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Eclectic week of laughter, loudness and great music

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April winds down with an eclectic selection of entertainment happening.

 Tonight there are several excellent shows happening.

Juno Award winning bluesman Paul Reddick is  at the Geomatic Attic beginning at 8 p.m., April 25.Outrun the Arrow play the Smokehouse with Sleep Science, April 28. Photo by Richard Amery

 After that finishes, things heat up at the Slice with indie rock/ roots groups the matinee and  the Fast Romantics performing.

Then, get over hump day with laughter at the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s stand up comedy open mic, Wednesday, April 26.
That same night, if you missed them at the Casino on the weekend, or just want a second helping of the blues, local blues rock band  Zojo Black play the Slice.

There is an array of music happening on the weekend, with an emphasis on country and folk music.
 Winnipeg bluegrass band the D-Rangers are back together and stopping by the Slice, Friday, April 28 for what should be an exceptionally energetic and sweaty show at the Slice. They will  be performing with fellow Winnipegger, indie folk musician Okay Mann aka Katlin Mathison and  Edmonton indie folk trio Post Script.
The Red Hot Hayseeds are at the Owl Acoustic lounge on Friday, April 28 as well.

For the complete opposite to that, The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Museaus Extras series features Strings Sing at the Cité des Prairies at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $25 for the concert or $50 for the full experience including  dessert and a meet and greet before the concert. the program features Alexander Borodin String Quartet No 2 (Scherzo & Nocturne)
Léo Delibes — Flower Duet from Lakmé; Franz Schubert —Death and the Maiden Quartet and
Giuseppe Verdi — String Quartet in E Minor (Scherzo & Trio) .

 For the opposite again, the Smokehouse is starting to host more shows.
Local hard rock band Outrun the Arrow will be performing with Vancouver’s Sleep Science. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:27 ) Read more...

Shaela Miller pumped to compete in Storyhive video competition

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Local roots and country musician Shaela Miller is excited to compete in the Storyhive video competition and hopefully win a $10,000 grant to shoot a video with Calgary  director Laura Combden for a new song “Colour My Love”  from her brand new album due out in the Fall.

Shaela Miller is competing in the Storyhive video competition. Photo by Richard Amery
“She approached me about it because she’s been a fan of mine for a long time and she saw me perform the song at South Country Fair and she said it stuck with her,” Miller said.

“It’s very cool. I’m pumped about it,” she said.

“ Originally she wanted to shoot a video for ‘Lonely’ but I didn’t want to do a video for an old song that came out seven years ago so I sent her rough mixes of the new album,” she added.

“ It’s about a sheriff’s wife and a female convict, who realize that though they lead very different lives, they aren’t that different from each other,” noted Miller, who will be playing both women in the video.
If she wins, they will shoot the video in Southern Alberta in early June, with a July release.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:06 ) Read more...

Petunia preparing for new album and new movie role

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There‘s no moss on Vancouver roots musician Petunia.Petunia returns to the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Amery

  He plays Lethbridge quite a bit, most recently for New Year’s Eve at the Slice.
 He returns to the Slice, April 29 with long time collaborator Nathan Godfrey.

 In addition to a lot of touring, Petunia recorded the follow up to last year’s CD “Dead Bird on the Highway” in Nanton with producer Steve Loree and has embarked on an acting career.

“I’ve been in Portland rehearsing for  new movie called the Musicianer about a singer in the 1920s who does not age. We start filming it in June,” said Petunia, having lunch in Vancouver, noting it will only take seven days to shoot his part.
“I’m only in half of it. I wrote a song for it and they‘re using some of my music in it.

He is excited to work with film maker/ writer /musician Beth Harrington, who also used to play with Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.
“She also  did a  movie called  the Winding Stream about Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Johnny idolized her mother Maybelle Cash. Before that she did a movie about women in Rockabilly about women like Wanda Jackson, so it’s like she’s been researching this movie for the past 20 years,” Petunia enthused.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:56 ) Read more...

Reunited D-Rangers returning with mutant bluegrass music

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Winnipeg mutant bluegrass band the D-Rangers are glad to be back after a seven year hiatus.D Rangers’  banjo player/ vocalist Jaxon Haldane playing the saw with Gordie Tentrees. Photo by Richard Amery
 They return to Lethbridge to play the Slice, April 28 with Okay Mann and Post Script.

“We’re an existing band now and we‘re very excited about it,” said D-Rangers‘ mandolinist/vocalist Aaron Goss, who is glad to be back with band mates, vocalist and banjo / saw player Jaxon Haldane, muck-bucket bassist/vocalist Tom“Twisty” Fodey, guitarist Chris Saywell and fiddler Don Zueff.

“Jaxon was in school in Oklahoma, but he graduated. He has nothing tying him there anymore, so he’s back in Winnipeg,” Goss said.
“ We never intended to take a seven year hiatus. But we played three reunion shows in Winnipeg, Kenora and  Gimli which were successful,” he said.
“We played The Times Changed  and people were lined up around the block, two hours before the show, so that was really reassuring,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:32 ) Read more...

The Matinee have six years of music to share with Lethbridge

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It has been a while since Vancouver band the Matinee has been to Lethbridge, so they are excited to return as a part of a tour with the Fast Romantics, which stops by the Slice on Tuesday, April 25.

“Has it been since 2011? I don’t think we even play any of those songs in the set now,” observed frontman Matt Layzell, after being reminded of the last time the band played Lethbridge.

The Matinee play the Slice, April 25. Photo Submitted
They have released two EPS and a two full length CDs since then including their  debut “ We Swore We’d see the Sunrise” and the brand new sophomore effort “ Dancing On Your Grave.”
 “So it’s high time we get back there,” he continued.

“We’ve been through six tour vans,” he observed.
The band members experienced a variety of personal issues in between their two CD’s including deaths in the family and life altering breakups and on the more positive side– children and marriage, so they took tome time away from extensive touring to live normal lives.
 They returned overflowing with ambition and inspiration.

“I went through a really tough break-up. So I ended up  going on a lot of road trips on my own with just me and my dog,” Layzell said.

“ Recording the CD was a lot of fun. It was a very relaxing process. We all brought our ideas and we locked ourselves away in the studio for three or four days. We had no time constraints. And we discovered how much fun it is to just press record and just jam,” he continued, adding , from Layzell to band mates guitarist/pedal steel player/mandolinist/banjo player/vocalist  Matt Rose;  drummer/vocalist Pete Lemon and guitarist/ percussionist Geoff Petrie contributed  to each individual’s ideas.

“We all had our own perspectives and experiences which we brought. And they’re all universal experiences. For me it felt good just to get everything off my chest,” he said, noting that burst of creative freedom resulted in 40 songs the band sifted down to 15 and then to the 11 on the CD.
He noted the first single “ Dancing On Your Drive” was inspired by the death of his grandfather.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:07 ) Read more...
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