There is a lot going on as we move into spring.
The fun begins early on Wednesday, April 11 as the April edition of the Windy City Opry features Calgary-born, Vancouver-based folk duo Chicken-like Birds and Edmonton country band the Denim Daddies. As usual the show begins at 8 p.m. sharp and admission is $10.
Just out of town, local musician John Wort Hannam has an important annual fundraiser for ALS as the fourth annual Songs For Ken happens at the Empress Theatre, Thursday, April 12 with a house band plus the Polyjesters, Mike Stack, Brooke Wylie, Maria Dunn, John Rutherford and artist Annie Froese. Tickets are $25 for the show, which runs 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Friday the 13 might be an unlucky day for some, but it’s good luck for anybody looking for live music this weekend.
Calgary rock band The Dudes have a busy day, April 13 as they are not only playing the Last Class bash at the University of Lethbridge in the Grove , but they are also playing a special ticketed gig at the Owl Acoustic lounge later that night.
The Last Class bash begins at 3 p.m. with a variety of acts in addition to the Dudes including DJS WUKI from Denver, who is replacing the Smalltown DJs due to a scheduling conflict, Flavours, Freddy J, Burchill, ONTK, Zodiaque and Shannon Hart
Tickets are $15 at the Gate, $10 in advance.
The Dudes play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, at approximately 9 p.m. with local rock band Biloxi Parish. The $20 tickets are almost sold out.
Just around the corner form that at the Old Fire Hall, it will be a night of noise rock and post punk as the Terrific Kids Collective present Calgary industrial noise meisters Dri Hiev and two new local acts, object_option and Touching God making their debuts. Admission is $10 for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.
Winnipeg area country musician Sean Burns is becoming somewhat of a Lethbridge regular this year. This weekend he returns to Casino Lethbridge April 13 and 14. He also returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, on Thursday, April 12
Also returning, Cal Toth brings Dueling Pianos back to Average Joe’s.
The Lethbridge Folk Club has their monthly open mic at Casa on April 13. Kelly Klimchuk hosts Honker’s Friday open mic this week.
For a little bit of humour Club Didi features the latest edition of improvised soap opera “Starship Gommorah.”
And last, but not least, Lethbridge musician Riley McKinnon plays the Slice.
There are several fun shows happening on Saturday, April 14.
The Owl Acoustic lounge is a busy place with the Metrik Jazztet performing at 3 p.m.
Later in the eveningNorwegian Blue records presents Bands as bands II Can Con Edition with Cope, Ryland Moranz, Joel Stretch playing the music of The Weakerthans, Age of Electric and Limblifter. A secret band will be playing the music of a well known Canadian duo. Admission is by donation.
Over at the Slice, local roots and blues trio In Cahoots host a Spring Fling with folk rock band Artemis in the Summer.
The Lethbridge Folk Club returns this week as well by bringing in Canadian treasure, blues and folk musician Ken Whiteley, who will be performing with First nations musician Dennis Allen. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Lethbridge College Cave. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for guests including a year membership and $20 for students. Just up the road from that, Lethbridge Community Band presents Heroes and Villains at the College Drive Community Church. The concert is 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $15.
You can also get a little magic in your life with the Illusionists at the Enmax Centre, April 14 as well beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $63, $83 and $103.50.
Over in Fort Macleod, Steely Dan tribute Steelytown will be performing at the Empress Theatre with Calgary blues band the Steve Pineo band. The concert is 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $26.75.
It’s not over yet as there are a couple of fun afternoon shows. The monthly ukulele jam is at Casa from 2-3 p.m.
And a little later, Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers play a new matinee series at the Smokehouse beginning at 4 p.m.
Further down the road, Average Joe’s is presenting ’80s hair metal bands the Killer Dwarves and Kick Axe, June 14. Tickets just went on sale for $35 at Average Joes or online.
I didn’t get to a lot of shows this week, but was glad I made it to the Slice for Calgary’s 10 Minute Detour, Saturday, March 31. With the addition of a keyboardist/guitarist to the core of frontman Andrew Shier, bassist Mike Stokes guitarist Jordan MacNeil and drummer Ross Watson
They were a fascinating contrast of styles ’80s to ’08 ranging from ’80s pop and Can Con along the lines of Harlequin and Streetheart, especially vocally, to more modern garage rock influences along the lines of the Strokes and The Hives. They sounded like Harlequin meets the Strokes with a touch of Cage the Elephant.
The band played most of their two CDs, “Lay It Down” and their latest “Common Pleasure, added some new songs and some genuinely beautiful ’80s moments. They teased the enthusiastic audience with a few bars of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” They tapped into the ’90s for an impressive cover of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” and the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind.”
But the highlights were their own catchy, gritty songs like JDK from their “Lay it Down” and “Nashville Geographic” and more experimental, groove fuelled songs like “Poli Shore” from their newest CD.
They were called back for an encore of a Black Key’s song.
Gabriel Thaine stepped up for an impromptu show to fill in for the Decadent Phase who had to cancel their show due to illness at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, March 31.
Thaine was in a bluesy mood and called upon a keyboardist TJ for a touch of boogie woogie and slower blues. They sounded pretty good together considering they were just thrown together at the last minute.
The Slice — Windy City Opry presents Chicken like birds and The Denim Daddies $10 8 p.m.
Empress — John Wort Hannam Songs For Ken with Mike Stack, Brooke Wylie, The Polyjesters, John Rutherford, Annie Froese $25 7:30 p.m.
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Sean Burns
Owl Acoustic Lounge — The Dudes (special ticketed event) with Biloxi Parish $20
Average Joe;s — Dueling Pianos
Empress Theatre — Steely Town with Steve Pineo $26.75 7:30 p.m.
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic with Kelly Klimchuk
Casa — Lethbridge Folk Club open mic
U of L The Grove — Last Class Bash with Smalltown DJs, The Dudes, Burchill, Zodiaque, Freddy J, ONTK $10 advance $15 at door
Old Fire Hall — object_option, Dri Hiev Touching God $10
Club Didi — Starship Gommorrah
The Slice — Riley McKinnon
Casino Lethbridge — Sean Burns
Lethbridge College Cave — Lethbridge Folk Club presents Ken Whiteley and Dennis Allen 8 p.m. $25 members, $30 guests including membership, $20 students including membership
$10 children 6-14
Enmax Centre — The Illusionists
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Bands as bands II Can Con edition with Cope, Ryland Moranz,Joel Stretch MTBC
The Slice — In Cahoots with Artemis in the Summer
College Drive Community Church — Heroes and Villains Lethbridge Community Band
Club Didi — Panti Raid
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic with Andy mac.
Casino Lethbridge — Sean Burns
Casa — Lethbridge Ukulele jam
Smokehouse — Sunday Matinee Skinny Dyck 4-6 p.m
Onion — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Smokehouse — open mic
Club Didi — Queer Dance Club
Galt Gardens — 7th annual LEMF
Owl Acoustic Lounge — jazz jam with HBO3
Slice — Surf rock 4/20 party with Atomicos
Casino Lethbridge — Bandemonium
Club Didi — DMTV 9 p.m. $5
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Ashley Hundred/Makiisma/Kevin Giron
Mocha Cabana — Keith Woodrow
La Cite Des Prairies — Extras C Chamber Finale Doors: 7 p.m. – Concert: 7:30 p.m.