Entertainment briefs – November 12

Crash Karma performs in Red Deer’s Wild Bill’s Sports Bar on Saturday — on the heels of entertaining the troops in Afghanistan.

Back from Afghanistan, Crash Karma at Wild Bill’s

Crash Karma performs in Red Deer’s Wild Bill’s Sports Bar on Saturday — on the heels of entertaining the troops in Afghanistan.

“Touring with Team Canada goes so far beyond performance — for us it’s an ultimate honour,” said lead singer Edwin, formerly of the band I Mother Earth, who was invited to perform in Kandahar on Oct. 12 by the Department of National Defence.

Crash Karma’s drummer, Jeff Burrows (who previously with The Tea Party), recalled doing a meet-and-greet with the Canadian troops after the concert. “I wanted to stay until we met every single person and leave having made a difference, just like they have in our own lives,” he said.

The group that’s also made up of former Our Lady Peace guitarist Mike Turner and ex-Zygote bassist Amir Epstein, released a self-titled album that produced three hit singles — Fight, Awake and On My Own.

The group is described as playing stadium-filling songs with raw energy and “visceral power.”

For more information, call Wild Bill’s in the Quality Inn — North Hill (7150 50th Ave) at 403-343-8800.

Wiremen at Locals Pub

The Wiremen are not your traditional blues band.

The Camrose-based group that performs Saturday at the Locals Pub in Red Deer wanted to be a little different, as well as more relevant to today’s bar crowds.

With the added goal of packing the dance floor, the five-member band decided to incorporate R&B, funk, swing and even rockabilly into their act. The Wiremen are known to transmit a high energy mix of roots rock, blues and boogie.

The group that formed in 2009 recently put out a seven-song CD called sixpack and a shot and is making the rounds in Alberta.

For more information, call Locals at 403-986-7821.

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