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Lots more live music for Leap year weekend

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This year is a leap year this year, and with Feb. 29 falling on a Saturday, that means an extra night of live music and then some.
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has a busy week ahead of them with an eclectic set of shows scheduled.

Boots and the hoots return to Lethbridge this week. photo by Richard Amery
 They have a rare Thursday night show, Feb. 27 with Red Deer roots /folk band Boots and The Hoots and Broken Brothers aka Eric Laroque and Ben Caldwell, performing after the Owl’s monthly poetry open mic hosted by Teri Petz at 7:30 p.m.
 They turn things up a notch, Feb. 28 with Calgary soul and funk band God Spilt the Milk plus local bands the Cayley and 21st Avenue. Admission is by donation.

Lethbridge Musical Theatre’s Broadway open mic returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 29 from 3-5 p.m. So come on out and belt out your favourite Broadway hits. Live piano accompaniment will be provided. Feel free to bring you own sheet music or choose from the music available.
 Later on, Jay Bowcott’s new band Rooks return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage at approximately 9:30 p.m.

 The Geomatic Attic brings back Calgary indie rock/ folk band Reuben and the Dark to Southminster United Church, Feb. 29. Local band Ghost Woman open the show at  at 8 p.m. sharp.  Tickets cost $36.50.

 That corner of downtown will be packed Feb. 29, with three big shows happening.
 Ammena Dance presents An Explosion of World Dance in the Yates Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Explosion of World Dance are $31 for adults,  $26 for children.

While right next door in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, the Quaint Quirky and Queer cabaret begins at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

 The Slice rocks as usual this week. On Feb. 28, Red Deer based power pop group The Pits Planet Earth plus local alternative rock band MTBC play the Slice beginning at around 9:30 p.m. There is a $10 cover for the show.

The next night, the Slice features local Led Zeppelin tribute Tangerine beginning at 9 p.m.

The Elim Village features a special  Leap of Faith Dessert Night, Feb. 29 at  the Grand Hall (275 Lettice Perry Road north) beginning at 7 p.m.
Deanna Storfie and Nathalie Snijder will be entertaining throughout the event, 7-9 p.m.

 Not a lot has been announced for March yet. There are open mics at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Monday, a comedy op[en mic at Good Times on Tuesday and at Beaches on Wednesday and at the Slice in Thursday. Honker’s Pub hosts open mics on Friday nights and Saturday afternoon,’
 So far, March looks pretty local.

Edmonton indie rock band Cypress, plus local acts The Cayley and synth pop artist Tyler Vanden Dool will be performing on March 6 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

 Local country band Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers will be playing the Owl on March 7. March 7 will be a jazz filled day.

Metrik Jazztet play the Owl Acoustic Lounge  at 3 p.m.March 7. And the Lethbridge Community Band Society have a special International Women’s Day Concert at The College Drive Community Church, march 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 while 12 and under get in for free. The concert begins at  7 p.m., March 7.

 Last, but not least, The Great Canadian Barn dance comes to the Galt Museum on March 7 from 7-10 p.m.  Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for youth 11-17 while children 10 and under get in for free.

On a personal note. I have just learned that this will be my last column for the Lethbridge Sun Times due to corporate cutbacks.
 It has been an honour and a privilege  covering Lethbridge’s arts and entertainment scene over the past decade or so. Hopefully you have found my listings,  interviews and previews interesting and informative. Hopefully you have discovered some new acts and found some new favourites and learned some new information about your favourite artists.

Lethbridge’s arts scene continues to thrive. New bands are playing local stages every day, and that is truly a beautiful thing. Please continue to get out and support the scene because the scene won’t thrive without new bands and new fans and old fans coming out to see their favourite old bands.
 In the meantime, please continue to check for updated listings, previews, reviews and interviews with some of your favourite acts.
Keep supporting the scene.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 February 2020 14:34 )  
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