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Shelter Me: Party in the Park marks relatively slow mid July week in Lethbridge

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Most of the town shuts down this week due to the South Country Fair in Fort Macleod. At least the music going portion of Lethbridge, most of whom go to Fort Macleod to take in three days of great music and good vibes. So the two main music venues, the Slice and The Owl Acoustic Lounge close as their staff, owners and most of their regulars all make an extended weekend out of South Country Fair.Fox Mandy performs for shelter me: Party in the park on Saturday, July 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 Even Honker’s Pub is shutting down their weekly  Friday night and Saturday afternoon for the weekend as most of their hosts will be at the Fair. Open mics resume at Honker’s next week, though they are also taking the August long weekend off.


The Fair features an outstanding line-up as usual including local musicians  John Wort Hannam and Shaela Miller, plus Richard Inman, Wine Soaked Preachers Geoff Berner, Kris Demeanor and Carolyn Mark, Hank and Lily, The Vaudevillian, Amy Nelson, the Red Hot Hayseeds and Spanish/ based Canadian/Cuban and France flamenco group Fin de Fiesta Flamenco, who also play Casa on July 25.
If you aren’t going to South Country Fair, Galt Gardens hosts Shelter Me: Party in the Park, July 21. There will be concessions, a dunk tank, an open air market, bouncy castles and kids activities. There will also be live entertainment beginning at 10:30 with Zumba Lethbridge,Thomas Chiefmoon, singer/belly dancer/ Maddie Young, local rappers the Battlepark Super Crew (lRev, ONTK, $am Hill, Shed Beat boys and JPB) and 21st ave follow. Fox Mandy winds up the entertainment at 2 p.m.

On the weekend, Suzanne Scott will be playing country music at Casino Lethbridge.
Guitarist James Oldenburg and Andrea Walker perform a special afternoon show at Plum on Saturday, July 21 from noon-2 p.m.
 Another option is the annual Coutts Centre Arts Festival happening Sunday, July 22.

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Tennyson King bringing his own well travelled soul to Lethbridge

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Alfred Chow aka Tennyson King is excited to bring his own music to Lethbridge, Tuesday, July 31 at the Slice.Tennyson King sings by the Slice, July 31. photo submitted
He has played Lethbridge several time with other musicians including Sarah Burton and the hip hop collective the Vibonics, five years ago.


This time he is touring in support of his bright new CD and new single “Coast,” which was inspired by extensive  travels in Australia.


“The tour’s been going great said Toronto based Chow, where he is beginning his Western Canadian tour. The Lethbridge show is at the tail end of the tour before he goes to Europe and then back to Australia.


“ I spent a lot of time playing music and lying in the back of my van, staring at the stars on the Gold Coast,” he reminisced, adding that experience helped make the new CD and single more uplifting compared to the more serious, morose debut self titled EP.


“ This album is a lot more positive than the other album,” he said, adding the rest of the new album is in a similar vein to the first single.

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Fin de Fiesta Flamenco bring Spanish culture to Casa

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Flamenco has always in the blood for dancer Lia Grainger, who grew up in Vancouver and worked as a journalist in Toronto before moving to Spain and forming Fin de Fiesta Flamenco to make Flamenco music her life.Fin de Fiesta perfom at South Country Fair and at Casa next week. Photo submitted


 The group, which includes members from all over the world including Spain, France and Cuba plus two other transplanted Canadians, return to Canada with their new show Salvaje for several performances including the South Country Fair in Fort Macleod, July 22 and at Casa on July 25.


“I started taking classes in my 20s and then moved to Madrid to learn more. But decided to get a ‘real job’ and work in journalism in Toronto. But I kept going back to Spain. I decided to put together a group in 2012. I really enjoy it. It feels good to do it,” said artistic director/ dancer Lia Grainger, who formed the group in 2012 with Seville born guitarist Dennis Duffin and singer Alejandro Mendia, who is from Bordeaux, France.


 Recently they added Havana raised/Montreal based percussionist Hanser Santos Gomez,  Vancouver born, Seville, Spain based flautist Lara Wong and for this tour, India born, Vancouver based guest dancer Deborah “La Carmelita”

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Canada Day celebrations busy in the city

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I wasn’t in the mood to join thousands of people celebrating Canada Day, Sunday, July 1, but thought I’d check out a couple of the city celebrations anyway.Roy Pogorzelski gives a Metis jigging demonstration for Canada Day in Henderson Lake Park. photo by Richard Amery


 I arrived at the end of celebrations in Galt Gardens as organizers were announcing the winners of a show and shine.


 As I missed the music, I wandered over to Henderson Lake park,  and threaded my way through crowds of thousands of people, dogs, food trucks and merchants.

Classic cars were on display in Galt Gardens for Canada Day. Photo by Richard Amery
 I enjoyed the Ecuadorian Social club show off their traditional dance.

I was impressed and entertained by Roy Pogorzelski showing off frenetic Metis jigging dance moves, then breathlessly tried to teach a passel of over-enthusiastic children and brave adults how to do the steps, advising them it was more important to have fun trying.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat EditorThe Ecuadoran Social Club give a traditional dancing demonstration for Canada Day in Henderson Lake Park. photo by Richard Amery
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Shaela Miller band plays good show for Bad Ideas CD release party

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I was looking forward to seeing the Real Ponchos again at the Slice, June 30, but unfortunately missed them, having just arrived in time to catch the first few songs of local musician Shaela Miller’s Lethbridge CD release party for her new Cd “Bad Ideas.” She had a packed house of people I haven’t seen for months and in some cases years, but who came out of hiding to support Shaela who has come a long way, becoming a finalist in then Project Wild competition, taking place in Calgary this summer.

 Shaela Miller  playing to a packed house for the CD release party for  her new CD Bad Ideas at the Slice, June 30. Photo by Richard Amery
 She basically played the more upbeat tracks from the new CD track by track, beginning with “Hard Knock Upside the head,” one of my favourites, which is also getting a lot of play on CKUA, and followed it up with the title track and then “Colour My Love” and “Cheating And Lying, which had a good chunk of the crowd trying to two step.

She slowed things down with “ Friend Tonight.” She went back a few years for crowd pleaser “Half Way in Love,“ before picking up the tempo for a Bob Wills cover “Stay a Little Longer,” but I unfortunately had to leave.


 She knows how to pick her players, so her hot band of  drummer Tyler Bird, bassist Paul Holden, lead guitarist Jon Martin and steel guitarist “Skinny” Dyck, really helped her to shine.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:59 )
 
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