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Eclectic week features jazz and much more

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An eclectic  and busy week of music is dominated by Lethbridge jazz and blues Festival events happening throughout the week. But that is only some of all the great jazz and blues music happening this week.
The Sojourners’ Marcus Moseley hosts the Jazz and blues festival Sweet inspiration Gospel Concert at Southminster United Church on Wednesday, June 13. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.B.A. Johnston returns to the Owl Acoustic lounge next week. Photo by Richard Amery
 It is competing with what is sure to be a great edition of the Windy City Opry at the Slice, where Eastern European influenced  folk/ roots band the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra will be holding court at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show are $10.

 Thursday night is especially busy. there are suppertime Jazz and blues concerts with  Randy Epp and Don Robb performing  at the Telegraph and James Oldenburg at the Firestone. Both play from 5:30-8 p.m. Johnny Summers and the Calgary jazz Orchestra and special guest Mallory Chipman play the Enmax Centre lounge at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.

 And for the complete opposite to that, Average Joes hosts a great Canadian ’80s metal show featuring the Killer Dwarfs and Kick Axe beginning a t 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.

Friday, June 15 is just as busy, if not more so.
 The Geomatic Attic winds up their season with Vancouver based rockabilly trio Cousin Harley at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $37.50 in advance $40 at the door. They are touring in support of their new CD “Blue Smoke: A Tribute to Merle Travis.

 Most Lethbridge Jazz and blues festival events are at the Enmax Centre.
 Local jazz musicians will be performing at the food Truck Frenzy beginning with HBO3 at noon and the Steve Keenan band winding things up at 5 p.m..
If you aren’t full, Papa King plays the Suppertime blues series at Coulee Brew while Dale  Ketcheson plays the Mocha Cabana. Anna McBryan and Cal Toth play for supper at the Firestone.
 Later that night, Saskatoon blues/ roots musician B.C. Read plays the Slice at 9:30 tickets are $20.

 Then the Mallory Chipman quartet plays the Enmax Centre Lounge at 7:30.
and completely different from that, Gabriele Thaine hosts a CD release party for his new CD “Alone In this World” at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

And Adequate gets funky at Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday.
The Lethbridge jazz and Blues Festival winds up on Saturday, June 16 with several shows. The biggest one is headliner Holly Cole, who plays the Enmax Centre at 7:30 p.m.
 But before that there are suppertime series show at Streatside with James Oldenburg,  and Randy Epp at the Firestone.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge is hopping all day long on Saturday beginning with Vancouver’s Allison Au Trio at 3 p.m. Admission is $20. Then The Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp features their most fun fundraiser- Band Swap 2018 beginning at 7 p.m.


A variety of local musicians mirror the Lethbridge Girls Rock  Camp by picking up an instrument, hopefully new to them, learning to play it, and coming up with a quick set hopefully with an original they wrote for the occasion, all within the previous week.
 After that The Owl hosts a Sweetgrass Youth Alliance  Fundraiser at 9 p.m. featuring local bands Mombod, the Warriorettes and rappers JPB. Admission is by donation.

The Southern Alberta Ethnic Association features the interact Club of Lethbridge’s 3rd annual Global Gala fundraiser featuring classic rock band Dory and the Weathermen who play the Third annual Gala for the Lethbridge and District YWCA. There will be a buffet dinner at  6 p.m., silent auction and dancers and more. Admission is $40.
 And Nanaimo jazz/ dance band Boomshack make their first visit to Lethbridge as well when they play the Slice at 9 p.m.

Pridefest events happen throughout the week. One of the highlights will be  Princess Rules happening at 8 p.m. at Casa featuring princess Edward reinventing her pop star persona.
You can take a brief breather, but not long as Papa King plays the matinee series at the Smokehouse on Sunday, June 17
 And Alberta songwriter Sam Lundell plays the Slice, on Tuesday, June 19 in the middle of his tour. There is a $10 cover.

Last, but definitely not least, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features the return of Hamilton funnyman/slacker poet B.A. Johnson who is still touring in support of his new CD Gremlins 3. Local bands Open Channels and Biloxi Parish open the show. there is no cover, but get there early as it is sure to be packed.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:04 )  
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