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Boom Chucka Boys have shot at country music group of year

Sylvan Lake’s The Boom Chucka Boys are joining Gord Bamford to make up a solid Central Alberta contingent of nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

“Holy Smokes!” The Boom Chucka Boys exclaim on their website, before expressing their gratitude for being nominated for the Canadian Country Music Association’s Group/Duo Of The Year. READ

Free concerts at MusiCamp

Music lovers can enjoy free concerts at the Red Deer College Arts Centre main stage starting on Monday. READ

Diamond Forever show at Sylvan

The timeless music of Neil Diamond will be performed in the Diamond Forever show on Saturday in Sylvan Lake. READ

Boom Chucka Boys nab nod for country music group of year

Sylvan Lake’s The Boom Chucka Boys are joining Gord Bamford to make up a solid Central Alberta contingent of nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. READ

Sheepdogs performance: Undeniably optimistic

It was a grand — some might even say heroic — return to Red Deer for The Sheepdogs. READ

Hamlet on the prowl

The very heavens opened up and doused Bard on Bower’s opening night of Hamlet with a steady drizzle. READ

Science funk-tion

Shirtless Tayo Branston really stands out in a crowd — even when his crowd is a funkadelic nine-member band that performs songs about a giant robot destroying the earth. READ

Underside Pattern coming to the patio

Upbeat pop group Underside Pattern performs this week on Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio. READ

Matt Blais to rock Red Deer

Calgary’s passionate blues-rocker Matt Blais will perform next week in Red Deer. READ

Violinist who fuses several genres in city on Thursday

Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what the violin can do with a fiddling fusion of bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and Indian music. READ

Diamond Rio to shine at Westerner

It’s been nearly a quarter century since Diamond Rio made a huge splash on the country music scene with the group’s first self-titled album. And the Tennessee band that performs at Red Deer’s Westerner Days on Thursday maintains a loyal following of fans, who can pretty much chart their coming-of-age years with Diamond Rio tunes. READ

Kissel enjoying breakthrough success

Brett Kissel reveals he wrote his searing love song 3-2-1 for his wife of three years, Cecilia. READ

Poet is inspiration for Edmonton songwriter

What does Victorian poet Lord Alfred Tennyson have in common with a contemporary Edmonton songwriter? A romantic sensibility, as it turns out. READ

Making music without boundaries

Yes, Marco Calliari is one of the guys behind the quirky, feel-good club hit We No Speak Americano. READ

Nothing vintage about The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs’ musicians already sport long hair, beards and fringe leather vests. Now their G.I. Joe-like Feeling Good music video totally references 1970s toys and B-movie pop culture. READ

Timeless plays shifted to Victorian age, counter-culture movement

The ghost-obsessed Victorian age and the madcap 1960s advertising world will be two very different sides of Bard on Bower’s Shakespearean coin this summer. READ

Local artist wins speed painting competition

Speed, skill, showmanship — and a large dollop of creativity ­— led Red Deer artist Marianne Harris to the top spot of Art Battle Alberta. READ

A funny fundraiser

A full day of laughs will be provided, courtesy of Bull Skit, on Saturday, July 12. READ

Locals to help in Passion Play

More than 200 performers will take to an outdoor stage that’s more than six football fields wide this month for the 2014 Badlands Passion Play. Now in its 20th season, the enormous production that re-enacts the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ will run from July 11 to 27 in Drumheller. READ

Andy White to perform at house concert in Red Deer

Irish singer Andy White has crossed the pond to perform “an evening of tall tales and troubadour soul” in Red Deer. READ

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