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Johnny Reid explores his love for soul on Revival tour

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Every thing is big about Scottish born/ Toronto/ Nashville based crooner Johnny Reid’ latest tour in support of his Juno nominated album “Revivial.”

Johnny Reid brings his Revivsal Tour the the Enmax Centre, March submitted
“It’s a big band and a big sound. We have three horns, three backup singers, bass, guitar and  drums.It’s going to be really exciting,” said Reid from a tour stop in Red Deer, one of many stops including plenty of smaller centres.

“That’s what I like to do— bring the music  to the people. When I was growing up, my dad was away a lot and I never got to see a lot of shows,” he continued.

“It’s going great. Response has been amazing. Jessica Mitchell  will be opening with a quick acoustic set, then us. Glass Tiger will play a medley of their hits and we’ll play a song we wrote together ‘Wae Yer Family,’” he said adding they have been friends for a long time as he produced their new album Their frontman Allan Frew is also from Scotland.
“We have that in common. They’re a bunch of great guys. And they’re really talented. We recorded their new record together. They were wondering what their next step was so I suggested reimagining their hits,” he said.

 He noted his show will focus on the new album.

“I really like this album, so I’m going to play a lot of songs from it,” he continued, adding he has been blessed to have a lot of popular songs, so also plans on including as many of them as possible.
Reid is honoured to be nominated for a Juno award for the album.
“It’s never been about the awards, but it is nice to be legitimately recognized by my peers. It means a lot that It‘s up for album of the year” he said.


CKXU embraces space for FUNDrive 2018

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 University of Lethbridge based community radio station CKXU 88.3 is shooting for the stars for this year‘s “Cosmic Frequencies” themed FUNDrive.Adrianna Smith models some of the Cosmic Frequencies swag for the 2018 FUNdrive. Photo by Richard Amery
There will be a variety of original local programming from 7 a.m. to midnight every day of FUNDrive, March 16-23 and special events happening in the community and on campus to help reach this year’s $30,000 goal.

“We set that goal every year, but we never reach it, but we’re reaching for the stars this year,” enthused CKXU program director Adrianna Smith.
This year’s FUNdrive funds will be used to develop a new state of the art website.

“A new website costs tens of thousands of dollars. It will offer limitless programming and podcasting and more which will allow listeners to access CKXU programming at the times that work best for them,” said Smith, who can be seen wandering around town dressed as an astronaut with other dedicated volunteers to help spread the word about FUNDrive.
“If you see astronauts wandering around campus and downtown, come up and say hi. We’re not scary. We’ve been getting a lot of strange looks and people asking to take pictures with us. If you say hi and take a flyer from us, you can take all the pictures you want,” she continued.

DJs will be asking their listeners for pledges in exchange for some cosmic swag including T-Shirts, crew cut sweaters, knit pins and patches, special habanero ghost pepper Hot Sauce a special compilation CD of local and touring acts who have recorded special sessions in the CKXU lobby. And of course the CKXU Friends Card which gives the owner discounts at a cornucopia of local businesses.

 Individual DJs have planned their own giveaways including specialized music compilations, baked goods, handicrafts, concert tickets and more. Every pledge over $25 gets you entered in a draw for  “Taste of CKXU” package including gift cards from friends and all the CKXU mix tapes. First time donors are entered in a draw for a swag pack from previous FUNdrives and early birds who donate before March 16 through are entered in a draw for some very cool prizes including two passes to South Country Fair, a weekend pass for the Blueberry Bluegrass Fest in Stony Plain, a ticket to summer solstice in Edmonton and more.

The fruits of the last three FUNDrives were dedicated to a new transmitter and long awaited signal upgrade, which will take effect in a few months, allowing everybody in the city as well as out to Taber and close to Claresholm to hear CKXU’s unique brand of programming and music you won’t hear on mainstream radio stations.

Station manager Aaron Trozzo noted the proceeds from most of the last four FUNdrives went towards the signal upgrade including all of 2014,15 and 16 and some of last year’s event.


Think Scottish for St. Patrick’s Day this year

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Though St. Patrick’s Day celebrations  are afoot this week, this week has a real Scottish flair to it, with return visits to  Lethbridge From Scottish celtic punk and the Real McKenzies and Scottish born soul man Johnny Reid among this week’s highlights.Juanita Devos Michelle Couper a from the Windy City Medieval Faire are excited about their St. Patrick’s Day Interactive Murder mystery “Kill me I’m’ Irish” at the Galt Museum at 6 p.m. March 17. Photo by Richard Amery
But first get ready to bring your best swing dance moves to the Slice, March 14 as this month’s edition of the Windy City Opry features Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves and Shaela Miller Band.

 The Real McKenzies play their annual Lethbridge pre-St. Patrick’s Day party, March 15 at Bullys Entertainment Centre.
 They will be joined by Edmonton ska/ punk band The Raygun Cowboys. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show will be done by midnight.

CKXU’s annual Fundrive kicks off with several big events this weekend.
 The official “launch” for this year’s cosmic frequencies themed Pledge drive begins at 6 p.m at SAAG. There will be special Theoretical Brewing CKXU  Extra Terresti-ale and live music a with Galactic Space Punk and Boogie Houser.

 After that there is an after party at the old Firehall featuring Calgary post punk band Melted Mirror, Paris/ Edmonton psych pop duo Le Plaisir and local duo Birch Barks.
 If you want to hear some country, Calgary western swing/ country and jazz group the Red Hot Hayseeds return to the Owl acoustic Lounge, Friday, March 16 as well.
Calgary rock band Mr. Tuesday return to the Slice on Friday, March 16.

A rock band called Maple Sugar play Casino Lethbridge this weekend.
 Honker’s Pub celebrate 21 years with a big birthday bash, on Saturday at 3 p.m. There will be 11 different sets of music from Paul Kype, Steve Keenan. Coda, Good Time Charlie. There will be soloists and duos as well. There will be food specials and drink specials as well. There is no cover to enjoy the music.

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so there is even more entertainment than usual.
Start things off with murder. The Windy City Medieval Faire is planning an interactive murder mystery at The Galt Museum beginning at 6 p.m.
“Everyone plays a character,” said organizer Juanita DeVos, noting you will be issued your character with your $20 ticket available at Java The Hut or $25 at the door. If you just want to watch rather than really be involved, you can ask for a smaller role.
 Malfeasance is afoot at the “Shakin’ Shamrock Pub” and it is up to you to figure out whodunnit. There will be socialization at the beginning of the night where you share  who your character is. There will be Irish food and Guinness, party games and lots more.
 The event is a fundraiser for The windy City Medieval Faire who have to pay off  the debt from last year’s event in preparation for this year’s Faire.


Spitzee Post band play a lot more than bluegrass

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High River newgrass band The Spitzee post band are excited to  make their Lethbridge debut for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 at the Lethbridge College Cave for the Lethbridge Folk Club.The Spitzee Post band play the Lethbridge Folk Club this weekend. Photo submitted
 They formed amidst the floods in high river in 2013 and have released two  Cds including their most recent “Hardly Strictly Bluesgrass,” which they released four months ago.

“People seem to like that we don’t just play bluegrass,” said vocalist/mandolinist Joe Gore.

“It‘s getting played everywhere, on CKUA and across the country,“ continued Gore,  who is joined by his wife Coralee on upright bass, classically trained violinist Craig West and slide/steel guitar payer Wayne Corner plus Turner Valley resident Rhonda Shippy on banjo.

“We all sing harmonies,” he said, praising his bandmates especially Corner, who often plays with Calgary bluesman Tim Williams.

“We’re inspired by bands like the Steel Drivers, but we‘ll even turn  Blind Faith songs into  bluegrass songs,” he said, adding their sets included everything from traditional bluegrass to country and rock turned into bluegrass songs.
“Alison Krauss is about as far away from Bill Monroe as you can get, but we like both of them. The complement each other,” he said.


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