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Big festivals coming up in next couple weeks

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Southern Alberta is deep in the middle of music festival season. South Country Fair  was last weekend in Fort Macleod,  there are a couple of other big ones coming up in the next couple of weeks.If you enjoyed Soda Pony at South Country Fair, catch them again at the Owl with MTBC this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Mike Spencer and the Geomatic Attic are  geared up for the second annual Wide Skies
Music Festival at the Southminster United Church, July 30-Aug. 1. Spencer has booked an all star line up including Shovels and Rope who open the festival at a ticketed event with Little Miss Higgins, July 30. There is a big free outdoor festival the next day outside the church opening with the Weber brothers, Vancouver blues musicians Shakura S’Aida and Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, plus an excellent second stage featuring Danny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers and Calgary songwriters Tom Phillips and Shaye Zadrevec.

 The festival continues at Southminster United Church with another paid ticketed gig featuring Frazey Ford and the Quiet Revolution and Seattle’s the Cave Singers.
 There are also afterparties at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with The Weber Brothers and at the Slice with Tom Phillips, July 31. The Weber Brothers also play Twin Butte store, on Sunday, July 29.

 Festival passes are $105 which include admission to Shovel and Ropes and Little Miss Higgins on July 30 (tickets are $60 plus a five dollar service charge for that concert otherwise) and Frazey Ford and The Cave Singers on Aug 1 ($50 plus $5 service charge otherwise) as well as the July 31 afterparties at the Owl Acoustic Lounge featuring the Weber Brothers and at the Slice with Tom Phillips. Otherwise admission is $10 for each of those. Passes also include priority seating in the church if it rains during the free outdoor festival and a swag bag.

 The following week  features  Bigwood 10 just off Research Centre Road, Aug 3 featuring an all local all star line up of Leeroy Stagger and the Rebeltone Sound, John Wort Hannam, Shaela Miller, Dave McCann and the Firehearts, local hard rock band the Dirti Speshuls, Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset and local rock band Hoverkraft. Tickets are $25 at the gate, $25 in advance with the music beginning at 6 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 July 2018 11:42 ) Read more...

The Weber Brothers enjoying stripped down shows as a duo

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The Weber Brothers are excited to return to Lethbridge to play two shows as a duo for the Wide Skies Music Festival as well as  at the afterparty at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 31.

The Weber Brothers return to Lethbridge for Wide Skies Music Festival next week. Photo by Richard Amery
The Wide Skies Music festival has been expanded to three days for their second year, beginning with  Shovels and Rope and little Miss Higgins, Performing at the Southminster United Church, Monday, July 30; a big free outdoor show with Brooklyn born/Switzerland Raised, Canadian based blues musician Shakura S’Aida, Vancouver blues duo Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, The Weber brothers and a south stage  with Skinny Dyck and Friends; and  another big, ticketed big show at Southminster United church, Wednesday, Aug. 1 with Frazey Ford and the Cave singers.

 Ryan and Sam Weber are never afraid to try something different. Since their last Lethbridge appearance they released a new CD called “Patches,” as well as an epic length single“ Last Days of the Broken Hearted Jester” and an accompanying comic book to go with it to illustrate the story created by artist Sheldon Sveinson.

“People really seem to like it,” said guitarist/vocalist Ryan Weber, who, along with brother, upright bassist Sam form the core of the Weber Brothers band. He noted the epic nine minute long song didn’t really fit with anything else the band were doing at the time, so they wanted to do something special with it.

“Sheldon was really interested in doing a comic book for the song, so he really went with it,” Ryan Weber continued.
“ It was definitely an opportunity for us,” added Sam Weber.
They are touring  a lot as a duo.

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Frazey Ford to finish up Wide Skies Music festival with new music

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Vancouver musician Frazey Ford returns to Lethbridge with her band the Quiet Revolution for the Wide Skies music Festival, Aug, 1 at Southminster United Church with the Cave singers.
 It will be a rare chance to see Ford this summer, who is working on new music.

Frazey Ford plays the Wide Slkies Music Festival, Aug. 1. photo submitted
“ We’re not doing a ton of  gigs this summer,” said Ford, a  founding member of folk trio the Be Good  Tanyas, who she formed with Trish Klein and Samantha Parton back in  2000 and played together for a solid decade.
“ The were a good representation of the music I grew up listening to,” said Ford.

“ Trish was in my band for years,” she observed, adding she is always expanding her musical horizons. She went to Memphis to record with some of the classic soul musicians for her last album, and is writing new music for her debut  album for the record label Arts and Crafts.

“ I was with Nettwerk for years but decided to change,” she said.
“I’ve released  two singles with Arts and Crafts. but I don’t know when they will release the album. It’s two thirds written and I’m simultaneously recording,” she said.

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Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer play Wide Skies Music Festival

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Harpoonist and the Axe murderer vocalist/ harmonica player Sean Hall is excited to be back in Lethbridge for the Wide Skies music Festival, July 31 to headline the free outdoor show featuring Fellow B.C. musician Shakura S’ Aida and The Weber Brothers.

Harpoonists and the Axe murderer play the Wide Skies music Festival next week. photo by Richard Amery
They continue to experiment  on their latest CD “ Apocalipstick, which was released late last year.
“ We definitely paid for it. we didn’t get a Juno nomination. It is definitely not a blues album. People in the industry like it better if you stay in the same little box, ” said Hall, who will be joined in Lethbridge by guitarist Matthew Rogers and vocalist Dawn Pemberton, who Hall described as “the Queen of B.C. Soul.”

“She’s the queen of B.C. Soul. She’s got her a whole bunch of things— her choirs and she’s in a funk band,” said Hall

They also sometimes perform with singer Andrina Turenne.

“She’s really the salt of the earth. She’s from Winnipeg and musicians there chomp at the bit harder than anyone else, Hall enthused.
“She sings country soul, but country soul like Otis Redding used to sing and she brings tambourine and percussion. She’s very special to be able to step into a duo,” Hall continued.

They have a couple of plans in the works including releasing a video for “Running” in the fall.

 “And we‘re going to completely remix “Apocalipstick.” We’ll completely strip it down and keep the vocals and most of the guitars, but we‘re not going to bring in European EDM artists,” he said.

“ We’re gong to call it  ‘Post-Apocalipstick,” he said adding he is more excited about the prospect of recording the band’s first live album.

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Little Miss Higgins returning to open for Shovels and Rope for Wide Skies Music Festival

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Little Miss Higgins aka Jolene Higgins returns to  Lethbridge to kick off the Wide Skies Music Festival at  the Southminster United Church with Shovels and Rope, July 30.
“ It’s an honour to open for Shovels and Rope,” said Higgins, on her way back from a quick tour out west for the Vancouver Folk Festival.

“ It waLittle Miss Higgins returns to Lethbridge for the Wide Skies Music Festival. Photo by Richard Amerys great. It’s music by the beach and a lot of great artists. We’ve never played there before,” Higgins enthused.

 They are still touring in support of their most recent album “My home, My heart,” which features most of  the Winnipeg 5, who usually play with her, plus special guests including Big Dave McLean on harmonica and producer Scott Nolan.

“It’s been received well. It’s been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award,” she said. They released the CD last November.
“ It’s still fresh so we’re not working on new music,” she continued.

“I used most of the Winnipeg 5 on the CD and we had two bass players on the album. We recorded it in four-and-a-half days in Scott Nolan’s Song Shop studios, pretty much live off the floor,” she said.
“ It’s a mix of a lot of the Winnipeg music scene,” she added.

 She just was in Southern Alberta, playing Soul Fest at The Twin Butte Store.
“ It was great. We love Twin Butte and the organizers and the Twin Butte store,” she said.

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