This is the first week of several bigger shows in Lethbridge.
The Enmax opens February on a rocking note as Red Lion, Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm visit the Enmax Centre with Iowa rockers Stone Sour and the Dead Deads.
The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $58 and $68.
And, as much as I hate choosing favourites on the thriving local scene, one of my favourite roots rockers, Dave McCann, returns to the Slice Feb. 2.
The other big show is a country show, which takes place at Average Joe’s, Feb. 3.
Up and coming country/soul singer JoJo Mason opens for Meghan Patrick, who is known for her hit “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” and who is touring in support of a new album, “Country Music Made Me Do It,” and the James Barker Band, who are starting to make an impression on the country charts. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $31 in advance and $36 at the door.
For a little bit rock and roll, Randall Arsenault plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge Feb. 3 as he takes a step away from Dr. Zoo, which blends Celtic music with reggae and world music, to explore his more straight-forward roots-rocking side.
There is comedy this week, too. The Owl Acoustic Lounge hosts their monthly standup comedy open mic, Jan. 31.
Then, on Friday, Yuk Yuks comedy returns to Average Joe’s with Crackers the Clown and headliner Lori Ferguson-Ford plus host Randy Webb.
Tickets are $15 for the show, which starts at 8:30 p.m.
Streatside brings back first Saturday jazz as well with James Oldenburg and Paul Holden performing from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Another option is to dance the night away at Studio while telling cancer to take a hike at the annual F—k Cancer benefit concert. You need a T shirt (ovarian = teal; pancreative = purple; lymphoma = lyme; leukemia = orange; breast = pink) and your ticket to get in. Tickets and shirts are $20.
Find out more information on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/events/196990250859474/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randal Arsenault is excited to return to Lethbridge in support of his new solo project.
Arsenault was last here in 2013 with Dr. Zoo, which blended elements of Celtic, African and reggae music, the new project is more straight ahead roots rock.
He just released the first single, “Rock and Roll To My Grave.”
“Dr. Zoo still plays, but not very often. I’d like to record a new Dr. Zoo album, but haven’t yet,” said Arsenault, who is excited to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 3.
“I bought a really cool new Larivée guitar which is so much fun to play and brought out more roots and country music, which is what I grew up listening to, but which really doesn’t fit in with Dr. Zoo, which plays Celtic, African, reggae and world music,” he said, adding the solo band included Lethbridge’s Megan Brown, who plays with Dr. Zoo with Senegalese guitarist David Kabbashi, who also has a successful solo career as David J David, and drummer Buchi Iheonu.
“Dr. Zoo is a much bigger band of six or seven people. This band plays my solo material and some of Dr. Zoo’s greatest hits, because why not,” he said.
He recorded the new single and upcoming five/six-song EP with producer Murray Pulver, who is known for playing with the Crash Test Dummies as well as country stars Doc Walker, as well as being a respected producer in Winnipeg.
“Rock and Roll To My Grave is all about how important music is to my life. I love writing music, playing music and recording music and more importantly playing music with my friends, and I want to keep doing it,” he continued, adding he may release another single before the full EP.
“Because that’s how the business is today,” he observed.
He enjoyed working with Pulver.
“He sings on one of the songs and plays most of the guitar and the electric guitars. I’m a pretty good guitarist, but I want someone who is better than me to play on my CDs,” he said.
“He’s a really a sweet guy and really knows his stuff. The job of a producer is to bring out the best in the musician,” he said, adding he flew Pulver out to record in OCL studios in Chestermere.
He noted it was important to make the CD sound as close to a live show as possible.
“It was really special,” he said, adding the band were in their own isolated booths, but they could still see each other and play off each other.
“You have to do that in case of bleed and in case something goes wrong and you have to change it. But I recorded vocals at the same time, which is unusual because usually they are overdubbed,” he said.
He noted three other songs have been completed and two others are in the finishing stages.
“So I hope to release the CD later this year,” he said, adding he is looking forward to returning to Lethbridge.
“Everyone is so nice to us there. I used to live there. I used to teach at the college from 2009-2013,” he said.
Randal Arsenault plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. Admission is by donation.
OwlAcoustic lounge— standup comedy open mic
Enmax Centre — Stone Sour with Halestorm and the Dead Deads $58, $68
Slice — open mic
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Slice — Dave McCann
Average Joe’s — Yuk Yuks comedy with Crackers the Clown, Lori Ferguson-Ford and host Randy Webb $15 8:30 p.m.
Average Joe’s — James Barker band with Meghan Patrick and Jo Jo Mason $31 advance $36 day of show
Studio — F—k Cancer
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Slice — Adequate
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Randall Arsenault
Streatside — First Saturday jazz with Paul Holden and James Oldenburg 5:30-8 p.m.
Onion — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Smokehouse — open mic
Enmax — Old Dominion with Washboard Union and Cold Creek County $54.65, $74.65. $84.65
Slice — open mic
Average Joe’s — Duelling Pianos with Cal Toth
Honker’s Pub — open mic