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Folk Club and Geomatic Attic kick off seasons

Posted on September 5, 2018 by Richard Amery

Things pick up for fall this week with two major concert series opening their new seasons and big events welcoming back students.
The Lethbridge Folk Club opens their new, fortieth anniversary year by bringing back the Wardens to the Lethbridge College Cave on Saturday, Sept. 8.
The Wardens are a folk trio from the Banff and Canmore area who work as park wardens and have stories and photos to share. Tickets are $30 including a membership for the season which also includes membership through to the end of 2019. Tickets are $20 for students who aren’t members and $15 for students who are members. Cathy Hawley opens the show. at 8 p.m.
The Geomatic Attic also opens their new season this week with John Wort Hannam’s CD release party for “Acres of Elbow Room.” The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 for that show.
U of L students are in for a treat if they like indie rock with an expanded Freshfest, Sept. 7 and 8 outside the Student’s Union building. The first day features Halifax indie Rock band Wintersleep, Ottawa rock band Hollerado, local indie rock bands the Silkstones and Biloxi Parish and  the Zolas from Vancouver.
Saturday includes Calgary power trio the Static Shift and Calgary pop singer Jocelyn Alice plus Toronto pop band Valleys. New York City based pop/soul singer Max is on the bill as is local country musician Tyson Ray Borsboom. Local DJ Zodiaque performs each night. Freshfest is only open to students or guests of students.
Jazz jams return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Wednesday Sept. 5 with HBO3.
Open up September with a little bit of laughter as Yuk Yuks comedy brings Andrew Albert, Dion Arnold and host Randy Webb to Average Joe’s, Friday, Sept. 7. The laughs begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door.
The Slice has a big rock show on Sept. 7 with Winnipeg acoustic pop duo Alone I Walk, Toronto punk-pop band Carried Away and local metal band Gutter King and local punk pop band Every Ounce. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
Local punk-pop band J Blissette join Vancouver-born, Edmonton-based singer songwriter Marlaena Moore at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 7. Admission to that show is by donation.
The Owl features alternative rock, Sept. 8 with local band MTBC and Edmonton art/punk bands Wares and Fitness. Admission to that show is also by donation.
Local rock/ jazz/ pop band Bandemonium return to Casino Lethbridge, Sept. 7 and 8 playing a variety of music. They play at 8 p.m. each night.
As it is the beginning of the month, Sunday features a ukulele jam at Casa from 2-3 p.m.
Last, but not least, Rae Spoon returns to the Owl acoustic lounge, Sept. 11 with Edmonton electronica artist Respectfulchild and the Ground Sloth Orchestra.

Rae Spoon is excited to return to Lethbridge, Sept. 11 for a show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge for Flipfest.
The popular non-binary artist is touring in support of a new ninth album “ Bodies of Water” featuring the new single “Do Whatever The Heck You Want.”
The new album will officially be released on Sept. 7.
“We’ve released two singles so far including ‘Bioluminescent,’” said Spoon from home in Victoria.
Spoon is touring with Saskatoon based non-binary electronic artist Respectfulchild aka Gan and the Ground Sloth Orchestra at the Lethbridge show.
“Respectfulchild is coming to play keyboards and I’ll be playing some electric guitar,” Spoon added.
The new CD is more electronica influences, growing from Spoon’s folk roots.
“The new album is interesting. There’s definitely more keyboards. ‘Do What Ever the Heck You Want,’ actually started as a punk song, but it changed as I was playing to more folk audiences,” Spoon said.
“It is a lot more electronic music,” Spoon said.
“I grew up in Alberta, so I’m excited to return,” Spoon added, noting identifying as a non-binary person has inspired Spoon’s lyrics on the new CD which were inspired by living on the west coast next to the ocean.
“I wrote a lot about water and also bodies,’” Spoon said, adding being a non-binary person has also influenced the music.
“There is more awareness of it now,” Spoon said.
Rae Spoon, Respectfulchild and Ground Sloth Orchestra play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m.

The Smokehouse hosted a plethora of B.C. female-powered music, Wednesday, Aug. 29.
I missed local band The Hockey Moms, but arrived in time for most of Nanaimo trio the Daisy Stranglers who played a solid set of super tight 1977 style punk rock punctuated by bursts of eardrum piercing feedback for their very first Lethbridge show and indeed, very first tour together. Bassist/vocalist Coral Miller and guitarist Diana Slack provided gang vocals while drummer Patrick Barrett held down the beat.
They brought to mind a touch of the Plasmatics and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
East Vancouver punks the S—t Talkers wound up the night with an energetic and spirited set of all original punk drawing from their new EP “I Scream” and their previous two EPs as well as some brand new songs.
Guitarist Liz Mantle, drummer Nadja Feutlinske, bassist Michelle Duff and guitarist Brooke Fujiyama all took turns singing lead vocals and supplying gang vocals. They drew a lot from classic punk plus ’90s grunge like L7 and classic Vancouver punk like the Dishrags.
But they were more than just punk. They effortlessly switched tempo and ever did a funky breakdown in the middle of one of their songs without missing a beat.
“Eewww” was a highlight as was “Shut Up” and set enders “All My Friends and “Fukin’ Guys.”
They wound down with an older song “Canadian Peasant,“ and ended with a tribute to their home with “East Van.”
Panczak at Average Joe’s
Local country singer Trevor Panczak was holding court at Average Joes, Saturday, Aug. 25. Somewhat surprisingly, Panczak, who had a busy week of Whoop up Days and Taber Cornfest gigs, didn’t have as big of a crowd as he usually does. But the big, affable Panczak grinned and belted out his original songs backed by a band who mostly looked like newcomers save bassist Ray Banman and his rhythm guitarist, who was also playing the saloon with him earlier in the week.
An early highlight was a cover of Justin Moore’s “Put the old Back in The New School.”
He belted out Waylon Jennings’ “Lonesome, Orn’ry and Mean,” and the Turtles’ “Happy Together” and played his mash up of “If I had a Million Dollars” and “Wagon Wheel.”
Flipfest was in full force by Saturday, Aug. 25.
I arrived at the Owl Acoustic lounge in the middle of a set of synth pop from Janette King. She sang appealing soulful R and B and pop music with the music playing on her laptop. While it wasn’t really my bag, I could appreciate her beautiful voice. I was there to hear some folk and country music from the always amazing Bobby Dove, who was joined by Skinny Dyck on steel guitar. She sang plaintive, heartfelt folk and heartbreaking country ballads. Most of her music was original but she sang a credible version of George Jones’ “She Still Thinks I Care.”
Things got loud for FLIPfest at the Slice, Saturday, Aug. 25 for a decent-sized audience.
I only got to hear abrasive Vancouver drum and guitar duo Hedks, who played an energetic set of loud, sweaty, riff heavy punk and metal. They were reminiscent of the Pack A.D.and a touch of Hole era grunge.
FLIPfest opened on Friday night, Aug. 24 at the Owl Acoustic lounge.
I caught the first show of the weekend in the middle of a set break but hung around for local alternative rock trio MomBod, who formed for last year’s Flipfest.
Guitarist/vocalist Fox Mandy, bassist vocalist Sil Campus and drummer Amberlea Parker played their usual set of ’90s-style grunge and post grunge music along the lines of L7 and Hole. Sil Campus sang the first few more melodic songs including one about “What’s Going on in Lethbridge.” Mandy Fox took over lead vocals for the more screamo/heavier part of their set.

Chevelles play fundraiser
The fun thing about Whoop-Up Days is anything can happen after the main show is done. So Average Joe’s was hopping with another hot show from local classic rockers the Chevelles, Friday, Aug. 24, playing a fundraiser for Extreme Cheer Sensation. They had a good-sized crowd dancing up a storm.
They ran the gamut of classic rock from ’80s ballads including Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” The Beatles’ “Come Together,” a stripped-down version of Earth, Wind & Fire, some AC DC and more modern pop material like “Tonight’s Going To Be A Good Night” from the Black Eyed Peas. And it was a good night with the help of some very special guests.
Country singer Julian Austin, who opened the show wearing his classic rock band Trixx and celebrating his birthday in Lethbridge, stepped on stage to sing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” with the help of Rob Habetler on keyboards. Austin also played the next night with his country band.
A few members of Canadian classic rockers Harlequin were hanging out after their Whoop-Up Days show and were coaxed on stage to play Bon Jovi’s “Living On a Prayer” and their big hit “Thinking of You” with the help of Kitty Chevelle on bass.
The rest of the Chevelles returned for ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down.”

Erin Ross at the Slice
Calgary blues/country musician Erin Ross never gets the audience she deserves in Lethbridge, even when accompanied by a hot band of drummer Lloyd Peterson and bassist Brenden McGuigan, called the Rhythm Method, for a sparsely attended show at the Slice on Friday, Aug. 24. Granted she was competing with Harlequin at Whoop-Up Days and the opening night of FLIPfest. But unperturbed by lack of numbers, she still killed it through a set of traditional blues and country music plus several of her own songs.
Ross is always a delight to watch and hear, and having the Rhythm Method behind her, she was able to show how talented of a guitarist she is by breaking into some tasteful soloing.
She sang in a voice that was alternately sultry and twangy depending on what she was playing. Her more country numbers reminded me a little of Bobby Gentry, but she could also belt out the blues beautifully as her more bluesy numbers reminded me more of Sue Foley. “Another Empty Day,” was an original highlight.
She played some tasteful slide guitar as she switched axes to a Resonator guitar for a few older blues numbers. She showed a lot of range from an excellent version of ZZ Top’s “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” and some older blues from Skip James and even tackled some BB King.
She wound down her first set with some of her original country music.
Three fifths of Rancho Deluxe including George Arsene, bassist Paul Holden and drummer Brad Brouwer opened the show with a set of mostly original country and folk music.
Sept. 5
Beaches —open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Jazz Jam with HBO3
Sept. 6
Slice — open Mic
Sept. 7
Casino Lethbridge — Bandemonium
Average Joe’s — Yuk Yuks Comedy with Andrew Albert and Friends with Randy Webb and Dion Arnold
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Marlaena Moore, J Blissette
University of Lethbridge — Freshfest The ULSU is proud to present the Fresh-U Wintersleep, Hollerado The Silkstones The Zolas Biloxi Parish and Zodiaque 5 p.m.
Honker’s Pub — open Mic
Slice — Alone I Walk with Gutter King, Carried Away and Every Ounce $10 7 p.m.
Sept. 8
University of Lethbridge — ULSO Freshfest Day 2 we have: MAX Jocelyn Alice The Static Shift Valley Tyson Ray Borsboom and Zodiaque 5 p.m,
The Cave — Lethbridge Folk Club the Wardens with Cathy Hawley $25 members (includes membership, $30 guests, $20 students, $10 children 6-14
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Wares, MTBC. Fitness
Casino Lethbridge — Bandemonium
Sept. 9
Geomatic Attic — John Wort Hannam acres of elbow Room CD Release
Casa — Ukulele jam
Sept. 10
The Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Onion — open mic
Sept. 11
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Rae Spoon
Smokehouse — open mic
Sept. 12
Beaches — open mic
Slice Windy City Opry with Boots and the Hoots and Pig Water (Lance Loree and Toby Malloy) 8 p.m. $10
Sept. 13
Empress Theatre — Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn 7:30 p.m.
Slice — open Mic

Sept. 14
Average Joe’s — Dueling pianos with Cal Toth Casa-Lethbridge Folk club open mic $5 7 p.m.
Honker’s Pub — open Mic
Casa — Lethbridge Folk Club open Mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Chief mountain Face Cut
Casino Lethbridge — Peter and the Wolves

Sept. 15
Lethbridge College — Couleefest with Adequate, white Chocolate Thunder, Uncovered, Kavnagh and Hepher
Slice — Papa King and Darryl Düus
Theoretically Brewing — Wired to the Sky, Biloxi Parish, Son of a Baker
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Beaches la Trez Quartoz Owl Acoustic Lounge — Jenny allen, Kimberley macGregor, She hangs Brightly
Casino Lethbridge — Peter and the Wolves

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