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Festival square live entertainment has been going on  for most of the week in the newly opened Festival square. I only caught the preview of the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society’s summer production of Hamlet. 

I caught a few more acts on Thursday.

 

Danica Sommer singing with the New Testaments in Festival Square, June 23. Photo by Richard Amery

Rudy Strangling Wolf, who will be playing Casino Lethbridge with his band this weekend, was playing a solo  set  of mostly original  country music, with the help of backing bass, drums and lead guitar tracks as well as live background vocals . He ended his set with a great cover of “Driving With The Brakes On.”

 

 A couple of excellent local pop bands closed off Thursday’s live entertainment schedule.

 

 I’d never heard the Last Minute Letdowns. They played an upbeat set of contemporary rock and pop including Walk the Moon’s “ Shut up and Dance With Me.”

Rudy Strangling Wolf playing  in Festival Square, June 23. He is also at the Casino this weekend with Rudz Crew. Photo by Richard Amery

They alternated between male and female lead vocals. Their keyboardist was spotting a T shirt from local fun band Adequate.

They dug deep for an excellent cover of Aretha Franklin”’s Respect.”

 

 Local bluesman added some extra spicy lead guitar to a cover of Needtobreathe’s “Oh, Carolina.”

 Braun would be back to add some more spice to local pop and funk band The new Testaments who finished off Thursday night.

 

The New Testaments played a fast paced, bass heavy, percussion fueled set of contemporary hits, highlighting Danica Sommer’s lead vocals. She shone on Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.”

They also covered Liz’s “Juice” and Bruno Mars.They went back a few years for a cover of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.

 

 The band embarked on multiple jams on hits  songs powered by that overpowering , funky bass.

They guitarist got to show off his chops of  Santana‘s “Maria Maria.”

 

 Eric Braun returned to a dd a little more blues on some Toto and  on “Tennessee Whiskey.”

 

Festival square fun has been delayed due to the rain, though  there will yoga in the rain.

Eric Braun plays with the last Minute Letdowns  in Festival Square, June 23. Photo by Richard Amery

 The afternoon productions of Hootenanny will take place in Analog book which will also host fine arts activities. 

 

Heroes and princesses, The band Formerly Known as Karen Lewis and Pam, Westwards Thunders and Sheldon Day Chief and Indigidrip have been cancelled.

 The beer garden opens at 5:30 p.m.

 

Willy Big Bull, Makiisma and John Wort Hannam are scheduled to play this evening at 6 p.m.


 —By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Friday, 24 June 2022 12:20 )  
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