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You want festivals? We’ve got festivals this week

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All of Lethbridge’s summer  festivals  and attractions begin this week. Most of them at Casa.


The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues  festival  bring Grammy award winning drummer Larnell Lewis and Joy Lapps to the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Monday, July 4.

 Tickets ate $43 and $45. The show begins  at 8 p.m.


Classical music fans will be overjoyed that The Centric music Festival returns to Lethbridge this week. The First concert is  at Casa featuring violinist Alina Khvatova and pianist  Cheryl Emery-Karapita paying tribute to the tragedy in Ukraine by performing  a distinctive program of Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian music, featuring Lyudkevych, Latoshinsky, and Wieniawski, and Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky.

The second Centric concert is at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Wednesday, June 6,. Music in the Garden features the 2022 Centric music fest String quartet including violinists Laurie Syer, Eric Auerbach, viola player Gabe Kastelic and cellist Julie Amundsen. That concert begins at 7:30 p.m.


The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society open’s their summer's production of Hamlet with. Jesse Thiber as Hamlet at casa this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 The third concert is in Indian Battle Park at 7:30 Friday, July 8. Music in Nature also features the 2022 Centric music Fest String Quartet. Both  performances feature will be performing Phillip Glass’s String quartet No. 2 “Company” and  Alexander  Borodin excerpts from String Quartet No. 2.


The Centric Festival wraps up with the Rising Stars concert at Casa on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. It features the inaugural winner of the 2022 Centric MusicFest/Primo Music Association scholarship: violinist Alayna McNeil, as recommended by adjudicators and the scholarship committee of the Lethbridge and District Speech Arts Festival. She will be performing some of her winning repertoire, including works by Prokofiev, Bach, and Brahms with pianists John-Paul Ksiazek and Deanna Oye. The 2022 Centric MusicFest String Quartet are also performing with visiting colleagues, Laurie Syer and Eric Auerbach. They will be joined by artistic director, pianist Ryan Kolodziej, in a performance of Brahms’ dramatic Piano Quintet in F minor



 Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for students for each show or a festival pass for $85.


 If you’re looking for family friendly fun, Hootenanny’s The Junk Show happens every Wednesday through Saturday in Galt Gardens at 10:30 a.m. It runs until the end of July


 The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society opens their season’s production go Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet at Casa, Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. They will also be at Legacy Park at 7:30 p.m.. Admission is by Donation.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 July 2022 09:04 ) Read more...

Gritty rock and roll at Theoretically Brewing with Hell Diablo, Rebel Priest and Deadwolff

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 It’s always fun to hear fun, loud, exciting, dirty, bare bones “pedal to the metal” with a touch of sleazy rock and roll show. Lethbridge’s best  kept secret Theoretically Brewing is starting to have music on their patios.

Tyler Brownfield and Shawn Worden of Hell Diablo at Theoretically brewing, June 30. Photo by Richard Amery


Thomas Wolff of Deadwolff at Theoretically brewing, June 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 So an enthusiastic  cohort of local punk and metalhead relived  a reimagined ’80s night of  high octane, head banging fun at Theoretically Brewing with  local  rock band Hell Diablo, Vancouver’s Rebel Priest and Toronto’ s Deadwolff.

 Hell Diablo had their usual greasier look as the slammed through  tracks from their excellent CD “Blood is the New Black,” and added a couple of new songs from their upcoming new album. As usual, “Cold Hearted Man,” “Nowhere Road” and “666” were among the highlights.

 A new one “ I’ll Be your Maniac” has a lot of potential.


 They supplied some snarling riffs, matching Tyler Brownfield’s vocals and bluesy / stoner rock solos from Taylor  Ackerman.


Rebel Priest and Deadwolff were Sharing Deadwolff’s double bass drum kit, so changeover was fast. 


Vancouver’s Rebel Priest kicked things up a  notch, drawing from the best of the early 80s. So there were plenty of greasy riffs, big solos and gang vocals. 


 They played songs from throughout their career, this being their first visit to Lethbridge as  Rebel Priest, though frontman/bassist Jayme Black, dressed with a touch of glam rock influence,  has been here before with other bands .



 A couple early highlights were “ Elecrtric Lady” and “ Back Alley Blues.”


  They plat\yed their new beer drinking anthem Coat Check Girl from their latest EP “Lesson in Love”


 Just to underline the ’80s influence, they turned Hall and Oates’ pop hit  “Maneater” into a high octane metal song.


 They ended with the two songs from the new eP that they made videos for — “Lesson In Love” and the  outstanding “Dive Bomber.”

Jayme Black and Benny Kemp of Rebel Priest at Theoretically brewing, June 30. Photo by Richard Amery


 Toronto trio Deadwoolff embraced the spirit of the ’80s, looking like they just stepped out of 1982 with  shag hair, moustaches, skinny jeans and high tops.


 There was a plenty of gritty guitar riffs and smoking guitar solos and  an endlessly  throbbing bass.


 Frontman/bassist Thomas Wolff leaped around and traded places with guitarist Bobby Deuce, each singing into each other’s microphones.


 They played their new EP  including the highlights the Judas Priest inspired“Pedal to the Metal,” “Double Up” and “Six to midnight”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 July 2022 13:53 )

Fawns returns to the Slice with original rock

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Fawns was bearing their hearts at the Slice for an intimate audience, June 25 at the Slice.


Richard Charlton and Mercedes Fawns at the Slice, June 25. Photo by Richard Amery

 As always they played original alternative rock music, which had a strong Alanis Morissette feel and a strong female empowerment and mental health  themes.


Lead singer Mercedes Fawns, bounced all over the stage belting out heartfelt vocals, talking about safe spaces in between songs.


 They played songs from their debut CD and a lot more, though I only caught the end of their set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 July 2022 13:36 )

Adequate bring the funk and the dance back to the Owl

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 It”s always a funky good time with local funk rock trio Adequate. They had a packed Owl Acoustic Lounge on Saturday,June 25, so started a little early.


Adequate drummer/vocalist Keenan Pezderic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 25. Photo by Richard Amery

 I missed the first set but caught their toe-tapping  second set.

 They began with Chic’s disco hit “Le Freak,” and played all of your dance and R and B familiar favourites off the radio.


 They added a rap medley including “Bust A Move“ and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s theme. They turned  “Shaft” into a hilarious tribute to their guitarist Josh Thorlakson.


 Alway a highlight, Thorllakson brought the fun and the noice, taking lead vocals in a  great cover of Lou Reed’s “Take a Walk on the Wild Side,” which left drummer Keenan Pezderic  time to take a breather from singing falsetto for most of the night.

 Scott Mezei beamed away on bass as usual.


They added a bit of psychedelic rock on a cover of Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride.”


They finally added one of their own songs “Easy Peasy,” which is a highlight of their eponymous debut CD.

— By Richard Amery,L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 July 2022 13:27 )

Local music a highlight of Dragon boat Festival

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 I didn’t catch much of the return of the ATB Rotary Dragon Boat Festival this year.


Allison Hawkins Fehr and her daughter  do a duet during Danali’s June 25 st at the ATB Rotary Dragon Boat Festival. Photo by Richard Amery

 Henderson lake park was packed, Saturday, June 25.


 They had lots of local music  and familiar faces, musicians and dancers performing Friday through Sunday


 It rained a lot on Friday , but is was sweltering in Sunday with a massive turnout enjoying food, family fun, the beer gardens,  and the races themselves


I only caught local duo DanAlle aka Danny Douglas And Alison Hawkins Fehr from Uncovered playing as  a duo, though All had a little help from her daughter to sing a song about sunshine.


 The duo covered pretty much everything from Alanis Morissette to the Foo Fighters.  Touching on all the pop and rock hits you could ever want.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 July 2022 13:19 )
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