University of Lethbridge based community radio station CKXU know how to throw a party. They celebrated all things music with their fourth annual Love and Records Music Festival, Sept. 13 in Galt Gardens and broadcast it live across the country.
The event has just exploded over the past few years and drew several thousand people throughout the day. So this year, in addition to a wide array of different styles of music all day long at Galt Gardens, they had numerous attractions for children and families, Johnny Korthuis and The Disciples of Gravity performing leaps, bounds, stunts and aerial ribbon tricks.
There was also an art gallery featuring gorgeous new works created by Lethbridge artists numerous stalls of vendors selling a variety of items, promoting events, and of course lots and lots of records, which had probably the biggest crowd yet prowling through them looking for lost musical treasures.
The music on the main stage, as always, was fantastic, not to mention diverse.
There was truly something for everybody.
The first half of the day featured some of Lethbridge's best musicians beginning with The Global Steel Drums.
Young Medicine were supposed to open but couldn’t make it as they were in Winnipeg accepting the Aboriginal People’s Choice Award for best blues CD.
But Global Drums added some exotic percussion and warmed up everybody starting to trickle into the park.
Local jazz Trio HBO3 were up next to play some laid back jazz music.
Things went a little country after that with Treeline and Shaela Miller who played an array of their original material.
Things stayed in an alt-country/ roots vein with Dave McCann and the Firehearts who played many of the songs off their most recent CD “Circle of Light,” and older material like my favourite “Fireheart” and older favourites like “Standing in the River.”
Fellow Lethbridge alt-country troubadour Leeroy Stagger used his set as as an opportunity to turn things up a notch as well as play some upbeat rocking new material to appear on his upcoming tenth album.
He also turned one of my favourites “Stormy” into a laid back, slightly funky blues jam. He wound his set down with “Dirty Windshields” from his 2012 Album “Radiant Land.”
That was the cue to turn things up and rock out.
Calgary classic metal trio Outlaws of Ravenhurst dressed as knights for their set full of big riffs and lyrics about battle and slaying dragons. Actual swords and armour clanged and clashed through the air as the Lethbridge Medieval Club battled it out in front of the stage during the band’s second song.
After that, Edmonton's the Wet Secrets stole the show with a solid set of eclectic horn and bass powered rock and roll with just a touch of dance music on a long jam for “Nightlife.”
They were all dressed in ’70s band uniforms and there was plenty of upbeat trombone and coronet from the brass section and a two person percussion jam on another song.