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The Galacticats to blend blues with garage rock and a lot more

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While Guelph based band the Galacticats have a name more apt to a surf band, they started off as a blues band and eventually turned into a garage  rock band that  blends all of those influences and much more.

The Galacticats play the Slice, June 17. Photo Submitted You can hear them for yourself at the Slice, June 17 with guests to be announced.

They are enjoying their first tour outside of the Guelph and southern Ontario despite being stuck in Schreiber with a broken down van.

“It’s been really great so far. We’re playing a  a lot of places we haven’t been before,” said lead singer/ bassist Vanessa Tignanelli waiting for that precious part to come in for their van so they can make it to their Winnipeg show.

“We played North Bay and Barrie and a new festival in Sault Ste. Marie called Lobstock, ” she enthused.

Kieran Lehan formed the band back in 2013, but was immediately taken by Vanessa Tignanelli's voice.

 “ So we put a bass in her hand and asked her to join the band,” he said. Alex Harris and Ross Baird complete the band’s line-up.
Lehan noted the band began as a traditional blues band, but soon expanded their sound.
 The band  released their self titled EP this year.


Calgary’s Bluesland leave their hearts in New Orleans

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Bluesland and the Cold Sweat Horns may call Calgary home, but their hearts are in New Orleans.
 The eight piece band including by producer, guitarist Terry Medd.

The players are; Pat Belliveau and John Reid – Tenor Sax, Dr Z – Trumpet, Paul Evans – Baritone Sax, Guy Plecash – Keyboards and Lead Vocals, Kenny Chalmers – Drums, Bryan Czar - Bass Guitar, and MartBluesland play the Lethbridge Jazz Festival, June 13. Photo submittedy Cochrane – Lead Vocals, play  the Slice, June 13  for the Lethbridge Jazz Festival.

 Guitarist / producer Terry Medd fell in love with the New Orleans style of music  the first time he played there in the ’70s.
He was amazed by the variety of music happening.

“ The first time I went there I saw a funeral. And at first it would be a funeral procession then the next second, you’d have this group of guys playing everywhere in the street,” he recalled.

“ It became more of a celebration,” he said, adding he was impressed with how entwined music  was in the people’s lives.
He was just as impressed with the instruments themselves and managed to incorporate vintage instruments like a 1920's drum kit into Bluesland’s second album “ Down In New Orleans.”


Tough choices for the end of May

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May ends on a high note and a lot of tough choices for roots music lovers.Trevor Alguire returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 There are three top notch roots/ indie rock shows happening on May 30.
Lethbridge alt country singer songwriter Leeroy Stagger and his band stop by the Geomatic Attic in support of their new CD “Dream It All Away.” Their show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $27.50. Ryland Moranz opens the show.

If you want to move with folk rock groove, Fernie based stoke folk band Shred Kelly return to Lethbridge to play Studio 54 with the Silkstones. They are touring in support of their latest CD “Sing To the Night.” The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $20.

 The other folk influenced show comes courtesy of Calgary's Locomotive Ghost, who return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 30 with new members and new music. There is no cover for the show.

If you want to bang your head, be at the Slice, May 30 where there will be a night of local metal featuring Killage, Caste of Shadows and Trismegistus.


The ladies to rock Lethbridge for the long weekend

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The ladies rock Lethbridge in all manners for the long weekend.
 This week is marked by several top notch female musicians performing.

 The Lethbridge Folk Club presents WinJuran Greene and Hippodrome play Casino Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amerynipeg folk trio Sweet Alibi at the Lethbridge College Cave.
Amber Neilsen (vocalist/ guitarist/ ukulele), Jessica Rae Ayre (lead vocals,guitar, harmonica) and  Michelle Anderson ( electric guitar/banjo/ background vocals) will be joined on this tour by bassist Alasdair Dunlop and drummer Jake Bell.
They are touring in support of their Western Canadian Music Award winning CD “ We’ve Got To.”
 Cathy Hawley will be opening the show, which begins at 8 p.m.
 Tickets are $25  for Folk Club members or $30 for non members and invited guests.

Also on May 16, the Slice welcomes Canmore based alt country/ folk musician Lori Reid, May 16 with Pillgrim (Robin Periara).

 If you want to eat before that  show, check out the talented guitarist Fei Fei Du at the Mocha Cabana, May 15 and 16.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge brings in the Tracy Linn band, May 16.

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