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Laughter and South Country Fair Songwriting Competition finals highlights of the week

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As always, the end of the month is full of laughter.Peter and the Wolves are at Casino Lethbridge this weekend at night and for the Bent 8 show and shine on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery
 WWF wrestler  Hacksaw Jim Duggan kicks off a busy week at Good Times on May 28. He will be sharing stories and telling tales at 7 p.m. Though there is a special meet and greet at 6 p.m for a $45 ticket.  Tickets are $25 for the regular performance, which also features Mike Dambra, who will be promoting his roast on June 14. Brittany Lyseng performs at Good Times, June 1 for two shows, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The Smokehouse has begun a regular Tuesday unfiltered open mic with local comedians Bubba and Randy. It begins at 8 p.m. And the Owl Acoustic Lounge has their monthly open mic Wednesday, May 29.

 Also on Wednesday, The Slice has a pop punk night with Vancouver’s Chase your Words,Calgary pop punk band Luna Coast, medicine Hat alternative rock band Reckless Renegade and Lethbridge’s 21st Avenue. Admission is $10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

 And Hatrix Theatre is sure to make you laugh  this week with their production of Neil Simon’s farce Rumors, which runs at McNally School, Wednesday , May 28-June 1 at 7 p.m. each night. You can get tickets through cast members for $20 and at Eventbrite and at ConneyBeare mercantile downtown across from the new multicultural centre for $22. The easiest way to get to mcNally school is take Hwy 4 as if you’re going to Coutts, then turn right on McNally Road, just past Evergreen Golf Course, cross the tracks and turn left and drive until you hit a lovely 1940s era school house on the left hand side of the road.

The Slice features a bit of blues this week beginning Thursday, May 30 with Winnipeg area musician Patrick Alexandre LeClerc and Vince Andrushko. The Slice also features Calgary based blues/funk and soul trio the Matthew Jay band, Saturday, June 1. There is a $10 cover.

The Owl has their monthly poetry open mic  on May 30.

The Lethbridge Community Jazz band winds up their season at College Drive Community Church, Saturday June 1 with A World Of Adventure featuring the Silver and Gold bands plus Joe Porters W.H.I.P it, Percussion Ensemble. Tickets are $15 from casa and The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Kelly Klimchuk hosts Honkers Pub’s Friday night open mic this week.
Get ready to rock ’50s style at Casino Lethbridge as Peter and the Wolves return for Friday and Saturday., They also play during the day on Saturday for the Bent 8 Show and Shine, June 1 , which begins at 10 a.m.

There are several indie rock shows happening this week. local twangy indie rock band  The Utilities return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, May 31 with local singer songwriter Bailey Kate. Admission is by donation.
And Regina based Bears in Hazenmore return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 1 with local folk/ country singer songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom and Vancouver Island pop  multi-instrumentalist Prince Shima. Prince Shima, aka Bradley Kurushima has played with Ghosts, Skylord, Lovers and Slumberland. Admission is by donation.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 May 2019 09:19 ) Read more...

Cam Penner experiments with different sounds on new CD

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It has been a few years since Brandon born, Nelson, B.C. based musician Cam Penner been to Lethbridge and release new music.Cam Penner and Jon Wood return to Lethbridge next week. Photo by Richard Amery
 He returns to Southern Alberta, June 2 at Twin Butte Store and Tuesday, June 4 for a special show at the Slice with his partner in music, Jon Wood. He is supporting  his new Cd “At War With Reason,” which is a big departure from his folk roots.

“This CD is really different,” said Penner, who spent 19 years living in Calgary, then  moved to the Kootenays, just outside of Nelson about eight years ago.

“I built a studio just outside of Nelson and work at the homeless shelter, he said, adding that has been occupying most of his time in between multiple tours overseas.

“I was touring non-stop for five or six years and decided to a take a year off to spend time with my family and settled into my studio and started recording whatever I felt like,” he said, adding he started experimenting with different sounds and textures, which lead to the different sound.

An upcoming tour of the United Kingdom inspired him to release his experiments on the new CD.
“I listen to a lot of different music like hip hop, indie rock and alternative rock and I started to really enjoy being back in the studio and just making beats,” he said, noting he didn’t miss it during his time off, but regained his love for music while recording the CD.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 May 2019 08:53 ) Read more...

Patrick Alexandre Leclerc explores Red River Resistance on new CD

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Patrick Alexadre LeClerc plays with a lot of people including Little Miss Higgins and the F Holes, but he is excited to bring his blues rock trio back to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Thursday, May 30.Patrick Alexandre LeClerc returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Upright bassist/ vocalist Alexandre will be joined by his band the Nor’ Westers guitarist Dwayne Dueck and drummer Jeff Laird. Vince Andrushko is  also on the bill.

 They released their last CD “In the Blood” in 2018, which they recorded in Nanaimo at the Risque Disque Record studio.
“I really wanted to feature the dynamics we have when we play live on the CD,” he said.

“We’ll be playing those songs and road testing some new songs,” said LeClerc, who is currently putting the finishing touches on a new concept album about Metis and First nations role in the Red River Resistance in Manitoba.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 June 2019 11:13 ) Read more...

Jojo Mason exudes joy singing country pop music

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I can’t stand modern pop country, but Vancouver based Jojo Mason always puts a smile on my face, as he did for an enthusiastic crowd consisting most of screaming young women at Average Joes, Thursday, May 16.
 Mason has been to Lethbridge several times with Gord Bamford and the James Patrick band, but was excited to play his first headlining show at Average Joes. I wish I could be half as happy as he looks on JoJo Mason singing his heart out at Average Joes, Thursday, May 16. Photo by Richard Amery. stage. He couldn’t stop thanking his fans enough, noting he was excited to meet each and every one of them.

 I missed opening act Lauren Mayell, who had Lethbridge’s Mike Gnandt as part of her band, but was in time for a hit powered, 60 minute set from Jojo Mason. He was in the middle of his latest hit “The Future,” beaming beneath a baseball hat pulled low over his eyes. He eventually dropped the hat and mopped the sweat off his sweaty brow with a white towel in between raving about how happy he was to be there.

 He sang in a liquid, velvety tenor voice  seamlessly blending pop, R and B and soul with barely a touch of country music.

His tight band played plenty of subtly saccharine riffs to go with his gorgeous voice. He worked his way through his popular hits like Red Dress and “Edge of the Night,” and “It’s All Good,” which featured a freestyle rap breakdown in the middle of it, and had the enthusiastic audience singing along with the rest of it. A lot of them remembered him from his last show with Gord Bamford, including me. I was glad to see him break out on his own, adding a few pop covers as well which I didn’t recognize, but which had the audience singing along.

He road tested the upcoming single “Better On You.” which got a lot of applause as he raved about working with songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny, who also wrote “the Future.”
 As did “Good Kind of love,” one of his earlier cuts.
His voice reminded me a lot of ’80s pop stars the Fine Young Cannibals.
He ended his set with “It’s All Good.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:24 )

Montgomery String band burn through bluegrass and Celtic licks

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Fredericton,New Brunswick’s Montgomery Street band (Patrick Gushue (mandolin/fiddle), Liam Keith-Jacques (guitar/dobro)The Montgomery Street Band at the Slice, May 16. Photo by Richard Amery, Scott Michaud (banjo/guitar)) opened up the Thursday open mic at the Slice, May 16 with a full set of quick picked finger bleeding bluegrass and traditional country music which also touched on Celtic music for a couple songs.

A relatively new bassist noted he stepped in for this tour as he plucked a beautiful oversized Mariachi style acoustic bass.

 They played a set of Doc Watson covers,  beautiful originals featuring some excellent mandolin playing and some beautiful vocal harmonies.

Near the end, Patrick Gushue traded his mandolin for a fiddle to wind down their exuberant set with  guitarist C.A. Jackson, who played an opening set.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:15 )
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