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Chevelles rock for Lethbridge American Legion Baseball

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Local rock band the Chevelles always equal a good time, especially when they’re helping out a good cause, in the case of their March 23 show at Average Joes , the Lethbridge American Legion Baseball team.Tim Carter of the Chevelles having fun on stage. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught them on a set break  but caught a live auction of donated items. When the Chevelles returned,  It was all about the hits and nothing but the hits.

They played their usual tight and fun show including classics like  Ac DC’s “ You Shook me All Night Long” and an extended jam on Queen’s “ We Will Rock You.” I left as they slowed thing s down with Poison’s ’80s hair metal ballad “ Every Rose Has It’s Thorn.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 April 2018 08:26 )

No Way Out gives the feels by getting real about family

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 Dealing with family can be challenging at the best of the times and even more so at the worst of times.

David Gabert is getting ready for Theatre Outré’s season ending run of No Way Out, April 3-7 at Club Didi . Photo by Richard Amery
 Theatre Outré brings back their improvised tragicomedy “No Way Out,” to Club Didi, April  3-7. It was a hit at the Lethbridge Fringe Festival a couple years ago  and is an excellent way to close off Theatre Outré’s death themed season according to general manager and cast member David Gabert.

“It’s what happens when a group of siblings who haven’t seen each other for a while return home for dinner to deal with something they really don’t want to deal with. And over the course of the show as we explore the topic, they peel away the masks they have been wearing and get down to the core of the issue,” said Gabert, noting the cast, which also includes Erica Barr, Camille Pavlenko and Greg Wilson, have informal discussions with the audience before the show to learn about what issues they have been dealing with, which supplies the topic for the evening.
“We don’t ask for suggestions from the audience like usual in an improv show, because it is difficult to talk about these things in front of a group of people,” hesaid emphasizing the most important part of the show for the cast is to be real and honest.

“The most important thing is to be honest and sincere. We’ve dealt with things like medical emergencies, dad’s gambling addiction and an extra-marital affair that has resulted in pregnancy,” he said, noting they have performing it In Lethbridge and for Calgary‘s Suitcase Theatre.

“It’s changed a lot over the past two years as we’re becoming more familiar with each other. It’s hard to pull off the perfect mix of honesty and humour,” he said, noting most of the cast go back almost a decade as they started performing togehter as part of local improv troupe the Drama Nutz.

 The set is simply designed to look like an apartment, with objects like guitars, iPhone charger, and books, a radio, dishes, bottles and a diary, all of which can be used as the characters wish. All of the sound on stage is made by the actors.
“The actors can adjust the stage to reflect scenery scenery. It can be used for locations outside the apartment.  We’ve used the stage as the edge of a dock, so they can sit on the edge of it with their legs dangling. We’ve used it as a gravesite and we can do flashbacks outside the apartment.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 April 2018 08:10 ) Read more...

John Wort Hannam hosts Songs For Ken 4 for ALS Society of Alberta

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Local musician John Wort Hannam is excited to bring the fourth edition of his popular ALS Society fundraiser Songs for Ken back to the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod, Thursday, April 12.

John Wort Hannam and Scott Duncan perform at Songs For Ken next week. Photo by Richard Amery
 There are a few new aspects to the event, which raises an average of $10,000 each year for the ALS Society of Alberta to help people who have  been diagnosed with the incurable disease.

“This year we have a house band instead of five or six solo artists,” said John Wort Hannam, noted The Polyjesters bassist Jason Valleau, keyboardist Steve Fletcher, drummer Jon May and fiddle player Scott Duncan will join this year’s performers the Polyjesters, Calgary bluesman John Rutherford, Calgary musician Mike Stack, Brooke Wylie, Maria Dunn and Hannam.

 The same  line up performs the next night in Calgary for the Fish Creek Concert Series.

“ People who come to to the concert always ask me if I’m doing it again next year and I’d feel terrible if I didn’t though it is a lot of pressure to put it on every year,” noted Hannam.

ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. There is no cure for the disease which usually kills the victim within three to five years.
 Hannam’s friend Ken Rouleau died from ALS at the age of 43 in 2012 after suffering from  ALS for 13 months.

 Painter Annie Froese will also be on stage painting with the music. Her work will be auctioned off at the end of the concert.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:06 ) Read more...

Melt away April snow with live music

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April comes in with a roar, and a snowstorm, but there is lots of music coming up this month to melt it down or take your mind off of it.Ryland Moranz plays a solo show this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 Start off with a whole lot of rock on Wednesday as Shinedown returns to the Enmax Centre, April 4. They were last here opening for Kiss in 2015. This time they headline the show with One Bad Son, 10 years and In this Moment sharing the bill. Tickets are $58 for the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

 If you want to laugh, Yuk Yuks Comedy returns to Average Joes, Friday, April 6 with comedians Todd Ness, William Hannigan and host Randy Webb performing. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 art the door. The laughter begins at 8:30 p.m.

 The rest of the weekend is all about local roots and blues.
 Ryland Moranz returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 6 for a solo show. He‘ll be spending much of the rest of the year touring.
And local roots trio The Crooked Creek Warblers return to the Slice, April 6 as well.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 April 2018 11:27 ) Read more...

Miesha and the Spanks return with new CD produced by Buzzcocks’ Danny Farrant

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Miesha Louie and Sean Hamilton of Calgary based punk duo Miesha and the Spanks are excited about their new CD “Girls, Girls, Girls,” which they bring to the Slice, April 7 with local alternative rock trio Mombod.Miesha and the Spanks return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 They have been touring heavily across Canada in support of the CD, which was officially released, March 9.
“ We toured out to the Maritimes and back. And we’ve driven through a lot of snowstorms. And it really has affected attendance, so I don’t think we’ll do that again,” said Miesha Louie from Regina, noting they return home to Calgary for a few days before visiting Lethbridge again.

She is pleased to  have recorded with Buzzcocks’ drummer Danny Farrant and his songwriting partner Paul Rawson, who she has been working with long distance online for several years since meeting Farrant at Sled Island.
“ We flew to the United Kingdom to Brighton to record the CD with them. It was an intense 10 days, so we didn’t really get to see much. They’re so talented. They have written for television shows like the Vampire Diaries and Sons of Anarchy, so there were all of these ideas flying around. I knew  what I wanted to hear and said no immediately to them until I tried them,” she said.

“ It was just so cool to be in the same room with them and bouncing ideas off them in person rather than sending an e-mail and waiting three hours for a reply,”she said, adding the CD includes new songs and reworkings of the songs from the Stranger EP they released last year.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 April 2018 08:20 ) Read more...
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