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Boots and the Hoots returns with wit and twang

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Lethbridge got to see three of four of Red Deer’s best bands, Friday, June 29.

Boots and the hoots Returned to the Owl, June 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 I always enjoy country band Boots and the Hoots as their twang and earthy humour always have me busting a gut. I caught the end of their first set of twangy old school country and jokes. They played some upbeat jukebox barnburners and followed them up with the requisite lovelorn “hurting” country ballads.


 They ended their set with George Jones’ “She Still Thinks I love Her,” some Billy Joe Shaver and back to George Jones before taking a break.


 I was all set to have another beer and listen to more Boots and the Hoots, until frontman Boots Graham suggest I check out “two of Red Deer’s best  bands, ” noting “you’ve seen me a hundred times.”
 So taking him at his word, went to the Slice.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:45 )
 

Boots Graham's favourite Red Deer bands at the Slice

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At Boots Graham of Boots and the Hoots’ recommendation, I took in an overly loud show from two of Red Deer’s best bands at the Slice, June 29 — Conniferous and the duo St. Groove.Conniferous at the Slice, June 29. photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived in the middle of the set from indie rock trio Conniferous, who were sharing drummer Coltan Shell with the duo St. Groove.


 St. Groove at the Slice, June 29. Photo by Richard AmeryConniferous drew heavily from the  well of U2 and Radiohead, playing appealing, ambient indie-rock. They detuned for their last song.


 St . Groove, on the other hand, playing as a duo with guitarist Mitchell Chase and drummer Coltan Shell, played a boisterous set of scrappy, blues based rock tinged with punk along the lines of the White Stripes.

— by Richard Amery,  L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:36 )
 

South Country Fair coming up next week

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 The South Country Fair in the Fort Macleod Fish and Games Park is a escape from reality for a lot of Lethbridgians who gather to visit with friends and listen to music.

Most of the local music community hit the road for the Fair and Lethbridge’s two main music venues, the Slice and Owl Acoustic Lounge close during the Fair so their staff and regulars can attend.Outgoing South Country Fair mayor Washboard Hank will pass to torch at this year’s Fair. photo by Richard Amery
“It’s a step away from the every day. Folks come to not only experience and enjoy artistic performances, but to become a part of the amazing pop-up community. It is full of spirit and is many peoples annual fill up of positive vibes and human kindness,” wrote artistic director Jana MacKenzie, who has booked another exceptional South stage for the weekend.


There are a lot of familiar faces performing this year including local talent like Shaela Miller and John Wort Hannam.
 “It’s always been part of our mandate to not only bring in new performers to the area but to provide opportunities for local performers to share their craft. Shaela Miller, who has performed on the east stage, will be performing on Friday night on the main stage,” MacKenzie noted, adding she is excited to welcome former Lethbridge musician Andrew Scott to the fair this year for a ukulele workshop.
“There are several opportunities this year for our audience members to learn something new and participate in creating music. We have a ukulele workshop led by Andrew Scott on Sunday at noon. He’s bringing 20 ukuleles and will be helping folks learn how to play. We also have The Vaudevillian conducting a washboard workshop on Saturday at noon. They’ll also be bringing some washboards for folks to play around on. The one I am most excited about though, is the adult choir, led by Carolyn Mark and Hank Pine. Songs have already been released and Facebook group created. There will be two practices (one Friday, one Saturday) both at 4 p.m. Then a performance on Main Stage on Sunday,” she added.


 Returning performers include Carolyn Mark, Geoff Berner and Kris Demeanor, Oh Susanna, who performs at 7:45 p.m., July 21 and Toronto based African inspired blues musician Ndidi Onukwulu who closes the south stage at 4:45 p.m. on July 22.  She will  also be performing the Pros and Cons of collaboration workshop with Shaela Miller and Carolyn Mark, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21. John Wort Hannam returns to play a solo set at 3 p.m., July 21 and will host the Sunday Church of the Long Grass with the folk/rock duo the Dimpker Brothers and 1920s style ragtime trio the Vaudevillian who also perform at 9:30 p.m., July 21.


Victoria duo Hank Pine and Lily Fawn return to the fair this year to perform throughout the weekend. Lily Fawn will be performing a workshop with Geoff Berner and the Lemon Bucket Orkestra at 6:30 p.m. on July 20. Hank and Lily will perform Saturday night at 11:20 p.m. and Hank Pine will be taking part in a workshop with Kris Demeanor on the east Stage, July 21.
 Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark and Kris Demeanor will be playing a Saturday night set at 6 p.m., July 21.


 As usual, there will be some world music with the Lemon Bucket Orkestra headlining July 20 at 12:30 p.m. and Spanish Flamenco group Fin Del Fiesta Flamenco
 “We’re excited to tour Alberta. It will be the first time we’ve toured outside of Ontario and B.C.,” said Fin De Fiesta Flamenco artistic director Lia Grainger, who brings the group, including members from Canada, Spain, France and Cuba featuring 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.”


They are also performing at Casa, July 25.
“The South Country fair show will be more rumba with more of a kicking style and more of a party,” she said, adding indoor shows like case are a more intimate experience than outdoor festivals, of which they will be performing several  this year.


“Outdoor festivals are a lot of fun,” she said.
 She is also excited to be able to performed with percussionist Hanser Santos Gomez.
“We’re so excited to have him as part of the group. He has an incredible  style,” she enthused.
 MacKenzie is excited they applied to the festival this year.

“They submitted. We‘re pretty excited about it,” MacKenzie wrote. They will be on the south stage at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 22.

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Lethbridge Girls rock for sixth year at Lethbridge Girls Rock camp

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Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp has been inspiring girls to play music for the past six years. This year 32 campers will be learning an instrument, forming a band and writing a song and performing their first gig all within a week as the camp returns to the Gate, July 9-13.


“I Sil Campus playing the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp Band Swap, June 16. Photo by Richard Amerywish I’d had this when I was a little girl,” said Bailey Smith-Orton who is excited to volunteer at the camp for her second year.
“A friend of mine told me about it last year and it seemed like a great idea. It’s really inspiring for young girls,” Smith-Orton said, adding she will be volunteering as a band manager and at the front desk this year. Last year she was volunteering as a guitar instructor as well as front desk.


“ I’m excited to work with the girls and the other volunteers,” she continued.
She is among 25 volunteers helping this year.
The campers will spend the mornings forming bands and learning instruments, but in the afternoon, there will be classes dedicated to learning how to silkscreen T-shirts with Sinking Ship on Thursday and learning how to  3-D print keychains on the Wednesday.


 There will also a be a seminar with the YWCA  and other fun to be announced.
Organizer Silvana Campus is excited not only that Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp has expanded, but that some of the returning campers are also going to be interns this year.
“We have six interns this year. So that’s the biggest change,” she said, observing The Girls Rock Camp concept began 18 years ago in Portland, Oregon.
“So that’s exciting. We gave the campers the option of taking on more responsibility as interns. We’re excited to see what they will do,” Campus continued.


“It’s very cool so many people are supporting the camp,” Campus continued.


 It has been a tough year for Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp as last September someone stole all of their instruments, which inspired local rock band the Chevelles to hold a fundraising concert at Average Joes to raise money to buy new instruments to replace them.
“ A couple of the instruments came back to us thanks to the King of Trade. But we’re really, really grateful to the Chevelles for their concert. They raised a lot of awareness and money for us. It’s great to see the support form the community,” Campus continued.

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Lots of country, Street Wheelers and Citizen Rage this week

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Friday the thirteenth will be a lucky day this week for music lovers, with a cornucopia of excellent shows coinciding with Street Machine Weekend.Sean Burns plays the Windy Cty Opry this week and at Casino Lethbridge on the weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
Concert for A Cause 2 takes place in Galt Gardens, July 13 at 6:45 p.m. with performances by Old School and Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction and hypnotist Jr. Matthew. The family friendly concert is free to attend.  The music begins at 6:45 p.m. Proceeds from the beer garden and donations will go to Big Brothers and Sisters.


 Backstreet Pub has an outdoors beer gardens and the music of classic rock/ pop band Fast Times, who will entertain you as you get a front row seat to the Street Wheelers Friday night cruise.

For another vantage point on Mayor Magrath, the Ten Ten Pub also has an outdoor Beer Gardens. Classic Rock band Who’s Yer Daddy will be performing.


 If you are trying to avoid traffic and want to bang your head, Calgary punk/metal band Citizen Rage return to Lethbridge to play the Smokehouse with local metal band Extrados, punk pop band Sessions and Hockey Moms. Doors open at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

For something a little easier on the ears, get a preview of the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp and South Country Fair as Calgary singer songwriter Tara Warburton opens for local band Makiisma at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 13 as well.


And just down the street, get a taste of the Calgary Stampede as Toronto country rock band Johnson Crook play the Slice with Gabriel Thaine of the Crooked Creek Warblers.
 Johnson Crook are also playing the Coca Cola Stage at the Stampede this week.

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