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March ends with a roar

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March ends on a heavier note this week with some key shows happening.
 Elise Roller, who used to sing lead vocals with popular Calgary band Go For The Eyes, shows her heavier side with Winnipeg metal/ grunge band the Solhounds. They make their Lethbridge debut, Thursday, March 31 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. They will be joined by a new project from Jeff Turner, who also used to sing lead vocals with Go For the Eyes.
 A couple of cool shows bring March to a close on March 31.

Calgary rockabilly band the Hi Strung Downers return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge to bring some twang into Spring.
 The Geomatic Attic AttiThe Dirti Speshuls play one of several local shows this week. Photo by Richard Ameryc features four exceptional songwriters, March 31 as Kimberley MacGregor, Matt Patershuk, Mike Stack and Lethbridge’s Ryland Moranz play their songs and help each other out on each other’s songs.

 Calgary psychedelic rock/ folk band Flowshine returns to the Slice, March 31 as well.
 Dueling Pianos returns to Average Joes, March 31 as well.
Over at Casino Lethbridge, country band El Camino are playing both March 31 and April 1.

The Slice has a big local rock show on April 1 with JJ Thomas, Free the Cynics, the Dirti Speshuls and Gabriel Olsen all performing.
 Things will be a little mellower at the Owl Acoustic Lounge as Vancouver based indie rock/ Radiohead inspired band Goodwind Atoms play April 1 with songwriter pat Moloney
And it’s never too soon to plan ahead.

 Local singer/ songwriters Shaela Miller and Mwansa Mwansa are playing a free show at the Slice, April 5 for CKUA’s week long  Touch the Transmitter tour, which will be broadcasted live as part of the Alberta radio station’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Meet hosts Haley Muir and David Ward at 6:30 p.m. with the broadcast beginning at 7 p.m.

And even further down the line, The City of Lethbridge, University of Lethbridge and Enmax Centre just announced the first part of the line up for the Shine On Summer Festival, a special 150th anniversary celebration at the University of Lethbridge,  Sept. 1-3.


Kimberley MacGregor excited to tour with Matt Patershuk, Ryland Moranz and Mike Stack

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The roots of Edmonton based singer -songwriter Kimberley MacGregor’s tour with Matt Patershuk, Mike Stack and Lethbridge songwriter Ryland Moranz  lie in last year’s the Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City.
 The foursome begin their tour together in Lethbridge at the Geomatic Attic, March 31.

Kimberley MacGregor playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge  earlier this year. Photo by Richard AmeryIt’s kind of cool, Folk Alliance is where I met Matt last year. I learned some of his songs and we toured together,” she said.

 She learned some of Patershuk’s songs and accompanied him on his CD release shows in Calgary and Edmonton.

“ And I got to play with him during Wide Cut Weekend,” she said, adding that is the essence of the current tour— having all four songwriters play on each other’s songs.

“For the first couple of shows you’re just getting used to each other’s music. By the end of the tour it comes naturally, but we want it to be natural on the first show of the tour,” MacGregor said.


Elise Roller shows heavier edge with Solhounds

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Elise Roller explores her heavier side with a new musical projects the Sollhounds, which comes to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 30.

Elise Roller is excited to return to Lethbridge with the Solhounds. Photo by Richard Amery
 Roller, who was last in Lethbridge as vocalist/ keyboardist and sometimes guitarist of popular Calgary pop rock band Go For the Eyes, is excited to  sing with the Solhounds.

“ I’m not playing any instruments in this band. I can just focus on singing, which is great because performers tend to hide behind their instruments,” she observed from her new home in Winnipeg, where she has been living for the past four years.

“I hit the Winnipeg groove about two years ago. And I actually love it. They have actual seasons here, Spring , Summer, Fall, Winter, instead of a different season every day,” she giggled.
 She is excited to be part of the Solhounds.

“I met drummer Ian (Clements) at a show and started talking to him. We were friends on Facebook, but didn’t really know each other. Then I saw they were looking for a new lead singer. They had a male singer before and I really needed a new musical outlet so I asked if I could try out. And we meshed so well musically and personally, so it was very organic,” she said.


Devon Coyote bringing some blues back to Lethbridge

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Kelowna based blues rock trio Devon Coyote are  excited to be back on the road after staying close to home for a year.Devon Coyote returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo By Richard Amery

They return to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 23.

“We’ve been playing a lot. But we’ve been playing  close to home because D’Arcy (Booth), our bass player had a baby with his wife,” said lead singer/ lead guitarist Devon  Bjarnason. Drummer Rod Anderson completes the trio.

“We’ve  also been writing new material, but we’re in no rush to release anything,” he continued, adding they have had  a busy winter  playing ski hills and private parties.

“So we’ve been doing a lot of practicing and playing. There’s a lot of ski hills around here, so we’ve had a busy winter,” he said, adding it has been nice to spend some time with family and friends at home.


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