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Windy City Opry and much more this week

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There are some hot local shows coming up in the first week of January.
 This week is all about  guitar pulls or songwriter’s circles.

Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra playing the Owl , Jan. 4. They are at the Slice this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
The first Windy City Opry of the season, Wednesday, Jan. 8 will be a songwriter‘s circle featuring a lot of local talent including  Ali Stuart, Bailey Kate, Skinny Dyck, John Wort Hannam, Shaela Miller and Zach Passey. They will be playing two sets, with three songwriters in each set.  As always the show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover.

The Slice has another songwriter’s circle on Jan. 11 featuring Chris Drew and Friends.
 The next night, Jan. 9, Corduroy Brown aka the Decadent Phases James Swinney, hosts to Slice’s Thursday open mic.
 Megan Brown, aka Makiisma will be at the Owl Acoustic Lounge,  Jan. 10. She will be joined by unique musical collective Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra, who play their own show, Jan 18 at the Slice. They include Joshua Beebe - vocals/guitar/ukulele; guitarist Barry Livingstone; keyboardist Leif Nordholm ; bassist Bee S-O; flautist  Beth Wilson; clarinetist/keyboardist Ty Vanden Dool; cellist Seth Harasem-Mitchell ; Gabe Thaine Olsen playing trombone/percussion and drummer Devin Gergel.

 It is a big local rock night at the Slice, Jan. 10, where Medicine Hat’s Indifferent will be playing with local retro rock band the Cayley and the Waterfront. That show begins at 9 p.m.

 The Lethbridge Folk Club features their first open mic of the year, Jan. 10 at casa at 7 p.m. Admission is five dollars.
 If you are in the mood for a little country, Driven is at Casino Lethbridge for the weekend.
 Lemba and the New Testaments  featuring Ajay Jameson are at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 11.

 If you want to laugh, Ben Proulx  performs at Good Times, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.. Good Times also has a comedy open mic every Tuesday.


It is always pretty special when Winnipeg folk/ punk musician Greg Rekus returns to the Owl Acoustic Longe. He hosts their open mic,  Jan. 13 with Grotko.
 Gabe Thaine is  all over the place in the coming weeks. in addition to performing with Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra, he also hosts  the Slice of blues jam on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
 That is competing with a special Tuesday night show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge,Jan 14, where Montreal based multi-disciplinary Métis artist/ poet and musician Moe Clark will be performing.
HBO3 brings in the New Year with the first jazz jam of 2020, Jan. 15 at the owl Acoustic lounge. It begins at 8:45 p.m. Admission is by donation.

 The Slice has a great show on Wednesday, Jan. 15 as country/ roots musician Daniel Romano shows his punk side with ancient  Shapes. He was last in Lethbridge in 2018. local punk band Facecut and Red Deer stoner rock band King Bull will be joining them.

Tyler Bird hosts the Slice’s Jan. 16 open mic.
It is all about rock and metal on Jan. 17.
Calgary band Shuffalo make their debut at the Owl Acoustic lounge with  North Cold, Jan. 17.
 The Slice  welcomes local melodic hardcore band Invicta heights with Calgary hardcore punk band Citizen Rage with fellow Calgarians, Celtic rock/symphonic metal band Syryn. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
For more mainstream Celtic music, the Lethbridge Folk Club opens their Spring season  on Jan 18 with Edmonton based Celtic  band Celtara. Tickets are $10 students $30  or $25 for members The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp.
 And Zojo Black play the blues at Casino Lethbridge, Jan 18.
 And Kyle Gruninger returns to Lethbridge as part of the queen Musical “We Will Rock You,” At the Enmax Centre, Jan. 19.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 06 January 2020 09:35 )  
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