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Dec30

Lots going on for New Year’s Eve 2015

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 There have been a lot of highlights in 2014 and 2015 is already looking pretty exciting.Juran Greene of Hippodrome dons a Rastafarian wig and hat for a Bob Marley cover. Photo by Richard Amery


But first, there are a variety of live music options for New Year’s Eve.


 If you want to dance, Hippodrome will do the trick at Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 31 if you missed their Dec. 26 show at the Slice. The Casino is also offering special sittings for a carved prime rib supper supper at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. for $65. Hippodrome begins at 9 p.m.

The Chevelles will be rocking in the new year, Dec. 31 with LA Chefs at the Coast Hotel with special guests Jackie French and Michael Ayotte. Tickets  for dinner and the show are $60.


 For something more laid back,  The Herb Hicks Jazz Quartet and Sheena Lawson are performing at the Mocha Cabana. There is no cover charge for the show but there is a $10 minimum per guest purchase.


 Bully’s Entertainment Centre also celebrates New Year’s eve by bringing back the Noteables, who will be playing a little bit of everything. There is no cover to come and listen to the music, which begins at 9 p.m.

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Dec17

Zojo Black is back with new CD and new sound

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Zojo Black is back with an all star cast for their second CD “ Imagine.”Greg Gomola is proud of Zojo Black’s new CD “Imagine.” Photo by Richard Amery


 Zojo Black is a Lethbridge blues rock band fronted by guitarist/ vocalist Greg Gomola, who used to play lead guitar with Paul Kype and Texas Flood so he decided to get his friends from Texas Flood involved with his self produced and self recorded CD.


 It features former Texas Flood guitarist Steve Keenan and Paul Kype plus Texas Flood keyboardist Earl MacAuley plus bass from Tyson Maiko, drums from Brady Valgardson and Brad Valgardson plus extra percussion from Brad Brouwer and extra guitars and vocals from Tim Mulgrew, Gary Wittenbole and Greg Melvin.


Gomola “Imagine” is markedly different than working with Paul Kype and Texas Flood.
“It’s the same but also a little different. My music is more blues rock,” he said adding it is also different than the band’s 2011 debut.
“ I wrote all of the songs on this one,” he said noting on the last CD, the band covered Deep Purple’s hit “ Hush,” which ended up giving the band a lot of exposurea.
“ I write songs that are expressive and personal,” he said.


“I did everything with this one. I bought the iMac and rented Taylor Ackerman’s studio at the Farm. I even did the album art,” he said.
“It was a bit of a learning curve, but  we’ve been getting very good feedback on it,” he said.
“ I think the new album is more professional sounding. I concentrated a lot more on song structures. They are a little more focussed,” he said.

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Dec16

This week features old friends and tribute bands

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As Christmas approaches, arms full of presents and bulging credit card bills and  bellies full of  eggnog and ears full of Christmas carols, the live music scene really slows down for touring musicians. On the other hand, that means there is room for a lot of local music.


 This week, Paul Kype and Texas Flood host the open mic at the Slice, Dec. 16, playing all the blues and rock you can use. The Slice brings in Jesse Northey to host the open mic on Dec. 23. And the Slice  has their monthly jazz jam with HBO3  on Dec. 17. There is no cover for either  show.The Shaela Miller Threesome plays the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Amery


  Lethbridge country/ folk trio The Shaela Miller Threesome return to the Slice on Dec. 19 with Treeline. There is a $10 cover for the show.
 The Slice will rock on Dec. 20 with Lethbridge alternative rock band the Void plus The Ruby Plumes, Moose Jaw rock band Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities and alternative rock band Fox Eyes.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge  has a mellow weekend planned with with Lethbridge folk duo Birch Barks featuring Eric  Den Haan and Dillon St. Jean. They will be joined by Unbroken Circle aka a solo acoustic project by Eric  Den Haan.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge also beings in  country music with local country band  Hurtin’ on Dec. 20.


For more rocking country, Casino Lethbridge brings back  Three Hills based country band the Dean Ray band this weekend
If you like jazz music, Dana  Honey returns to the Mocha Cabana this week and in addition to their regular  Thursday  night gig at Plum, HBO3 will be joined by Mwansa Mwansa and Aaron Collier for a night of  R and B, jazz and pop music at Plum, Dec. 20.

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Dec09

Christmas charity takes centre stage this week

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Christmas season kicks into full swing this week with several big holiday concerts happening.Jolene Draper will be performing  with How Did I Get  Tinsel There for the CKXU Holiday Extravaganza. photo by Richard Amery
The annual Mayor’s Christmas Concert featuring the Gold and Silver Community bands will be playing all the Christmas classics you can handle at Southminster United Church, Dec. 13 as well as new works. They will also be featuring harpist Karin Barg. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 and they will be accepting donations for Lethbridge Food Banks.


 Also on Dec. 13, the students of Infunite Drama Academy and the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy will be showing off all they know at McKillop United Church. The concert is 6:30 -8 p.m. Admission is a minimum donation of one dollar. All of the proceeds will be split between the ALS Society of Alberta and Kids Cancer. People are also being asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Lethbridge Food Banks.

While it isn’t Christmas themed, the University of Lethbridge presents the second annual  fundraiser of First Nations and  Metis Bursary concert to CASA, Dec. 12 featuring internationally renowned violist Rivka Golani, pianist Deanna Oye and percussionist Adam Mason.
 The concert will begin at 8 p.m. with Fritz Kreisler’s  “Midnight Bells,”  Michael Colgrass’ “Variations for Drums, a special presentation followed by Ernest Bloch’s “Suite for Viola and Piano and Brahms’  “ Hungarian Dances #1 and 3.”
Tickets are $40 regular, $20 for seniors, alumni and students with all of the proceeds going to the bursary fund.


 And you can’t have Christmas without renown Christmas themed ballet Nutcracker. Although the  Moscow Ballet brought the  Great Russian Nutcracker  Ballet to Lethbridge at the Enmax Centre, Nov. 21, this week the University of Lethbridge Ballet program brings their own production of the Nutcracker to  University Theatre, Dec. 12 and 13 under the direction of Miss Mary and Carol Godlonton. There are matinees at 2 p.m., Dec. 12 and 13 and the main production , Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $23.50


For a Christmas party guaranteed to get a little bit wilder, CKXU’s Holiday Extravaganza happens at the Slice, Dec.12 featuring local bands like Cosmic Charley and the Ruby Plumes, Edmonton experimental rock band Midnight Crisis and a couple bands formed just for the occasion of tearing apart Christmas favourites including How Did I Get Tinsel There featuring Jolene Draper and Steve Martin, St. Christmas Creep and Christ Cringle.
There is a $10 cover for the show.


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