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Canada turns 150 years old this year, so Lethbridge is going all out to celebrate with live music, July 1. But before that, there is quite a lot going on for live music.
 Chicago roots/American/bluegrass band  the Way Down Wanderers visit the Slice, June 28 in the middle of their first visit to Canada. They blend elements of folk, rock, traditional music, bluegrass and much more into their unique sound from their 2016 self titled debut CD as well as their brand new live CD.
For the complete opposite to that, London, Ontario based psychobilly/ rockabilly  band the Matadors return to Lethbridge, June 28 as well when they return to the Moose Hall with local punk bands the Scallywags and Gender Bender. The show begins at 9 p.m.

 For something different again, The Owl Acoustic Lounge hosts their month end stand up comedy open mic on June 28.
While Canada Day activities dominate the weekend, there are a couple cool shows happening.
 Taylor Ackerman, who used to play with Treeline and Toques and Beards is taking advantage of a month back home in Lethbridge after spending the past 10 months in Halifax to play a pair of local gigs.

 He brings his new blues rock project Global Acid Reset (which also features drummer Matthew Rederburg and Cory Fischer ) to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 30 with Don Cassells’ new project In Cahoots. Global Acid Reset plays the Slice on Canada Day with local roots rock collective Unbroken Circle. There is a  $10 cover for that show.
Shaela Miller returns to the Slice on June 30 with local roots group Rancho Deluxe and Megan Rourke. Admission is $10.
For Canada Day, Vancouver based funk orchestra Five Alarm Funk are part of a busy Canada Day line up at Henderson lake, which begins at 11 a.m. with the Lethbridge Community Band. They will be followed at noon by the Dramatic Measures Choir, the Hibikaya drummers at 12:10, New West Theatre at 12:30 p.m., the Lethbridge Thai dancers at 1:10, Munya Maturuse at 1:30 p.m., the Troyanda Ukrainian Dancers at 2:20 p.m., local funk/R and B/disco collective Hippodrome at 2:50 and the opening ceremonies at 4 p.m..

After that, Lethbridge Native Dance performs at  4:30 p.m. local classic rock band Fast Times Follow at 4:50. Urban Beat dancers will perform at 5:40 p.m..
Saskatchewan country singer Blake Berglund performs at  6 p.m. followed by MexicanSin Fronteras.
Local rock band Biloxi Parish are on at  7:10 p.m. followed by Gymfinity Aerial Circus at 8 p.m.

 Five Alarm Funk play at 8:30, and as things wind down, the Lethbridge Fire Spinners will be performing at 9:30 p.m. Saint Albert,  based Alberta Up and coming country musician Dan Davidson, who charted with his  number 1 selling hit “Found” in 2016, winds things down at 10 p.m. and lead the crowd to the fireworks at 11 p.m.
There is Canada Day music at Galt Gardens as well with a variety of DJs including DJ Streeter beginning at noon, DJ Fuze at 1 p.m.m Universal Fallout at 2 p.m., DJ Digiboo at 3 p.m, Freddy J at 4 p.m., Beach Season at 5 p.m. DeFunk at 6 p.m. and Slynk winding things up at 7 p.m.


 If you’re feeling the  blues, Paul Kype and Texas Flood return to Casino Lethbridge for the weekend as well to blow those blues away with plenty of blues, rock and country. They begin at 8 p.m. each night.
Smokehouse features a big hip hop show on Canada Day with  the Doom Squad,  Sr8 Gutta, BGK and Fortunato and plenty of local openers. Doors open at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover for the show.
 Check L.A. Beat for interviews with Taylor Ackerman about his new project Global Acid Reset, Chicago bluegrass band the Way Down Wanderers,Five Alarm Funk who are playing  Canada Day, a preview of Shakespeare in the Park's production of A Comedy of Errors which opened last night and runs in Galt Gardens until Aug.11.  There is also a  preview of the great slate of whoop Up Days entertainment. There are also previews of the Centric Music Festival, the classical music festival which happens next weekend at Casa. There are also previews of art exhibits at Casa and Arianna Richardson's Decolonization Station.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor


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