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Dave McCann entertains Upside Downtown with songs and stories

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The Upside Downtown concert series has made Casa a nice after work destination on Thursdays.

Dave McCann playing Upside Downtown at casa, Aug. 12. Photo by Richard Amery

 It‘s always a pleasure to see Dave McCann performing. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him, but only caught his second set, Aug. 12. A good sized crowd  sat enjoying the music in the shade of casa.


He played a solo set of several old favourites, some obscure covers, and, as always, had plenty of great new stories to tell. As usual, his set was reminiscent of troubadours like Todd Snider mixed with a bit of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.


 Hearing him play an acoustic version of my absolute favourite Dave McCann and the Firehearts  song “Fireheart,” made my afternoon.


McCann has spent a lot of time reading history and listening to classic troubadours like Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, which inspired a new story and a fantastic new song called “Pascagoula River.”


 As usual, he played a heartfelt, earnest set of folk infused rock and roll.


Biloxi Parish are set to play Upside Downtown this Thursday, Aug. 19 in rotary square, though the show will be moved inside to the Casa Community room in case of rain.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 August 2021 14:20 )

St. Patrick’s Day in August and more this week

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Things slow downs a little bit this week, but not much.

Megan Brown will be performing an August St. Patrick's Day party with Junkman's Quire,Aug. 17 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Photo by Richard Amery

 Things have been going non stop since the province reopened in July 1. So, with rain finally in the air, it’s a good as opportunity as any to take a quick breather.


Two summer theatrical presentations close this week.

 There are two more chances to catch The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society‘s tenth anniversary production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Galt Gardens.

 The show runs at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug.19 and Friday, Aug. 20.


 Andrew Legg, who also directed this summer’s production, will also be part of the last Trader Tales of the season, Friday, Aug. 20 at Fort Whoop up at 6 p.m.. Tickets are $45.


 But though the weekend is slower than it has been the fun starts tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 17 with St. Patrick’s Day at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, albeit 17 months late.


 The Junkman’s Quire usually host a hell of a St. Patrick’s Day Party, but like everything else, last year’s and this year’s was cancelled due to Covid.

 So the local jazz/ rock/folk/Celtic band have rescheduled St. Patrick’s Day for tonight, Aug. 17 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.


 It will be followed by the Owl’s usual weekly open mic.. The fun begins at 8:30- p.m.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2021 09:27 ) Read more...

Plenty of excitement planned for Coulee Blues Festival

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Everybody’s got the blues at the Lethbridge Jazz Society and Geomatic Attic. But it’s the good kind of blues, because the two local arts organizations are working together to bring the Coulee Blues Festival to Civic Field, Aug. 28.

“We’re very excited about this. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m a 10.5,” enthused Lethbridge Jazz Society president Mike Prociw.


When the two groups started planning the event, they wanted to focus on western Canadian acts especially Lethbridge acts.


Paul Kype and Texas Flood open the Coulee Blues Festival. Photo by Richard Amery

“ When we started working 

on this we wanted to focus on local acts but we also wanted to look at touring acts. So we have acts from Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C.c,” Prociw summarized.



“There are two words to describe this lineup. Number one— excitement. They are such wonderful performers. And number two —variety. There is a wide variety of performers, so we  have a nice, special afternoon of live music,” noted  the Lethbridge Jazz Festival’s Don Robb.


The free festival begins at 1:30 p.m.  with local favourites Paul Kype and Texas Flood. Saskatchewan based bluesman Jack Semple follows at 2:30.

Semple plays an array of blues music and even dabbles in classical music as he recorded a classical music CD featuring his wife playing flute.

Satellite and the Harpoonist, a new project featuring Shawn Hall from Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer are playing at 3:30 p.m.


“They’re so popular we’ve put them right in the middle. Everyone is so talented, we hope people will stick around to see them all, ” noted Mike Spencer, handling the Geomatic Attic end of the festival.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 August 2021 08:25 ) Read more...

Funk and opera featured at Arts in the Park

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Arts in the Park expanded for their Saturday, Aug. 7 show at Legacy Park, as they added a beer garden and an evening program on a separate stage in the gardens.

I couldn’t stay for that, but enjoyed a handful of songs from the Little Lethbridge Opera Society in the afternoon, who were also opening up  the beer garden stage later on.


Kyle Gruninger performing at Arts in the park, Aug. 7. Photo by Richard Amery

Their afternoon set featured Megan Wittig, Lisa Mulgrew and Joni Thompson performing a variety of selections from operas such as La Boheme.

White Buffalo Singers Larissa was up next singing traditional Blackfoot songs and accompanying herself on the drum.


New West Theatre favourite and Incura frontman Kyle Gruninger followed with his usual perky stage presence.


“ I’ll be playing songs you know and songs you don’t know,” Gruninger summarized before opening an acoustic set of mostly popular covers with a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 August 2021 14:24 ) Read more...

Festival fever and ’80s music in Lethbridge this week

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Lethbridge has festival fever this weekend, with three festivals happening on Saturday alone.

There’s no live music, but you can get your fill of ribs as Ribfest returns to the Enmax Centre parking lot, Aug. 13-15 beginning at 11 a.m. each day.


CKXU is doing another For the Record at Theoretically Brewing  with Edmonton rock band Wares, Calgary’s Pope Joan, And Lethbridge‘s bailey Kate, Revanchist and  Makiisma performing beginning at 6 p.m. There is no cover for the show. There will also be a live stream of the show


Steve Keenan plays a pair of festivals this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 Also free, Arts in the Park returns to Civic Field downtown , Saturday Aug. 14 and 15 with performances  by Willy Big Bull at 1:15 p.m.  on Aug. 14 followed by New West Theatre’s Singing in the Sun at 2 p.m. 

Dexter and Sons performs at the Sunday show, Aug.15 at 1:15.


 If you didn’t have enough outside fun, local ’50s pop rock band the Bridge Mix and the Steve Keenan band  perform at Legacy Park on Sunday, Aug. 15 from 1-5 p.m. The show is free, There is a suggested donation of $10.


The Lethbridge Folk Club takes over Legacy Park beginning at noon, Saturday, Aug. 14.

The Lethbridge Folk Festival features local acts the Junkman’s Quire, The Steve Keenan Band and Celtic Routes plus Revelstoke‘s Maggie May, Edmonton singer/songwriter Scott Cook and Calgary’s The Travelling Mabels.


But there is live music happening all week beginning with the open mic at the Coco Vanilla tonight, Aug. 9. The Owl Acoustic Lounge has their weekly open mic on  Aug. 10 and the Slice has their open mic on Thursday, Aug. 12. Honkers Pub has their Friday night open mic on Friday night and their afternoon open mic on Saturday. And the Coco Vanilla has their usual Sunday afternoon family jam.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 August 2021 13:33 ) Read more...
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