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Bandstand Sundays Line Up 2019

Bandstand Sundays are back. Every Sunday through July and August the Bandstand in George Lane Park will host a great musical event.

Start time for all the dates except our finale is 1:00 PM.

The August 25th event with the Lethbridge Big Band includes a BBQ and starts at noon.

Don't forget your lawn chair! See you there.

 

July 7th - Flint and Feather

Independent Canadian performing artists Flint & Feather are a free-spirited husband and wife duo who are deeply passionate about connecting with people through folk/roots music, stories, and laughter.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, co-members Joal and Lauren Kamps blend storytelling with songwriting to create charming “rocky mountain folk-pop” songs inspired by Canadian history, rocky mountain folklore, and their own personal journeys.

Flint & Feather's original songs are filled with vivid imagery accented by delicate harmonies, and their honest and engaging approach to performance connects with listeners of all ages and backgrounds.

 

July 14th  Free Beer Band  (Country Roots)

 

The Free Beer Band was formed almost 40 years ago, when Arne Berger, guitar and horn, Doug Broomfield, bass and piano, and Larry McIntosh, drums, along with other area musicians, (Blackie, Nanton, Stavely)  began playing as teenagers for parties, dances, and yes, free beer. They were joined in 2002 by George Blake, steel and guitar, veteran of several other local bands, and have enjoyed a long career of music and travel together.

 

 

They like to think of themselves as primarily a dance band with many influences, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley,  Ray Price, Tex Mex music, classic country and rock and roll, with the sets being sprinkled with instrumentals as well as vocals, along with some original material. They all share vocal duties, as well as harmonies. In short, a “good time dance band,” with “music for all occasions.”

 

July 21st Over the Moon

Ever since one fateful supper get together Craig Bignell and Suzanne Levesque having been signing together. Their two voices blend so well they’ve even had people ask if they are related as they sound like family.  I guess since they were married in August they are now:).

They  continue the music of that first night with Over The Moon and getting rave reviews and gaining many new friends  and fans wherever they perform. Craig is even getting over his shyness: with the help of Suzanne’s ever smiling face looking his way while he sings:)

Their first CD is in the works and it’s going to reflect the beautiful two part harmony style they love so much and a very acoustic approach to the instrumentation.

 

July 28th  Spitzee Post (bluegrass)

The Spitzee Post Band was formed from the silt of disaster. When the town of High River flooded in June of 2013, the town was devastated. Being large in the music scene of High River, the band members went to work putting together a place for their fellow musicians to gather and play. The need was very great, the response was overwhelming!

 

Spitzee Post Band

Soon Joe Gore – singer songwriter, mandolin and guitar player, Coralee Gore – vocal, upright bass player, Wayne Corner – singer songwriter , guitar player, Bob Weder – music teacher, banjo player, and Craig West – master fiddler and vocals found themselves together. Their love of Newgrass, Folk, Traditional and cutting edge music made the band what it is today. What better name for the band than the original name of the town of High River … “The Spitzee Post” which means higher ground!

 

August 4th - The Buggs

 

The Buggs coalesce around a sweet acoustic sound and a joyful approach to singing that engulfs the audience.  Al, Maureen, Cedric and Renay's voices blend like siblings. Add the dazzling mandolin from Boh the percussive rhythmic guitar from Mo and the funky fabulous clarinet from Cedric, and the entrepreneurial Appalachian banjo of Al LaMonaca, the heartbeat with Renay on Bass and you have the makings of one hot bluegrass band. But wait! Not just bluegrass! The Buggs turn their talents to any number of genres, with enough panache, to make you a fan of all of them. Part country, part folk, all energy and all enthusiasm! The Buggs will delight you.

Here's a brief rundown on the members:

Cedric Blary
is a world class clarinet player, a gifted harmony vocalist with the Hee Bee Jeebies and one of the busiest musicians in the city.

Al LaMonaca is an exceptionally strong multi instrumentalist and a talented singer who has performed throughout Canada and the US. 

Mo Woodward
has been involved in the Calgary music scene for several years. She is a strong vocalist and a skilled guitarist.

Renay Eng-Fisher has been writing, performing, recording  and teaching music for two decades.  She is also a twice published and the producer of a children's CD with the Red Deer Symphony orchestra with numerous Canadian and International musicians including Cindy Church, Steve Seskin and Steve Spurgin.
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Our shows feature  two, three and four part harmonies, lively instrumentals and plenty of humour.

August 11th The Highwoodshedders

We sing a little, we play a little, we tell really bad jokes. The Highwoodshedders story began a few years ago when four guys who sing with another local group, Riverwind, put together a Barbershop number for a concert. They enjoyed it so much they decided to get together every Tuesday night and do some more singing. Eventually they added instruments to the act and the rest is history. Since then, these local vocal yokels have been entertaining themselves and audiences around High River and Calgary.

 

So, what about the name? Well, the Highwood River runs through their town and woodshedding is a term used in Barbershop singing that refers to the act of improvising harmonies around a tune. Put those two elements together and the name is born.

The Highwoodshedders are, from most handsome to oldest, Ray Fox (guitar, ukulele, duck call, kazoo), Randy Jones (fiddle, ukulele, kazoo), Jim Goodwin (snare, ukulele, kazoo, washboard) and Ron Schmidt (stand-up bass, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica).

Their music is a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a whole lot of fun. You'll hear old standards, some folk songs, Barbershop harmonies, fiddle tunes and maybe even a classical number. No matter what it is, they promise it will be entertaining.

But the jokes are really bad. No kidding, absolute stinkers.

August 18th Ghostboy

Have you ever watched Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Garth Brooks or Justin Beiber and been able to name the members of their band? The unknown heroes behind some of the most popular acts could be considered a Ghostboy,.

 

Here we have just that. Denis Dufresne and Aaron Young (2 multiple award winning session and live players) met at 19 years old and had toured the world before the age of 22. World Instrumental Music was the genre and by the time they reached 25, had been played on every PBS station, documentaries and were part of the “Hottest Fiddle Show in the World” as dubbed by the Walt Disney Corporation.

The two moved on to explore other musical passions. Aaron became a sought after guitarist and vocalist in the Jazz community in Canada and Denis became a sought after player in the country music genre garnering him 5 CCMA awards for Instrumentalist of the Year.

Together again, they are putting their superb playing, vocals and songwriting abilities together as Ghostboy. As country as The Eagles and as Rock as Blue Rodeo, the full band (Bass, Drums, Guitar, Fiddle and Mandolin) has been receiving rousing standing ovations wherever they play. This band separates the men from the boys… and, rest assured, these guys won’t be Ghosts for long!

 

August 25th:  Lethbridge Big Band (18 piece orchestra) And B.B.Q. Sponsored by the High River Kinsmen

 

This event starts at noon with a BBQ sponsored by the High River Kinsmen. See you there.

Don’t know if these musicians will show up in tuxedos but they’ll serenade us with the big band sounds.

 

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