Hey everyone! It’s been 1 year since I started the Windy City Opry showcases! I can’t believe it’s already been that long. For this special Opry event I have booked local talent, Ryland Moranz and Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers. Also, I thought for the occasion it would be fun to wrap up the night with a set from my band, instead of me playing a few songs to open up the night. After the main attractions finish their sets, stick around for some dance hall shuffles and country noir from yours truly.
Big thanks to everyone for their continued support of the Windy City Opry! Without all of you, these nights would not be possible. And huge thanks to our sponsors at Catwalk Salon and Spa, Blueprint Entertainment, and the Chin up Record Club (every Monday night from 8-9) on CKXU 88.3 fm. Our sponsors generously donate the door prizes for the event and help with advertising.
As always the show starts at 8pm sharp. $10 at the door for admission and with each cover charge you will receive a door prize ticket. I do three draws throughout the night were you can win all kinds of goodies. Read on to learn more about this months acts:
Ryland was born a singer/songwriter. Rylands concise and lyrically driven songwriting is deep beyond his years with an emphasis on storytelling and an increasing awareness that life is always bigger than you think it is. Sometimes politically satirical and often offset with fun loving humor, Rylands wit and social conscience shine through in the well crafted vernacular of a songwriter that has found their voice. Accompanying himself with acoustic and electric guitar, tenor guitar, Harmonica, Piano, mandolin, button accordion and banjo, his multi instrumental approach provides the a great foil to the words he puts to paper.
SKINNY DYCK AND THE CHICKEN CATCHERS
From fun-loving honky tonk to mope-along folk songs, Skinny Dyck writes music for the car stereo. Following years as the principal singer/songwriter in Lethbridge roots/country outfit “Treeline,” and in the midst of a busy schedule as an in-demand pedal steel player, Ryan “Skinny” Dyck, has set out to both embrace and challenge the boundaries of vintage and underground country music. “I like to really focus on the technical and performance elements in what are typically fairly simple songs” says Skin from the driver’s seat of his silver sedan. “I think in this genre – maybe every genre – it’s a certain balance of heart and craft. The heart is the love you have for music and artistic expression; the craft is the hard work you put towards mastering your trade.” The live show reflects a proportioned balance of the aforementioned, highlighted by the occasional steel guitar instrumental or a number from Johnny Paycheck’s back catalogue. Having conceived and produced a 20 song compilation of western Canadian roots/country artists (“Skinny Dyck & Friends – Twenty One-Nighters” – to be released Fall 2017), Skin looks to continue his pursuit and celebration of real country music.
Hope to see you out dancing & partying at Leth. Casino, Dec. 15 & 16 with Fast Times, we can’t wait to see you! Please share and invite your friends.
Well it is in motion!!! Tyrants of Chaos is ready to bring the METAL to the Slice for a VERY METAL CHRISTMAS with their bruthas in Caste of Shadows and special guests!!!!! Get your tickets early from either band members and lets get the Slice rockin!!!!!!
This year we’re kicking off the season in style at our Castle Kickoff Party with none other than Shred Kelly! Join us as we start the season with a BANG, on our offical Opening Weekend.
Tickets are available online, at CMR Guest Services for $15 + GST or at the door for $20 (if any remain).
Doors open at 9 PM. This is an 18+ event.
Mark Hall Band back at Legends Pub along with Megan Rouke.
The Auditorium Hotel presents Peter & the Wolves – Christmas Dance & Show! 2 Big Nights – Friday & Saturday – December 22-23.
9PM – No Cover
Friday, December 29th at 10pm
Join us post-Christmas bliss for a night of feel good music! I’m looking forward to playing with my favourites yet again, and sharing some new originals with you all 🙂
I hope to see you out!
No door $ – PWYC
Guitar: James Oldenburg
Bass: Paul Holden
Drums: Brad Brouwer
Keys: Jordan Nicholas Kane
BG Vocals: Victoria Christine Madge
Live Funk Music
Live Magic Show
Hope for a better 2018
Local funk party machines ADEQUATE and Magician Ben Price combine their dark forces for a night to help you forget 2017.
5 Course LA CHEFS CUSTOM MENU
COCKTAILS 6PM – DINNER 7PM
Dinner Music provided by the talented CAL TOTH
CELEBRATE WITH THE CHEVELLES!
Champagne at Midnight!
LATE NIGHT SNACKS!
FOR ONLY $75 per person!
Year after year – LA Chef’s have hosted the best New Year’s Eve event in Lethbridge with fabulous dining and entertainment! Get your tickets now for another outstanding party! Ring in the New Year once again by enjoying a 5 course Custom Menu prepared by the amazing LA Chefs! Dinner music will feature the very enjoyable talent of local entertainer CAL TOTH, then after dinner get ready to party with the ever amazing CHEVELLES !
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I am attending with a group of friends – How can I ensure that we sit together?
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What is the refund policy?
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I have a food allergy, how will that situation be handled?
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What if I would like to stay at the Coast Hotel?
The Coast Hotel is offering “Take the Elevator Home” rates, starting at $99.00. Please call the
hotel at 403-327-5701 and ask for the Take the Elevator Home rate on New Years Eve.
New Years Eve is legendary at Castle. Join us for the fun at one of our two NYE events. This year our Daylodge party features “The Gaff”. The Gaff is a world renowned Party Rockin DJ, Producer and Record Collector infusing modern day Club, Hip-hop, Electronic, & Dance Music with original Break Beats, Funk, Soul, & World Flavours.
Tickets are available online, at CMR Guest Services for $20 + GST or at the door for $25.
Doors open at 9 PM. This is an 18+ event.
Dance your way into 2018 with Papa King featuring The Boogie Machine! A full night of amazing music, door prizes to be won and a midnight countdown with complementary champagne service for only $10 cover!
presale tickets are available at The Slice and Blueprint Records.
Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. After a freakishly productive year of writing, recording, and touring, Partner are ready to release their debut to the world, titled In Search of Lost Time (September 08, 2017). Their enthusiastic and actionpacked live set has led to them being named the “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail, and although “Partner hasn’t even released an album yet, [watching] one of their sets, it’s clear right away that they’ve arrived fully formed.”
Influenced by acts as varied as Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Prince, Partner delivers a refreshing and vital twist on a classic, prompting you to re-think what you thought was possible in Rock.
Duchess Says was created in late 2003 by four influent members of the Church of Budgerigars who decided to collaborate together in a common musical project. Their goal was to insure a faithful representation of the message of the Duchess (or spiritual budgie) through a precise artistic dialog. Composed of A-C (vox, keytar, guitar), Ismael (keyboard,guitar), Phil (guitar, bass) and Simon (drums).
W.I.T.S. is hard to describe but always fun at a party
Music starts at 9pm
Tickets are $15 (you can get them @ Blueprint or The Slice) or $20 at the door
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In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivalled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for almost 30 years. The band’s big sound, fuelled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.”
Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials—bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton—have remained together for nearly 30 years (an extraordinary feat for any group), the band fuelling Ed’s songs with their rock-solid, road-tested, telepathic musicianship.
The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials is the musically electrifying, emotionally intense and downright fun new album from the band Guitar Player calls “a snarling boogie-blues machine…they blow down the walls.” The CD features Lil’ Ed’s incendiary playing and playful, passionate singing, with the ragged-but-right Blues Imperials cooking like mad alongside him. Produced by Williams and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, it is a tour-de-force of authentic, deeply rooted Chicago blues. Williams wrote or co-wrote all but two of album’s 14 songs, the other gems written by Uncle J.B. The Chicago Reader says the band’s music “is a soundtrack for dancing and celebration infused with a sense of hard-won survival. Williams attacks his lyrics like he attacks his guitar: with bare-bones intensity that makes each word sound like a matter of life or death.”
Born in Chicago on April 8, 1955, in the heart of Chicago’s tough West Side, Ed grew up surrounded by music. He was playing guitar, then drums and bass, by the time he was 12. Ed and Pookie received lessons and support from their famous uncle. “J.B. taught me everything I know,” says Ed. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.” Ed and Pookie spent their teen years making music together, and in 1975 formed the first incarnation of The Blues Imperials. They played their first gig at a West Side club called Big Duke’s Blue Flame, splitting the $6 take four ways. Over the next few years, the group played every club in the neighbourhood. Even so, they still needed day jobs to pay the bills. Ed worked ten hours a day as a buffer at the Red Carpet Car Wash. Pookie drove a school bus. Night after night they played their roaring brand of blues in tiny clubs, and eventually the word reached Alligator president Bruce Iglauer.
At the time, Iglauer was looking for local talent for The New Bluebloods, an anthology of some of Chicago’s younger blues musicians. “Ed and his band had a good reputation,” recalls Iglauer. “I had only seen them live once or twice. I knew Ed was a hot slide player, but I had no idea what he and the band were really capable of. I just knew that their music reminded me of Hound Dog Taylor and J.B. Hutto, two of my favourite musicians. It seemed like having a band this rough and ready would be a nice change of pace for the anthology, so I asked them to come down to the studio and cut a couple of songs. I never expected what happened.”
The band—never having been in a recording studio before—treated the studio like a club, playing live to Iglauer, the engineer, and all the people on the other side of the control room glass. After Ed recorded his two rehearsed songs quickly, there was still plenty of studio time left, so they just kept playing. After 10 songs were in the can, Iglauer offered the band a full album contract. The end result of the session was 30 songs cut in three hours with no overdubs and only one second take. Twelve of those songs became the band’s debut album, Roughhousin’, released in September of 1986.
The national press reacted with amazement to the blues world’s new discovery. Feature stories ran in Spin, Musician, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and dozens of other publications. The Village Voice declared, “Roughhousin’ just may be the blues album of the year.” The New York Times raved, “Raw-boned, old-fashioned Chicago blues has a new young master—Lil’ Ed Williams.”
But it wasn’t until 1987, when guitarist Mike Garrett joined the band, and a year later, when Garrett recruited his Detroit hometown friend Kelly Littleton to play drums, that things really began to take off. Garrett’s risk-taking rhythm guitar work and Littleton’s unpredictable, old school drumming were the perfect complement to Lil’ Ed’s and Pookie’s rambunctious playing. With their 1989 album Chicken, Gravy & Biscuits, doors opened and audiences poured in. Through relentless touring, the group crystallized, becoming tighter with each performance, more adept in their abilities to read each other’s musical moves. Their spontaneous and unpredictable live show became legendary among blues fans worldwide.
They have played the Chicago Blues Festival multiple times, and have appeared at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival, The San Diego Blues Festival, The Pennsylvania Blues Festival and dozens of other festivals around the country. Satisfying worldwide demand, they have performed at festivals in Canada, Great Britain, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Japan, Australia, India, Turkey and Panama.
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials released eight Alligator albums between 1986 and 2012. With each one, the band’s national and international stature grew as their fan base—known internationally as “Ed Heads”—continued to expand. With 2006’s Rattleshake, Ed and company reached a whole new audience. Die-hard “Ed Head” Conan O’Brien brought the band before millions of television viewers on two separate occasions. Success and accolades never stop pouring in. Living Blues called 2012’s Jump Start “scorching and soulful” with “crafty, clever lyrics…joyous and stomping.”
The group took home the Living Blues Award for Best Live Performer in 2011, 2012 and 2013. They won the prestigious Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year in both 2007 and 2009. The Associated Press says, “Williams fills Chicago’s biggest shoes with more life and heat than anyone on stage today.”
With The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, the band continues to bring their blistering Chicago blues to “Ed Heads” new and old. Their infectious energy, joyful showmanship and masterful playing have been honed to a razor’s edge by their many years together. Lil’ Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have seen sports stars and presidents, musical fads and fashion trends come and go. Meanwhile, their fiery music has more than stood the test of time. “We’re not band members,” says Williams, “we’re family, and families stay together.” Night after night, gig after riotous gig, the musical family called Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials bring their big, dynamic Chicago blues sound to fans across the country and around the world.
Excerpt taken from website: https://www.alligator.com/artists/Lil-Ed-and-The-Blues-Imperials/
Available at Owl Acoustic Lounge and Blueprint Entertainment
Since their inception, the Fernie, BC-based “Stoke-Folk” band have been re-defining what “folk music” means in Canada. Through their individual pan-Canadian backgrounds, Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert, Ian Page-Shiner, and Ty West have amplified the traditional sound of folk music with a more contemporary approach. They have humbly pioneered Canada’s modern folk sound – pushing the boundaries of the genre and creating “Stoke-Folk” – a genre that truly encapsulates the peaks and valleys that define Canada.
Shred Kelly has garnered themselves sold-out shows with 200-300 people across Canada. They’ve performed at some of the Nation’s premier festivals and received a growing list of awards and recognition. Their initial success is largely due to the fun, accessible, and genuine love they have for performing live.
Shred Kelly released their 3rd album, Sing To The Night, on January 27th, 2015. The new material shows the growth and depth that the band has explored throughout the creative process, and once again demonstrates their signature claw-hammer banjo riffs, layered ambient synth, powerhouse rock, and sweet vocal harmonies. Their acclaimed producer John Critchley (Elliott Brood, Dan Mangan, Amelia Curran, The Once) from Green Door Studios was a master at creating an album that pushed their creativity and gave Shred Kelly a new take on their signature sound. Their music is a perfect blend of “stoke” and “folk”. That translates perfectly onto an album or a packed dance floor.
WINNER OF THE KOKO TAYLOR AWARD AT THE 38th BLUES MUSIC AWARDS-MAY 11th 2017
Diunna Greenleaf, the leader of Blue Mercy, is a native Texan (Houston) who has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf (Gospel). She has developed “Diunna’s style of Blues” in the same tradition as so many other great Texas blues men and women. She combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind of blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride.
Diunna and her band Blue Mercy have performed throughout the United States and Internationally. She has performed all over Europe, Australia, Canada, Brazil and The Caribbean. She will tell you she travels and plays the Blues anywhere she is invited with a beneficial contract.
Performing with Bob Margolin, Keb Mo, Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, James Cotton, Carrie Bell, Big Bill Morganfield, Smoking Joe Kubek and B’Nois King, Anson Funderburge, Sam Meyers and the Rockets, Bernard Allison, Odetta, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, I.J. Gosey, Sherman Robertson, Kenny Neal, the late great Teddy “Cry Cry” Reynolds, Mud Morganfield and numerous others has truly been an honor in her career.
Her commitment to Blues goes well beyond performing on stage. She served for three years as President of the Houston Blues Society, making history as the first woman ever elected to this position. During her presidency she used her professional guidance and grant writing skills to produce the Willie Mae “Big Momma” Thornton Blues Festival, bringing in the talents of “The Queen Of Blues” Mrs. Koko Taylor, Mr. Bernard Allison, Texas Johnny Brown, I.J. Gosey, Diane Price, Mel Waiters, Betty Lewis, Gary Clark, Jr., Jeremy And The Hotboys, along with many others. Diunna started the annual Houston Blues Society Founders Day and actively continued the Blues In Schools Program throughout the state, as well as many of the countries where she and her band perform. She also played an integral in founding Friends of Blues of Montgomery County.
Winner of “Best New Artist Debut” at the 2008 Blues Music Awards
Winner of the “Koko Taylor Award-Traditional Blues Female” in 2014 and 2017.
Her latest CD “Trying To Hold On” reached #1 on XM/Sirius Radio Bluesville Chart, #1 on French Blues charts, #1 on Living Blues charts for the month of December 2012, and reached the top of Blues charts in UK, Australia and USA.
In addition to being an accomplished performer, Diunna is also a very talented song writer making the semi-finals and finals of the International Songwriting competition.
(excerpt taken from website)
The Bent 8 Car Club is excited to announce we have confirmed with Casino Lethbridge – PURE Canadian Gaming The Bent 8 Boogie Show and Shine will be the first Saturday in June again next year, June 2, 2018! The backup date in the event of rain/poor weather will be June 9, 2018
Again, we can’t thank everyone enough for making this year such a great success, and next year’s show will be even bigger and better! Mark it on your calendars and stay tuned for more details as they become available! You can even pre-register already on our website at www.bent8carclub.ca
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