This week is a great week to both laugh and rock.
But first, one half of Audio/Rocketry, Joe Vickers plays a solo show at the Slice on Wednesday, Nov. 22. He is touring in support of his EP “Wood Burning Stove.”
There is all kinds of hilarity happening this week as well.
Calgary-based comedian Todd Ness performs at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
In Lethbridge, Jokers Gone Wild return to Casino Lethbridge on Nov. 23 as well with comedians Ben Proulx, Mike Dambra and Scott Porteous. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
And if you are a fan of the CBC Radio show “The Debaters,” get ready for the live experience Nov. 24 at the Enmax Centre as host Scott Patterson moderates the immortal debates of “Is Alberta the greatest province?” and “Which is better — real or artificial Christmas trees?,” with Alberta-born comedians Howie Miller and Ryan Belleville. Tickets are $59.50 or $87.50 with a buffet. The show begins at 7:30 p.n.
On the rock side of things, Dory and the Weatherman are playing a fundraising concert Nov. 24 at Southminster United Church to rebuild Canyon Church Camp. Several cabins were lost during the summer’s fires in Waterton. Tickets are $20.
Doors open at 6 p.m. There will also be a silent auction.
On the other hand, get ready to bang your head with a couple of top-notch tribute acts at Average Joe’s.
Damage Inc. will play all of your favourites from Metallica to start the night. They will be followed by Nightrain, a Saskatoon-based Guns N’ Roses tribute.Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Local rock band the Bamboo Guppies play Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday.
Plus local indie rock band the Utilities return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 24. Red Deer musician Nathan Danser is also on the bill.
If you are in the mood for rock with a Celtic twist, Calgary’s Three Finger Shot, who played the Lethbridge College Couleefest in September, play the Slice on Saturday, Nov. 25.
The night before, the Slice hosts a DJ night as Zion Events brings in Golden, B.C.’s Dahly Llama, local DJ Artikz, HDrizzle and Napache.
If you are in a folky mood on Saturday, the Lethbridge Folk Club presents local folk/jazz/world band the Junkman’s Quire to the Lethbridge College Cave, Nov. 25, with John King opening. Tickets for the Lethbridge Folk Club performance are $25 members, $30 guests with membership, $20 students, $10 Children 6-14. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Cranbrook duo Clayton and Joelle of the Good Ol’ Goats bring their beautiful vocal harmonies back to the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage. Admission is by donation.
And Waterton Lakes/Lethbridge musician Herky Cutler returns to Beaches Pub on Nov. 25.
Last, but not least, the Herb Hicks Jazz Quartet play Mocha Cabana on Friday night.
Three Canadian comedians debate the most important issues of the day — “Is Alberta the greatest province in the country” and “Which is better? Fake Christmas trees or real Christmas trees,” as comedian Scott Patterson brings “The Debaters” to the Enmax Centre, Nov. 24.
Patterson, host of the popular CBC radio show “The Debaters,” will be joined by Alberta-raised comedians and actors Howie Miller and Ryan Belleville.
Patterson noted the tour includes comedians from the provinces they are touring in to ensure the show is tailored to the audience.
“One of our comedians is an Albertan, and the other is from Calgary, but moved to Toronto,” said Patterson, from “lovely Trail, B.C.” He has worked with the comedians many times before.
Patterson noted each comedian performs an individual stand-up comedy set, then will engage in the two debates.
“They get a month to prepare for the debate. Even I don’t get to see what they came up with until the show so I can have a genuine reaction,” Patterson said, adding the live performance runs the same way and ends up being an extended version of the broadcast, though this show won’t be broadcasted.
“Comedy isn’t like music in that people don’t tune in to hear their favourite jokes. So every show is a really unique experience,” he said, noting there are only three Alberta dates — Red Deer and Banff in addition to Lethbridge.
“So we’ll probably do the ‘Is Alberta the best province’ debate at all of them and we might do the Christmas trees debate,” he said.
“The Debaters is like a political debate if the politicians were funny,” he quipped, adding, like the radio show, the audience gets to vote for the best debater by their applause.
“You get three different comedians and these comedians are also very good actors,” he continued.
Ryan Belleville has starred in “Workin’ Moms,” CTV’s “Satisfaction” and FOX’s “Life on a Stick” He is also the co-creator of the TV show “Almost Heroes,” as well as performed at the Just for Laughs Festival, CBC’s Halifax Comedy Festival and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival as well as Comedy Now, to name a few.
Edmonton-based First Nations comedian Howie Miller has also had many TV appearances and has been nominated for a Gemini Award for his show “Caution: May Contain Nuts.”
“You’ll get to know everyone very well by the end,” he said.
Patterson has been working with “The Debaters” for the past 10 years.
“I’ve been hosting ‘The Debaters’ since 2007 and someone else was the host before that,” he said, adding he enjoys the camaraderie of the tour.
“I’ve done stand-up comedy and you spend a lot of time alone. This tour is like being in a band. And the Bare Naked Ladies are playing the same venues as us on this tour, so I’ve got to meet them and see their show,” he said.
Tickets for “The Debaters” are $59.50 or $87.50 with a buffet. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Enmax Centre.
Due to a slow week and being on stage in Hatrix Theatre’s production of “12 Angry Jurors,” I missed most of the week’s shows, which began early, but I did catch some excellent local acts.
Everything was happening on Wednesday night, Nov. 15.
I was really looking forward to seeing Moose Jaw-based musicians Brodie Moniker’s (Fancy Diamonds and Pandacorn) new solo band, but missed him. Local alternative rock trio the Mormon Girls had just begun their set.Guitarist/vocalist Mickey Hayward, drummer Jon Vornbrock and bassist Tyson Wiebe played a strong set of ’90s-style energetic alternative rock. They ended their set with Hayward thrashing around, twiddling effects pedal knobs and breaking a string.
But they were called back for an encore of an energetic Beastie Boys rap with Wiebe playing some funky bass and Tony Rosaine joining them on stage to rap.
I was hoping to see Phoenix-based indie pop musician R Ariel at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 15, but unfortunately just missed her set.
I arrived in time for local band Birch Barks, who I hadn’t seen for a while.
They played a tight set of indie rock with a heavy Radiohead feel. So there was plenty of chiming, delay-laden guitars with plenty of layers and haunting vocals. They had a decent-sized crowd cheering them on.
New Weather machine CD release party Owl Sat
Local rock band the new Weather Machine made a long-awaited return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Saturday, Nov.11 for their official CD release party for their new EP “Seas of Dawn” and to share brand new music.
Frontman Jon Martin was joined by guitarist Jason Oakes, bassist Jason Schultchen and drummer Kyle Harmon.
They had a strong ’90s Brit pop sound along the lines of Blur, Pulp and the Verve Pipe with a strong streak of David Bowiesque classic rock.
They began their set slowly, with familiar ambient indie rock, but picked up the tempo for more riff heavy, ’70s rock.
They played the songs from the new EP; however, Martin was most excited to play several brand new songs, noting he had been on a writing spree over the past couple of months.
These new songs were more uptempo psychedelic rock/desert rock rockers. Throughout, Martin traded guitar solos and rhythm with Jason Oakes.
They ended their set with an older crowd favourite.
Slice — Joe Vickers
Slice — open mic
Casino Lethbridge — Jokers Gone Wild with Mike Dambra Ben Proulx, Scott Porteous
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Casino Lethbridge — Bamboo Guppies
Enmax Centre — The Debaters with Steve Patterson 7:30 p.m. $59.50, $87.50.
Average Joe’s — Damage Incorporated Metallica Tribute with Nightrain Guns N Roses Tribute $15 advance $20 day of show 8 p.m.
Mocha Cabana — Herb Hicks Jazz Quartet
Owl Acoustic Lounge — The Utilities
Southminster United Church — Canyon Church Camp rebuilding fundraiser with Dory and the Weathermen $20 Doors open at 6 p.m.
Slice — Dahly Llama, local DJ Artikz, HDrizzle and Napache
Beaches Pub — Herky Cutler
Slice — Three Finger Shot (Celtic rock)
Lethbridge College Cave — Lethbridge Folk Club, Junkman’s Quire
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Clayton and Joelle
Casino Lethbridge — Bamboo Guppies
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Onion — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Slice— Close Talker with the Silkstones
Slice — Alone I Walk
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Standup comedy open mic
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony Kids Choir 5:30 p.m
Slice — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — AES fundraiser
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony Kids Choir 5:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m.
Geomatic Attic — Highway 3 Roots Revue (Dave McCann, John Wort Hannam Leeroy Stagger $37.50 7-11 p.m.
Mocha Cabana — Coda
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Norwegian blue Bands as bands with Sparkle Blood
Club Didi — Starship Gammorah $10
Honker’s Pub — open mic