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Rotary Dragon Boat Festival and Pride month shows among this week’s highlights

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Lethbridge is well into summer festival season.

But  first,  The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic is tonight, Tuesday, June 18 at 8 p.m..

 James Oldenburg and  Paul Holden  will be playing jazz music at the Watertower Grill, Wednesday, June 19.

 The Enmax Centre  hosts country stars Clint Black who is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his album  ‘Killin’ Time,’ and Carolyn Dawn Johnson  on Wednesday, June 19 at  7:30 p.m. Tickets are  $89, $77 and $65.

 In a more alternative country vein, Richard Inman returns to the Slice, Thursday, June 20. Admission to that show is by donation.

The big event of the week is the annual Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, running in Henderson lake park, June  21-23.

Rebel Angels are among the local acts performing at the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 In addition to the races themselves, there is a full slate of live music happening with musicians and dancers performing all weekend.


 The fun begins on Friday, June 21 with local country musician Dusty Dee Litchfield opening the festival at 5 p.m. After the opening ceremonies with  Tsuaki Marule and  Mike Bruised Head at 6 p.m., Indigemusic featuring Jamie Medicine Crane and Will Belcourt will be performing. The Lethbridge Community Taiko Association performing at  7:15 p.m. 

 Uncovered rock the night away with two solid sets of your favourite hits at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

 British solo musician John Matthews plays a short set at 9 p.m.


Standard Time Jazz featuring trumpeter Don Robb, vocalist  Andrea Gedrasik,  keyboardist Randy Epp bassist  Greg Paskuski, and drummer Paul Walker open the second day of the festival at  11 a.m.

 After the Rose Ceremony, Winnie Brave will perform followed by  Henry HeavyShield, Horizon at 2 p.m. and Luke James Bruce. Later on,  Just 2 ( Adrian and Jamie Kaufmann), Bruce Peterson and Ranahan will be playing country and rock music. Gloria Rose and Lyle Boswell will show off their tap dancing prowess at  5:30 p.m. Then get ready to party ’50s style with Rebel Angels ’50s and swing dancers.

 Coyote Junction closes off the night a whole lot of country and rock hits at 8 p.m.

The last day of the Rotary Dragon boat festival features folk duo Reid and Writes at 11 a.m.  followed by Celtic Routes at noon, the Lethbridge Highland Dancing Association, Time Bandits at 1:30 p.m., The Lethbridge Chinese Cultural Dance Club at 2:30.

 The Chevelles rock the Dragon boats to a close at 3 p.m.


Pride Month continues with several events this week.


The Owl Acoustic Lounge hosts Queer music Night on Wednesday, June 19 with  local Celtic rock band Clover Overboard and the Band Formerly Known as Karen Lewis and Pam. The show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge features a  Lethbian Throwback Pride Party and market, Friday, June 21.. There will be a costume contest, Drag show and Indigenous market beginning at 8 p.m. Followed by  a DJ at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the drag and dance party or $10 after 10 p.m.

 The Slice have their Stuffed Crust Cabaret from Calgary at 8 p.m. followed by Jon Martin and the Lovers returning to the stage at 10 p.m. Admission to the Cabaret is $15. Admission to Jon Martin’s show is $10.

Theatre Outré hosts this year’s Pride Parade in Galt Gardens on Saturday at 11 a.m.


Impromptu’s improvised soap opera Gommorrah Backstage: Swansong Episode 6  returns to Good Times on  Thursday, June 20 to Good Times. Admission is $14.95. The show begins at 7 p.m.

 Impromptu has a busy week as they also  host drop in Improv night , Tuesday, June 18 at Good Times at 7 p.m.


 Honkers Pub has live music this weekend.

 The Old Man River Ramblers host their open mic on Friday beginning around 7 p.m..

 Saints and Sinners return to play a full show at Honkers Pub, the next night on Saturday, June 21.


 Casino Lethbridge features Malibu 90265 who will be playing a variety of music this weekend.

 And, last but not least the Owl Acoustic Lounge   goes country rock with Fourth Place Ribbons and the Decadent Phase


There is a lot of comedy this week. Theatre Outré’s  Drop In Improv Night is Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m.. Admission is free . Pro Amateur Night is hosted by Nico and Strata this week at Good Times, June 19  at a 7  .m. Admission is five dollars.

 Alex MacKenzie brings the funny to Good Times June 21 at 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19.95

 And the Duke also hosts a comedy  show this week. The Man’s Best Friend  Comedy tour features  Scott Porteous, Chris Basso and Nelson Mayer performing at the Duke, Thursday, June 20 at  8 p.m.. Tickets are $25 each or $40 for two.

— by Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 June 2024 08:11 )  
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