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Michael Bernard Fitzgerald going big on latest tour for “Yes”

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It has been a while since Calgary based soul/ pop singer songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald played Lethbridge.Michael Bernard Fitzgerald returns to Lethbridge, Monday, Oct. 27. hoto by Mark Maryanovich


 The University of Lethbridge graduate brings his band to the Slice on Monday, Oct. 27 as part of his “Way Too Big, Way Too Loud” tour in support of his new CD “ Yes” which was released just over a year ago.


“ I’ve got a great band,” he said  en route to a gig in  Kelowna.


He will be  joined by two drummers including Andrew Ball who has been playing with him for eight years and Adam Cormier.


 “ I just wanted to hear more percussion,” he said of having the two drummers on board.
He will also be joined by bassist Lisa  Jacobs who joins the band for her first tour with them.


“ It feels good,” he said.


In between  tours, he spent six weeks in “the other L.A.”  working on music for follow up to “Yes.”
“I like the climate down there and there’s lots of  producers and musicians doing cool stuff,” he  said adding he is working with  popular ’90s Canadian R and B and soul band  The Philosopher Kings  members Jon Levine to produce his next album.

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Playgoers of Lethbridge put on poignant production of the Dixie Swim Club

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 In a word, Playgoers of Lethbridge's dinner theatre presentation of  the Dixie SwimClub, Oct. 22-25 is “ poignant.”The cast of  the Dixie Swim Club Linda Johnson, Shelly David, Jane Meaker, Donna Galau and  Rita Peterson rehearse. Photo by Richard Amery


 They have a dedicated cast of five women who  play  five very different characters who grew up together as members of their college swim team and meet every year to catch up with each other.


“I think the audience will quite enjoy it,” said director  Lee Prindle who saw a dinner theatre of the Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jane Wooten penned play in Mesa, Arizona and who decided to bring the play to playgoers of lethbridge.
“There's five women in the play and there's no stars or starlet. They all play very different characters. There's one who’s very organized, one who is self centred, one who is accident prone and a nun who decides to get married,” Prindle described.


“ I think it is a lot like Steel Magnolias. But there's no Dolly Parton,” he continued.


“ There's very few plays that have an all women cast. We did the female version of the Odd Couple last year, but there's guys in that,” he added.
 “ It is very poignant. It’s so funny, but it has some serious moments,” he continued.
“I think it’s going to be a hit. I really do.”


The cast includes five very familiar faces with Playgoers of Lethbridge— Donna Galau, Rita Peterson, Jane Meaker, Shelley David and Playgoers President Linda Johnson who makes a rare appearance on stage, though she is a prominent figure backstage.


“It begins when they’re 22 years old at their graduation. Then we see them again at 44 and again at 77,” said Rita Peterson, adding they audience get s to watch women grow and evolve through the years as they cope with  all the tribulations of life.
“ It combines comedy with some serious moments,” Peterson described.

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Ellen Doty returning to bring smooth jazz to Lethbridge

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The Ellen Doty Quartet are excited to return to Lethbridge to bring the jazz to the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Oct. 29.The Ellen Doty Quartet return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery


“ The four of us are on a 30 city tour that starts in Sault Ste Marie and ends in Victoria on Nov. 15,” said vocalist Ellen Doty.


“ This will be the first time we’ve been to a lot of these different cities,” Doty said.
In addition to the performances themselves, She is most looking forward visiting Nova Scotia in in the Fall for the first time.


“I’ve heard Nova Scotia is so beautiful at the time of year,” she said.
 She will be joined by her band, pianist Dan Reynolds; Oliver Miguel (sax/percussion) and Conrad Good (upright bass).


 They are  touring in support of their debut CD “ Gold.”

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Lots of folk, country and metal music happening this week

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The Geomatic Attic is the place to be this month.
 While The Fred Eaglesmith Show was postponed last week, there is a lot going on.

Morgan Davis will be one of many highlights this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 This week the Geomatic Attic presents two big  country/ folk shows.
Ottawa songwriter Jeremy Fisher performs Oct. 22. he is a storyteller and folk singer who draws deeply  from the pop well for his new CD “The Lemon Squeeze.” Joe Nolan is also on the bill. Tickets cost $30.


The next day, on Oct. 23, the Geomatic Attic bring back Winnipeg based country singer Ridley Bent who has also just released a new CD.  Ridley Bent and guitarist  Chris Dunn will be performing as an acoustic duo at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets cost $32.50.


The Lethbridge Folk Club opens their Fall season this week with the Wardens and Richard Burke at the Lethbridge College Cave, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets cost $25 for non members including a membership or $20 at the door for members. They also hold monthly open mics on the second and fourth Fridays of every month and bluegrass jams on the first and third Fridays at  MJs Cycle (1502 -2nd Avenue South).  They have been redefined as a private members club, so you have to have a membership to attend and  have a drink with them during their open mics  and bluegrass jams. There is an open mic at the Folk Club this Friday at 8 p.m. There is a $2 admission fee to attend.


 There is a lot of rock and metal this week as well.
 The Slice goes metal with San Francisco doom metal band Castle who are touring in support of their new CD “ Under Siege.”
 Local progressive rock trio Lustre Creame and local metal band Obsidian Soul are also on the bill.


 Also on Oct. 23, there is a big metal show  at the Westminster Hall featuring Homewrecker from Ohio, Pharaoh from Baltimore, Calgary's Mortuary Rate and Lethbridge bands  Thought Crime and Dysfunction. Admission is five dollars for this all ages gig, which begins at 7 p.m.

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