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Whoop Up Days and a lot more happening this week

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There’s never an excuse to say “there‘s nothing to do in Lethbridge.” Especially not this week as there are a few big events happening in Southern Alberta this week.
 Whoop Up Days features superb live music throughout the week.

Country star Jason Blaine played Whoop Up Days, Aug. 23 with Trevor Panczak.Morgan Davis returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 But if your tastes lean towards more traditional country music, Floyd Sillito and friends will be at the Nord Bridge Senior‘s Centre are performing a tribute to the Alberta Ranch Boys. Tickets are $20 with the show beginning  at  7:30 p.m.
 Things rock at Exhibition Park for the rest of Whoop Up Days.

 Alternative rock duo the Standstills are on the Gas King stage at  9 p.m., Aug. 24. Calgary band Ten Minute Detour are on at 7:30 p.m.
The next night, Aug. 25  Kim Mitchell will show he is still a wild party, playing  his numerous  hits from the ’80s like “Easy To Tame,” “Rock and Roll Duty,” “Go For a Soda,” and maybe even some of  the rockers from  Max Webster.
 He is on stage at  9 p.m. Local rocking blues band Zojo Black opens the show at 8 p.m.

Things get turned up a  notch on Friday, Aug. 26 with a high octane performance from Monster Truck and local metal band Tyrants of Chaos.
And there is an eclectic lineup on Saturday , Aug. 27 with the country stylings of JJ Shiplett, some rocking blues from Angel Forrest and an exciting homage to the Band‚ The Last Waltz — A Musical celebration of the band featuring special guest performances from the Downchild Blues Band’s Chuck Jackson, Juno award winning bluesman Johnny Max and a talented up and comer Matt Weidinger.


The Last Waltz is more than a tribute to the Band

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The Last Waltz — Musical Celebration of the Band are more than just a tribute to the Band, they resurrect the spirit of the Band’s music as you will see at Whoop Up Days, Aug. 27.

The Last Waltz features the music of the Band and submitted
While the nine piece band, plus guests base their show on the Martin Scorsese movie — the Last Waltz which chronicled the last concert of the rock and roll icons who had been the backing band for stars like Bob Dylan and Ronnie Hawkins, and featured special guests like Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison, don’t expect impressions of the guests from the film.

“ If you come in expecting someone to “do” Bob Dylan, you will be disappointed,” said keyboardist and band leader Lance Anderson.

He was asked to put together a tribute to the music of the Band for the Kitchener Blues Festival  in 2010 featuring some of the highlights, and had a hit on his hands.

“Originally it was supposed be a one off concert, but people came up to me and said it was the highlight of the whole festival,” he said adding there ended up being a lot of demand for the show.
“ So I decided to get really good people to play the music of the Band,” he said.

 among them was Chuck Jackson of the Downchild  Blues Band and drummer who coincidentally ended up being the godson of The Band drummer/ vocalist Levon Helm.
“ I heard this kid Jerome Avis playing  drums and singing and didn’t  know who he was. It’s so hard to find a drummer who sings . I put the word out in Peterborough and it ended up his father Bill was the road manager for the Band during the Last Waltz. You can hear them talking to him off stage in the movie,” he said.

 “He started out as  roadie for them when he was 17 and graduated to road manager. He used to take Jerome  on tour with them and he’d be backstage watching Levon,” Anderson said.
Anderson also has a personal connection the the Band. He produced one of Garth Hudson‘s solo album.

“He is a genius. I spent a year with him doing his solo album. And just learning to play all of the things he played, he is a genius,” he said.

The special guests are a rotating cast, based around  their tour schedules.
“ That’s the most challenging part of it is working around everybody’s tour schedules. We usually do this show in October or November. But this series of shows in Alberta  came around for the summer,” he said adding they are  using  two horn players from Calgary for the Alberta dates, and Chuck Jackson has to leave right after Whoop Up Days for another gig, so won’t be playing with them in Calgary the next day.


Royal Tusk returning for Bigwood 9

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Edmonton  rock band Royal Tusk returns to Lethbridge for the ever expanding  Bigwood 9 festival, Aug. 27.Royal Tusk’s Daniel Carriere. Photo by Richard Amery

Saskatoon band Fancy Diamonds, Lethbridge alternative rock duo Sparkle Blood and local rock bands The Silkstones, surf rock band the Atomicos , 90s rock trio the Supervoid and the Dirti Speshuls will be performing just off Research Centre Road beginning at 6 p.m.
Royal Tusk were just here a few months ago, on May 27, winding up a tour in support of their most recent CD “Dealbreaker” which just passed a million listens on Spotify.

 They have had an eventful summer.

“It’s been really exciting,” said frontman Daniel Carriere.

“ We played the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. And we played some festivals with the Eagle of Death Metal and the Arkells,” he said.
“That was so gnarly. It was so much fun. We loved it,” he enthused.


Angel Forrest hopes Angels 11 will help break into the west

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Even though you may not have heard of Angel Forrest, she has been an integral part of the Quebec music scene for the past 29 years. Her 2013 CD “Mother Tongue Blues” helped her break though the Quebec border into the rest of the country, and she hopes her latest CD “Angel’s 11” will help push her even further.

Angell Forrest plays Whoop Up Days Saturday. Photo Submitted
 She plays Whoop Up Days on the Gas King stage at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 27 at 8:30. A tribute the the band Last Waltz headlines the roots and blues night at 9:30 p.m.

Roots/ country musician JJ Shiplett opens the night at 6:30 p.m.

“I can’t wait to come to Lethbridge and see it. I don’t get to western Canada very often. I’ll go to Vancouver, B.C. and Calgary,” she said from the emergency room, where she is accompanying her teenaged gardener daughter while she gets treatment for a run in with some poison oak.

She will be joined by her partner Denis Coulombe and  guitarist Ricky Paquette, one of the Angels 11 guitarists on her new CD, which included 11 of Quebec and Ontario’s most talented guitarists like Steve Strongman, Paul DesLauriers, Cory Diabo and Steve Hill.



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