Things really heat up on the music scene this week for St. Patrick’s Day week.
Keith “Catfish” Woodrow hosts a new blues jam at the Slice on Tuesday, March 12. The Windy City Opry returns to the Slice on Wednesday, March 13 with the Markus Sommer band which features luminaries like Peter and the Wolves’ Peter Cormier, Curtis Glas and Ryan Funk and Tyler Allen who will open the show after a few songs from host Shaela Miller. As usual, the show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Admission is $10.
Also on Wednesday, Kavi Ade will be performing a poetry reading at the Owl Acoustic Lounge beginning at 7 p.m.
Thursday is busy as usual with the usual open mic at the Slice and the Zoo. Plus James Oldenburg and Paul Holdenplays a special show at the Firestone Grill, March 14 from 6-9 p.m. The Owl Acoustic Lounge features the AES (Audio Engineering Society) fundraiser March 14, which features acoustic performances from Tyson Ray Borsboom, Splash Zone, Dan Sequeira and Holly Kletke. The show begins at 7 p.m. There is a $5 cover at the door.
This weekend cooks, kicking off CKXU’s 2019 FUNdrive, “Into the Realm of Radio,” which features a lot of fun events beginning March 15 with the Terrific Tavern Taster featuring live music from Calgary electronic/experimental ambient/pop group Carbolizer, fellow Calgarians Corinthian who will be playing techno and dance-inspired music inspired by folk tales of Calgary, power punk band Strip Mall featuring members of Hag Face, the Shematomas and We Knew and Lethbridge’s object–option. There is a $10 cover charge for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.
Around the corner at the old Firehall it is all about punk as Victoria legends the Dayglo Abortions return to tear the place apart with Chief Mountain and the Hockey Moms beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is $15. For the complete opposite to that, can con rockers Platinum Blonde will be playing all of their hits like “Crying Over You,” standing in the Dark” and more at the Yates Theatre, March 15. beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are 445.
Down the street, young Drumheller/ Lethbridge rockers the Suit Jacket society return to Lethbridge to play the Slice with the Decadent Phase.
And anything can happen at Club Didi, so check out the Anything Goes cabaret at 9 p.m. There might be dance, spin the bottle, movies, whatever you want.
If you are in the mood for country and pop music, Breanne Urban and Urban Flyer return to Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m.
Also this weekend, Andy Mac hosts Honker’s open mic on Friday night, March 15. Frankie G hosts the afternoon open mic at Honker’s Pub, March 16.
Saturday will be a hoot at the Owl with several activities happening beginning at 2 p.m. with the Lethbridge Girls Rock jam followed by a matinee performance by Fawns and Northcold. Admission is by donation.
CKXU FUNdrive is in full swing on Saturday with two huge events happening.
If you missed Love and Records, catch an abbreviated version of the always popular event at the Lethbridge Public Library from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. as Love N’ Cupcakes blends Love and Records with Cupcake Carnival. So there will be lots of record vendors, cupcakes and music from Nehiyawak, Jom Comyn, Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Jess Tollestrup, Phouka and Willy Big Bull.
There is no cover charge, but eat your weight in $2 cupcakes and vinyl as this year’s FUNdrive proceeds are going towards setting up a new website which will allow you to download and listen to your favourite CKXU shows at your leisure.
FUNdrive fun continues with the Melodic Melee in the Pixie Pub (in the old Firehall, with live music from Youngbloods, Fawns, 21st Avenue and Tyrants of Chaos beginning at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge for that show. Proceeds will be split between CKXU and the U of L Gutsy Club.
Fawns have a busy Saturday, playing the matinee at the Owl then rushing down the alley to the old Firehall to take part in the CKXU/U of L Gutsy Club Battle of the Bands.
“We’re playing about 30-40-minute set at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Then we’re rushing off to the Pixie Pub, which is what they’re calling the old firehall and we’ll be playing about the same length of time,” observed Mercedes Fawns, noting they plan to play music from their CD “I’m From Here,” including the first single, “Bright Red Lipstick.”
The Slice has a big metal show March 16 with local metal band Eons of Earth, Vancouver metal band Bastian and London, Ontario metal/Deathcore band Underlier on March 16 later that night.
For something a little different, the Lethbridge Community Silver Band celebrates spring with the Spirit of Spring, performing at the College Drive Community Church. Kathy Matkin-Clapton and the Incanto singers will be joining them. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, children 12 and under get in for free.
St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday this year, so get primed beforehand with the Junkman’s Quire at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 16.
There are a couple of Sunday St. Patrick’s Day shows with the Nova Scotiables performing at Average Joe’s, at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover after 7 p.m. And there is a big DJ and electronica show at Club Lime with LEMF for St. Patrick’s Day with A Skillz, Rabbyt, DJ Phez and Phunky Le Freq. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door.
Get your laughs at Good Times with Derek Sweet performing March 15 at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m with opening sets from Johnny Pogo and Bubba. Admission is $15 at the door and Nick McQuik is performing at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on March 16. Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door.
And Gabriel Thaine’s High Level Variety show returns to the Slice, Tuesday, March 19 with host Lakshjit Gill and performances by Gabriel Thaine and the Rugged River Ramblers beginning at 8:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
On March 18, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra goes “Cruising with Mozart,” at Southminster United Church featuring performances by pianist Magdalen von Eccher and the École Agnes Davidson School Junior Choir. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$65.
If you are in the mood for a quick road trip to laughter, the Arrogant Worms will be at the Empress Theatre, Saturday, March 23 supporting their latest CD “Space.” Tickets are $34.50. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Calgary country/roots musician Mariel Buckley and her band stopped by the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Tuesday, March 5 at the beginning of her tour in support of her new CD “Driving in The Dark.”
“Just because everyone asks me the question, the tour is going well so far,” said Buckley to start off her show, noting she had already played one date solo and another two with her bandmates drummer Nich Davies, lead guitarist Keane Eng and bassist Kurtis Cockerill.
She had the full band playing for an almost full house on a Tuesday night. They started of slowly and picked up the pace quickly reminding me of Kathleen Edwards, who they covered near the end of the set.
Buckley joked about a woman who tipped her $20 to see her but at a recent show then played a song about being a s—y teenager, which was a highlight.
They started off by playing more ambient, stranger originals, after which she thanked the audience for letting them show their weirder side.
Their strongest material was more straight ahead country rock and alt country and even a touch of jazz, which featured Buckley’s appealing mid-range voice with the occasional vocal harmony from guitarist Keane Eng.
She gave her rhythm section a break as she played a couple brand new songs with Eng and a couple stripped-down versions of songs like “Rose Coloured Frames” from the new CD.
They ended strong with a song written with Leeroy Stagger who produced her new CD.
They were called back for an encore of a moving version of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend.”
Red Deer groove rock trio King Bull braved wintery weather to play for approximately 25 people at the Slice, March 2.
The trio, formerly known as Sweet Grass, brought a suitcase full of big bass, solid grooves and Guitar referencing the ’80s and late ’70s.
They had a bit of a power metal/ hair metal sound with big riffs and guitar tricks, as they bounded all over the stage.
They sounded like Motley Crüe in places, musically anyway.
They played mostly original music, but added a hyperactive version of Van Halen’s hit “Ain’t Talkin ’Bout Love,” then followed it up with an equally hyperactive version of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender.”
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Poetry Reading with Kavi Ade
Slice — Windy City Opry with Markus Sommer Band with Tyler Allen
Good Times — Comedy open mic
Slice — open mic
Mocha Cabana — Medium Jennie Ogilvie 7-9 p.m.
Firestone — James Oldenburg 6-8 p.m.
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Audio Engineering Society Fundraiser
Casino Lethbridge — Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer
Yates Theatre — Platinum Blonde
Slice — Suit Jacket Society with Decadent Phase
Firehall — 9 p.m. Dayglo Abortions with Hockey moms and Chief Mountain $15
Owl Acoustic Lounge — CKXU Terrific Tavern Taster with Carbolizer, Corinthian, Strip mall, object_option
Honker’s Pub — open mic with Andy mac
Good Times — Derek Sweet with Johnny Pogo and Bubba
Club Didi — Anything Goes
Owl Acoustic Lounge — 1-4 p.m. Lethbridge Girls Rick Camp Family jam, matinee with Fawns and northcold 9 p.m. Junkman’s Quire
Casino Lethbridge — Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer
The Slice — Underlier, Bastian, Eons of Earth
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic with Frankie G
Library — Love N’ Cupcakes
Pixie Pub — CKXU Melodic melee battle of the bands with Youngbloods, Fawns, 21st Avenue, Tyrants of Chaos
Good Times — Nik mcQuik 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., $15 at t door, $10 advance
Club Didi — St Panty Raid
Club Lime — St. Patrick’s Day Smash Up with A. Skillz with Rabbyt, DJ PEz, Phunky Le Freq $17, $20
Owl Acoustic Lounge — St Patricks Day 2-8 p.m.
College Drive Community Church — Lethbridge Community Silver band
Average Joe’s — Nova Scotiables for St.patrick’s Day $10 after 7 p.m.
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Onion — open mic
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Cruisin with Mozart with Magdalena Van Escher piano, Ecole Agnes Davidson Childrens Choir
The Zoo — CKXU FUNdrive Karaoke Knights
Slice — High Level Variety with Gabriel Thaine and host Lakshjit Gill 8:30 p.m.