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Superb shows this week despite Covid cancellations

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There’s always something happening in Lethbridge, Covid be damned.

 Though Covid has cancelled  Two Geomatic Attic shows this week including Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar on Jan. 29, who cancelled their tour, and the Sadies on Feb. 2.

The Steve Keenan band plays Honkers Pub, Friday, Jan. 28. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Glorious Sons‘s Feb. 3 show  with JJ Wilde at the Enmax centre has been postponed to June 18.


 As usual, the Owl Acoustic Lounge has an open mic on Tuesdays.


Standard time play jazz night at the Watertower, Jan. 26 and the Slice has on open mic on Thursday.


 Due to Covid, the Ukrainian New Year Celebration is  a take out affair.

Pick up your   delicious Ukrainian meal  between 5-6:30 p.m. from the MultiCultural Centre, Friday Jan. 28. Of course, you have to order in advance

Or call 403-320-1577 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


If you are in the mood for some blues, the Eric Braun Band plays Casino Lethbridge this weekend.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 January 2022 15:06 ) Read more...

Lethbridge and District Music and Speech Arts Festival returns to live performances for 2022

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The Lethbridge and District Music and Speech arts  festival is back live this year, March 28- April 9.

“2020 was supposed to be our ninetieth year, but we couldn’t do it because of Covid,” said Lethbridge And District Music and Speech Festival general manager Megan Wittig.


The event was cancelled in 2020 as Covid started taking over and they decided on a completely virtual online event last year.

“A lot of really big decisions had to be made. So we’re all really excited that it will be live again,” Wittig said.


Megan Wittig, Lethbridge And Distict Music and Speech Arts  General manager. Photo by Richard Amery

“It might get cancelled because of  government restrictions, but we’re hopeful we’ll be able to push forward,” she continued.

“Performers, and volunteers are really looking forward to it,” she continued.

 Submissions opened Dec. 1 and they have extended the deadline to enter to Feb

. 18. While it is mostly  youth who perform at the festival, entry is open to any non-professional  performer.


 Most events will be taking place at the Yates Theatre, which will be open to the public. A program will cost $15  which allows admission to all events and individual events cost three dollars.


“ That’s where our headquarters is. Bands and choirs will be performing from their own rehearsal spaces, so that frees up some space. Participants 17 and under won’t have to be vaccinated though audiences, volunteers and adjudicators will have to be,” she said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 January 2022 14:19 ) Read more...

Boots and the Hoots returns to Owl with new Hoots and music

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 I caught Boots and the Hoots, aka Boots Graham who has recently located to Drumheller.


Boots and the hoots at the Owl Jan. 15, Photo by Richard Amery

Boots was playing with new Hoots including upright bassist Keith Roger and new fiddle player Catherine Roberts.

 They played a solid set of traditional country and quirky original country and roots music.


They opened  with Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues,” with Boots putting his name into the song and substituting Drumheller prison for Folsom.

 He played an original called “Hobo.”  which was a little slower and featured an upright bass solo and a fine fiddle solo.


 He followed that up with the king of country trucking songs Roger Miller’s “Doo Whacka Doo.”

Boots Graham and Catherine Roberts at the Owl Jan. 15, Photo by Richard Amery


After that, he played his own trucker ditty about about hitchhiking with a trucker without a radio, in return for singing classic country songs.


 He  continued on with a cover of Waylon Jennings’ “ I Don’t Think Hank Done it this Way” featuring another upright bass solo and a fiddle solo.


 He  played a couple of originals including  a song about hangovers called “ I’ve had Worse Days.”


He ended his set with  a fiddle powered cover of George Jones’ “White Lightning.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 January 2022 15:32 )

Tyrants of Chaos play new songs at Slice

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Saturday nights are radio show nights for me, so they are sacred. With everything starting early because of Covid, I missed most of Tyrants of Chaos’s show at the Slice, Saturday, Jan. 15 and missed Rebel Angels , the local Volbeat tribute who opened the show.

Tyrants of Chaos returned to the Slice, Jan. 15. Photo by Richard Amery

 But I arrived in time to catch the end of  Tyrants of Chaos’s Set who where  introducing a number of high energy metal tunes to an enthusiastic audience.


 I was expecting the Slice to be packed as Tyrants of Chaos usually fill the house, but there was plenty of space to be had by the time I arrived.


 They channelled the spirit of the New Wave of British Heavy metal, so you could hear a lot of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden in their music.


They had plenty of galloping riffs and a lot of harmonized guitar leads from Curtiss Vaselenak and Arik Wagner.


Tyrants of Chaos's Arik Wagner solos at the Slice, Jan. 15. Photo by Richard Amery

 Sean Simpson and Ryan Dyck provided a thunderous rhythm over Phil Sirias’s shrieking , multi octave vocals.


“Hostages” showcased the dual lead playing.


“Mass Psychosis was another highlight near the end of the set.

 They wound up  their show with a more lighter themed song  about NASCAR.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 January 2022 15:18 )

Sunshine and music for YQL Winterfest

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We had a freak January warm spell last week so there wasn’t  much snow for the first YQL Winterfest, Friday, Jan. 14.


Adequate’s Josh Thorlakson playing YQL Winterfest, Jan. 15 at Casa. Photo by Richard Amery Ice Sculptures were part of YQL Winterfest at Casa. Photo by Richard Amery

 But you could feel winter returning as local singer/ songwriter Karen Romanchuk kicked off the week long celebration of  winter on Rotary Square outside of Casa. She  paused in between a solid set of original music to warm her hands on the heating unit placed to the side of the stage in between songs..

 A handful of people  shivered in the cool breeze.



Romanchuk played a set of mostly new original music mostly written during the pandemic.

“Walking ”was a highlight right off the top as was  “When it’s All Said and  Done.”

 Her raspy , emotive voice reminded me of Lucinda Williams.


 She told a few stories, warmed her hands and played a solid set of music.

 A highlight near the end was “ Feeling Fine.”


Adequate played the official kick off to Winterfest Saturday afternoon, Jan. 15.

 There was also the ice sculptures and booths  from local community organizations. The Nikko Yuko Japanese Gardens was on hand to  supply samples of their custom hot chocolate, one of several business  offering  specialized hot chocolate on the weekend. 


 They played their usual spirited set of upbeat funk and dance music, focusing on original music from their debut CD for a slightly bigger audience. “Pipe Dream” was one of those highlights. 


They spent some of their set jamming on funk and R and B classics like the Isley Brothers’ “You Make Me Wanna Shout” belted out by drummer Keenan Pezderic.


 Guitarist Josh Thorlakson crooned a solid version of Lou Reed’s “ Take a Walk on the Wild Side” in between adding layers of sound and playing a guitar solo behind his head.


Karen Romanchuk playing YQL Winterfest, Jan. 14 at Casa. Photo by Richard Amery

 Scott Mezei grinned as he got lost in the groove of his bass.


“Take A Walk on the Wild Side” turned into a jam of late ’80s and early ’90s rap including a few bars of “Bust a Move.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 January 2022 14:47 )
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