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Indigenous entertainment on week’s menu

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Richard Amery

It is a slightly slower week; however, there are a couple of big events happening downtown on the weekend.
On Friday afternoon in Fort Whoop-Up, Indigenous Bridges features a performance of traditional music and dance by the Ainu people of Japan and the Blackfoot Nation at 1 p.m.
The Ainu performers are part of Ainu Art Project which include 23 members which expresses traditional Ainu culture via dance, music and handcrafts.
The Blackfoot drum group is the Yellow Gun Singers drum singers features dance performances by Jeremy Oka and Torry Eagle Speaker.
Fort Whoop-Up admission fees apply, but the event is free to Fort Whoop-Up performers.
Applefest returns to Galt Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There will be performances by local funk rock trio Adequate, Jolene Draper, the Steve Keenan Blues Band, Tyra Whitson and local blues band Coda.
There will also be learning tents, a Kidzone with activities for the kids, vendors, a juicing and plenty of food and good times.
Before that, Windy City Opry opens Aug. 9 with Edmonton musician Andrew Scott plus Medicine Hat musician Derek Hintz and the Dustbowl Dynamos who are Brady Enslen, Matt Coldwell and Tim Herman.
The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. As usual there is a $10 cover for the show.
The weekend is all about acoustic music, the exception being Suite 33 rocking Casino Lethbridge, Aug. 11 and 12.
Local alternative rock trio Supervoid unplug at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Aug. 11 with the Crooked Creek Warblers.
The next day, Hamilton singer/songwriter Pat Maloney returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
Admission is by donation.
Over at the Slice, local band Shagadelic perform on Aug. 11. They host Edmonton rock band Stray Arcs on Aug. 12.
The Mocha Cabana has a great show on Aug. 12 for all of you blues, jazz and piano aficionados as the United Kingdom’s supreme boogie woogie piano player, Ben Waters, and his band band plays at 9 p.m. There is a $15 cover charge for the show.
Waters has played with the Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Screaming Lord Sutch and David Gilmour, to name just a few.

Hamilton-based singer songwriter Pat Maloney is serious about his music.
“It’s been pretty crazy. I quit my job four years ago and recorded three full-length albums in three years to show people I’m serious,” said Maloney, who returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge this week, Aug. 12, as part of a quick southern Alberta tour, which includes a stop at the Twin Butte General Store the night before on Aug. 11.
“I think I’ll slow down now and focus on releasing singles and videos,” Maloney continued, noting he is still touring in support of his third CD, “RIGHTHERE.”
“I won’t say I’m not happy with the albums. But I had to record them quickly with very little money. I have a buddy who works in a studio in London, so I get a back-door, buddy deal,” he said.
“But this way I can save up and take my time.”
“I must have played the Owl Acoustic Lounge six or seven times,” he observed, adding Lethbridge audiences are very supportive of his music.
Lately he has been drawing a lot of inspiration from taking advantage of Kijiji ride-share programs instead of driving cross country or being part of the VIA Rail performing artist program.
He is enjoying meeting lot of interesting people with ride share programs, so he will be calling his new album “Ride Share.”
“It’s great. I don’t have to sing about myself anymore. I can sing about these people because I listen to them talk. And they’ll really spill the beans,” he said, noting one memorable ride came from a Saskatoon-to-Winnipeg trip.
“The guy just got out of jail and was going to B.C. because he had a child while he was in jail. The song will be called ‘Ride to Her,’” he said, adding he will be playing a couple of new songs including that one as well as songs from “RIGHTHERE’ and his other albums.
“I’m sold out of the albums, but I’m selling digital download cards with ‘Repotting’ and ‘RIGHTHERE’ on them,’” he said.
Maloney plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. Admission is by donation.
Edmonton-based musician Andrew Scott always looking forward to coming home to Lethbridge.
He returns to Lethbridge to play the Slice for the Windy City Opry, Wednesday, Aug. 9, with Medicine Hat musician Derk Hintz and the Dustbowl Dynamos.
“I hope there are still people in the music community who remember me,” Scott observed from Waterton, where he has a regular gig.
“Lethbridge is such a great community. Edmonton has some cool things but it isn’t nearly as close-knit. It’s something that’s really special,” he said, adding it has been a few years since he has performed here. The last time he played Lethbridge was at the South Country Fair competition in 2014.
Scott, born in Grande Prairie, moved to Lethbridge for school and formed an alt country band called the Turncoats. He moved to Japan to teach English with his wife Julie for three years then settled in Edmonton.
He has released three solo albums, the most recent coming out in November, which inspired by becoming a father to his daughter Evelyn.
“I did a tour of the U.K. for three weeks last year and around the time I was recording the album, found out my wife was pregnant,“ Scott said. “A lot of it is about moving from Japan and settling in Edmonton. Not that I speak for all songwriters, but a lot of creativity is inspired by breaking up with somebody, or settling in a new place or about being in love with somebody who doesn’t love you back. But becoming a father was such an incredible experience, it is inspiring in a completely different way,” Scott observed.
He noted musically, the new songs are still in a folk/roots vein.
“I still play the blues. And I’ve been playing a lot of ukulele. There is always a ukulele song on my CDs. This one has a real Hawaiian/reggae feel to it. It’s such a cheerful sounding instrument,” he continued.
“So I’ll be playing a lot of the new album and some Turncoats stuff. And I’ve learned a couple of covers, real bar-room songs, that don’t fit my usual set, but which I’ve been dying to play.”
He will be joined by drummer Kyle Harmon and saxophone player Ross Samuel.
“He’ll only be playing with me at the end of the set — old country with a saxophone,” he said.
This month’s Windy City Opry at the Slice starts at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover for the show.

August 9
Slice — Windy City Opry with Andrew Scott and Derek Hintz and the Dustbowl Dynamos 8 p.m. $10
August 10
Slice — open mic
August 11
Twin Butte store — Pat Maloney 8 p.m,
Slice — Shagadelic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Supervoid/Crooked Creek Warblers
Casino Lethbridge — Suite 33
Honker’s Pub — Open mic
Mocha Cabana — Dale Ketcehhson
August 12
Galt Gardens — Apple Fest
Twin Butte store — Rob Hollis 8 p.m,
Slice — The Stray Arcs
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Pat Maloney
Casino Lethbridge — Suite 33
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Mocha Cabana — ben Waters band $15 9 p.m
August 14
Onion — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
August 15
Slice — Holy Void, Rainbow patrol, Cope 8 p.m. Cover $10
Smokehouse — Without a Crown, Youngbloods, Cale Michael 7 p.m
August 16
Slice — Bocephus King $10
August 17
Twin Butte store — Warren Murfitt 8 p.m,
Slice — open mic
August 18
Casino Lethbridge — Eric Braun
Owl Acoustic Lounge — FLIP Fest WITS, Time Boy, Bunwitch, the Shiverettes
Mocha Cabana — Rigo the latino
Slice — Scotch Whisky Limosine Hungry Hollow, Chans
Blueprint — FlipFestWares at 7, Brunch Club at 8, Maggy France at 9, Brenna Lowrie at 10
August 19
Galt Gardens — LEMF
Twin Butte store — Alyssa McQuaid 8 p.m,
Slice — Flip Fest with Borsht, Mom Bod, and the Babyfats
Casino Lethbridge — Eric Braun
Owl Acoustic Lounge — FLIP Fest 8 p.m. Jesse Tollstrup, 9 Lacey Hill 10 Mary Lee Bird band, 11 Shaela Miller Band
Slice — 8:30 p.m. Borscht, 9:30 Mom Bod, 10:30 babyfats 11:30 Slut Propheet
Trianon Gallery — 12: Foonyap, 11 p.m. Feverfew 10 p.m. Symfan, 9 respectfulchild
August 20
Twin Butte store — Sean burns 8 p.m,
August 21
Onion — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic with Adam Winn
August 22
Slice — Jimmy Pearson
Exhibition Park — Whoop-Up Days 9 p.m. Theory of a Deadman, 7 p.m. the Trews $59

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