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Rock, pop and country on tap

Posted on October 16, 2019 by Richard Amery

This week rocks and pops.
Classic rock fans will be in hippie Heaven as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty returns to the Enmax Centre, Wednesday, Oct. 16 with his “My 50 Year Trip” Tour.
Expect to hear CCR classics and Fogerty’s solo hits.
Tickets are $29.95, $49.50, $79.50, $99.95 (including GST) plus service charges. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
For a little bit of a contrast to that, Sherwood Park alt-pop band The Royal Foundry return to the Slice Oct. 16 as well. Winnipeg-based songwriter Roman Clarke is also on the bill plus local singer songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom.
Expect a plethora of wild and wonderful musical instruments and manic ’80s pop energy from Royal Foundry.
For something a little more mellow, Northern Albertan country musician Maddie Storvold, who was on CTV’s the launch and recently released her hit single “Don’t Say you Love Me,” plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 16 as well.
If you love acoustic guitar pyrotechnics and percussion, Australian-born, Nashville-based virtuoso, Daniel Champagne returns to the Slice, Oct. 17.
Admission is $20. He sold out the Slice almost exactly a year ago.
The weekend is all about pop music.
Average Joe’s features welcomes Tyler Shaw’s “Wanted” tour to the stage, Friday, Oct. 18.
Shaw was nominated a for the 2019 pop album of the year for his sophomore CD “Intuition,” which spawned the hit singles ”With You” and “To the Man Who Let Her Go.”
He will be joined by Craig Strickland on guitar.
Strickland, who has toured with Alessia Cara and Matt Good, will also be opening the show, which begins at 10:15 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Jon Martin returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Edmonton musician St. Arnaud, Oct. 18.
It’s great to see Bridgette Yarwood on stage again. She brings her jazz/pop duo to Good Times, Oct. 18 at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance $10 at the door. If you miss that show, she is also playing a big afternoon fundraising concert at the Gate Church, Saturday, Oct. 18. Also on that bill are local blues band Coda, Deacon Harley and the Spark and Behold. Tickets are $10. The show runs from 1-5 p.m.
This week’s folk fix comes courtesy of Winnipeg musician Vince Andrushko, who plays the Slice Oct. 19 with George Arsene. Prairie Huckster play folk and roots music music at Plum on Oct. 19 as well.
Hanna-born, Lethbridge-based Trevor Christensen and El Mule will be be playing country and rock at Casino Lethbridge all weekend.
Saturday is an exciting day for blues fans.
The Lethbridge Folk Club presents Tri Continental aka Bill Bourne, Madagascar Slim and Lester Quitzau to the Lethbridge College Cave, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 members, $30 invited guests, $10 children 6-14 accompanied by adult $5 membership.
The other big blues show, Oct. 19 is Colorado’s Johnny O who brings his trio back to the Slice stage with Keith Catfish Woodrow opening the show. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance.
And Jazz jams are back at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
HBO3 hosts an afternoon jam at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 19 beginning at 3 p.m.
They make way for alternative rock later on with MomBod, morii and bass and drum duo Perverts. Admission is by donation.
And Charles Haycock will be making you laugh at Good Times for two shows, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
The fun doesn’t stop there.
Country music fans have a great show at the Enmax to look forward to on Monday, Oct. 21. Headliners Dallas Smith and Dean Brody will be joined by Reklaws, Chad Brownlee and MacKenzie Porter. Tickets are $32, 54.50, $64.50 $85.50, $105.50 plus service charges. The show begins at 7 p.m.
And the fun continues as quirky pop rock band Hollerado return to Lethbridge as part of their farewell tour and in support of their catchy new album, “Retaliation Vacation.”
They play the Slice Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. There is a $15 cover.
Winnipeg-area songwriter Del Barber plays the Geomatic Attic, Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. He is supporting his new CD, “Easy Keeper.”
L.A./Toronto musician Craig Strickland has a lot on the go from acting, modelling and running a studio furniture business to touring with everybody from Alessia Cara to Matthew Good.
Strickland will not only be opening for up-and-coming pop singer Tyler Shaw on his “Warning” tour, but will also be playing guitar in his band at Average Joe’s, Oct. 18.
“And the funny thing his Tyler’s drummer (Colin Kingsmore) volunteered to play drums with me so we’ll be doing a stripped-down, White Stripes kind of set,” said Strickland, just finishing his first rehearsal with Kingsmore.
Strickland has been releasing singles since the beginning of the year including the latest, “Burn it Down,” and the focus single “Break Every Rule.”
“I like to blend blues, soul and R and B,” Strickland said.
“The record label has two more focus singles, ‘Golden Child’ and ‘Starlit Afternoon,’ which will be the title of the album,” Strickland enthused.
He released his debut EP “Leave Me To The Wild” in 2016.
“My manager is a visionary,” said Strickland, adding he convinced him to get into modelling and acting, to allow a flexible schedule to work on his music.
“He started representing Alessia before she had any songs or a band. And that ended up being the most amazing experience of my life. I toured the world with her,” he enthused, adding that, in turn, led to a tour with Coldplay.
“That was amazing. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin then got into more emotional musicians like John Mayer and Radiohead and Coldplay,” he enthused.
He is excited to tour with Tyler Shaw.
“He’s had a lot of success in his career,” he said, adding he is happy to play guitar in Shaw’s band as well.
“He also needed a guitar player, so I was happy to do it,” he said.
The show begins at 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Winnipeg-area musician Del Barber returns to the Geomatic Attic, Tuesday, Oct. 22 in support of his new CD “Easy Keeper,” a record he never thought he’s ever get to make.
“I’ve been busy being a dad and trying to reconcile that with touring and not being there,” said Barber, who has a busy tour schedule into 2021.
Barber underwent a period of soul searching when he parted ways with True North Records and his manager, around the same time he settled down on his wife’s parents’ farm in southern Manitoba.
“I didn’t think I would get to make music again, so a lot of songs come from that point in time. I’m always writing. But people still want to hear from me,” Barber continued, adding Rolling Stone magazine just published an interview with him abut the new album.
“That’s the first time they have ever paid any attention to me so that’s like the Holy Grail,” he said.
No Depression magazine, the go-to-source for alt country and roots magazine, also interviewed him.
“I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years and people are starting to listen,” he said.
While the songs come from a personal space, they aren’t about him. Instead they are about blue-collar characters.
“I only allow myself one, maybe two songs to write from that perspective. I’d rather exercise a more empathetic perspective that keeps my ego in check as a white male who has the Holy Grail by the tail. Like they know which way the world should turn. I live on a beautiful farm. I have a beautiful family,” he said, adding he’d rather write from a third-person perspective about blue-collar people who see the world with their unique perspective.
The new CD is very stripped down, but Barber is bringing a full band to fill out the sound.
“I was in Nashville and saw Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives. It was so inspirational. They could do loud, in-your-face electric music, but they could also do really laidback music and not just in ballads. So I’ve been experimenting with different ways to play my music live,” he said.
He will be joined by new guitarist Austin Parachoniak, drummer Ivan Burns and bassist/steel guitarist Ryan Funk.
“I’m really excited about it. I hope people will come out and see it,” Barber said.
Tickets are $30 for Geomatic Attic members, $35 for non-members,. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Ottawa area-based indie rock/pop band Hollerado are calling it a day after about a dozen years on the road. They return to the Slice one last time, Tuesday, Oct. 22.
They just released one last album, “Retaliation Vacation,” but all people want to talk about is their retirement.
“We think it’s our best one yet, but all everyone wants to ask us about is our retirement,” observed frontman Menno Versteeg.
To go along with the new album, they released a weird video for “Time on Earth,” featuring a break-dancing alien.
“We’ve always been irreverent so it just suits us. Besides, it’s our last tour, so we didn’t really care if anyone likes it,” Versteeg continued, adding people ended up really liking it.
Guitarist Nixon Boyd, drummer Jake Boyd and bassist Dean Baxter complete the quartet
“We’ve always marched to the beat of our own drum,” quipped Boyd.
“Oh, a drummer joke,” Versteeg chuckled.
“It’s just time to retire. How many of your favourite bands’ sixth album is your favourite?” Boyd added.
“We’re still best friends, so there’s no juicy gossip,” Versteeg emphasized.
“We’ll probably miss it during festival season. But now we’ll all just be going to the festivals to watch without having to lug any gear. And we’ve got enough friends that we can go back stage and hang out with them and drink their beer and eat their food and play their instruments and maybe play a Hollerado set,” Versteeg laughed.
They are pleased with the new CD.
“We did it all ourselves. We recorded it in Nick’s studio down the street. It was a really fun process,” Versteeg said, adding they didn’t have to cull any songs from the collection. “We just wrote 12 songs then went in and recorded them.”
“It’s a lot of fun. It’s a Hollerado album, so if you like Hollerado, you’ll like it,” Versteeg added.
Their last tour runs until Dec. 13.
They’ve had a lot of inspirational moments, not the least of was the “Meet the Mayors” tour in 2017, which resulted in Lethbridge mayor Rajko Dodic getting up on stage to jam with them.
But they can’t choose a favourite.
“That’s a tough question. We get asked that a lot. We can’t pick just one. Just the friendships we’ve made. We’ve been all over the world and have made friends in every city we’ve visited. We might not have made lifelong friends, but we can go to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and find out where the best cup of coffee is,” Versteeg said.
“The friendship is magical,” Boyd said.
They’ve enjoyed playing Lethbridge over the years.
“Our favourite memory is the pizza at the Slice. So we get to do that one more time,” Versteeg said.
“It’s a farewell tour, so we’ll be playing the hits. We’ll be playing your favourites. And we’ve played there enough, we know what those are,” he added.
There is a $15 cover for the show, which begins at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.
October 16
Beaches — open mic
Enmax Centre — John Fogerty
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Maddie Strovold
Slice — Royal Foundry with Roman Clarke and Tyson Ray Borsboom

October 17
The Slice — Daniel Champagne $20
Good Times — Coda Lite $5 advance $10 at door 7-9 p.m.

October 18
Average Joe’s — Tyler Shaw with Chris Strickland $20 early bird, $25 at door
Good Times — Bridgette Yarwood duo with Hannah Nickerson 8:30 p.m. $10
Casino Lethbridge — Trevor Christensen and EL Mule
Owl Acoustic Lounge — St. Arnaud with Jon Martin and the Lovers
Slice — George Arsene with Vince Andrushko
Honker’s Pub — open mic

October 19
Lethbridge College Cave — Lethbridge Folk Club Tricontinental $25 members, $30 invited guests, $10 children 6-14 accompanied by adult $5 membership
The Gate — Musicians for Streets Alive with Coda
Casino Lethbridge — Trevor Christensen and EL Mule
Owl Acoustic Lounge 3 p.m. Jazz jam with HBO39 p.m. Perverts, MomBod, Morii
Slice — Johnny O trio
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Good Times — Charles Haycock 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $10

October 20
Enmax Centre — Lee Greenwood

October 21
Enmax Centre — Dean Brody and Dallas Smith
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Good Times — Open mic

October 22
Geomatic Attic — 8 p.m. Del Barber $30, $35
Slice — Hollerado farewell tour $15 9 p.m.

October 23
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Wares, Vandendool
Slice — Homeless in Hawaii, Excuses, Excuses, The Cayley, Waterfront

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