Festival fever and ’80s music in Lethbridge this week


Lethbridge has festival fever this weekend, with three festivals happening on Saturday alone.

There’s no live music, but you can get your fill of ribs as Ribfest returns to the Enmax Centre parking lot, Aug. 13-15 beginning at 11 a.m. each day.


CKXU is doing another For the Record at Theoretically Brewing  with Edmonton rock band Wares, Calgary’s Pope Joan, And Lethbridge‘s bailey Kate, Revanchist and  Makiisma performing beginning at 6 p.m. There is no cover for the show. There will also be a live stream of the show https://www.twitch.tv/ckxu_radio


Steve Keenan plays a pair of festivals this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 Also free, Arts in the Park returns to Civic Field downtown , Saturday Aug. 14 and 15 with performances  by Willy Big Bull at 1:15 p.m.  on Aug. 14 followed by New West Theatre’s Singing in the Sun at 2 p.m. 

Dexter and Sons performs at the Sunday show, Aug.15 at 1:15.


 If you didn’t have enough outside fun, local ’50s pop rock band the Bridge Mix and the Steve Keenan band  perform at Legacy Park on Sunday, Aug. 15 from 1-5 p.m. The show is free, There is a suggested donation of $10.


The Lethbridge Folk Club takes over Legacy Park beginning at noon, Saturday, Aug. 14.

The Lethbridge Folk Festival features local acts the Junkman’s Quire, The Steve Keenan Band and Celtic Routes plus Revelstoke‘s Maggie May, Edmonton singer/songwriter Scott Cook and Calgary’s The Travelling Mabels.


But there is live music happening all week beginning with the open mic at the Coco Vanilla tonight, Aug. 9. The Owl Acoustic Lounge has their weekly open mic on  Aug. 10 and the Slice has their open mic on Thursday, Aug. 12. Honkers Pub has their Friday night open mic on Friday night and their afternoon open mic on Saturday. And the Coco Vanilla has their usual Sunday afternoon family jam.

 But the Slice also features Wednesday night live, Aug 11 with Scott Davidson, Cody Hall, Nebula and  the John Scott band.

 The Slice pops on Friday, Aug, 13 with local alternative rockers Fawns synth pop musician Tyler Vanden Dool and Calgary’s synth pop/ electronic duo Khillah Khills. There is a $10 cover for that show.


 The Allied Arts Council’s Upside Downtown concert series features Dave McCann performing on Thursday, Aug. 12 from 5-7 p.m. in Rotary Square outside Casa.


 Live music is back at Casino Lethbridge. Uncovered will be holding court, Friday and Saturday, playing all your ’90s favourite and more beginning at 8 p.m.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has a Friday the thirteenth punk show with The Hockey Moms, Pomeranian Fight Club and Banff punk rock band Regal Foul who will be promoting their new CD Monsters In Disguise.


 If the ’80s is more your thing, there are a couple opportunities to poof up that hair and dust off the spandex.

Local Def Leppard tribute Stage Fright take the stage at Club Lime on Friday, Aug. 13 with  Calgary’s Gil Tougas of the Lost Boys, Broken Toyz and Sweet Lucy.

 Tickets are $30. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.

 Covid cancelled a big ’80s night at La Cite Des Prairies last year, but Tyrants of Chaos and the Andi Roberts Band return for the rescheduled show, Saturday, Aug. 14. Admission is $10. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets from the cancelled show will be honoured at the rescheduled show. There will be  prizes for best ’80s outfit.


The Slice also goes metal, Saturday, Aug. 14 with Calgary power metal band Syryn performing with local indie rockers 21st Avenue, Alumnus and rockabilly/psychobilly band Hell Diablo featuring The Phantom Creeps’ Tyler Brownfield. Admission is $10. The show begins at 9 p.m.

 If you want to laugh, The Lethbridge Shakespeare performance Society’s last Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens performance is sold out for Aug. 13.

They will be in the Casa community room, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. and they close their season in Galt Gardens, Aug.19 and 20 beginning at 7 p.m.

 Good Times features a Roast Battle with Defending champion Jordi Botti.

Lori Ferguson returns to Good Times, Saturday, Aug. 14. She has an early show at 7 p.m. and late show at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 August 2021 13:33 )