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Christmas season gets into high gear

Posted on December 11, 2019 by Richard Amery

It should be a fun week as the Christmas season kicks into high gear. But first, the Geomatic Attic finishes the year with southern Saskatchewan duo Kacy and Clayton performing Dec. 11 with Ellen Froese. They are touring in support of their latest CD, “Carrying On.”
Wednesday, Dec. 11 is a big night for roots music as local roots collective Dark Wrangler play the Slice. Dark Wrangler includes Don Cassell, Dil Jopp, Tyler Bird, Megan and Mel will be performing with Makiisma and Corduroy Brown. Megan Brown, Corduroy Brown plus Chris Drew and Wendy Cee will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday, Dec. 13.
The Slice has a big week as they help the Windy City Opry celebrate their third anniversary with a big show on Friday, Dec. 13 featuring Lethbridge favourites, Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves and Calgary country musician Amy Nelson. There are more prizes and giveaways for this show, so tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
The Decadent Phase play the Slice on Saturday. And Jaymz Joseph hosts the open mic at the Slice on Thursday.
Of course, there are a lot of Christmas shows coming up.
Bridgette Yarwood’s vocal students will be performing “Voices of Winter” at a rescheduled show at Cité Des Prairies, Dec. 11. Another prominent vocal teacher, Andi Roberts, will feature some of her students performing at City Hall for “Sounds of the Season,” at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 20.
But before that, TJ. Waltho brings back his Charlie Brown Christmas show to Stoketown on Dec. 12. And you can’t have Christmas without Handel’s epic “The Messiah.”
The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra brings back Handel’s famous oratio to Southminster United Church for two performances this week. The first is 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 and the second is Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$75.
If you like your Christmas a little bit country, Gem of the West Museum in Coaldale features Alysa McQuaid, Amy Allred, Cody Hall and Calgary bluesman Eric Braun. Tickets are $15.
This weekend, Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer return to Casino Lethbridge for Dec. 13 and 14.
If you want to Laugh, Good Times features the final roast battle of 2019 on Dec. 13.
Johnny Pogo takes the mic against Medicine Hat champ Troy Patterson plus four other comics. The comedy begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $15.
Calgary comedian Tommy Mellor delivers the yuks on Saturday for one show only at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge has an unusual Saturday planned. In the afternoon, bring the kids for Classic Kids Rock with Karen, Lewis and Pam, a.k.a. Gabe Thaine, Jillian Bracken and Ashley Thomson performing children’s classics from Sharon, Lois and Bram, Raffi and a couple of holiday classics at 3 p.m.
That night, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features female-powered rock including Calgary rock/soul/punk band the Torchettes and Edmonton’s Bad Buddy (Emily Bachynski, Alex Vissia, Andrea Vissia and Geoffrey O’Brien) helping release David Besplug’s adult colouring book. Admission is by donation.
Early next week, local schools are helping out the Red Cross through music.
Students from G.S. Lakie, Gilbert Paterson and Wilson Middle School host Rockin for the Red Cross. The concert is at G.S. Lakie School Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.
Southern Saskatchewan duo Kacy And Clayton are “Carrying on” with their fifth CD, and the ensuing tour carries on to the Geomatic Attic, Dec. 11.
“It reflects a lot of our influences we’ve been listening to lately,” said Clayton Linthicum, taking a breather in between tours from his home in Glentworth, Saskatchewan.
“We listen to a lot of country music from the late ’60s like Gene Clark and Lee Hazelwood and a lot of psychedelic music mixed with country music,” he said.
He and compatriot Kacy Anderson will be joined by their rhythm section of drummer Mike Silverman and bassist Andy Basil for this tour.
“We’ve been playing a lot as a duo, so it is really exciting to play with the band,” said Linthicum, who also plays with Deep Dark Woods when scheduling permits.
“Kacy and Clayton are so busy. Most of our time is spent touring. But we still play with them. We’re on their latest album,” he continued.
“The songs are shorter in Kacy and Clayton and there are fewer members than the Deep Dark Woods. We have similar influences,” he noted.
They played South Country Fair in 2018, but haven’t played Lethbridge since 2014.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been that long,” he said, adding people are enjoying the new CD, “Carrying On.”
“It’s been really good. There are three or four singles in rotation,” he said.
“The CD sounds closer to what we sound like live than any other,” he continued, adding they plan on playing the entire CD at the Geomatic Attic. “We’re just excited to be back in Lethbridge. It has been so long,” he said, adding they will be joined by fellow Saskatchewan musician Ellen Froese, who was just in Lethbridge.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$35.

Dec. 11
Geomatic Attic — Kacy and Clayton 8 p.m. $30, $35
The Slice — Dark Wrangler with Megan Brown with Don Cassell
Beaches — open mic
Dec. 12
Stoketown — A Charlie Brown Christmas 8-9 p.m. $40 adults, $20 children
Slice — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — High Level Growers Guild
Dec. 13
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Megan Brown with Chris Drew, Corduroy Brown, Wendy Cee
Slice — Windy City Opry 3-year anniversary with Amy Nelson and Peter and the Wolves
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Casino Lethbridge — Breanne Urban and southern Flyer
Good Times — Roast battle
Dec. 14
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Casa — Lethbridge Folk Club open mic
Casino Lethbridge — Breanne Urban and southern Flyer
The Slice —Decadent Phase
Good Times — Tommy Mellor
Honker‘s Pub — afternoon open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — 3 p.m. Classic kids rock with Karen Lewis and Pam, 9:30 p.m.. David Besplug’s adult colouring book release with the Torchettes, Bad Buddy
Dec. 15
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra The Messiah7:30 p.m.
Gem of the West Coaldale — A Country Christmas with Amy Allred and Alyssa McQuaid
Dec. 16
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony OrchestraThe Messiah7:30 p.m.
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Dec. 17
Good Times — Comedy open mic
Dec. 18
Slice — 21st Avenue
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Standup Comedy open mic
Beaches — Open mic
Dec. 19
Slice — open mic
Dec. 20
Casino Lethbridge — Mark Hall band
Honker‘s Pub — afternoon open mic
The Slice — Dead Army with Vessel
Owl Acoustic Lounge — 36? with Laura Hickli
City Hall— Andi Roberts Sounds of the Season 2:30 p.m.
Dec. 21
Honker‘s Pub — open mic
The Slice — Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Rest
Owl Acoustic Lounge — A Charlie Brown Christmas with TJ Waltho, Paul Holden, Brad Brouwer with the Yuletones featuring Mwansa Mwansa
Good Times — Dale Ward
Casino Lethbridge — Mark Hall band

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