October 22nd, 2020

Barney Bentall performing fundraising concert tonight

By Bobinec, Greg on November 7, 2019.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


The Geomatic Attic is bringing back Barney Bentall and The Cariboo Express to Lethbridge this evening at Southminster United Church, for an evening of collaborative music and fundraising for a local organization.

Geomatic Attic previously presented Bentall in 2016 and 2017. The evening brings together Bentall along with friends and guests to play along with him throughout the evening. The touring concert helps local organizations along the way to improve their programs and services.

“The concert is with Barney Bentall and The Cariboo Express and Bentall was best known for being a fairly high-profile musician from the late ’80s and ’90s and he had quite a few hit records in that time,” says Mike Spencer, director of The Geomatic Attic. “Now he has put together a foundation that helps support local non-profits, he has travelled around Western Canada and has raised nearly $2 million for various charities through the foundation he’s established. He organizes the concerts in communities like Lethbridge and gets together with promoters and decides on a local charity, and he brings along his band which is an all-star band of musicians who normally perform on their own or with their own bands.”

Some of the artists joining the fundraising concert include Matt Masters, Leeroy Stagger, Ridley Bent and Dustin Bentall.

During the evening, the audience will hear an array of songs from the different artists, including a mystery guest in which organizers don’t know who it is.

“What he does is he gets the local charity to get local sponsors together and his foundation will match the funds that we raise,” says Spencer.

“He often brings along a special guest as well and we don’t even know who that special guest might be this year.

“It could be a well-known touring musician who is in the area, it could be a local performer or one of his friends who is a noted musician.”

Tonight’s concert will benefit Youth One, a non-profit organization which provides a safe and engaging drop-in centre for young people struggling to stay on track with their lives. All of the money raised will go directly to Youth One programs, including funding to enrol youth in their programs. Bentall’s foundation will also be matching any funds raised.

“Youth One is an organization that The Geomatic Attic has been supportive of for about five years now,” says Spencer.

“They provide a drop-in centre for youth and programming for youth, and one of the central ideas is that youth need a community to grow and avoid some of the pitfalls of life that sort of happen, quite often in their teens.”

For tonight’s concert at Southminster, doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at The Geomatic Attic and The Drunken Sailor for $45, or at the door for $50.

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