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A whole lot of country music for Valentines Day week

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Valentines week in Lethbridge is all about big country shows at the Enmax Centre.

 Aaron Pritchett, will be playing all of his hits. like“Hold My Beer,” at the Enmax Centre tonight,  Tuesday, Feb. 13 with a little help from his chart topping friends Matt Lang and Cary Marks who both have new albums out and will be sharing their music on stage with Pritchett.

 The show starts at  7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Tickets are $55 and  $65.


Makiisma plays the Slice with l'omellete this week. Photo by Richard Amery

If you like your country with a touch of bluegrass and a little bit of Jesus, High Valley makes a long awaited return to  Southern Alberta to play a special Valentines Day show at thew Enmax Centre , Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $38, $49, $60. Tim and the Glory Boys open the show.


 The Geomatic Attic has a busy couple months this weekend beginning with a supergroup of sorts who formed during the pandemic. MOONRiiVR includes Gavin Gardiner, who played with Juno nominated roots band Wooden Sky for 15 years, bassist Ben Whitely who has played with The Weather Station, Basia Bulat, Julia Jacklin and Champagne James Robertson who usually plays lead guitar with Lindi Ortega and Dwayne Gretzky plus percussionist Kyle Molzan  who has played with Kathleen Edwards and  Corb Lund. They play the Geomatic Attic on Friday, Feb., 16 with  MOONRiiVR and Peter Dreams from July Talk The show begins at 8 p.m., Feb. 16.

 Tickets are $45 non-members, $42.50 for members.


There are a lot of shows and open mics this week.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s open mic is tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Prophet Gabriel  hosts the blues jam at the Slice, tonight, Feb. 13 beginning at 8:30 p.m..

 He is also hosting Theoretically  Brewing’s open mic on Thursday in the newly renovated taproom. It begins at 7 p.m. 

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge hosts a comedy open mic on Wednesday, Feb. 14 

 James Oldenburg and Paul Holden return to the Watertower Grill on Wednesday, Feb. 14 to play some jazz music.

 The Slice has a special V Day Jam on Thursday.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 February 2024 13:27 ) Read more...

MOONRiiVR brings together Toronto music scene veterans to create during the pandemic

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The Geomatic Attic opens  the year with a super group of sorts playing Friday Feb. 16. Toronto based MOONRiiVR reference doo wop, 50s rock and roll and a touch of traditional country music. They will also be playing with July Talk’s Peter Dreams.


 Gavin Gardiner, who played with Juno nominated roots band Wooden Sky for 15 years,  is excited about the new project he formed during the pandemic with neighbours bassist Ben Whitely who has played with The Weather Station, Basia Bulat, Julia Jacklin;  Champagne James Robertson who usually plays lead guitar with Lindi Ortega and Dwayne Gretzky and percussionist Kyle Molzan  who has played with Kathleen Edwards and  Corb Lund.

MOONRiiVR play the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 16. Photo submitted


“ We all live in the same neighbourhood but have never worked together before, so James and I decided to get together and write some songs,” Gardiner said.


“ It was definitely a productive time,” he said.


He visited his friend “Champagne” James Robertson at his family farm north of Toronto and got to work.

“ I’ve been recording a lot of other artists in my studio like Fiver, Jason Collett, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson,” he said, adding the pandemic was a productive time for them creatively, coming up with a song a session.

 They recruited Whitely and Molzan to fill out the sound.

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 February 2024 12:04 ) Read more...

Bears in hazenmore make long awaited return to Lethbridge with horn tinged indie rock

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 It has been since the days of the old Owl that Saskatchewan  based indie rock band Bears in Hazenmore visited Lethbridge so they had a lot to show a decent sized crowd  at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Saturday, Jan. 27.

The enraptured  audience took in epic  soundscapes of  keyboards, delay laden guitar and a few apt  French horn and saxophone solos from the band who had a lot of new music to play.


They  were trying out some new tunes on a receptive audience.


Bears in Hazenmore returned to the Owl Acoustic lounge, Jan. 27. Photo by Richard Amery

 The frontman, who showed off some fine falsetto, noted  they started writing one of them a few years ago at the Farm, outside of Lethbridge where a lot of local roots musicians recorded and played a few years ago and finally finished it.


 Most of that lay in the pop side of indie rock.


 They played tender pop ballads and more up tempo numbers.


 The bassist was multi-tasking on keyboards and saxophone. The main keyboardist added the French horn.


 They wound up there  set with a plaintive saxopone solo.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 February 2024 11:02 )

Lots of rock and folk related music coming up this week

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There is plenty of folk and rock music happening.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s open mic opens the week on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Danica Sommers’ Alanis Morissette tribute rocks the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage, Feb. 9. Photo By Richard Amery


Sheena Lawson and Randy Paskuski return to the Watertower Grill to play some jazz music, on Wednesday,  Feb. 7 from 6-8p.m.

The Owl Acoustic lounge has a special folk and roots show on Thursday with Richard Inman and  Horsefly, B.C. born folk musician  Marin Patineaude. Admission is by Donation Down the road, The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod features  Canadian folk singer  David Francey and Terra Spencer, Feb. 8Tickets are  $37.50.

The Lethbridge Folk Club’s  open mic is at  McKillop United Church at 6 p.m. 

 The weekend rocks.

 Dave McCann and the firehearts return to Casino Lethbridge  this weekend. Don't miss them. Admission is free.

Honkers Pub has a busy weekend. Luke James Bruce  has a show on Friday, Feb. 9  for the official launch of 6 Shutters Lager at 6 p.m. Undefined play later in the night.

 Paul Kype hosts the open mic at honkers Pub on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Danica Sommer brings her Alanis Morissette tribute to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Feb. 9. 21st Avenue will open the night. Tickets are $15.

 But before that, the Owl Acoustic lounge hosts a Rap battle Red Light at 6 p.m.

The Slice has an eclectic show on Friday with Pretty On The Inside kicking things off at 10 p.m. followed by Calgary’s Andy Vaughn and the bad Ideas at 11:15 and Calgary blues rock band White Willie Brown at 12:30 a.m. Admission is $15.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 February 2024 18:44 ) Read more...

High Valley to play a plethora of country hits in Lethbridge

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Though Brad Rempel  from  Canadian born country chart toppers High Valley has called Nashville home for 15 years, he still has  deep roots in Southern Alberta.

 High Valley play the Enmax Centre, Feb. 14.


“I love it here. My kids are born and raised here,” said Rempel, who formed the band in 1997  with brothers  Curtis and Bryan, in the Mexican Mennonite town of la Crete, Alberta who moved back to Canada.

 Rempel's long time band members Jordan and Andrew  Hemmerling and Raymond Klassen will be joining him on tour.

High Valley return to Lethbridge, Feb. 14. Photo by Phil Crozier


 He brings the popular band back to Lethbridge to play the Enmax Centre, Feb. 14 in support of their new EP Small Town Somethin, which will be released on Feb. 2.

“ It’s the name of the single, the EP and tour,” said Rempel, he said adding audiences have already responded positively to the first singles, particularly “ Give a Boy A Baseball.’

“We’re raising our kids to look at screens . But it is important to go outside and play basketball and baseball and football and get outside,” he said.

 The new EP has a strong religious theme, which Rempel said is usual for the band.


“We formed this band when we were kids. Religion was naturally part of growing up. And faith has always been fundamental to our music,” he said, adding he is excited to have new music out.

“ I write music every day, so any time we can release music is great,” he said.

 They also released their 2022 album “ Way Back,” after learning Alison Krauss was a fan of “Do This Life” and wanted to sing it with them.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 February 2024 16:58 ) Read more...
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