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Gord Bamford excited to raise money for local mental health organizations with drive in concert

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Australian born, Lacombe based country star Gord Bamford had to change a few plans due to Covid 19 including cancelling the Rednek tour in support of his most recent CD.

Gord Bamford and Lisa Dodd. Photo by Richard Amery
 Instead, he is playing a limited number of drive in shows to raise money for mental health organizations in all of his tour stops. The Lethbridge show will go to Woods Homes and the Lethbridge and District Family Services, July 11 at Exhibition Park. He sold out the first  one — a Canada Day show in Red Deer, and is excited about shows in Lethbridge on July 11, Calgary on July 18, Grande Prairie, July 24, and Medicine Hat on a date to be announced.


“ It’s $65 per car and you can fit as many people in the car as you have seats. You put the windows down and open the sun roof. There will be surround sound and giant video screens. It will be like a Pink Floyd tribute show,” he said, noting they had to shelve a lot of projects  including the #Rednek tour in support of his most recent album.


“We were hoping to reschedule that tour, but weren’t able to. So we just decided to shelve the album and move on to the next project,” said Bamford, who has a number of hit singles, including  “Red Dress,” Dive Bar,” “ Country Junkie,“ Neon Smoke” “Day Job” and “Is it Friday Yet” which his shows will focus on, though he has released five new singles off of the shelved eight track album #Rednek.


“I’m not much for playing new music at the shows. Fortunately I have a lot of songs on the radio that I can play that people like,” he said.
“It’s a tough time for the music industry, so we’re all having to do things differently,” he said. Even videos.

 He released a video for “Just Let Go” in late June, featuring the band members dressed up in their favourite heavy metal costumes and recording their parts from their homes.

“That was a concept we had before. And it turned out great. It was a lot of fun,” he said, adding he is excited to play shows, albeit in a different and unique way.

“I’m just excited to tour. Because we don’t know when we’ll be able to tour again,” he said, adding he was disappointed to let the last album go.
“We released five singles. All of our marketing for the album has gone away. I took last year off. I wrote 40 new songs. I hadn’t expected to take this year off too,” he continued, adding he is considering a drive in tour across Canada when things clear up.

“ That would be fun because people could tailgate and barbecue smokies and hamburgers,” he said, adding that won’t be happening for these shows with all the new rules fans must follow.
“It’s a different experience especially playing to a row of cars,” he continued, adding the sound is also different as he isn’t used to Surroundsound bouncing back at him.
“ We worked a lot with Alberta Health to make this happen as safely as possibly, ” he said, noting there are a lot of rules that must be followed.

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Skinny Dyck records “Get To Know Lonesome” at home on tape

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Ryan “Skinny” Dyck, went old school to record his new record with Evan Uschenko.Get to Know Lonesome
 Dyck, who plays steel guitar with several local bands as well as Winnipeg musician Sean Burns, recorded his new record “ Get to Know Lonesome” in his living room at the end of March, just as Covid panic was taking off.
“ I sang and played guitar and steel guitar. Evan did everything else and did all  the rhythm,” he said.
 Dyck has always embraced a raw classic country ”60s sound, and feels he captured that feel by recording the record on cassette tape with an old Tascam eight track recorder.
“I like what my steel guitar sounds like with the tape compression,” he continued.
“ It feels more real. I always liked vintage ’60s and’70s country. You don’t have the digital crassness,” he said, adding every thing was done in one or two takes.
“It’s more onerous to go back and do overdubs, but it can be done. So we tried to get everything in the first couple of takes,” he said.
The 10 tracks resulted from his work with a local songwriting group, who challenged themselves to write a song a month.
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Fundraisers and comedy this week

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It is a surprisingly busy week this week.

Beaches has restarted their Wednesday night open mic .

 Red Deer country band the Red Hot Hayseeds return to the Slice, Friday, July 10. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

And Theoretically Brewing has started their patio sessions season with live music on their patio. Blue and Lemba will be performing on Friday, July 10 beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is pay what you can.

There are two big fundraising concerts.
The Slice features a variety of local bands, Saturday, July 11. Folk metal band The Minstrels of Crevas begin the show at 8 p.m., followed by classic rock band the Andi Roberts Band, pop rock band the Waterfront at 9  p.m., punk band the Scallywags at 9:30 p.m, Hard rock bands SI at 10 p.m and QuickDraw at 10:30 p.m and alternative/classic rock band Fractures of Etalon at 11 p.m.. An open jam begins at  11:30-. Everybody will be playing 20 minute sets.

They will be playing to support local music venue Keenan Pezderic and Tyson Maiko play the Owl Acoustic Lounge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amerythe Slice. There is no cover, so patrons are encouraged to hoist a pint and have some of their delicious pizza.

The music begins at 8 p.m. sharp.  There will be a special jam session after beginning at 11 p.m. Singers are required to bring their own microphones. There will be a backline available. So all you have to do is bring your axe, mic and muse. Amps will be disinfected in between sets.


And Albertan raised, Australian born country star Gord Bamford is performing a special live drive in concert at  Exhibition Park, July 11 as well. Tickets are $65 or $110 for  VIP parking up front. It is a fundraiser for mental health organization s in Alberta.
 Bamford, who has numerous radio hits including “Heard it In a Song,” “Stayed ’til Two” and “Red Dress,” already sold out a Canada Day performance.
 There are numerous rules that must be followed.
Each vehicle may include a maximum of four people though exceptions will be made for large families. People sharing a vehicle should be from the same household or cohort. Windows can be rolled down and convertibles can have rooftops open. No crowd participation permitted. People are asked to remain in their vehicles for the entire concert. People hanging outside of their windows or sunroofs will be instructed to stay inside their vehicles by security and MC’s or they will be instructed to leave.
No food and beverage sales will be available onsite. No giveaways or handouts onsite. Guests will be instructed to bring their own food and beverage to consume within their vehicle. Guests will be asked to take all their garbage with them when they leave the event.

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Great memories as a perfect storm forces closure of Average Joes

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Average Joes has been the latest business casualty of Covid 19. While any local business closure hurts, Average Joes really smarts because Average Joes was more than just a sports bar, of which there are many in Lethbridge. It was the only sports bar to regularly double as a mid sized music venue, which featured up and coming rock, country, pop and alternative acts, not toThe Chevelles were pretty much Average Joes’ house band. Photo by Richard Amery mention many great tribute acts. A lot of people are sharing their favourite memories photos and videos on a new Facebook group called Average Joes Sports Bar Lethbridge Concert Memories which brings back a lot for me. 


Average Joes was the great mid sized venue that Lethbridge desperately needed and needs even more so now as both the overall population as well as the number of music fans are increasing.

I remember many a night I ended up deaf, blind and drunk at an Average Joes show, and a few I don’t quite remember.


 Average Joes announced the closure on social media, June 24, blaming a perfect storm of Covid resulting in the complete elimination of concerts, entertainment events and sporting events which attracted their main client base and lack of students.


“After much consideration, efforts, plans that fell through, pending sale of our rented home, Covid closure and many other impacts... Average Joe's will be keeping the doors closed. 
New ownership took over February 1st with all the best intentions and great potential but the unexpected provincial closure due to covid has cost more than expected & has stopped university students visits, sporting events, concerts and entertainment bookings, large gatherings and many others that affects our day to day business model. Lonny, AJs owner, has not decided whether when/if he will open at another location.
 It is an extremely hard decision to make considering he came out of a nice retirement in AZ to take on this opportunity. If anyone could have made AJs fabulous again, it would have been him. Enter covid and the story is different.
Thank you ALL for your support and patronage. Your kindness and hopes for us to reopen. We will miss you and our home sweet bar home,” according to their Facebook page

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Last Updated ( Friday, 03 July 2020 20:14 ) Read more...
 

Centric Music Festival showing concerts online

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Time sure flies when you’re in quarantine. In a Covid free world, by the end of June, Lethbridge would usually be full throes in the middle of a busy festival filled summer.
Music lovers would be gearing up foCentric Music  Festival Executive and Artistic Director Ryan Kolodziejr The Rotary Dragon Boat Festival followed by Canada Day celebrations, which have also been cancelled, as well as the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival celebrations, and Shakespeare in the Park would be finishing up rehearsals for their production of the Merry Wives of Windsor, which will be online this year.


 In the middle of all of the that, classical music lovers would be enjoying the Centric Music Festival at venues all over Lethbridge.


But this year,  three Centric Music Festival concerts are also going to be online beginning Sunday, June 21, with a live streamed concert by Toronto based pianist Younggun Kim, which takes place on the Centric Music Festival Facebook page  http://www.facebook.com/centricmusicfest/live/ at 2 p.m. MST.


The next concert, Livestream Concert II: Dances from the Old Country, features Montreal violinists Diane Bayard and Guillaume Villeneuve, who will be performing excerpts of 44 duos for two violins including works by B Bartok, S Prokofiev, C Gardel and traditional folk song Danny Boy.That concert will be broadcasted live, June 28 at 2 p.m. MST


 The third concert Summertime-celebrating Life and Season, features Vancouver violinist Teodora Dimova and pianist Perri Lo performing works by Mozart, Sibelius, J Massenet, G Bizet, G Gershwin and A Piazzolla. That concert will be July 5 at 2 p.m. There may be more concerts in July.


“It won’t be the same experience with the the musician feeding off of the energy of the audience in the same room. People want all of the experience,” agreed Centric Music Festival Executive and Artistic Director Ryan Kolodziej, noting Centric looking for alternate ways for musicians to get their music to the public.


 While the concerts will be live streamed, they will also feature local performers, who put their performances on video, which will be broadcast before the concerts.
 “We asked the performers to perform a 45 minute show, which gives us time to  feature local artists,” he continued.

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