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Lots of rock for punks and pop fans this week

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There is a whole lot of pop music happening this week. But while there is a lot of pop, there is really something for everyone from punks to folk fans to people who love the ukulele. Another busy week begins with Golden based folk duo Broken Down Suitcase, who play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 20. Multi-instrumentalists Ben Caldwell and Eric Laroque are always a popular draw whenever they visit Lethbridge. There is no cover for the show.

Ben Caldwell of Broken Down Suitcase. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge also brings in another popular draw— Fort St. James based quirky ukulele powered folk duo Twin Peaks, May 22. Lindsay Pratt and Naomi Shore were an immediate hit during their first visit last summer and won over a lot more fans at South Country Fair with their quirky humour and ukuleles.


The Owl Acoustic Lounge presents a different take on folk music when they welcome Nova Scotia raised musician Sahara Jane to the stage, May 23. She  combines folk music with Indian classical music and fusion.
 If you want a lesson in the Delta blues, the Lethbridge Folk Club brings in a really special show to MJs Cycle, May 22 as Doc MacLean will growl and howl the blues as he tells stories about the places he’s been and the bluesmen he’s met in his travels during the National Steel Big X tour.


 The show begins at 8 p.m., May 22. Tickets cost $25 for members, $30 for invited guests.
If you like your blues with a whole lot of rock, Paul Kype and Texas Flood return to Casino Lethbridge  this weekend. Or if you want to play, Steve Keenan hosts a blues jam at Honkers, Friday, May 22.


 Punks have a pretty fine week as well with three, big, loud, raucous shows to look forward to.
The first show is May 21 at Inferno where Calgary drunk country punks Puttin’ On the Foil will be stopping by bring in the good times with lots of songs about drinking and fishing and having a whole lot of fun. They just released their new CD “Fired Up, Ready to Roll. They will be joined by Bob Scallywag and Seth Anderson.
Doors open at 8 p.m. there will be $10 cover.


 The other big punk show is at the Moose Hall, May 23 featuring Edmonton based  oi/ hardcore punk/street punk band the Kroovy Rookers who released their  new EP “Better than A Kick in the Yarbles.”

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The Gay Nineties excited about creative videos and first full length CD

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Vancouver based rock band The Gay Nineties are in the middle of a great year.


 They enjoyed hanging out in Toronto for Canadian Music Week, which included playing a Music B.C.  showcase at the Rivoli which included Bend Sinister’s Dan Moxon and Hot Panda.

The Gay Nineties return to Lethbridge, May 25. Photo by Richard Amery
“ It was a wicked show,”  enthused Gay Nineties frontman Parker Bossley from Toronto, getting his entire band ( bassist Daniel Knowlton, drummer Malcolm Holt and keyboardist Bruce Ledingham) in on the interview.
They are currently enjoying their Liberal Guilt (their brand new CD) tour with Zerbin, which brings them to the Slice, May 25.


They are pleased with the new CD.
“We released in January, but worked on it all last year,” said Holt.
“ We were excited to do a full length album,” he continued.


 Bossley is even more excited about the two videos the band  filmed for the CDs first singles  “ Hold Your Fire” and “Letterman.”
“ For Hold Your Fire, we hired a professional dance choreographer,” he said adding they were influenced by psychedelic ’70s videos for their video.

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Doc MacLean spreading the gospel of the blues and the road

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Southern born, Toronto based delta blues man has spent the last 10 years exploring all corners of Canada and the  U.S.
 He will be bringing the spirit of the blues and a lot of the tales of his travels when he  visits the Lethbridge Folk Club  Wolf’s Den at MJs Cycle for the first time on May 22.Doc MacLean returns to Lethbridge, May 22. Photo by Richard Amery


“ This is the tenth anniversary of my National steel tour where I’ve been playing all 10 provinces,” said MacLean, getting his car washed in Nelson.


 He noted the  tour, like any tour, has had its highs and lows.
“There’s been an impact on venues. There’s been fewer people at the venues.  And B.C has new drinking and riving laws and people who are folk and blues fans don’t want to stay out as late,” he observed.
“But I’ve had a lot of solid shows as well.  It’s been good,” he said.
He noted  this is the first time he’s played for the Lethbridge  Folk Club, as he usually plays the Owl and the Slice, but couldn’t get into either of them this time.


“ I missed a few anchor shows and I’ve been spending a lot of time down south,” he said adding he is enjoying getting to see  place in the furthest reaches of the country.
“ I’ve got a bucket list of places I want to play, so I’ve been playing a lot of them,” he said.
“My community is the community of the road,” he said adding he is seeing a lot of familiar faces from the past 10 years at his shows.

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Zerbin bring a Darling of a show to Lethbridge

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Vancouver/ Victoria/ Edmonton indie pop band/ synth pop band Zerbin have a Darling of a tour planned in support of their new CD.
They play the Slice, May 25 with the Gay Nineties.Zerbin come to Lethbridge May 25. Photo submitted.
“ We started out fine on the west coast and are working our way east,” said frontman Jason Zerbin adding they will hit Lethbridge on the way back home.


 There has been a lot of support for  their latest CD “Darling” and the latest single “World’s on Fire” which was released, April 14.


Multi-instrumentalist Zerbin plus guitarist  Peter Mol and drummer Duran Ritz  are excited to be playing Canadian Music Week in Toronto.
 They are excited to release the new CD.

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