It is a somewhat slower week in Lethbridge, but there is a lot of local music plus a big multi-band fundraiser for the Humboldt Broncos this week.
First up, the May edition of the Windy City Opry is scheduled for May 9 at the Slice.
Tyler Allen, the Red Hot Hayseeds and South Country Fair songwriting competition finalist Alex Ginella will Admission is $10. The show begins at 8 p.m. as usual.
Maggie Hall is putting on her second big fundraiser in about as many weeks as she just held a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Disease last weekend, which raised $2,053.50 and counting.
This week a lineup of mostly hard rock and metal bands play the Smokehouse May 12 to raise money for the Humboldt Broncos hockey team crash survivors and their families.
Bands performing including metal band Tyrants of Chaos and Eons of Earth, plus 132 Go, Undefined and Bryan Horvat. The music begins at 4 p.m. There is a $20 cover. There will also be a silent auction.
It is a good week for local hard rock and metal as three local bands play a Thursday show, May 10 at the Canadian Polish Association. To The Mountains, Quickdraw and Extrados play beginning at 7 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
May 11 is pretty busy. Local blues band Steve Keenan band play Casino Lethbridge May 11 and 12 .
Funk rock trio Adequate returns to The Slice with the Decadent Phase, May 11 as well. And Cal Toth’s Duelling Pianos returns to Average Joe’s, May 11, as well.
Flipfest features First Nations rap for their next fundraiser, May 11 at the Owl Acoustic lounge Calgary’s Cartel Madras perform along with locals the Blood Rez Crew. Admission is by donation. The show begins at 9 p.m.
Casa celebrates five years downtown with a big, free party in the square featuring local performers Dave McCann, Bryan Bradfield, Taylor Ackerman, Floyd Sillito and the Lethbridge ukulele jam groups. The fun begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m.
The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra winds down their season with “Feel the Beat” featuring soprano Janet Youngdahl who performs Dennis Lee’s “Alligator Pie.” The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Southminster United Church May 11.
Saturday, get your inner geek on at Comicon at the Crossings Branch Library, all day, May 12 with a variety of free activities beginning at noon.
Later in the evening, Cope and the Supervoid will be rocking the Owl Acoustic Lounge. And Kevin Peters performs at the Slice.
The fun isn’t over yet.
If you like the Beatles and Beatles members’ solo music, the Reunion Beatles play Southminster United Church on Sunday, May 13. The UK tribute and lookalikes play the Beatles’ hits as well as solo material.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45. In the afternoon, the monthly ukulele jam takes place at Casa from 2:30 p.m.
And the first big punk show of summer is at the Smokehouse as Montreal punk veterans the Ripcordz roar back into town to play the Smokehouse, Monday, May 14. with Calgary’s Mandible Klaw and Motherf——s and local punks the Scallywags. Admission is $20 at the door.
There is even more metal coming up at the Smokehouse in May. Vancouver’s 2 Shadows “Feed the Obscene Tour” stops by the Smokehouse, May 14 with This Gun For Hire plus local bands Revanchist and Bring Your own Bodies. There is a $10 cover for the show.
A little later on, the Geomatic Attic features two shows with Toronto songwriter Royal Wood, who brings his band back to the Geomatic Attic, May 22 and 23 with special guests, Vancouver twins Fionn. Tickets are $42.50 and $45 at the door.
Whoop-Up Days 2018 welcomes back a lot of familiar faces to perform, Aug. 21-25; however, there will be several new attractions. They open a trimmed-down lineup on Tuesday, Aug. 21 with the Sheepdogs and Joey Landreth of Winnipeg blues/roots duo the Bros. Landreth. Tickets for that show will be $35 in advance, $45 at the door including Whoop-Up Days admission. Parking will cost $5.
It is one of the few shows with an opening act, though there will be live music happening in the Saloon featuring local band the Ryan Lindsay band playing your favourite hits, Thursday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug, 25. Local band Riff Raff hosts a live name that tune in the saloon, Friday, Aug. 24.
The Lethbridge Rotary Club will officially open Whoop-Up Days as honorary parade marshals for the Dr. Seuss-themed parade in the morning.
For country night, Juno-winning country/blues/southern rock trio the Road Hammers (Jason McCoy, Clayton Bellamy and Chris Byrne) return in support of their new CD “the Squeeze.”
The rest of the Whoop-Up Days lineup is all about classic rock, as usual. Can con mainstays Prism play Thursday, Aug. 23, Harlequin returns Friday, Aug. 24 and the metal queen herself, Lee Aaron, headlines on Saturday Aug. 25 at 8:30. Metal band Helix opens Saturday night at 7 p.m.
There will be plenty of fun on-site with magician/comedian Alan Sands performing on the Family Stage in the South Pavilion, an interactive bubble station, the Flying Trapeze team, the Whoop-Up Village pioneer park, inflatable bouncers for the kids, singing cowboy/ trick roper Joel and Jasper the Steer, and new this year, a pioneer interactive experience designed to give kids a sense of what it was like to live as a pioneer. As always there is the trade show. And the food fair, fair food challenge and the always popular midway featuring 38 different rides.
Bucking and Barrels returns with saddle bronc, bull riding, bareback and ladies barrel racing competitions, Aug. 23, 24 and the finals on Aug. 25.
Vancouver theatrical metal band 2 Shadows is excited to return to Lethbridge to play the new Smokehouse as part of its “Feed the Obscene Tour.”
This is the band’s first cross-Canada tour which takes them out to Montreal and back. They play the Smokehouse, May 18 with local bands Bring Your Own Bodies, Revanchist and fellow Vancouverites, post-hardcore band This Gun For Hire.
“The tour is going great. We’ve already played our home of Vancouver and Kamloops and Kelowna and Calgary,” said frontman Mike Horvath who is looking forward to playing the new location of the Smokehouse.
“We’ve played the Smokehouse a couple of times and we always love it. Audiences in Lethbridge, whether it‘s 15 or 20 people, are always the loudest,” said Horvath from “somewhere in the middle of Saskatchewan,” en route to a gig in Selkirk, Manitoba.
“They’re always really excited and rowdy,” he continued.
They are still supporting their 2016 album “Transference,” and are working on new music.
“Transference really is a ride — a rollercoaster of emotions,” he described. “We have two new songs we’re playing now. A heavier one and a ballad, which we‘re really excited about” he said.
“We’ve got four others that still need some work and we want to write one more so we can release a six-song EP later this year,” he continued.
“Transference was released in 2016. It’s been out for a year, and we’ve grown as a band.”
He said the ballad isn’t that much a a departure for the band.
“All the bands we grew up listening to like Motley Crüe and Avenged Sevenfold have ballads,” he said, adding switching gears makes audiences appreciate the heavier songs all the more.
Like all of the lyrics, this one is very personal.
“I write most of the lyrics, but I’ll bring them to the band if they have some ideas,” he said.
“The stage show keeps getting bigger and better. We never want people leaving thinking we were boring,” he said.
“We never grew up planning to be a band that wore make up. It so happened that we grew up listening to bands like Slipknot and Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson who wear make-up. We liked the music,” he said, adding they were also drawn to the visual aspect of their performances.
“But we aren’t trying to copy them,” he said.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with Revanchist beginning at 8 p.m., followed by This Gun For Hire, 2 Shadows and Bring Your Own Bodies closing the night at 11 p.m.
There is a $10 cover for the show.
May 2 Jarred and the Mill/Altameda at the Slice
The Slice was surprisingly packed on a Wednesday night for a fun show featuring Phoenix, Arizona indie rock/alternative country band Jared and the Mill and Edmonton rock band Altameda.
I missed Ghostwoman’s opening set.
Jared and the Mill played a short, sweet set of upbeat country rock music along the lines of Wilco and Son Volt. But after fighting with a feedbacking banjo, they broke up the set to play a couple of songs acoustically in the midst of the chattering audience.
But that allowed them to show off some excellent vocal harmonies, which was unfortunately lost in the chatter. They returned to the stage to end their set an a peppy note.
Altameda closed the set with a more country rock-tinged set which reminded me of Jason Isbel. They played a loud set of catchy country tinged rock music.
The Slice had a good crowd in the mood for ’90s-style alternative rock, Saturday, April 28.
I only caught the last song of local punk band Sessions.
But I was in time for MTBC, who I always seem to miss. They played a loud, bass heavy set of modern, Pixiesish alternative rock. They featured Quint Viskup on guitar, Sil Campus on bass and vocalist, frontman Rob Cooper playing guitar and thunderous drummer Garwin Poff.
Utilities Owl Saturday
My timing was a little off, Saturday, April 28, but I caught most of a set from local folk rock band the Utilities at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
They played their usual set of original, melodic country and folk tinged rock music, most of it from their new CD.
They sounded a like a mix of the Jayhawks and ’80s pop band the Church with a smattering of Vancouver-style jangling, ambient indie rock along the lines of Said the Whale and Jesse and the Dandelions.
I wasn’t able to catch much of Maggie Hall’s day long Alzheimer‘s fundraiser, April 28 at Legends, which, though not as well attended as usual, still raised $2053.50. I caught some of the Mark Hall band’s event-closing set.
The trio played their usual array of country and country rock music including Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” and Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville.
Flipfest – Shaela Miller at the Owl
The Owl Acoustic lounge was packed as expected for a FLIPfest fundraiser, Friday, April 27.
I missed Amy Nelson and Wanda Krein, but was pleased to have caught a little bit of Shaela Miller’s set, which had a little more of a rock flair with the addition of lead guitarist Jon Martin. Ryan ‘Skinny’ Dyck played bass as Tyler Bird back on the drums.
While she has a new CD out, “Bad Ideas,” she had still newer music to share.
As usual she sang beautifully and impassioned.
She began her set with a couple older songs including “Station” before breaking out the new material including “Hard Knock Upside the Head” and some really new material like a new one I think was called “Rich Girl,” before going back so some slightly older songs including “Halfway in Love.”
Who Made Who at Average Joe’s
It is always a party when AC DC tribute Who Made Who comes to town. They returned to Average Joe’s, Friday, April 27. The popular tribute played all of AC DC’s best known songs as well as deeper cuts looking and sounding almost exactly like the original band right down to the Angus Young Gibson SG and Malcolm Young’s Gretsch.
The frontman dressed like Back In Black era Brian Johnson and sounded like him on songs like “Sink the Pink” but also pulled off some impressive Bon Scott-style vocals on songs like “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” and “Jailbreak.”
The lead guitarist wore Angus Young’s schoolboy shorts and jacket uniform while wielding his SG like a boss. He did a bit of duckwalking and played a whole lot of rock.
They played newer tracks like “Rock or Bust” and long lost gems like “Big Gun” from Last Action Hero.
I haven’t seen local ’’80s/’90s rock quartet Uncovered, especially since Alison Hawkins joined the band.
They opened the set with their usual strong stripped down set of mostly ’90s rock-and-roll covers. Hawkins allows the band to expand their ’90s repertoire to include some of the beloved females of the day like Alanis Morrisette, Roxette and Sass Jordan. A highlight was Holly McNarland’s “Numb,” though they also did a solid job of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged little Pill.”
Slice — Windy City Opry with The Red Hot hayseeds and Alex Ginella $10 8 p.m.
Canadian Polish Association — Spring to the Mountains with To The Mountains, Quickdraw, Extrados $10 7 p.m.
Slice — open mic
Club Didi — Tab And Landon. 7 p.m. Tickets $20.
Average Joe’s — Dueling pianos with Cal toth
Casino Lethbridge — Steve Keenan Band
Owl Acoustic Lounge — FLIPfest Presents: Cartel Madras, Blood Rez Crew and TBA
Slice — Adequate with the Decadent Phase
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony orchestra with Janet Youngdahl Feel The Beat Friday, May 11, 2018
Doors: 6:30 PM – Concert: 7 PM
Southminster United Church
Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra
Janet Youngdahl, soprano
Casino Lethbridge — Steve Keenan band
Crossings Branch Library — Comicon
Owl Acoustic lounge — Cope with Supervoid
Casa — Casa fifth anniversary with Musical Acts Playing Party on the Square with Dave McCann, Bryan Bradfield, Taylor Ackerman, Floyd Sillito Lethbridge Ukulele Jam group and more
Slice — Kevin Peters
Smokehouse — Humboldt Broncos fundraiser with Tyrants of Chaos, Eons of Earth, 132 Go, Undefined, Bryan Horvat 4 p.m. $20
Southminster United Church— The Reunion Beatles 7 p.m. $45
Casa — Ukulele jam 2-3 p,n.
Smokehouse — Ripcordz with MotherF——s and Mandible Klaw, Scallywags 8 p.m. $20 at door
Onion — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Smokehouse — open mic
Slice — Garth brooks tribute with Steve Hills
Slice — open mic
Smokehouse — 2 Shadows Feed the Obscene Tour
Owl Acoustic Lounge— Wildwood (Tanyss Nixxi)
Slice— Casino Lethbridge
Honker’s Pub— open mic
Twin Butte Store— Kevin Peters
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Astral Swans with MTBC
Slice— Casino Lethbridge
Honker’s Pub— afternoon open mic
Onion— open mic
Owl Acoustic lounge—open mic
Geomatic Attic— Royal Wood with Fionn 8 p.m. $42.50, $45
Smokehouse— open mic
Geomatic Attic— Royal Wood with Fionn8 p.m. $42.50, $45
Smokehouse— Gutter Demons with 13toGo, Chernoff and the Hockey Moms doors 7:30 bands 8:30 $10
Owl Acoustic lounge— Blood Rez Crew album release
Smokehouse— Gutter Demons
Geomatic Attic— monkeyJunk $37.50, $40
Owl Acoustic lounge— Groove Apostles