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Festivals incuding FLIPfest and Whoop Up Days coming up

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While most of Lethbridge gets geared up for Whoop Up Days, Aug. 22- 26, there are a lot of shows and festivals leading up to it.

The Reckless Heroes play their last show in Lethbridge, Aug. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
 Vancouver world/jazz/blues musician  Bocephus King make a along awaited return to the Slice, Aug. 16. he will be performing with violinist Suzka Mares. Tickets are $10.

 There is comedy at Casino Lethbridge, Aug. 17 as they host Jokers Gone Wild featuring comedians Lars Callieou, Ryan Short, Adam Blank and Brent Ehtun. Tickets are $10. The show begins at 8 p.m.

There is a big rock show at the Slice featuring Scotch whiskey Limosine, Chans and local hard rock band Outrun the Arrow, Aug. 18 at the Slice.

Flip Fest dominates the rest of the week with female and gender non conforming musicians performing throughout the week, but particularly on Aug. 19
 Local band W.I.T.S, Time Boy, Bunwitch and The Shiverettes open the festival at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 18.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 August 2017 18:05 ) Read more...

Shiverettes excited to play fem focussed FLIPfest

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Calgary based  feminist band the Shiverettes are sure to be a highlight of FLIPFest this week.The Shiverettes play FLIPfest on Friday . Photo By Jarett Edmund
The band, including Hayley Muir - vocals; Kaely Cormack - guitar and vocals;Cecilia Schlemm - bass and backup vocals and drummer Steve Richter, open FLIPFest at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Aug. 18 with local band W.I.T. S, Bunwitch and fellow Calgarian Time Boy.

“It’s  a perfect fit for us as Haley Muir and I co- founded FemFest in Calgary, which is about supporting Fem artists, we were very happy to open this festival at the Owl Acoustic lounge,” said guitarist/vocalist Kaely Cormack.

It will be their third show in Lethbridge.

“We played the Owl Acoustic Lounge in May when we released our CD “Dead Men Don’t Catcall,’ and we played a house concert last summer. it will be  the third time, if you count a garage show,” she continued, noting they were looking for a venue, and were offered the chance to play the garage of one of the members of local band J Blissette.

“It was kind of short notice, so we got drunk, rolled around the floor, made a lot of noise and pissed off the neighbours,” she laughed.
 They released their CD “Dead men Don’t catcall” on March 31.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 August 2017 08:50 ) Read more...

April Wine’s Brian Greenway, ready to rock clean and sober

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April Wine guitarist/ vocalist Brian Greenway is clean, sober, and ready to rock and roll.

April wine plays Whoop up Days , Aug. 23. photo submitted
“I’ve been clean and sober for the past two years,” said Greenway, turning off his vacuum robot, at home in Montreal.
 April Wine plays Whoop Up Days,Wednesday Aug. 23, opening for Southern rockers .38 Special.

 April Wine last played Whoop Up Days in 2010 and played the Yates Theatre in 2012.
“All my friends now don’t drink , smoke or do drugs anymore,” he said.

“I want to be able to remember the next 30 years,” he continued.
 The Halifax born, Montreal based rock band, who scored numerous hits in the 1970s and ”80s including “ Weeping Widow, “ Sign of the Gypsy Queen,” “ Tonight is a Wonderful Night To Fall in love,” “Roller,” “ I Like to Rock” and You Could Have Been a Lady,” to name a few, doesn’t play more than 50 concert dates a year.

“ We do about 25-30 shows a year, I’d like to do more, but Myles Goodwin, frontman) wanted to retire and only wants to do that many,” Greenway observed, adding many of their shows are bigger outdoor festivals like Whoop up Days.

“ We probably won’t be playing arenas and stadiums again. But I do enjoy playing larger clubs,” he observed, noting  they just played a festival for 12,000 people.

April Wine formed in 1969 in Halifax, but Greenway is happy to be celebrating he 40th year with the band, having joined in 1977. Drummer Roy ‘Nip” Nichol joined the band in 2012 and bassist Richard Lanthier joined in 2010. Longtime bassist  and songwriter Jim Clench quit April Wine in 2007 and passed away in 2010, while long time drummer Jerry Mercer retired in 2008.
 Frontman Myles Goodwin wrote a book about April Wine, but Greenway hasn’t read it, much less thought about writing his own.
“I haven’t read it. I don’t need to, I was there,” he said.
 He can’t remember  his last Lethbridge show.
 “I was also drinking at the time, that may be part of it,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 August 2017 08:58 ) Read more...

Theory of a Deadman return to play Whoop Up Days

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Theory of a Deadman are excited to open Whoop Up Days  on Aug, 22 with the Trews.

Theory of a Deadman play Whoop-Up Days, Aug. 22. photo submitted
“We’ve definitely played Lethbridge before, but it has been a long time. So we’re excited about it. And it’s Aug. 22 so it’s my birthday too,” enthused Theory of A Deadman bassist Dean Back from his home  in Vancouver, which he just returned to after enjoying a family trip to Denmark.

“They planned it before and I didn’t think I’d be able to make it, but there is a break in my schedule,” he said, noting they band just finished  the second video from their upcoming new CD “ Wake up Call, which is due out in October. They have already released a video for the first single “Rx”—a slow, mournful, dark song about opiate addiction.

 The next video and song will be  completely different from that.

“It‘s a party scene in a frat house. Then song lends itself to a party scene. its an upbeat song. So we got an old house and played in it so it looks like we‘re playing in a frat house.

It should be out by the time we play Lethbridge,” he said, adding fans can expect to hear  the new songs as well as plenty of old favourites like “ Bad Girlfriend,”hate my Life “ So happy” “Since You’ve been Gone” and “Blow.”
 He said the new CD reflects a slight change in musical direction for the band.“It’s a lot different, but it is also something we’ve wanted to  do for a while,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 August 2017 08:55 ) Read more...

Bocephus King returns after Italian touring

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It has been  several years since Vancouver musician Bocephus King visited Lethbridge.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time playing in Italy,” said Jamie Perry, aka  Bocephus King, who returns to the Slice on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Bocephus King returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
“ I’ve been touring there a lot. it’s pretty special,” he continued, noting he has been performing with orchestras under the tutelage of conductor/ trombonist/ trumpet player  Mauro Ottolini who heard him play at a festival named for popular Italian singer Luigi Tenco , who passed away 50 years ago.

“ I was listening to him (Luigi Tenco) a lot when I was driving around Italy. I was really honoured to be asked to play the festival once, and then asked back,” he said.

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