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Lots of local talent performing this week

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Things are starting to pick up on the music scene this week, about the same time I’m going on vacation on the Outlaw Country Cruise from Tampa to the Bahamas and back.
There is a lot of fun to be had right here in Lethbridge. Start off the week on Wednesday, Jan. 23 with Calgary based alternative rock band Krowns featuring the music of Kyle McKearney, Shade McKearney and Adam Casey.

Makiisma is part of a local songwriter's showcase at the Slice, Jan. 26. Photo by Richard Amery
 Megan Brown has returned from her travels and has a busy week.  In addition to playing the songwriter’s showcase at the Slice, Jan. 26, she will also likely be celebrating Robbie Burns Day at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with the Junkman’s Quire, Jan.  24. That will be preceded by the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s poetry open mic which begins at 7:30 p.m.
I’ll miss a couple of awesome shows on Jan. 25.

 Up at the Watertower Grill, one of my favourite new classic rock bands, Blame Andi, including vocalist Andrea Roberts, bassist Shawn Worden, lead guitarist Sheldon Arvay and drummer Ryan Dyck,  will be holding court from 8-11 p.m., playing all of your favourite classic rock and pop hits on both Jan. 25 and 26.

 One show I am really sorry to miss will be at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Regina based indie rock band Bears in Hazenmore will be playing with the queen of Vancouver Island, Carolyn Mark and as a bonus, Vancouver based surf/ rock/ folk duo Kitty and the Rooster. So bring your sense of humour, the filthier the better. Kitty and the Rooster aka Jodie Ponto behind the cat mask and the drum kit and Noah Walker, sporting a rooster mask and wielding the axe, are playing in support of their new CD “One Gig Hard Drive.”
Admission is by donation.
There are a lot of excellent shows on the weekend.

Tanner Cyr and local pop band Stars from Streetlights make a long awaited return to the stage when they play the Slice, Jan. 25. Medicine Hat alternative rock band Indifferent are also on the bill. Admission is $15. The show will begin around 9 p.m.
Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns returns to Casino Lethbridge this weekend Jan. 25 and 26.
 And the Herb Hicks Jazz Quartet return to the Mocha Cabana on Jan. 25.
There is a lot of fun on Saturday, Jan. 26 as well.
 East Indian influenced Delta bluesman Harry Manx visits the Empress Theatre beginning at 7:30  p.m.. Tickets are $37.50.

Back home, Good Times welcomes back comedian Charles Andrew Payne for two shows at 6 and 9:30 p.m.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge rock out on Jan. 26 with a special ticketed event featuring Edmonton stoner rock trio Black Mastiff plus Whitehorse duo Soda Pony and local rock band Biloxi Parish. Admission is $10.

 For a contrast, the Slice features a songwriter’s showcase night featuring music from George Arsene, Makiisma, (Megan Brown), Corduroy Brown (James Swinney) and Chris Drew. Admission is by donation.

And get ready to laugh for a good times as Good Times features a comedy benefit , Sunday, Jan. 27 for  Colombon-Rodriguez family who lost everything in a fire. 7-10 p.m. with Performers include Lakshjit Gill, John Pogo, Ainsley McPhail, Solly KP, Cole Howg, Brian Daydiuk, and Jordi Bott. Tickets are  $15  advance, $20 at door  The show is 7-10 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27.
The first big country music show of the year is at the Enmax Centre, Jan. 28.
 Airdrie born Paul Brandt, Northern Alberta’s  High Valley and Saskatchewan musician Jess Moskaluke will be performing beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $43, $53, $93 or $99.50.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:42 )  
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