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Block party and whole lot of punk rock happening this week

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It’s starting to feel like summer, which means there plenty of live music and mini festivals happening.

 First off, Keith, Catfish Woodrow returns to the Slice tonight, Tuesday, June 11, to host the blues jam beginning at 8 p.m.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic is also on Tuesday.


The Slice is ready to rock with a whole passel of punk and rock related shows happening throughout the week.

 The rock begins on Wednesday, June  12 with Salmo based noise punk band Rad Dog. Mr (Roy Robins) Awesome, andLethbridge metal band Trismegistus and local punk / alternative rock Trio MomBod plus Edmonton band Krash.  The show begins at 8 p.m. There is a $15 cover.


Midnight Channel have two shows this week including the block Party on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery

 It is all about more metal on Thursday at the Slice with Victoria based metal-core band , Lethbridge  metal/ punk band Built To Decay, Lethbridge hardcore band Black Solstice and Lethbridge core band Chernoff.

 The show begins at 9 p.m.

 There is a $15 cover for that as well.


 Friday June  14 will be a special day as local musicians gather to remember Will Singer IV,  frontman of puopular local punk trio Chief Mountain, who passed away way too young.

 MoonDawgs, Singer’s bandmates in Chief Mountain will be playing some of Singers favourite original songs and covers. Berserker and Space Wolves members will be playing Green Day covers as F.O.D. Black Arrow will also be playing. Admission is by donation.


 The Slice  features Columbian ska legends Skampida on Saturday with  the Dick Clark 5 and the Hockey Moms / Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

 The Slice winds up a heavy week on Sunday with a matinee show featuring East Vancouver based skate punks MediaSlaves, with Lethbridge goth metal band Void of Mood, local hardcore band Black Solstice and northern Flicker.

 Doors open at 2 p.m. with the music beginning at 3 p.m. There is a $15 cover.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge gets into the punk spirit with Edmonton punk rock/ rockabilly/psychobilly  band the Devil’s Sons on Friday. They will be joined by Sick Ritual and local alt punk band New Autumn plus  grunge punk band Blind Eyed Saints. There is a $15 cover for that show, which begins at 8 p.m.

 The Brody Jerome band performs at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on June 15. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 June 2024 14:23 ) Read more...

Galt Museum “ Taking Care” of nursing history in new permanent of exhibit

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 The Galt Museum is “Taking Care” of  a topic that seems obvious for the museum— recognizing The Galt Museum’s origin as Galt Hospital and Galt School of Nursing from 1910-1955

It seems like a long time coming, but the Galt Museum, has opened “Taking Care,” a new permanent exhibit reflecting the history of  the nursing school in Lethbridge.

 Galt Museum Curatorial Project head Myla Demers took on the project upon being hired as an intern in January 2023.

Galt Museum curator Tyler Stewart and  Galt Museum Curatorial Project head Myla Demers  open The Galt Museum's new permanent exhibit “Taking Care.” Photo by Richard Amery


 Approximately 18 months later, her hard work has come to fruition in the form of a series of  panels,  items from the  Galt Museum archives including shoes and uniforms and a couple interactive exhibits which will be switched over periodically.


“ My biggest takeaway is the strong connection and correlation between the mining community the nursing school had. It’s always been a part of Lethbridge’s history. The Galt family donated the money to start the school because they saw the miners needed health care ,” Demers said.


 Her favourite part of putting together the exhibit was working with Galt School of Nursing Alumnae Society members, who funded the project with donations from individual members.

“I got to meet and talk to these incredible women,” Demers said .


“They cared really deeply about this project and contributed a lot of tales and brought in items for the exhibit,” Demers said.

“The goal was to recognize them and their contributions to Lethbridge,” Demers continued.

“It definitely should have been done earlier. I’m incredibly honoured to  have been able to do this,” Demers continued.

Local cartoonist Eric Dyck designed the interactive parts of the exhibit.

Donna Karl,  president   of the Galt School of Nursing  Alumni association, is excited “Taking Care ” has finally come to fruition.


“ It’s a real dream come true. We really wanted to see this happen, so when Tyler (Stewart, Galt museum curator) came to us with the proposal, we thought it was really wonderful,” said Karl, who donated a pair of her old nursing shoes under her maiden name Donna Losey,  from the ’50s for the exhibit to accompany one of the nursing uniforms on display. 


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 June 2024 15:15 ) Read more...

Upside Downtown features fantastic local entertainment every Thursday this summer

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One of the best things about summer is  being able to sit out side and  enjoy some live music with a cold beverage in hand.

Joel Stretch and his band Starpainter are among  the performers at Upside Downtown this summer. Photo by Richard Amery


 So with that in mind,  Allied Arts Council promises something for everybody during an extended Upside Downtown season every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in Rotary Square outside casa throughout July and August.

 The popular outdoor concert series grew out of Covid in 2021 and the ensuing demand for outdoor concerts.


 Allied Arts Council projects manager Shannon Bos wanted something for all tastes and identities when she booked her first  Upside Downtown.


“I was definitely  looking to book artists covering a range of genres and identities including female artists. I wanted to book a lot of different groups,” Bos said, adding she also wanted to continue focusing on local artists.

 One Exception os Toronto Based roots rock/ jazz tinged band Doghouse Orchestra  who were a hit of last year’s South Country Fair and will be playing  the Fair again this year.

“Steve (Foord, manager of Engagement) was able to snake them for Upside Downtown too. They’re fantastic and aI think a few of the members are from Alberta originally,” Bos enthused, adding it has been a lot of work.

“Now the work is done, I’m just excited to be able to sit back and enjoy live music. There is a lot of local talent. You don’t have to go far to find great music,” Bos beamed.

 Upside Downtown opens July 4 local punk trio MomBod and Alternative rock band Fawns. It is all about country music on July 11 with Hurtin.’


 The Doghouse Orchestra warm up for their South Country Fair performance by combining country with horns and a lot of different styles of music on July 18.

 Adequate bring the funk to Rotary Square, July 25. 

 August opens with more outlaw style original country with Badlands on Aug. 1.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 June 2024 13:43 ) Read more...

A plethora of pop, punk and a cornucopia of comedy open June

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There is plenty of Pride month events and acoustic punk rock plus a cornucopia of comedy this week.

 But first, there are  the usual plethora of open mics.


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 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s open mic is tonight, Tuesday, June 4.

 The Slice’s open mic with host the Dark Wrangler aka Don Cassel is on Wednesday beginning around 9 p.m.

 If you want to play some Celtic music, Celtic routes host a Celtic Jam at Theoretically brewing on Thursday, June 6.

 Honkers Pub has a jam on Friday, June 7. The host is to be determined.

 Luke James Bruce Hosts the Honker’s pub open mic on Saturday, June 8.

Sheena Lawson and their LoveCats return to the Watertower Grill on Wednesday for Jazz night. They will be performing 6-8 p.m. 

 The first big punk show of the week is  an acoustic punk show Thursday, June 6 with Spencer Jo, Jenny Woo, Eddie Hazel and Willy Big Bull. There is a $15 cover for the show.

 Willy Big Bull has a busy week as he is also opening for Wintercount  this Friday, June 7 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

 Casino Lethbridge will be a busy place on the weekend.

 The Bamboo Guppies play Friday and Saturday night.


Pure Summerfest  returns to the Casino parking lot, Saturday, June 8 with vendors food trucks and live music from 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.  including Rebel Angels closing things off from 3-4 p.m. 


It will be a busy afternoon on Saturday, June 8.

If you like to skateboard,  Jam for Jax is happening at Legacy Park north. There will be performances  during the day by Built To Decay, 4BPM, Youngbloods, Living Fossils, Poor Woman, Northern Flicker, Mutants Requiem, Built To Decay, LCI , Gilbert Patterson, Wilson Elementary band and Sydra Joy. There will also be a skate tricks competition from 5-6 p.m.

 Fawns play  from 6-7 p.m., September Crows  play from 7-8 p.m. and  Shaela Miller closes off the event  8-9 p.m.  


The Slice kicks off Pride month with a Queer Variety Show , Friday June 7 at 8p.m. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge  gets into the Pride spirit with Get Juicy on Saturday, June 8 . The event features performances by Justine Tyme, Lava Cake,Sophie Wright, Poppy Puffter, Dick Goblin and a special performance from Master Gerardo. DJ Rabbyt will keep the dance floor hopping. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 June 2024 17:45 ) Read more...

Wild T and the Spirit play wild show for return to the Slice

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An intimate audience didn't“t stop Wild T and the spirit from giving it his all  during a spellbinding early show at the Slice, Sunday, May 26.


 The revamped Wild T and the Spirit including new bassist Ray Ray Treeze and longstanding drummer Trevor Bigam played for a least two hours straight.

Wild T and the Spirit playing the Slice, May 26. Photo by Richard Amery

 Local favourites the Eric Braun Band including guitarist / vocalist Eric Braun, his dad  Ken on drums and bassist  Jon Bateman started their show around 6:30 p.m.

 They  played blues classics with a solid groove, soulful vocals and tasteful guitar playing from Eric Braun.


 “Use” Me was a highlight near the end of their set, which also included a hot version of Jimi Hendrix’s “ Voo Doo Chile (Slight Return), though Wild T and the Spirit are known for playing plenty of Hendrix.

 The Eric Braun band were called back for a couple of encores of  ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid” and  “Tennessee Whiskey,” for a touch of Chris Stapleton styled soulful   country music.

 Wild T and the Spirit just wanted to play. So after a quick break, they took the stage and didn’t give it back for close to three hours.


 They opened with a newer song “ Start It Up For Me,” one of several new songs Toronto based bluesman Wild T aka Toney Springer was to introduce in the show.

 He started with  some  blues classics like “ I Play The Blues For You,” Blues was the order of the day though Springer effortlessly  added spurts of  two handed tapping into his songs just to show how good of a guitar player he is.

 He hasn't played the Slice since  July 2014. ,”  Since then,  beloved bassist Gunther Kapelle passed away and they released a live album featuring his groove, so it was great to have Wild T back at the Slice.

 Most of the show mirrored the 2015 “Live ” album.”


 Springer  looked completely blissed out,  beaming throughout his set. He added a little musical humour  by adding a few bars of Christmas carols into his solos, wishing the audience a merry Christmas.

 To add to his upbeat mode, he went reggae with a cover of  Bob Marley’s “Jammin’”


Shawna Romolliwa singing with Wild T and the Spirit, may 26. Photo by Richard Amery

 He played a new song “ Wandering River,” which was more straight ahead blues, but he also laid down some more two-handed tapping.

While he will sometimes do a full Jimi Hendrix   tribute show, he  opted to jam on a couple of Hendrix classics “Hey Joe” and a cover of Hendrix’s cover of Bob Dylan’s  “All Along The Watchtower,” which he described as a cover of a cover of a cover. He added a few favourite Hendrix tricks like playing his sparkling blue Stratocaster with his teeth,

 After that a song called “ Driving Fool,” was an uptempo highlight.

 The band also played an extended funky jam on James Brown’s “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.”

He welcomed a couple special  guests on stage.

 Eric Braun joined them to jam on some Rolling Stones.


Wild T and the Spirit at the Slice, May 26. Photo by Richard Amery

 Shawna Romolliwa improvised a spontaneous blues song while Wild T and the Spirit  jammed over her lyrics.


 Jolene Draper joined them on stage for another song.

 The band wound down the show with a couple more songs featuring Eric Braun.

 They were called back for an encore just before 10 p.m.  and played one of Wild T and the Spirit’s ’90s hits “ Midnight Blue,” before calling it a night.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 June 2024 17:50 )
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