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Lots of music and fun for Halloween

Posted on October 23, 2019 by Richard Amery

It’s starting to feel like fall and that means Halloween.
University of Lethbridge community radio station CKXU is excited about their second annual haunted house at the Old Firehall, Oct. 26 and 27.
There will be three levels of ’50s and ’60s campy horror movie-styled fun. The actual haunted house runs Oct. 26 and 27 from 1-7 p.m.. Admission is $10 for adults, children 10 and up and students $5, and kids under 10 free. There will be an array of ghosts, ghouls, mad butchers, spooky monsters, wild witches and more. There will be plenty of activities for the kids and Mystery Gang tour guides and even a drive-in-themed photo booth.
In addition to that, there is a whole lot of music happening.
The Terrific Kids Collective collaborate with CKXU to bring in a big night of alternative rock and pop music, Friday, Oct. 25.
Saskatoon-based Indie psych rock band The Radiation Flowers will be performing with Calgary-based indie pop band 36? and local power pop band J Blissette and experimental art rock band Marigold. There is a $10 cover for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.
Kapow Comics celebrates Halloween early, Friday, Oct. 25, with a big slab of local of metal. NyghtBlaeds, Eons of Earth and Pomeranian Fight Club will be performing. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
If hip hop is more your style, Fright House fun continues Oct. 26 with Calgary-based Tamil Goonda rap collective Cartel Madras, Edmonton-based experimental Prairie hip hop and soul musician Tzadeka, a.k.a. Maigan van der Giessen – emcee/vocalist and Mark Czuba – DJ/producer. Louis Cza and brettlee are also on the bill. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
But that’s not the only pre-Halloween party planned. Pops Pub South features Uncovered and the Plaid Ramblers performing beginning at 8 p.m.
For actual Halloween, Kelowna rock band the Wild! return to Lethbridge to play an intimate show at the Slice, Oct. 31. Tickets are going fast at $10 a pop. Local band 21st Avenue will be opening. The Junkman’s Quire play Halloween at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
But the fun begins early in the week with a couple of outstanding Wednesday night shows.
The Slice rocks with new local band the Waterfront, Lethbridge’s the Cayley, Calgary-based rockers Homeless in Hawaii and Ontario band Excuses Excuses. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.
Just down the street, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features Edmonton pop rock group Wares plus Vandendool. Admission is by donation.
For rap fans, Drop N’ Beats is holding a fundraiser at Good Times, Oct, 24 for the McMan Youth, Family and Community Services. Performers include LRev, Heavy Knowledge, Our Neighbour the King and youth from Drop N Beats. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door. It runs from 7-10 p.m.
There are a lot of open mics as well with open mics at Beaches on Wednesday and Jaymz Joseph hosts the open mic at the Slice in Thursday. It’s The monthly poetry open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Teri Petz has been moved to this week due to Halloween.
It’s a good weekend to rock. The Bamboo Guppies return to Casino Lethbridge, Oct. 25 and 26.
The Slice features QuickDraw and MollytheBoyCat, Friday, Oct. 25.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes country on Oct. 25 with Rancho Deluxe performing.
The Owl goes pop on Oct. 26 with local musicians Bailey Kate, Travis Matthews and Laura Hickli. Admission is by donation.
Local blues rock band the Steve Keenan Band return to The Slice on Oct. 26.
And The Geomatic Attic is back on Oct. 26 with Toronto-based Lonesome Ace Stringband trio featuring Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass).
As usual, Geomatic Attic shows start at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non- members.
There are a couple of plays happening this week as well.
Playgoers of Lethbridge present Paul Elliott’s 2014 comedy “Exit Laughing” at the Country Kitchen, Oct. 22-26 for their fall dinner theatre.
Tickets for the show are $58 at Casa. The show is at the Country Kitchen, beneath The Keg on Mayor Magrath Drive.
“It’s a really funny dark comedy,” summarized director Linda Johnson, Playgoers of Lethbridge’s co-artistic director.
The comedy stars several familiar faces including Teresa Huszar as Rachel, who made her Playgoers of Lethbridge debut in the spring production of “Where’s Oscar.”
The play also features Playgoers mainstay Shelly David as the simple, sometimes ditzy Millie; Jocelyn Steinborn as Rachel’s mother, the conservative and always astute Connie; Marcie Stork as the wise-cracking, hairdresser Leona who was in “‘Til Beth Do us Part;” and Josh Hammerstedt as the policeman.
“It is about four (southern) women who have been friends for decades who have bonded over a weekly game of cards. Then one of the ladies dies so Millie decides to borrow her ashes from the funeral home and brings them for one last game,” Johnson said.
“They worry about the police coming, and they do, but it isn’t as it seems. It isn’t what they perceive cops to be. They’ve come to entertain by request of the deceased,” Johnson continued.
Cocktails are at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 and the play to follow.
Over at the University of Lethbridge, Theatre Xtra presents Girl Talk, a devised theatre production celebrating the female experience in 2019 and exploring the strength when young women support each other. It runs in the David Spinks Theatre Oct. 24-26 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. matinee, Oct. 26. Tickets are #12 adults, $10 Seniors, $8 students and $10 for alumni.

Kelowna rockers The Wild! are going back to their roots — small clubs. They haven’t played Lethbridge since 2016 and since then they have toured the world with their mentors Airborne and even Motorhead’s Phil Campbell.
“We haven’t really played Canada a lot in the past two years because we’ve been concentrating on the European market. We’ve toured there three or four times,” said frontman Dylan Villain, taking a breather in between tours, sounding more like a businessman than a beer swilling, party hearty, guitar wielding rebel spreading their balls to the wall, straight ahead rock and roll across the world like the bastard children of ZZ Top and AC DC.
They play a close to sold-out Halloween show at the Slice with local band 21st Avenue.
They’ve played Lethbridge with heavy hitters like One Bad Son and Buck Cherry and were supposed to play the Enmax with Breaking Benjamin, but Breaking Benjamin cancelled that tour.
“We’re not the type of band to dress up for Halloween like some bands do. Our show speaks for itself. And we want to play a very solid 90-minute set this time,” he said, adding they will be playing music from their previous two recordings and the new singles “Playing with Fire” and “Helluva Ride.”
“And we’ll be playing new songs you haven’t heard before,” he continued. They have released two new videos.
“‘Playing With Fire’ has a lot of things going on and moving around. Our videos are always over the top,” he said.
He is excited about the tour of small clubs in Canada.
“We started out playing in small clubs. Last year, I was on a stage in Germany playing for 17,000 people and was thinking of all those small clubs we played to get to where we are,” he said, noting several of the shows are already sold out or close to sold out.
“We haven’t played Canada or clubs for a while, so it is what we expected,” he said.
“But get your tickets early because it is going to sell out,” he advised. Tickets are $10.

Oct. 23
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Wares, Vandendool
Slice — Homeless in Hawaii, Excuses Excuses, The Cayley, Waterfront
Oct. 24
Slice — open mic with Jaymz Joseph
Good Times — amateur comedy night
Owl Acoustic Lounge—7 p.m. poetry open mic with Teri Petz
Oct. 25
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Rancho Deluxe
Watertower Grill — James Oldenburg
Slice — Quick Draw with MTBC
Casino Lethbridge — Bamboo Guppies
Old Firehall — CKXU Fright Hall with 36? Marigold, J Blissette, Radiation Flowers 9 p.m. $10
Oct. 26
Watertower Grill — James Oldenburg
Casino Lethbridge — Bamboo Guppies
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Bailey Kate, Travis Matthews, Laura Hickli
Slice — Steve Keenan Band
Good Times — Donovan Deschner 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. $10
Geomatic Attic — Lonesome Ace Stringband, 8 p.m. $30,$35
Old Firehall — CKXU Fright House with Cartel madras, tzadeka, Louis CZA, Brettlee 9 p.m. Tickets $15 advance $20 at door
Oct. 28
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Good Times — Open mic
Oct. 30
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — standup comedy open mic
Slice — Elle Wolf with October Poppy and Nixie
Oct. 31
Slice — The Wild!
Good Times — amateur comedy night
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Halloween with Junkman‘s Quire
Nov. 1
Watertower Grill — Karen Romanchuk band
The Slice — Blizzard of Oz with Bridgette Yarwood, Tyler Eresman, Braeden Rouse, Mark Hall, Gary Drayton, Ian Morrice, James Swinney, Loren Plante
Owl acoustic Lounge — Adequate post Halloween party
Nov. 2
Watertower Grill — Karen Romanchuk band
Good Times — Chris Gordon 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. $10

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