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don’t miss the western swing project band on january 19, 2020

the western swing project band
sunday, jan 19, 2020 at 3:00pm

mixed genres with Big Band sound
doors open at 1:30pm

The Western Swing Project Band is an accomplished eight-piece band from Calgary. The name ‘western swing’ originated from various music styles and genres in the first half of the 20th century, including western music, Texas fiddle tunes, New Orleans brassy jazz, BIG Band swing, Spanish American folk songs, Mississippi blues, and more. It was a massive movement through the southern USA, and into California. Swing was new and it was hot, and audiences were huge and hungry to dance to their favourite tunes. This 21st century Western Swing Project Band is the musical expression of two stellar musicians from Calgary, Neil Bentley and Dave Hamilton, who have travelled extensively as working musicians, including backing up Ian Tyson. The WSPB now has eight musicians in the band and practices almost every Monday evening. They have produced the Stampede City Swing album, which will be on sale at this concert. Look for a great variety of listening music with vocal renditions from several of the band members.


scott ainslie performs at RDLUC on march 6, 2020

scott ainslie
friday, march 6, 2020 at 7:30pm

renowned blues guitarist & singer
doors open at 6:00pm

Scott Ainslie is a multi-award winning blues and roots guitarist, singer and story-teller, who has spent more than 30 years exploring the roots of American music, from both sides of the colour line . . . from the old-time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as Black Gospel and Blues. He plays a variety of acoustic instruments with affection, authority and power. Scott has six CDs to his name and performs around the world. His latest recording The Last Shot Got Him won him an Album of the Year award. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC) and an award for “outstanding contributions to the fine arts.” He is a masterful historian, storyteller and musician, who will “present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind, and satisfy the heart.”

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John Reischman and the Jaybirds
friday, may 1, 2020 at 7:30pm

bluegrass & gospel
doors open at 6:00pm

John Reischman is one of the world’s undisputed masters of the mandolin, and along with his four other ‘Jaybirds’ from BC, Spokane, and LA, leads a world-class bluegrass band, with several acclaimed albums and two Juno nominations. The Jaybirds are simultaneously innovative and sophisticated, happily old-fashioned and contemporary. John began his career in San Francisco, has three critically acclaimed solo instrumental albums to his credit, and has recorded on many other projects.

Lead vocalist and bassist Trisha Gagnon hails from Chilliwack and is a most versatile and irresistible singer, with a strong and distinctive style. Lead guitarist Patrick Sauber is from Los Angeles, Nick Hornbuckle from Nanaimo is on five-string banjo, and Greg Spatz, world-class fiddler, lives in Spokane. Together they make effortless-sounding music that strikes a balance between technical virtuosity and emotional honesty, playing a mix of bluegrass, blues, and gospel.

The 'On The Edge' Concert Series is a non-profit community program of Red Deer Lake United Church in southwest Calgary. Our mission is to host quality live musical acts at an affordable price for music lovers in Calgary and the surrounding Foothills communities. We strive to bring to our stage a variety of entertainment and musical genres that will appeal to a diverse audience. We are especially proud to showcase Alberta and Canadian talent, but may at times bring in acts from the USA.

The 'On The Edge' Concert Series uses the church sanctuary, which doubles as our concert hall, with seating for up to 380 people on a first come, first-seated basis. We have an exceptional venue with padded seating, excellent acoustics and a first class sound system. We are wheelchair accessible and a non-smoking environment. Parking is free.

Before our evening concerts, we usually offer a light supper including coffee, tea and pop, plus Chapman's ice cream bars. These refreshments (excluding the light supper features) are also available at intermission.

Concert time: 7:30pm (Please note that the January 19, 2020 concert starts at 3:00pm.)

Concert hall doors open to reserve your seat one hour before concert time. 

Ticket Information & How to purchase: Phone 403-256-3181 (ext 5), or website. Please make cheques payable to "Red Deer Lake United Church".  Tickets can be purchased at the door, but there is no guarantee of availability.

Ticket Prices:

$25 (Adult) or $10 (Youth 13-18 yrs)

Season Tickets: $80 (Adult only)

Children 12 years of age and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Cannot attend a Performance? Tickets are transferable. If you find you are unable to attend a concert, please give your ticket to a friend. The RDLUC Concert Series is unable to offer a refund.

For general enquiries, artist booking and ticketing questions, please email oteconcertseries@gmail.com.


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