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Whoop Up Days brings fun for the whole family

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Get your cowboy boots shined up and straighten that hat because Whoop Up Days is coming up Aug, 21-25 with all kinds of family fun, live music, bucking and barrels and lots more.Exhibition Park marketing  manager Doug Kryzanowski is excited about this year’s Whoop up Days. Photo by Richard Amery
“It begins on Tuesday, Aug, 21 with the parade. We already have 105 entries. There is room for 125. This year, it’s a salute  to the Rotary Clubs of Lethbridge who celebrate 100 years. There are five of them, so we‘ll have five parade marshalls,” said Exhibition Park marketing  manager Doug Kryzanowski, adding there are also more community barbecues and breakfasts this year, which are listed in the  Whoop Up days guide, which was listed in the Lethbridge Herald, Friday, Aug. 10 as well as in other southern Alberta.
“ We have 35 breakfasts and barbecues and that’s only the ones who told us about  them. Usually we have about 30, so that‘s 20 per cent more,” he continued.
 The Sheepdogs open an excellent musical line up for Whoop Up Days on Tuesday, Aug. 21 with a special ticketed event. Tickets are $35 in advance from Gas King and $45 at the gate.

 Concerts by country band the Road Hammers, (Aug. 22), Prism  (Aug. 23), Harlequin (Aug. 24) and rockers  Lee Aaron and Helix on Saturday, Aug. 25 are included with gate admission.
There will be live entertainment in the Pendleton Saloon in heritage hall including one hit wonder music trivia on Wednesday with DJ-B entertainment, live name that tune with Riff Raff on Friday and performances by country rock band  the Ryan Lindsay Band on Thursday and Saturday.

 There won’t be any local opening acts on the main stage concerts, which begin at 8 p.m each night.
“We‘ve had local opening acts in the past and they have done well. so it isn’t a slap at them, but we wanted to shake things up this year,” Kryzanowski continued.
 The other big change is the family stage has been moved indoors  into  the south Pavilion, where Alan Sands will be performing a magic show as well as a hypnotism show.
Also inside is a marketplace trade show and  this year Whoop Up Days has added an innovation pavilion featuring robotics demos, Police K9 dog demos, science experiments with the Lethbridge public library, integral hockey and a 3D printing demonstration.

The Sheepdogs return to play Whoop Up Days, Aug. 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 Outside the midway is back with at least 38 rides including the new ride “Frenzy.”
“ That is a wild one,” Kryzanowski said.
Other attractions outside include  food trucks, cowboy poet/trick roper Joel and Jasper the steer and a flying trapeze show.
 Tipi Village has been expanded to a multi-cultural community park. For the kids, there will be  an interactive bubble station and inflatable bouncers and much more.
Also included in gate admission is a Canada vs. U.S. bucking and barrels featuring 16 Canadian and 16 American professional calibre competitors competing in  a pro challenge for prize money in saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding and barrel racing, Aug. 23-25.

“ They’re competing for prize money, not points to go on to the national finals rodeo. It will be the same four (Four from each country) in each event each night, with prizes each night and a winner take all on Saturday,” Kryzanowski continued, adding he did some heavy advertising on Montana radio stations to get American competitors. Some of the highlights include Helena , Montana based bareback rider Chase Erickson who was last year’s bucking and barrels champion, two time CFR qualifying bareback rider Danton Bertsch from Estena, Saskatchewan; and 2017 Canadian novice bareback champion Connor Hamiliton from Denton, Texas.

In Saddle Bronc, some of the highlights include three time Canadian Champion and Calgary Stampede  $100,000 champion Dustin Flundra from Pincher Creek. There are some excellent bullriders including  twelfth and  thirteenth  ranked Canadian  bullriders, Austin Nash from Eckville and Dawson Creek’s Jacob Gardner. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:41 ) Read more...

Farewell show for Makiisma among this week’s highlights

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Whoop Up Days is coming, which means lots of music in Exhibition Park will be happening, but there is a lot happening before that.A farewell show for Megan Brown is at the Slice, Aug. 17. Photo by Richard Amery
On Thursday, Aug. 16, Terrific Kids Arts Collective present Winnipeg noise rock/post punk band  Pleasure Dens, who will be performing with  Chief Mountain and Cope at the old Firehall at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.

On the weekend there are plenty of shows. Say goodbye to local musician Megan Brown, who is on the road again. Her band Makiisma and Tyson Borsboom play the Slice Aug. 17. Ghost Woman, Birch Barks and Brenna Lowrie provide indie rock at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 17 as well.

Over at the Casino, the Mark Hall Band will be playing country music.
 There will be more country music at the Slice, Aug 18 with George Arsene and Corduroy Brown.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:09 ) Read more...

Carolyn Mark bringing Ragtag Misfits to Lethbridge

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The ever bubbly and talented Carolyn Mark returns to Lethbridge on Tuesday, Aug 21 to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge with old friend Kris Demeanor and new friends Shirley Gnome and Manitoba based, Germany based “Old Seed” as part of the  Ragtag Misfits Tour.

Carolyn Mark returns to Lethbridge with Kris Demeanor, Shirley Gnome and Old Seed, Aug. 21. Photo by Richard Amery
“ I’ve never toured with them before. I’ve toured a lot with Kris, but Shirley Gnome is a new friend and so is Old Seed. But we’re taking two separate cars just in case we don’t get along,” Mark giggled from Winnipeg where she is getting ready to play the Times Changed in Winnipeg with Kris Demeanor and Geoff Berner before heading to the Trout Forest music Festival north-east of Kenora, Ontario.

“ It‘s a like south Country Fair. It is about the same size and has a a similar vibe, except it is next to a lake,” she said, adding Berner won’t be coming  to Lethbridge with them.

“He’s flying home to spend time with family,”she said, adding she is excited to play with Shirley Gnome.
“I met her at Artswells. And I drove from Vancouver to Victoria with her. She’s hilarious.  I went to her show in Victoria and I didn’t take my eyes off her.  All her songs are just filthy. After her show she said to me ‘I guess Victoria people don’t get jokes.’ I said ‘It’s because you’re such a beautiful singer, they were listening to that,” Mark continued.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2018 09:47 ) Read more...

Tennyson King warms up Wide Skies audience at pre-afterparty

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As the sodden masses trickled in from Wide Skies music Festival to the Slice, Tuesday, July 31 for the Tom Phillips after -party, Toronto musician Tennyson King was just getting started with a solid solo set of original music.

 He toldTennyson King entertaining at the Slice before the Wide Skies after party. Photo by Richard Amery  stories about his travels to Australia, played some sweet guitar and sang pretty melodies in a voice reminiscent of Darius Rucker and Dave Mathews.

 He looped a few rhythms to solo soulfully over them and added rhythm  by kicking at a kick drum placed behind him.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 August 2018 11:16 )

Rain drenches Wide Skies outdoor festival but doesn’t wash away the fun

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Wide skies Music Festival free show outside Southminster United Church, July 31 was a lot of fun at least until a surprise downpour rained out  Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.Ryan Weber of the Weber Brothers at wide skies music Festival. photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived mid way through The Weber Brother’s energetic set of up tempo folk, which also  played with some blues and even gospel music.

 Shakura S’Aida  playing the wide Skies music Festival, July 30 at Southminster United Church. Photo by Richard Amery
 It was just The Brothers — Sam and Ryan, sans their hot band, but they killed it as a duo.

They played a variety of tracks from throughout their career, but focused a lot on their new CD “Patches.”
 Sam Weber, the lead guitarist told a story about playing one of the songs “Old record” for a tough but supportive audience of  Kris Kristofferson, Gordon Lightfoot and their mentor Ronnie Hawkins.

Upright bassist Ryan Weber alternated between that and acoustic guitar, showing he was just as talented on the guitar as on the bass. Sam switched to a Gibson SG for some of the more uptempo bluesy numbers including “Free Your mind.”

 That’s exactly what Shakura S’Aida  did on her main stage set, singing powerful blues music along the lines of Koko Taylor. she was backed by a solid band chock full of groove and attitude including a hot lead guitarist and a tough looking steel guitarist. She told stories  and let her band shone on a couple of long instrumental jams, before belting out a sweet cover of the Doobie Brothers “Taking it To the Street.”

The Tom Phillips band playing an afterparty at the Slice for the Wide Skies music Festival, July 30 at Southminster United Church. Photo by Richard Amery
 On the side stage Shaye Zedravic and Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers delivered a sweet set of plaintive singer songwriter material.
 And just as Tom Phillips was getting warmed up  with the Chicken Catchers backing him, lightning crashed and the deluge fell, causing most of the audience to either leave or flee into the sanctuary of the church, hoping to wait it out and let Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer bring the show to a close. But it was not to be.

 Luckily Phillips was also scheduled to play an after party at the Slice with his hot band. this was fantastic. He sang authentic county music  as a tight band of bassist Tim Leacock, backup singers Shaye and Cindy Zedravic and local musicians drummer TylRyan Weber  asnd Sam Weber play an afterparty at the Owl at the Wide Skies music Festival, July 31.  Photo by Richard Ameryer Bird, lead guitarist Shael Pezderic and Skinny Dyck on steel guitar had a few people dancing  out of a fair sized crowd, especially on a Tuesday night.

The Weber Brothers had a better turnout for their after party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, delivering more of the same from their main stage set. So they cracked a few jokes and played a bit of folk and a lot of intense blues which had the whole room hopping by the end of their set for a hot version of rock and roll “Lawdie Miss Claudie.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 August 2018 11:09 )
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