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A whole lot of blues for music lovers

Posted on November 13, 2019 by Richard Amery

There is a whole lot of blues happening during a relatively slow Remembrance Day week.
But things begin on a country note as Saskatchewan-born Orillia, Ontario-based folk/roots musician Zachary Lucky returns to Lethbridge to play the Windy City Opry, Nov. 13.
The Slice also brings back Kirkland Lake-born, Montreal-based pop punk-tinged rock band Dany Laj and the Looks, Nov. 14. They will be playing with local blues rock band Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset and local rap duo Bomb Hugg.
Things cook on the weekend.
The Lethbridge Folk Club’s monthly open mic is at Casa, on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Slice welcomes back Edmonton folk/pop duo The Orchard Friday, Nov. 15. The Orchard a.k.a. Kasha Anne and Mitchell Smith, also cite the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Grateful Dead and Tedeschi Trucks band as influences. They will be joined by local alternative rock trio Mombod plus Calgary Celtic punks the River Jacks and the Hockey Moms. Admission is $10
Papa King and the Boogiemen have a couple “Bootleg” CD release shows coming up. Steve Keenan will be joining him for two shows this week, beginning at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Nov. 15.
Papa King and Keenan play a stripped-down show at Mocha Cabana the next night, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. If you miss those two shows, Papa King and the Boogiemen will be at the Slice Nov. 23.
The Slice also goes blues on Nov. 16 with local blues rockers Driving While Blind.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge features an afternoon jazz jam on Saturday at 3 p.m. Things stay mellow in the evening with indie rock band Webb and Bailey Kate.
If you love the ’90s, Uncovered will be playing your favourites at Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday with new vocalist Breanne Urban.
Down the road at McLennan’s in Coaldale, Metallica tribute Damage Incorporated will be performing at 9:30 p.m.

Zachary Lucky is excited bring a new bluegrass sound to the Windy City Opry at the Slice, Nov. 13 in support of his new CD “Midwestern.” He was last in Lethbridge in 2017 to play the Windy City Opry with Kent McAlister.
“It’s been too long,” Lucky said, adding his last record, “Everywhere A Man Can Be,” was released in 2016.
The new, independent CD has done well. Since it was released in Oct. 18, it has hit the top of the Canadian Folk and Roots Music charts.
“It’s doing well. It’s got some good response from people,” he said.
“As I’m getting older, I’m beginning to see the world a little differently. There has been a lot of big changes in my life that have informed the music.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about where I am in life. And what my parents’ life was like when they were my age, in Saskatchewan,” he said.
Lucky moved to Toronto, then quickly to Orillia to be closer to his in-laws. Orillia is north of Toronto and the home of the world-famous Mariposa Folk Festival, which is also where he met his partner.
“There’s a lot of artists and musicians and creators who live in Orillia. I’m surprised it actually doesn’t have a bigger music scene, especially with the Mariposa Folk Festival, which is one of Canada’s oldest folk festivals,” he said.
“Toronto is crazy. It‘s easier to make a living and raise a family in Orillia,” Lucky continued.
He is excited about the new sounds the band is making.
“I’ve got three musicians with me (fiddle player Josh Showman, upright bassist Mitchell Thomson, dobro player Ivan Rosenberg) and we’re all singing around the same microphone like traditional bluegrass musicians do,” he said.
“There’s no tricks. I wanted the listen to feel like they are sitting around the kitchen table with us. I want the show to sound as close to the record as possible,” he continued.
Lucky plays the Windy City Opry, Wednesday, Nov. 13 with host Shaela Miller beginning the show at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover.
Things still happen early in the week.
The Lethbridge Symphony orchestra presents Wunderkids, Monday, Nov. 18. The concert features 14-year-old Violin prodigy Jacques Forestier, Selections include Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, Beethoven”s symphony No. 3 and Schubert’s Entr’act III from Roasmunde. Tickets range from $25-$75. The concert begins at 7:30.
The next Tuesday, High Level Variety show featuring Gabe Thaine and Michael Bartz takes place.
And The Owl has an excellent folk and roots show Nov. 20 with Matt Patershuk.

After 20 some years in the business, two Juno awards, a couple of theatre soundtracks and 17 albums including his latest, “Median Age Wasteland” and another on the way, you’d think Hawksley Workman might have come down with a case of writer’s block somewhere along the way.
It’s not the case, now that he has resigned himself to never becoming rich and famous.
“Bob Dylan has a quote like being rich is having the freedom to do whatever you want. And I’ve been lucky enough to carve out a living doing just that, which is difficult in Canada. And I’m really grateful for that,” said Workman, looking a at a grey, dreary London day, looking forward to a sold-out show in London, Ont., one of several shows which are already sold out on this tour.
He brings his longtime band the Wolves including keyboardist Todd Lumley a.k.a. Mr. Lonely, bassist Derrick Brady and drummer Brad Kilpatrick, to the University Theatre to play a special show for the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 23.
“There was a time, when I was in Sweden, spending time in studios where the sound of American radio was born, when I still thought I could get rich. I thought I could write hits for other people, but that’s not how I work. My creativity dried up because I wasn’t giving it the respect it deserved,” he said.
“I was never meant for mass consumption, I guess, I was meant for a small, select group of people. I think I’m playing stuff people like,” he observed.
He has had a “banger of a year” full of touring, recording his own music, recording music with folks like Sarah Slean, and theatre.
His audience has grown with him, so some older songs have fallen by the wayside.
“When I was in my 20s I had a ‘hit’ called ‘Striptrease;’ it captured the gluttonous party energy of being in my early 20s that resonated with a lot of people. But it hasn’t aged well. and my audience has grown up with me,” he said.
Though he just released “Median Age Wasteland,” he has already started work on his next record with renowned Montreal engineer and producer Marcus Paquin.
He just released a video for “Around Here,” which continues on with the reflective, introspective feel of the album.
Hawksley Workman and the Wolves play the University Theatre, for the Geomatic Attic, Saturday, Nov. 23. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $45.

November 13
Slice — Windy City Opry wth Zachary Lucky
Beaches — Open mic
November 14
Slice — Danny Laj and the Looks with Global acid Reset and Bomb Hugg
Owl Acoustic Lounge — CHS Rocks 5 p.m.
November 15
McLennan’s Pub — Damage Incorporated
Slice — The Orchard before the afternoon tour withH Hockey Moms, RiverJacks and mombod
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Papa King and the Boogiemen
Casino Lethbridge — Uncovered
Honker’s Pub — open mic
November 16
Slice— Driving While Blind
Owl Acoustic Lounge — jazz jam with HBO3 3 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Webb, Bailey Kate, lemba
Casino Lethbridge — Uncovered
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Mocha Cabana — Papa King Bootleg Release Party 8 p.m.
November 18
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Wunderkids
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
November 19
Good Times — comedy open mic
Slice — High Level Variety Show with Michael Bartz
November 20
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Matt Patershuk Band
November 21
The Slice — open mic with Tyler Bird
November 22
Owl Acoustic Lounge — The Cayley
Good Times — Wendy Colby
Slice — October Poppy and Megan Rourke’s birthday
Casino Lethbridge — Suzanne Scott and the Dusty Road Band
Honker’s Pub — open mic
November 23
University of Lethbridge Theatre — Geomatic Attic presents Hawksley Workman
Lethbridge College Cave — Lethbridge Folk Club – Old Man Luedecke $25 members, $30 invited guests, $10 children 6-14 accompanied by adult $5 membership
Slice — Papa King and the Boogiemen album release
Good Times — Alex Biron
Casino Lethbridge — Suzanne Scott and the Dusty Road Band
Owl Acoustic Lounge — the Decadent Phase
November 25
Mortar and Brick Gallery — Geomatic Attic presents Andrea Superstein jazz Trio $0 8 p.m,.
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Onion — open mic
November 26
Slice — Evrytt Willow with Tyson Ray Borsboom and Kevin Giron
Good Times — Comedy open mic
November 27
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Standup comedy open mic
November 28
Slice — Gabriel Thaine album launch fundraiser
Owl Acoustic lounge — Owl Poetry 7 p.m. 10 p.m., Biloxi Parish with Night Terrors
November 29
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Slice — Marco Sylver with Trevor Christiansen and Emily Rose
Owl Acoustic Lounge — The Utilities with Jon Martin and the Lovers
Casino Lethbridge — Between Skies
November 30
Good Times — Drew Behm
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Slice — Reckless Famous with Homeless in Hawaii, Waterfront and king Dylan
Owl Acoustic Lounge — 2 p.m. LMT Broadway open mic 9 p.m.Richard Inman Markus Sommer songs and stories tour
Casino Lethbridge — Between Skies

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