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Tara Warburton playing several Lethbridge shows

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South Country Fair Songwriting competition winner Tara Warburton returns to Lethbridge for the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp, before performing her winning song “Raise your Spirit” on the South stage at this year’s Fair.Tara Warburton has a busy week in Lethbridge with several shows. photo by Richard Amery
“I’m excited about it. I didn’t know about Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp until Sil Campus (Camp organizer) talked to me about performing and speaking  at the camp after the competition,” said Warburton, who grew up in Fort Macleod, but calls Calgary home.

 She will be performing a lunch time concert during this year’s camp, July 11-15 and will also be opening for Makiisma at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 13. She will also be performing her song on the South Country South stage at 9:15, Saturday, July 21.

 She spent most of last year writing music.

“I started playing guitar when I was 16 and started writing songs as soon as I figured out a couple if chords. I’ve been playing for 20-25 years now,” she said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 July 2018 15:03 ) Read more...

Johnson Crook get Tom Cochrane's stamp of approval

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Toronto based country rock band Johnson Crook have done a lot in the last three years.Johnson Crook come to Lethbridge, July 13. Photo by Francesca Ludikar
“ We all come from small towns and moved to Toronto to become a country band. We we did it backwards,” observed lead guitarist Nathan Crook, who along with his brother, drummer Trevor Cook, bassist Jared Craig and lead singer /rhythm guitarist Noel Johnson played in other bands across Canada before meeting in Toronto.
They have done a lot since forming almost four years ago and even a lot in the last year since releasing their debut CD “ The Album” and  and EP in 2017.

 Johnson Crook play the Slice, Friday, July 13 with the Crooked Creek Warblers.
“ I’ve gotten married and our lead singer had a kid,” observed Crook, noting one highlight was working with Tom Cochrane, who sings on “Mr. Nobody.”

“ Me and my  brother are from Manitoba. He’s a Canadian treasure and a Manitoba treasure, so to have him on a song I wrote…” Crook enthused, adding they met Cochrane naturally.

“ Our producer Bill Bell is also Tom Cochrane’s guitarist. So one day he asked us if we minded of he brought a friend. And it was Tom Cochrane. We stayed up until three or four in the morning playing our songs and his songs,” he reminisced, adding Cochrane took to “Mr. Nobody.”

“Then, we were in the studio and Bill asked if we would mind if he brought a friend and it was Tom Cochrane again and Tom asked if he could sing a verse on the song,” he said.
“There’s a video of Tom saying Noel is the best songwriter in Canada, so to have a guy like that in the band is really amazing. It means a lot to have him say something like that,” Crook continued.
 In the meantime they are looking forward  to the summer, which includes several big festivals, a stop at the Calgary Stampede on the Coca Cola Stage on July 14 and 15 and the Station in Edmonton with rising star Meghan Patrick, July 8.

“We’re really excited to play the Stampede,” he said.
“We’ve never brought the band to Lethbridge before. Noel is from Alberta, so we’re looking forward to going there,” he said.

“We’ll be playing a lot of original music and some new songs so all of them will be new to Lethbridge. But we‘ll also  play a few covers  like “Little Sister,” and Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen songs,” he said, adding they won’t be playing any Tom Cochrane songs.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:21 ) Read more...

More than just cars for Street Machine weekend

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Street Wheelers weekend celebrate it’s fortieth anniversary, July 13-15.Chris Houston is excited about the Fortieth anniversary Street machine weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
“Street Wheelers Weekend has been happening for 40 years, the Street Wheelers club has been around for 43 years,” observed said Street Wheelers club president Chris Houston, who joined the club 10 years ago just in time to help the thirtieth annual Street Machine weekend.

“Other than the drive in movie, it’s pretty much business as usual,” he said.
 There will be a special showing at the Enmax Centre of Gone in 60 Seconds on Thursday, July 12.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with the film beginning at dusk.Lots of classic cars are on display  at the show and shine.Photo by Richard Amery
“And that turns the three day weekend into a four day weekend. There will be a 30 foot inflatable movie screen and they’ll play the sound through your car stereo. It’s a family friendly event and it only costs $10 a car, so it doesn’t matter how many people you have,” Houston said, adding he isn’t sure if the drive in movie will become an annual event.

The rest of the weekend will include the controlled cruise down Mayor Magrath Drive and 3rd Ave from 7-10 p.m. on July 13, the 100 Foot race at Exhibition Parks Grandstand, July 14 and the Autocross race also at Exhibition Park in the north lot. The always popular show and shine takes over Galt Gardens on July 15 beginning at 9 p.m.
Street Wheelers members choose the most unique cars to be among the 850 cars in the cruise.

“We don’t want too many of the same newer cars. I think people want to see the older stuff,” Houston observed, adding he tries to get his cars into the cruise including  A Nissan Globe and a Chevy Blazer.
“And I just got a new 1990 Mustang,” he said adding he’ll drive one of the cars, his wife another and one of their friends the third.

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 July 2018 08:09 ) Read more...

Rotary Dragon boat festival brings entertainment and music to Henderson lake park

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I only caught the last day of this year’s Rotary Dragon boat Festival, Sunday, June 24 at Henderson Lake Park.

And that was mainly because I wanted to hear Karen Romanchuk and Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction who I haven’t seen for a while.Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction performing at the Rotary Dragon boat Festival. Photo by Richard Amery
 Karen Romanchuk sang a solid set of original material and covers including ”Hallelujah” and even turned Cyndi Lauper‘s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” into a pretty cool country song.

A group of Scott Davidson’s Chinook High School musicians were up next with a scrappy set of covers.
 Davidson took centre stage as lead guitarist with Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction.

There was plenty of dragon boating action during this year’s Rotary Dragon Boat Festival. Photo by Richard Amery They played  a rushed set of modern country and classic rock covers including fast versions of Miranda Lambert’s  “Little Red Wagon,” Cheap trick’s “ I Want You to Want Me” Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” and Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”  

They also played an excellent version of Alan Doyle’s “1,2,3,4”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat EditorKaren Romanchuk performing at the Dragon boats, Sunday, June 24. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2018 11:24 )

James Swinney, Chris Drew and Tyson Borsboom play late announced show

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The Slice had to improvise after Shaela Miller had to move her scheduled CD release party to this week due to participating in the Project Wild in Calgary.Chris Drew, james Swinney and Rowan Hill at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 So the Slice brought in some, new, young talent to perform.

 The Decadent Phase frontman  James Swinney looked and sounded like he just stepped out of the ’70s. He sounded eerily like John Denver even while playing Bob Dylan songs.

James Swinney at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 He also  showed some serious fingerpicking skills on the guitar on several original songs.

 He invited Chris Drew of the Crooked  Creek Warblers to add extra harmonies and harmonica to his songs as well as to perform his own songs, which Swinney added harmonies to.

Rowen Hill joined them on stage to add extra harmonies and trumpet on a few songs they wrote together  for a new musical project.
 I missed Tyson Borsboom’s opening set.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2018 11:07 )
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