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Macleod native staging Empress fundraiser

By Lethbridge Herald on May 4, 2018.

Geomattic Attic hosting
two shows this month
Al Beeber
Lethbridge Herald
Spring is theoretically here and with it comes a couple of must-see shows in southern Alberta.
On May 12, Jake Pratte, also known as Girl Named Jake, will be staging a fundraiser for the Empress Theatre at the historic Fort Macleod venue starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the theatre, 403-553-4404.
The Fort Macleod native has forged an interesting path in life, taking up piano and writing songs when she was 14 after blowing out her knees figure skating.
She studied biochemistry and medicine in university but 16 months into her studies at the University of Calgary, she decided her heart was in other places. Now a couple of decades later, Pratte has her own album out called “Ignition” which she funded with a Kickstarter campaign two years ago and is returning to her hometown where she was class valedictorian in 1992 to help her hometown theatre.
I interviewed Pratte in 2016 and she is a truly engaging, enthusiastic person. With a goal to “Educate, Entertain & Inspire,” she’ll surely do all three at her Empress gig, which is one of two May performances being staged at that venue this month. The other is a show by renowned Canadian fiddler Scott Woods who plays the Empress on May 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets for that show are $25 for adult and $10 for kids.
Performing two shows at the Geomatic Attic in Lethbridge on May 22-23 is Canadian singer/songwriter Royal Wood. The former Juno-nominee recently released a new album, “Ever After The Farewell,” created after losing his father and getting married the same year.
The album, as Wood says on his website, “is not only deeply inspired by both loss and love, but is an ode to the classic styles of both Tin Pan Alley and Laurel Canyon.”
Wood is an amazing Canadian talent, who released his first EP in 2002 and gained national attention in 2010 with his album “The Waiting.”
I tried unsuccessfully three times to interview Wood to promoted his performances. The first time I dropped the ball when I got the times wrong and accidentally gave his publicist the wrong phone number (I moved to a different desk earlier this year). The second and third times I waited to no avail for a phone call due to the publicist dropping her ball. And a fourth time is just not possible before I take a week off to do yard work or nap with the dogs.
I talked to Wood a few years ago before he played here and he is the real deal — a guy with talent, heart and lots of soul who I hope gets a strong turnout for his shows at the Attic, #70 491 W.T. Hill Boulevard due south of Crowsnest Trail and the Crowsnest Auto Mall.
Tickets for his shows, which both start at 8 p.m, are $42.50 for members and $45 for non-members and are available online at geomatticattic.ca
The Attic also has another gig coming up sooner when it hosts Weaves on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Tickets for that performance are $27.50 and $30. Weaves are a Toronto-based pop band which just released its second full-length album “Wide Open” last fall.
The band most recently performed in Lethbridge last fall at the Love & Records festival.
CONGRATULATIONS, LEEROY STAGGER: Lethbridge’s own Leeroy Stagger has just earned two nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards for roots solo artist of the year. Way to go, Leeroy! Also nominated in that category are the likes of Kim Beggs, Little Miss Higgins and Matt Patershuk, who all have performed in southern Alberta.
Stagger is also nominated for recording of the year.
Nominated for breakout artist of the year is Fernie, B.C.’s Shred Kelly which is also known to city audiences for its performances here.
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