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Dragon boat festival features plenty of talented musical acts

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:23

The annual ATB Rotary Dragon Boat races will supply much of this week’s entertainment.
A full slate of performers will be on stage at Henderson Lake Park July 5-7, while the dragon boaters do their thing. They have a variety of musicians and dancers both local and from out of town this year playing a variety of different styles of music. On Friday, Hay U opens the races at 4 p.m. followed by Southern Alberta country singer Dusty Dee Litchfield, Calgary rock/folk/blues band the Firm Handshake are on after that followed by the Desert Wind Belly Dancers.

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Battle of the Bands coming to the Exhibition

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 14:48

While water and flood worries weighed heavily on people’s heads last week, taking in live music is a great way to get your mind off your worries and your worries off your mind. So with that in mind, there are several excellent shows worth taking in this week. One of the big events this week is Ex Fest — Battle of the Bands, happening at Exhibition Park, Friday, June 28. The event begins at 5 p.m. Numerous local bands will be performing including psychedelic rock band Cosmic Charley, rock/metal band Fox Eyes, metal bands Penitentz, Death Pledge and Lock N’ Load plus punk band The Ruby Plumes, family pop band Juarez, rock band Open 24/7, young metal band Shocked Standards and Fort Macleod-based pop punk band Sophmore Jakes. Train Wreck will headline the show. Admission is $5 in advance, $10 at the gate.

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Geomatic Attic blasting off summer

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 15:18

Everything happening this week happens on Thursday, or at least it seems that way.
There are several smaller shows and three big shows happening beginning with the Geomatic Attic’s annual Summer Blast Off show. This year the popular summer event is a fundraiser for the YWCA Harbour House. The Lethbridge Kinsmen will be having a barbecue and selling refreshments.
As usual there is an excellent slate of music beginning at 5:45 p.m. with Karen Romanchuk, who also plays the Mocha Cabana Friday and Saturday. Frontier Ruckus follows at 6:15 p.m., the Shaela Miller Threesome get started at 7 p.m. followed by Vancouver-based rockabilly musician Cousin Harley and Saskatoon roots collective The Deep Dark Woods end the show at 8:45 p.m.  Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the gate or you can buy a block of tickets for $350 and they will put up your organization’s banner on the fence.

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Jazz takes over city music scene

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:01

It is all about jazz music this week as most of this week’s big events are related to the Lethbridge Jazz Festival, taking place all over the city June 13-15. Some of the big names include Saskatchewan bluesman Jack Semple playing a later show at CASA, June 15 and Carstairs folk/ jazz combo the Polyjesters who are at the Slice earlier that night. Local blues band Paul Kype and Texas Flood are part of the jazz festival as well, playing the Slice, June 14.
Some of the bigger names playing this year’s festival include pianist Tommy Banks and saxophonist  PJ Perry, who play June 14 at the Yates Theatre.

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Comedians headline week of fun

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 14:55

This week will be full of funny.
The Drama Nutz are back with “Bring Your Own Chair” improv, June 7 at the NAAG Gallery (255 12C St. N.). As always it begins at 8 p.m. in the NAAG gallery. Admission is $8 if you bring your own chair, $10 of you don’t. Expect a night full of improvised scenes, songs, crazy costumes and the table of contents, where you can buy the cast members a specific costume, prop or handicap them so they have to perform a scene without sight, sound or being able to talk.

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