christmas carols and much more.
And There is a big local rock show at the Slice, Dec. 14 featuring Johnny G and the Spots playing psychedelic rock plus the Ruby Plumes, the Yeah Dads and an excellent brand new alternative rock trio called Advertisement. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. There are several excellent shows early in the week beginning, Monday, Dec. 16 when Vancouver circus rock/ folk band  Blackberry Wood returns to the Slice.
If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, Tenore will do the trick at the Evangelical  Free Church, Dec. 17 with the Lethbridge Choir. The show is 7-9 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church (4717 24 Avenue South). Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door $10 children 14 and under.

- By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor 

Lethbridge Live Events Preview

Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Posted at 12:24:40 PM by Richard Amery

It’s starting to feel like Christmas with snow on the ground and Christmas music in the air.
 It is also the season for Christmas concerts for good causes.
 The big one is Dec. 6 when the Huron Carole comes to Southminster United Church to raise money for Lethbridge’s food banks.
 It features stories, songs and ‘Tomfoolery ’ with Tom Jackson, George Canyon, Beverly Mahood, One More Girl and Shannon Gaye to raise money for Lethbridge food banks including the Interfaith Food Bank, Lethbridge Food Bank and the Kainai Food Bank in Stand Off. The Huron Carole begins at the Southminster United Church at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6. Tickets are available through the Ticket Centre for $45 or $95 for the VIP package.

If that isn’t enough to  get you in the Christmas spirit, the Lethbridge Community Gold band conducted by Ken Rogers and the Silver Band conducted by Samuel Yakamoto plus Vox Musica under the tutelage of Glenn Klassen will be performing their annual Mayor‘s Christmas Concert, Dec. 7 at Southminster United Church. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. They will also be collecting donations for the Interfaith and Lethbridge Food Banks. 
Also for fundraising, world class violinist Rivka Golani is playing a fundraising concert at the University of Lethbridge in honour of  highly respected Elder and cultural leader Joe Crowshoe Sr., so all proceeds will go to the U of L’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit bursary fund. The performance begins at the University of Lethbridge Recital Hall at 8 p.m., Dec. 6.
 Tickets are $70 or $65 for seniors and alumni.

Average Joes is hosting a lot of  late announced shows lately. This week they welcome back Vancouver based pop/reggae singer Daniel Wesley on Dec. 5. He is touring on his latest CD, ‘Ocean Wide.’ He has also been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for his song ‘Fuel to Fire.’ There is no cover for the show.
For something completely the opposite to that, drunken deviant and Canada’s most famous party animal, the Deaner of FUBAR fame will be in town to rock Studio 54 with Calgary rock band Shelbi,Dec. 7. Advance tickets are $20.
 That is going to be a busy block, Dec. 7 as around the corner at Inferno, Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly returns to town to rock the place with Vancouver rapper Johnny Dilemma.
 Around the corner from that, Calgary folk/ rock singer Savk will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge in support of his new CD ‘Love Letters and Hate Mail.’ The Jung People are also on the bill.
 Things get started early in the week with classical music as Jesse Plessis plays Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Radiohead at CASA, tonight, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.

Things get a little country and maybe a touch dirty when Washboard Hank returns to the Slice, Dec. 4 with his wife Sweet Muriel and Lance Loree. Admission is $10.
 For people who want to laugh, The Drama Nutz host a comedy open mic at Jimmy’s Pub, Dec. 5. They also perform  Uncensored Improv, Dec. 4 at the NAAG Gallery. And Yuk Yuks comedy returns to  Average Joes, Dec. 6 with  Sam Easton, Jeff Kubik and host Randy Webb. The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. 
The Lethbridge Folk Club also returns this weekend with the Junkman’s Choir performing folk, blues, country and jazz music at the Moose Hall, Dec. 7. Admission is $20 for Folk Club members and $25 or non-members. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp with opening act Dale Ketcheson. He also plays the Mocha Cabana, Dec. 6. Karen Romanchuk returns to the Mocha Cabana, Dec. 7.
 If you like to rock and roll, local band Soup of Flies play Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. And don’t forget all of the open mics happening in Lethbridge. Steve Keenan hosts a blues jam,  Dec. 6, Jimmy’s Pub has their regular open mic on Dec. 6 featuring blues/ southern rock band Driving While Blind as well while the Folk Club hosts their bluegrass jam on Dec. 6 in the Wolf’s Den.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor


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