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Lots of variety on entertainment scene

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Richard Amery

I seem to write this every week, but this week is really an eclectic week.
Things start off with Keith Woodrow’s monthly blues jam at the Slice, Tuesday May 14.
The Slice goes indie with Victoria emo band Mystery Lover playing the Slice on Wednesday, May 15 in support of their debut CD “ The Death of Young Love.” They will be joined by local ’90s-style rock band MTBC (Molly The Boy Cat).
For the complete opposite to that, in the afternoon, traditional country musician Floyd Sillito plays a special afternoon show at Galt Museum with special guests, Medicine Hat duo Otto and Karen Pahl.
The Slice is all over the place this week. They welcome Fredericton-based string band The Montgomery Street band who play string band music plus bluegrass, newgrass and maybe even a little mariachi music. They will be joined by ragtime guitarist CA Jackson
Down the street, country/pop star Jojo Mason brings his first headlining show at Average Joe’s, Thursday, May 16. He has been to Lethbridge several times with Gord Bamford and once with the James Barker band and Meghan Patrick. He is touring in support of his latest hit single “Future.” He has also hit number one with “Red Dress” and “It’s All Good.”
Tickets are $20 in advance. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp.
For laughs, Good Times features the Roast of owner Johnny Pogo on May 17 at 9 p.m. Mike Dambra is one of the roasters. The show begins at 9 p.m Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Kathleen McGhee performs May 18 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Tickets are $10.
The weekend will be a lot of fun with the Mark Hall band rocking Casino Lethbridge country style for the weekend. The Karen Romanchuk 3 return to The Watertower grill to play some folk and country music for Friday and Saturday as well.
Things get a little weird at the Slice on Friday, May 17, as Taylor Ackerman and Friends play a tribute to the noisy alternative rock of San Francisco Brian Jonestown massacre. Down the road at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Cranbrook folk duo Clayton and Joelle, renamed the Parsons, formerly of the Good Ol’ Goats, return to play roots and folk music.
Things get really funky at the Owl on Saturday, May 18 so dust off those dancing shoes for with local funk trio Adequate and Edmonton five-piece funk group Carter and the Capitals.
Up the road, things rock, once again, at the Slice with Calgary pop punk band Bellevue, Vancouver Pop punk band Chief State, local pop punk band Homeless in Hawaii, local retro rock band The Cayley and Cam Langhofer all performing beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Good Times features a special Sunday show with comedian Cindy Rivers performing in conjunction with PrideFest. Cindy Rivers is a transgendered comedian. There are shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
And the Slice rocks once again with an eclectic show on Tuesday, featuring local country/rock singer songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom, Victoria/Seattle indie rock musician Mike Edel playing around 9 p.m. followed by a late show with Vancouver hardcore punk pioneers D.O.A. taking over at 10:45 p.m. Admission is $10.
Rising country star JoJo Mason is excited about “The Future.” Mason is one of the happiest fellows you’ll ever meet.
“It beats the alternative,” laughed Mason, who returns to Average Joes, May 16 in his first headlining tour. he has played here with Gord Bamford as well as Meghan Patrick and the James Barker Band.
Mason has come a long way in the past three years, releasing four top 10 hits including “Future” “Edge of the night,” “Red Dress” and “It’s All Good.”
“I did three back to back tours with Gord Bamford and became friends with Meghan Patrick and toured with the James Barker Band,” he said.
“So if you saw my playing with Gord, then you’ll know what to expect. But I don’t want to spoil it. There may be some surprises,” he said.
“I’m so excited to come back, it’s been too many months since I’ve been there,” he said.
“I like all kinds of music. I like to blend rap, soul music, R and B music and country music,” said Mason, who is excited about his recent single “Future,“ which he got hold of through Meghan Patrick.
“She has been working with Mitchell (Tenpenny) and he’s one of the best songwriters I’ve ever seen. She brought this song to me and said ‘You have to hear this’ and I couldn’t stop playing it. I couldn’t get it out of my head. I really related to it. It really meant something to me and I’ll never sing a song that doesn’t mean something to me. So I asked her to ask him if he would mind if recorded it and he was right there with her and said yes,” enthused Mason who is not only excited about “Future” but about the next single, “Better On You,” which he expects will be released on May 28.
“It‘s also one of Mitchell’s songs,” he said.
“I’m hoping the next time I’m in Nashville, I can get together with him and collaborate on something of our own,” he said.
He is planning on releasing the two singles individually and then an EP later in the year.
But he’d rather be performing.
“I feel most comfortable on stage. So i can’t wait to get back there,” he said.
JoJo Mason and Lauren Mayell play Average Joe’s, May 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance.
It has been a few years since indie rock/folk musician Mike Edel visited Lethbridge. In the past couple years, the Alberta born Edel, moved from his adopted home of Victoria, got married and moved to Seattle and released a new CD “Thresholds,” about all of those experiences.
He brings his band to the Slice, Tuesday, May 21.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Lethbridge,” he said.
“It’s about transitions and changes in life. I recorded it with Chris Walla who was in Death Cab for Cutie,” he enthused.
“We’re good friends now we’re going to visit him when we’re in L.A.. I’m grateful he decided to work with me,” he said.
“I spent a year obsessing over this CD, so I’m glad it’s finally out. And it was just so cool to be in the same room as Chris, who obsesses over music just as much as I do. There are so many textures I got to experiment with these songs,” he said, adding he has already received lot of support from CBC and Sirius XM radio.
“This CD is all about the transitions and changes in life. I got married, turned 30, moved to Seattle. So much has happened,” he said.
“I’m very pleased with this record. I’m pleased with the songs and how well they work together. I’m really pumped to play it,” he said.
He will be joined by bandmates Jeremy Buller and Jesse Boland.
“We have a really great sound together. We’re a three-piece but we have a really big sound. I play through two amps,” he said.
He has released three videos for the CD including “31,” “Finish Line” and “Go With you,” which features his dad, Larry.
“He’s a retired farmer from Linden. So when I went home to visit, I filmed us just hanging out together. He didn’t know we were making a video. But it’s about the importance of spending time with family,” he said, adding he has been neglecting Alberta on his tours, so he’s excited to return home, where he has a lot of family.
“I have like nine nieces and nephews there now,” he said.
The trio will be touring the west coast of the United States after they play Lethbridge.
“I’m looking forward to being back there. I’m looking forward to seeing Leeroy Stagger (who he went through the PEAK program with) and Shaela Miller,” he said.
Mike Edel plays the Slice, Tuesday, May 21 at 9 p.m. Tyson Ray Borsboom opens the show. Admission is $10.

The Windy City Opry had a big night on Wednesday, May 8 with three bands featured. I really wanted to see Jess Knights, but missed her set as well as Dennis Bouwman, but was just in time to be blown away by a group of young bucks from Saskatchewan called the Local Group. The multi-instrumentalists looked to be barely out of their teens, but had boundless energy and musical chops to match.
The upright bassist was in the middle of an Irish pipe solo as I arrived, which immediately made me think of Winnipeg’s the Dühks. But they showed substantial musical chops on several bluegrass numbers, as they gathered around a single mic to harmonize and taking turns to unleash blazing solos on mandolin, guitar and banjo. The upright bassist switched to fiddle near the end of their set.
They switched instruments throughout their set as well.
They played a lot of traditional bluegrass, but also added a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues,” which they turned into a bluegrass song.
Tyrants of Chaos and Beyond the Reverence
It was all about metal and hard rock at the Slice, Saturday, May 4.
I arrived midway through an intense set from Tyrants of Chaos and was surprised not to see the place packed as it usually is for Tyrants’s brand of ’80s-style New Wave of British Heavy metal. So there were plenty of big guitar riffs and the occasional harmonized guitar solo with frontman Phil Sirias shrieking his head off, hitting high notes that would do either Bruce Dickensen or Rob Halford proud. They played several tracks from their latest EP “…Into Oblivion” including “Trench Foot,” “Chaos Train,” and even dug deep for an older song “Metal Gods.”
They ended their set, with an homage to one of their idols Anthrax.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s Despite The Reverence had more of a punk feel. They played in front of stacks of amps which seemed a little too loud for the Slice, but they kept the volume to a reasonable level.
Their frontman reminded me of The Headstones’ Hugh Dillon. They played a tight set chock full of big riffs and a lot of energy.
Local musicians got together for a tribute night to some of their favourite ’70s icons at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, May 4. While I missed Corduroy Brown’s version ofJames Taylor, I caught some of Gabe Thaine’s Cat Stevens.
Jolene Draper went all out for her version of Janis Joplin. She dressed in her best tie-dyed hippie dress and big glasses, and did her best to imitate Janis Joplin’s heartfelt whiskey-soaked, raspy voice. She was reaching for a few of the higher notes, but had the spirit through obscurities and better known songs like “Me and Bobby McGee.”
She had a solid band behind her including bassist Steve Martin, lead guitarist Braeden Rouse and keyboardist TJ Waltho and drummer Keenan Pezderic.

May 15
Beaches — Open mic
Slice — Mystery Love with Mollythe Boycat and Guests
Galt Museum — Floyd Sillito 2 p.m. with Karen and Otto Pahl from Red Deer with Museum admission
May 16
Slice — Montgomery Street band and C A Jackson
Average Joe’s — Jojo Mason and Lauren Mayell $20 in advance
The Zoo — Thursty Thursdays
Good Times — Amateur Night
May 17
Watertower Grill — Karen Romanchuk 3
Casino Lethbridge — Mark Hall band
Slice — Death by Misadventure — Tribute to the Brian Jonestown massacre with Taylor Ackerman and friends
Owl Acoustic Lounge — The Parsons (formerly Clayton and Joelle)
Honker’s Pub — no jams
Good Times — Roast of H Johnny Pogo with Mike Dambra
May 18
Stoketown — Brunch Concert Series with High Level Blues Duo 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Slice — Bellevue, Homeless In Hawaii, Chief State, Cam Langhofer, The Cayley $10
Watertower Grill — Karen Romanchuk 3
Good Times — Kathleen McGhee
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Carter and the Capitals with Adequate
Casino Lethbridge — Mark Hall band
Honker’s Pub — no jams
May 19
Good Times — Cindy Rivers 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. $10
May 20
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Open mic
Onion — open mic
May 21
Slice — Mike Edel Tyson Ray Borsboom, 10:45 DOA
May 22
Beaches — open mic
Slice — Dead Ringer with Chernoff and Drearius
May 23
The Slice — High Level Variety with host Ben Price
May 24
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Lily Fawn Hush Hush Noise with Vandendool
Smokehouse — Russian Tim and the Pavel Bures, Hockey Moms, Mombod 9 p.m. $10
Slice — Rancho Deluxe CD release party
Casino Lethbridge — Bamboo Guppies
Honker’s Pub — open mic with Paul Kype
May 25
Smokehouse — lawless Murphy
Slice — Amy Nelson band with Carter Felker
Casino Lethbridge — Bamboo Guppies
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Septembryo/ Stars From Streetlights
Honker’s Pub — open mic with Aaron Landry

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