Made With Love Mixology Competition at Art Gallery of Calgary (Monday, July 29)
Start the week with an evening of high-end cocktails mixed by a selection of the city’s best bartenders. Your ticket includes a sample of all the concoctions, and some food to help mitigate the alcohol. Tickets are still available at the Made With Love website.
Calgary International Blues Festival (Starting Monday, July 29)
It’s a packed week of blues events starting with a free show tonight at the Blues Can in Inglewood with the Curtis Cripps Band. That’s followed by another free event tomorrow, as Vernon Wills hosts an all-levels blues guitar workshop (also at the Blues Can). You can finally acquire the musical skills to articulate your interior melancholy. There’s a continuation of John Rutherford’s Eddy Nights on Wednesday; Rutherford will discuss the history of the fabled King Edward Hotel and play music from the bands that played there over the years (find out more about Eddy Nights in a Q&A Swerve did with Rutherford back in April). Finally, the main stage at Shaw Millennium Park opens Thursday night with performances by Amos Garrett & The Eh! Team, the Bart Walker Band and Jimmie Vaughn & The Tilt-a-Whirl Band, who you can hear above.
Red Carpet Comedy at Lolita’s Lounge (Wednesday, July 31)
The final show of the Red Carpet Comedy season is a best-of album recording. Typically, comedians aren’t allowed to perform old material at Red Carpet Comedy, but that restriction is lifted for the final show and the comedians bring out their best jokes from the year. Tickets are $20 with 100 per cent of the proceeds being donated to a flood-related charity. You can still grab them online.
Noir: Freezer Burn Edition at Habitat Living Sound (Thursday, Aug. 1)
What other club night do you know of that has live congas and sax? The third edition of Noir at Habitat features DJs from the 99 Luftballoons Stage at Freezer Burn, the Burning Man event for the Alberta region which happened in June.
Teledrome with Telstar Drugs and Catholic Girls at Broken City (Thursday, Aug. 1)
If you need a primer on Calgary’s local music scene, Aux listed 40 past and present Calgary bands you should know in two articles last week (check them out here and here). Teledrome was on the second list, and you get the chance to see why this week (or you can listen to the track above and find out right now, I guess). —Jon Roe