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The Burn Ins to bring a touch of the blues to Lethbridge

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Elkford B.C. blues rock trio the Burn-Ins are excited to return to Lethbridge with new music.

The Burn Ins play Lethbridge on Monday. Photo submitted
“It’s been a  good year so far,” said bassist/vocalist Kristine Lyall, who along with drummer Aaron Lyall and guitarist Aaron  Mokry make up the Burn-Ins.
“We’re still living out of our van,” she added.

 They are working on the follow up to their 2015  CD “ On the Inside” with producer Jonathan Anderson in Maple Creek.

“He  did our last album and we really liked working with him, so we decided to do it again,” Lyall continued.

 The Burn-Ins  host the Owl Acoustic Lounge  open mic on Monday, Feb. 20.
She noted they are still writing the songs for the new CD.
“We’re still getting the songs together and rewriting. It’s still on the same page. it’s still blues rock,” she said, noting they expect to release the new CD, to be called ‘Start A Fire,’ in the summer.


Tom Green blending rap and comedy in Snow Jam Tour

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Comedian Tom Green distills the essence of a 30 year manic career including rap, prank comedy and stand up comedy into  “Tom Green’s Snow Jam Comedy and  Hip Hop Tour, which comes to Studio, Feb. 18.
“I’m super excited about this show,” said Green, who is excited to snowboard, as he has lined up several B.C. shows within easy reach of ski hills.Comedian Tom Green comes to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Neil Visel

“We have shows around Whistler and in the interior of B.C. and we‘re going to  do something special during them. We‘re going to give out  secret locations so you can come and snowboard with us,” said the Ottawa born Green, who has called Los Angeles home for the past 17 years.

“I like it a lot. It is a really creative city. I have a lot of great friends there. It is a great place for stand up comedy,” he said.

 Green , who began his entertainment a career in the early ’90s as a rapper, was  an immediate hit in the 1990s with his Tom Green Show on MTV and on the big screen in movies like “Road Trip” and “Freddie Got Fingered.” He also made an impression with appearances on The David Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live.  In recent years he has been spending a lot of time  on the road, touring comedy festivals from Melbourne to Montreal and all over the United States.

“I haven’t been to Lethbridge for a few years. Last time I was there was probably five years ago. Down by the railroad trestle there’s a lookout . I tried parachuting off of it. It didn’t work . I ended up rolling down the hill. If I tried that today, I probably wouldn’t bounce as well,” he recalled.
“It’s been exciting. I feel very fortunate. I developed a show for MTV, I’ve had films shown all over the world. So it really has been exciting,” he said.
“I was on the Saturday night Live 40th anniversary show. It was spectacular. I was surrounded by all of these legends like Paul McCartney, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy. It was a surreal experience,” he enthused, adding he has been blessed.

He was even supposed to marry her live on Saturday Night live to Drew Barrymore, but she didn’t show.

 “That was a bit. We decided to have some fun with it. We actually got married after that, then we got divorced, so thanks for bringing that up,” he said, adding he’d rather accentuate the positives of the past 30 years. 


Old Favourites 6 features Canadian hits for Nord Bridge

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Old favourites returns this week to lend the Nord Bridge Senior’s Centre and hand and a few songs a a lot of laughs and a whole lot of Canadian culture with their regular show at the Yates Centre Feb. 17 and 18.Scott Carpenter, Kelly Roberts, Arlene Bedster, Erica Hunt and Jeff Carlson are excited to being Old Favourites 6 to the Yates, Feb. 17 and 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 Old Favourites 6, features New West Theatre performers past and present, playing , well, old favourites for a good cause.

“ It’s the first sesquicentennial (celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday) show of the year, so there will be a lot of Canadian singers, songs and comedy,” observed performer Jeff Carlson, who will be joined by Arlene Bedster, Erica Hunt, Scott Carpenter, Kelly Roberts, Andre Royer and Jordana Kohn on stage.

“It’s the first of many 150 year celebrations this year,” echoed Erica Hunt.
 Arlene Bester will be performing a pair of Joni Mitchell songs and a kd lang number. There will also be songs made famous by Roger Whittaker.

“ He’s not Canadian, but he loves Canada,” joked Carlson.
 There will also be familiar hits from bands like Doug and the Slugs, the Stampeders, Blue Rodeo, Toronto, Trooper, the Irish Descendants, David Francey and Stompin’ Tom Connors and much more.

“It’s hard to do songs from every Canadian band,” Hunt observed.

“We’ve got some new, fresh comedy and we‘re bringing back some classic songs from a decade ago, but you’re guaranteed to see a fresh new show,” she continued.
“ And Jeff Carlson does a cowbell solo,” Carpenter added.


Lots of rock, laughs and rap this week

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It will be an interesting week for live music in Lethbridge.Honeymoon Suite returns to Lethbridge, Feb. 19. Photo by Richard Amery

 Things are slow during the week, however, if you like rap music, Vancouver based rapper Madchild returns to Lethbridge to perform at Studio with Dow Jones, Joseph Rose, J Reds, Feb. 15. Tickets are $15 for early birds, $20 hard copy and $50 for the meet and greet and admission. Local rappers Yahtzen and Chronicphonics, Ella Favella  and Trey Mark are also on the bill.

Get your rock on as local alternative rock band Bummer Club kick off their tour at the Slice, Feb. 16 with Saskatoon noise rock/psych rock duo the Faps, Swim, Wint and Bubble Wrap. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
As usual, most of the live music happens on the weekend.

The sixth annual Old Favourites fundraiser for the Nord Bridge Senior’s Centre is happening Feb. 17 and 18 at the Yates Theatre.
Some of your old favourites and familiar faces from New West Theatre including Jeff Carlson, Scott Carpenter, Jordana Kohn, Arlene Bedster, Andre Royer, Kelly Roberts and Erica Hunt plus Greg Paskuski will be performing a music comedy revue of hits from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and a load of laughter.
 The shows are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Tickets cost $33 regular and a 10 per cent discount if purchased in groups of 10 or more.

Undefined, aka The Mark Hall band wearing their rock and roll hats,  play Coyote Joes on Feb. 17.
Local ’90s rock band Uncovered return to Casino Lethbridge, Feb. 17 and 18.

 Saturday will be a pretty cool night as comedian Tom Green brings his snow jam tour to Studio. He will be performing  a show full of hip hop music, stand up comedy and memories from  his past 30 years in the entertainment business. Tickets are $30 in advance. Doors open at 8 p.m.


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