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Shakespeare in the Park dominates slower week due to South Country Fair

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With the two main live music venues being closed for South South Country fair and most of the music loving audience at the Fair, the pickings are pretty slim.Shakespeare in the Park performs all over Southern Alberta this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Shakespeare in the Park has the busiest week of their run of Macbeth.

 There will be a special evening of excerpts plus stories, song and lot of fun at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Wednesday, July 17.  The witches/fates  Kayla Turnbull, Megan Fennell and Anastasia Sicieac will be performing some Kabuki style scenes, and there will be songs and music performed by Stephanie Savage, Chris Kyle Peterson, Kaylee Joynson, Chelsey Fitzsimmons, Kayla Turnbull and Keith (MacDuff) Miller playing ukulele.
 The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

 There will be regular performances of Macbeth in Galt Gardens, at 7 p.m., July 18 and 19 and the troupe hits the road to play the Coutts Arts Centre in Nanton at noon on Sunday, July  21.
 The Slice closes Wednesday for South Country Fair so there is no open mic on Thursday and the Owl Acoustic Lounge is closed July 19 and 20. The Owl Acoustic Lounge re-opens, July 22 with the Country Casanovas hosting their usual Monday open mic.

 The Slice reopens on Monday, July 23 with a special performance by Tennyson King and local singer songwriter Max Hopkins.
 For comedy, Vancouver comedian  Andrew Packer performs  two shows at Good Times, July 20 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. He is host and creator of the Jokes N Tokes Comedy show in Vancouver and  hosts the Joker Broker Podcast.
 Tickets are $10.

 Casino Lethbridge brings back country band Ryerson Road, July 19 and 20.
 And High River country musician Bruce Peterson plays a  couple of solo shows at the Water Tower Grill on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. Where he will be playing hits of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 July 2019 08:48 ) Read more...

Lots of local live music for Canada Day

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 Canada Day celebrations in Henderson Lake Park was packed though the crowd started to disperse by the time I arrived , taking cover from some ugly looking clouds.Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction playing Canada Day in henderson Lake Park, July 1, Photo by Richard Amery

 I wanted to see up and coming country singer Chris Strei, who was playing a solo set of original music and a few covers.

He had an appealingThe Desert Wind Belly Dancers at Canada Day in Henderson Lake Park. Photo by Richard Amery voice, sort of reminiscent of Chris Stapleton but more of a tenor.

He added a touch of Canadiana by covering some Blue Rodeo as well.

 The Desert Wind Belly Dancers weren’t perturbed as the rain and wind started blowing in.

The performers beamed through a frenetic set of circus themed set of uptempo dancing and an array or props and costumes including embossed top hats and swords.

The main act I wanted to see was Alyssa Mcquaid and Coyote Junction who I hadn’t seen for a while.

 They stuck to the hits, the hits and more hits getting the audience on their feet and shaking off the cold, to the tune of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s“Sweet Home Alabama and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl ,”  Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz,” which Alyssa McQuaid sang.

They also covered  Cheap Trick’s “ I Want You to Want Me” and a fun version of Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose.”

 One of their guitarists sang a couple of the more country numbers including the Zac Brown band’s “Countrified,” and The always popular Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Hit “ Fishin’ In the Dark.”

— By RicChris Strei playing Canada Day in Henderson Lake Park. Photo by Richard Ameryhard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:26 )

Sessions rock a comic book shop

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 The back of a comic book shop might seem like an odd place for live music, but it made sense for local pop punk trio Sessions,Saturday, June 29.

Sessions playing Kapow Comics, June 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 I just missed a loud set from Chief Mountain, but was in time for the catchy pop punk of Sessions which brought me back to the ’90s glory of Green Day and Blink-182.

 Flashing lights were synchronized in time to the music.
 They sang about light-hearted, fun subjects like bad coffee and social media few other ordinary  life observations.
 The trio played a tight and enjoyable set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:02 )

Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few play decades of music at 1010 Pub

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As everyone else was on an extended break, the only other weekend show I caught was Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few playing in the shadows of the 1010 Pub, June 29 and running through several decades worth of music.

Jolene Drapwer singing at the 1010 Pub, June 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played their usual energetic set of pop and rock including covering the white Stripes’ “7 Nation Army.” They explored their  pop side on  a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way”  with lead singer Jolene Draper bouncing up and down as she sang. They dabbled in the ’60 with their usual solid cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “ Somebody To Love.“

 They went back to the ’90s for the Spin Doctors  “ Two Princes,” and showed their heavy ’90s side on a cover  of Rammstein’s “Du Hast.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2019 09:55 )

Dave mcCann and the Firehearts play mostly original set at Casino

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I hate choosing favourites in this city, but local alt country/roots musician Dave McCann is definitely one of my favourites, so I made a point of catching his show of upbeat alterntive country and folk music at Casino Dave McCann at Casino Lethbridge, June 29.  Photo by Richard AmeryLethbridge, Friday, June 29. He was at the Casino on Saturday as well.
 He and his solid band including bassist Shawn Worden , Lead guitarist David Bauer and drummer Steve Hazlett.

 He began his set with a couple of old favourites including “Road to Cain,” and Broken Bugs,” but his mostly original set  mostly focussed on new songs and songs from his most recent CD “Westbound ’Til Light.”

 They ended their set with a solid  cover of Lucinda  Williams’ “Everything But the Truth.”

 Their next set included a lot more new music, beginning with “Can’t Cheat the Mountain” and ending with “Mexican Sparrow,” from the new CD.

As usual, his voice had a smooth Todd Sniderish rumble to it.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2019 09:42 )
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