Groove Theory Jam
Jul
19
9:00 PM21:00

Groove Theory Jam

Today:

DEB POWER

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - No Cover

www.debrapower.com

Tonight:

GROOVE THEORY JAM

9:00 pm - no cover

You are cordially invited to the OFFICIAL LAUNCH of Groove Theory Calgary at Mikey's on 12th!

I know two weeks has been a long time to go without a jam but don't worry - this launch is going to be lit!!!

Groove Theory Calgary 3.0 • Mikey's on 12th • hosted by...

DJ C-Sik
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The OM Sound (Montreal)
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www.theomsound.bandcamp.com

The Rondel Roberts Band
www.facebook.com/rondelmusic
www.instagram.com/rondelmusic

B*les & The Suede
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www.instagram.com/mustb.les

* BANDS • Bring your combos and register a jam slot at one of our most anticipated launches yet!! Send us a Facebook message or email: groovetheorycalgary@gmail.com.

• Calling out all groovy bands, MC's, singers, musicians, spoken word artists and enthusiasts •

An Open-Ended, Free Form, perfectly imperfect, "do wat u feel" Jam

anti agenda • underground & unorthodox

www.facebook.com/groovetheorycalgary

#groovetheorycalgary on IG @jmaj7music

Backline Provided: bring your own horns, guitars, cymbals, breakables, ect.

If you're a musician looking for a stage to play, or a fan of our local music scene, come sign up or check this out!!!

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Amy Bishop Live
Jul
20
9:00 PM21:00

Amy Bishop Live

Today:

Jay Bowcott

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - No Cover

Tonight:

AMY BISHOP

9:00 pm - $20 Cover

AMY BISHOP HAS BEEN A SINGER, SONGWRITER AND ALL AROUND NICE GAL AROUND CALGARY FOR MANY SNAZZY YEARS... SHE'S KINDA OLD... YOU BETTER GO OUT AND SEE HER PLAY, BUY HER CD'S AND BOOK HER AT YOUR PARTY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!

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THREE BANDS!!!
Jul
21
9:00 PM21:00

THREE BANDS!!!

Today:

MIKE CLARK'S FAMOUS BLUES JAM

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm - No Cover

Tonight:

THREE BANDs - Free the Cynics, Varmoors & Apollo Suns!!!

9:00 pm - $10 Cover

About

'Free the Cynics defy the tired hat of rock ‘n’ roll and deliver something new and refreshing.' - Beatroute

The Varmoors are a 5 piece loose legged rock'n'roll band that hails from Calgary, AB. The Varmoors have an energy and charisma that creates a surefire party, on and off the stage.  Here for a good time, sending the classic 60's and 70's rock vibe.

Apollo Suns play instrumental music.Taking elements from all forms of music. Nothing is off limits to help bring you an experience you will not soon forget.

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Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Super JAM Sunday!!!

Two Amazing shows!

Today:

SIT BACK SUNDAY JAM w/ TOM PHILLIPS

3:00 - 7:00 pm - No cover

Tom Phillips's Sit Back Sunday Jam continues at Mikey's on 12th. Come on down to meet a cast of regulars, and irregulars, sign up to play and grab a drink or two.

Come early for an amazing brunch too!

TIM WILLIAMS BLUES JAM

8:00 - 11:00 pm - No Cover

Sunday Afternoon Jam with Canadian Blues Legend Tim Williams, Kevin Belzner and Bill Price. Weekly Special guest also!! Come hang and play at Calgary's new favourite stage! Full Backline! 

Call us to book your bash now! 403-483-0176

 

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Groove Theory Jam
Jul
26
9:00 PM21:00

Groove Theory Jam

Today:

DEB POWER

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - No Cover

www.debrapower.com

Tonight:

GROOVE THEORY JAM

9:00 pm - no cover

Groove Theory Calgary 3.0 • Mikey's on 12th •
* BANDS • Bring your combos and register a jam slot at one of our most anticipated launches yet!! Send us a Facebook message or email: groovetheorycalgary@gmail.com.

• Calling out all groovy bands, MC's, singers, musicians, spoken word artists and enthusiasts •

An Open-Ended, Free Form, perfectly imperfect, "do wat u feel" Jam

anti agenda • underground & unorthodox

www.facebook.com/groovetheorycalgary

#groovetheorycalgary on IG @jmaj7music

Backline Provided: bring your own horns, guitars, cymbals, breakables, ect.

If you're a musician looking for a stage to play, or a fan of our local music scene, come sign up or check this out!!!

Book your bash with us now! 403-452-8060

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Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Super JAM Sunday!!!

Two Amazing shows!

Today:

SIT BACK SUNDAY JAM w/ TOM PHILLIPS

3:00 - 7:00 pm - No cover

Tom Phillips's Sit Back Sunday Jam continues at Mikey's on 12th. Come on down to meet a cast of regulars, and irregulars, sign up to play and grab a drink or two.

Come early for an amazing brunch too!

TIM WILLIAMS BLUES JAM

8:00 - 11:00 pm - No Cover

Sunday Afternoon Jam with Canadian Blues Legend Tim Williams, Kevin Belzner and Bill Price. Weekly Special guest also!! Come hang and play at Calgary's new favourite stage! Full Backline! 

Call us to book your bash now! 403-483-0176

 

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Wednesday Night Jam w/ Rotary Park
Jul
18
9:00 PM21:00

Wednesday Night Jam w/ Rotary Park

Tonight:

Wednesday Night Jam w/ Rotary Park

9:00 pm - no cover

Rotary Park is a Calgary based band playing a special brand of harmony driven, alternative bluegrass. The combination of ambient folk music, powerful vocal harmonies and banjo ripping bluegrass is sure to have to listener immersed and captivated in a sonic atmosphere of Progressive Canadiana.

If you're a musician looking for a stage to play, or a fan of our local music scene, come sign up or check this out!!!

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Super Sundays!!!
Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

Super Sundays!!!

Three Amazing Events!

The WOODHOUSE BIG BAND - 12:00 - 2:00pm

The Woodhouse Big Big plays the 3rd Sunday of every month and every month is a new show...come enjoy an afternoon of great music and food! Fabulous Mikey's Sunday Brunch!!! Call to maqke reservations - 403-452-8060

TIM WILLIAMS BLUES JAM - 2:30 - 6:30pm

Sunday Afternoon Jam with Canadian Blues Legend Tim Williams, Kevin Belzner and Bill Price. Weekly Special guest also!! Come hang and play at Calgary's new favourite stage! Full Backline! 

SIN & GIN SOIREE CABARET - 7:00 - 9:00pm

Sin & Gin is filled with Comedy, Music, Dance, Burlesque, Cabaret and more! $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

 

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Peter & the Wolves - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup
Jul
14
9:00 PM21:00

Peter & the Wolves - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup

Yahoo!!!!

We have an amazing line up of Artists this year!

Today:

Mikey's Blues Jam

3:00 - 7:00 pm - No Cover

Tonight:

Peter & the Wolves

Show at 9:00pm - $15 cover

"Deep in the wilds of Calgary, nestled along the river valley, lies the suburban outpost of Bowness. Following the Second World War, veterans moved in and carved out a rough ’n’ ready hepcat culture of their own— the hotel bar and beauty parlour, the pool hall and ice cream store, angle parking filled with four door sedans while rat rods roamed down the main drag on Saturday night gave it all the markings of a small town serenade lying just beyond the bright city lights. Generations later, community pride is sewn on the sleeves of its residents along with “I Love Bowness” bumper stickers slapped on the back of beat up Subarus and Honda Civics. 

Out of this big heart hideaway comes Peter and the Wolves, a fresh-faced rockabilly outfit shaped by their forefathers’ rowdy, unstoppable urge to shake it up. Led by Howlin’ Pete Cormier, the Wolves were playing the bar scene while half its members were still in high school. Pete flashed his guitar and lady-killer good looks, as Theo dug deep into his stand-up and Paul cranked out soul-scorching keyboard solos. Elvis, Eddy Cochrane and CCR were mixed in with House of the Rising Son and Rock Lobster. Sweat dripped from their brow and soaked their sharkskin suits; they pulverized the room and left them panting for more. 

Rockabilly with an infectious R&B groove, heartful of twang ’n’ soul, four-on-the rock ’n’ roll wrapped around Howlin’ Pete’s honey-coated vocals and little boy smile that leaves them cryin’ in the aisles. Today Bowness; tomorrow the world."

– Brad Simm 2016

 


 

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Hi Strung Downers with Ginger St. James - Mikey's Roots Roundup
Jul
13
9:00 PM21:00

Hi Strung Downers with Ginger St. James - Mikey's Roots Roundup

Yahoo!!!!

We have an amazing line up of Artists this year!

Today:

Jenny Allen

4:00 - 7:00 pm - No Cover

Tonight:

Hi Strung Downers w/ Ginger St. James

Show at 9:00pm - $15 cover

The Hi-Strung Downers are Greasy Rock and Roll four piece band consisting of Earl Garnet, Joe Love, "Greasy" Greg Callsen and Terry Starchuck. Based in Calgary Alberta Canada, HSD members have played in bands including the Black Coffee Cowboys, the Southern Twisters, Buzz Elroy & His Hayseed Rockets, The Sure-Fires, The Ronnie Hayward Trio and several others.

Ginger St. James' sultry and powerful voice, her sassy and commanding stage presence, and her repertoire that blends country, rock n’ roll and blues packs a lot of entertainment into her petite frame. Following the tradition of country songbirds like Loretta Lynn, Ginger writes and sings music from real experience; growing up on the family farm, being broke, having fun, and love gone wrong. A born entertainer, St. James captivates audience everywhere she roams. 

Her tongue-in-cheek songs are as entertaining lyrically as they are visually and musically. She released her first EP, Spank, Sparkle & Growl, in 2010. Independent Canadian label Let’s Riot Music signed St. James in 2012 and released her follow up EP, Tease. 

This “chick from the sticks” won’t be taking any time to hang out in the barnyard in 2015 either, as she plans to tour across Canada and into Europe to coincide with the release of her debut full-length album Diesel and Peas. Independently released in September 2014, the album is a fun blend of country, blues and rockabilly.

 

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Tom Phillips - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup
Jul
12
8:30 PM20:30

Tom Phillips - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup

Yahoo!!!!

We have an amazing line up of Artists this year!

Tonight:

Tom Phillips

Show at 8:30pm - $10 cover

"Though staying true to his roots, Tom Phillips is not a man to sit idle.

Following thirty years of making music and seven studio albums, Tom has once again added to his portfolio with a new sound on his latest album, Plastic Machine. The album represents an evolution in Tom’s sound, yet still remains genuine to the craft  he has been practising over the entire course of his career.

On Drinking Days, the final song on Tom Phillips’ new record, the veteran Calgary songwriter seems to offer a bittersweet farewell to his wild years.

With a hint of rueful nostalgia, our narrator reflects on a life of “champagne mornings” and “good wine all afternoon” before revealing his drinking days are over. The song then seems to end as another begins. But it’s actually the same song, now sung by a collection of voices that the liner notes slyly refer to as the Shirley Temple Singers. Against guitarist Geoff Brock’s searing guitar solo, the choir sounds celebratory and loose; a sudden burst of swaying gang vocals that turn this sorrowful lament into something much more jubilant.

It turns out the song is a rather on-the-nose reflection of the songwriter’s experiences in the past few years.

“I quit drinking,” Phillips says, in an interview with Postmedia. “I quit three years ago but, for the five years before that, I had been going at it massively hard, like health-problem kind of stuff. Part of my quitting was to see if I could do it anymore, see if I could write songs. I had been at the point for probably a couple years before that where I’d get up every morning and think about writing a song and just drink instead. So I had bits and pieces. So just to help myself, I guess spiritually, I wanted to just write songs for no other reason than to just craft the song and see what I could do. That’s where the songs came from.”

"Despite a steady presence on the scene for decades, the singer-songwriter still somehow manages to seem like one of the city’s best-kept secrets. On stage, he manages to surprise on a nightly basis. Some of that can be credited to his far-flung taste in covers, which on any given night can include Warren Zevon’s junkie’s lament Carmelita, Bruce Springsteen’s under-appreciated I Wish I Were Blind, Damien Jurado’s spare and chilling Ohio and even an a cappella run through the old Irish ballad, The Auld Triangle.

But for every intriguing cover he throws in, Phillips manages to match it with three or four equally strong originals."

See Tom's weekly Mikey's Sit Back Sunday Jam at Mikey's Juke Joint.


 

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Ginger St. James & Western Swing Project - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup
Jul
11
8:30 PM20:30

Ginger St. James & Western Swing Project - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup

Yahoo!!!!

We have an amazing line up of Artists this year!

Today:

Ginger St. James - Happy Hour

Show at 4:00 - 7:00 pm - No Cover

With her sultry and powerful voice, her sassy and commanding stage presence, and a repertoire that blends country, rock n’ roll and blues, Ginger St. James packs a lot of entertainment into her petite frame. Following the tradition of country songbirds like Loretta Lynn, Ginger writes and sings music from real experience; growing up on the family farm, being broke, having fun, and love gone wrong. A born entertainer, St. James captivates audience everywhere she roams. 

Her tongue-in-cheek songs are as entertaining lyrically as they are visually and musically. She released her first EP, Spank, Sparkle & Growl, in 2010. Independent Canadian label Let’s Riot Music signed St. James in 2012 and released her follow up EP, Tease. 

This “chick from the sticks” won’t be taking any time to hang out in the barnyard in 2015 either, as she plans to tour across Canada and into Europe to coincide with the release of her debut full-length album Diesel and Peas. Independently released in September 2014, the album is a fun blend of country, blues and rockabilly.

Western Swing Project

Show at 9:00 pm - $15

This project is the musical expression of over thirty five years of friendship between Neil Bentley and Dave Hamilton and a mutual love of western swing music. Having both grown up in Calgary and travelled extensively as working musicians they were involved in many different styles of music and a variety of situations where they developed their skills and acquired respect and admiration for superlative musicianship. Meeting, speaking and working with these great musicians, vocalists, composers and producers gave them a thorough education and resulted in the nickname “The Band Doctors”. There is more history in the Bio section.
While warming up for rehearsals at Ian Tyson’s ranch in the early eighties Dave Hamilton, David Wilkie and Neil Bentley founded the Great Western Orchestra and produced an album of country shuffles, ballads, and western swing tunes featuring a selection of well known musical guests. That experience led to more involvement, recognition and appreciation by the musical community in Canada and the US.
Fast forward thirty years and the urge to form a western big band is alive and well. Opportunity knocked and with the help of some wonderful old friends and some very capable new friends they got together almost every Monday night as a rehearsal band to play some challenging, fun music and ‘hone the chops’. Gigging was never the prime motivation but soon the curiosity from many who wondered what we were up to was enough to encourage the group to look for a venue. That venue turned out to be a recording and the Stampede City Swing album was arranged, produced, performed and recorded by members of the Western Swing Project.

 

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WHITNEY ROSE - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup
Jul
10
8:00 PM20:00

WHITNEY ROSE - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup

Yahoo!!!!

We have an amazing line up of Artists this year!

Tonight:

Whitney Rose

Show at 8:00pm - $20 cover

“A SULTRY COUNTRY CLASSICIST WITH A TREMBLE IN HER VOICE, WHITNEY ROSE IS PARTIAL TO THE MAGISTERIAL GESTURES OF THE 1950S AND 1960S."

– NEW YORK TIMES

"THIS TEXAS-BASED SINGER'S 21ST-CENTURY UPDATE OF CLASSIC COUNTRY'S MOST CHERISHED IDEALS – BOOT-STOMPING RHYTHMS AND TAKE-NO-GUFF LYRICS – IS RICH WITH SLY WISDOM, ITS FULL-BODIED ARRANGEMENTS PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON HER SWEETLY TART SOPRANO."

– ROLLING STONE

 

 

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Rotary Park Jam - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup
Jul
9
8:30 PM20:30

Rotary Park Jam - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup

Yahoo!!!!

We have an amazing line up of Artists this year!

Tonight:

Rotary Park Jam

Show at 8:30pm - No Cover!

Rotary Park is a Calgary based band playing a special brand of harmony driven, alternative bluegrass. The combination of ambient folk music, powerful vocal harmonies and banjo ripping bluegrass is sure to have to listener immersed and captivated in a sonic atmosphere of Progressive Canadiana.

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BBB Burlesque Brunch & Tim Williams Jam - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup
Jul
8
12:00 PM12:00

BBB Burlesque Brunch & Tim Williams Jam - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup

Yahoo!!!!

We have an amazing line up of Artists this year!!

Today:

Beer, Bacon & Boobs Burlesque

Show: 12:00 - 2:00pm - $15 cover (CC accepted w/ 5% processing fee)

Come one! Come all! See how Beer! Bacon!! Boobs!!! does June. It is going to be a scorcher. There is one incredible line up for you just waiting to be announced!

Bring your raffle tickets to win a prize.
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CAN'T WAIT TO HANG WITH YOU ALL!

Tim Williams Blues Jam

Show: 2:30 - 6:30pm - No Cover!

"Imagine, if you can, a front porch where Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Hula Hattie, Flaco Jimenez and Bob Marley meet often and discover just how much they have in common.  Tim's music would fit right in."

Tim Williams is a blues-based singer / songwriter / multi - instrumentalist. He is a 40 year veteran of the 'Roots' music scene in North America, roots which stretch back to the coffee-house scene of his native California in the mid 60's.

Settling in Canada in 1970, Tim is a studio musician, producer, and a performer in constant demand. He has played Folk / Blues / Jazz festivals and concert halls and clubs from Halifax, to Vancouver Island, to the Yukon.

Inspired by the Hillbilly and Western Swing music he heard as a child, Tim absorbed late Fifties Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, Hawaiian and Mexican music, early Sixties Folk, and Bluegrass “like a sponge” before discovering a passion for traditional blues styles which was fueled by seeing many first generation blues musicians live during the “Blues Boom” of the mid and late Sixties.”

 

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Mikey's Blues Jam & Burlesque Dueling Divas - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup
Jul
7
9:00 PM21:00

Mikey's Blues Jam & Burlesque Dueling Divas - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup

Yahoo!!!!

We have an amazing line up of Artists this year! We still have Mikey's Famous Blues Jam from 3-7pm. Come early and enjoy into the night!!!

Tonight:

Burlesque Dueling Divas

Doors at 8:00pm,  Show at 9:30pm - $25 in advance https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3414703 $30 at the door

Howdy y'all

Come on down and see the Burlesque Dueling Divas as they tear up the city for their first Stampede ever!!!  Bringing their country and rockabilly style, these lovely musicians are all set to show you another way to have fun with your boots on.  The Dueling Divas will be joined on stage by some of Alberta's finest burlesque performers.

Featuring:
Burlesque Dueling Divas
LeTabby Lexington
Scarlet Disdain
Bella Gold
Katra Corbeau
Bitch Sassidy

If you have never been to a Burlesque Dueling Divas show before, it is a jammed packed evening with over 2.5 hours of dueling pianos accompanied by burlesque in a sexy, fun, cabaret mashup.

Make sure to come down early to secure yourself some good seats. 

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Front Porch Roots Revue - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup
Jul
6
9:00 PM21:00

Front Porch Roots Revue - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup

Yahoo!!!!

We have an amazing line up of Artists this year!

 

Happy Hour:

SHIRLEY JACKSON

4:00 - 7: 00pm

Tonight:

Front Porch Roots Revue

Show at 9:00pm - $25 cover: tickets available on Ticketfly at https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1715991-front-porch-roots-revue-calgary/

With five years of gigging and recording under its collective belt the Front Porch Roots Revue has earned a reputation as an act that is both exciting and dependable yet one that is continually evolving and coming at at its audiences from any number of musical reference points. With bassist Ron Rault, harmonica player David “Crawdad Cantera” , guitarist Gord Matthews and drummer Thom Moon as the current “core” members, Front Porch continues to work from the premise that there is strength in numbers. The other constant is the Front Porch Roots Revue equation is that there is no reason to not explore both the music written by band members, songs found in the discographies of great artists that make for great theme based shows, and traditional music, whether it be blues, country, gospel and/or folk.


 

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Scott MacLeod - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup
Jul
5
8:30 PM20:30

Scott MacLeod - Mikey's on 12th Roots Roundup

Yahoo!!!!

We have an amazing line up of Artists this year!

 

Tonight:

Scott Mac Leod

Show at 8:30pm - $5 cover

Scott MacLeod is from a small community in P.E.I. where storytelling is a way of life. Raised in a family where everyone worked in everyday jobs, he soon became a keen observer, listening to tales of people’s lives. Since moving to Calgary 12 years ago, he has worked in hospitals and assisted living facilities helping others through the rollercoaster of life.

His lyrics tell the stories of Canadians, our values, hard work, and enjoyment of life from the east coast to the prairies. His country-infused rock and laid-back acoustic ballads signal influences like Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle. Scott’s notoriety and reputation in the music business has led him to perform alongside such well-known artists as The Duhks, Matt Minglewood, and Dustin Bentall. MacLeod was featured at NXNE in Toronto for three consecutive years (2007-2009), showcased at the Alberta Music Series in 2009, played the “Songwriters Café” at the 2008 CCMAs in Winnipeg and has also held the stage at the Sled Island Music Festival and the South Country Fair in Alberta.

Scott has played extensively around Alberta and Canada for the last eight years, releasing three full-length albums.

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Steve Pineo Acoustic Show
Jul
4
8:00 PM20:00

Steve Pineo Acoustic Show

Steve Pineo has been wowing the Calgary music scene for years with his distinctive blues.  Now he is show casing an all accoustic set performing at Mikey's on 12th starting at 8:30pm on Wednesdays.  Come early to take advantage of our 8:00-8:30 Happy Half Hour!

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Mitch Belot Band
Jul
3
8:30 PM20:30

Mitch Belot Band

Mitch Belot entertains with his swampy story telling style and modern rock flare. He hooks audiences with his powerful, smoky voice, and gets them on their feet by incorporating fast tempos and heavy grooves. While he is first and foremost a humble student of the blues, Mitch adds a taste of rock to the naturally ear pleasing sound that permeates his repertoire.

Mitch, along with the rest of the band including, Vincent Bundick (Guitar), Nick Goodman (Bass) and Dyllan Goodman (Drums), consistently aim to create a memorable and fun atmosphere every time they hit the stage.

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Rotary Park Open Mic / Jam
Jul
2
8:30 PM20:30

Rotary Park Open Mic / Jam

Rotary Park is a Calgary based band playing a special brand of harmony driven, alternative bluegrass. The combination of ambient folk music, powerful vocal harmonies and banjo ripping bluegrass is sure to have to listener immersed and captivated in a sonic atmosphere of Progressive Canadiana. 

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Lindsay Beaver/24th Street Wailers - Alligator Recording Artist
Jun
30
9:00 PM21:00

Lindsay Beaver/24th Street Wailers - Alligator Recording Artist

Singer, Drummer, Songwriter, and Bandleader Lindsay Beaver is much more than a young woman with musical talent, she is a force that knows no bounds. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Lindsay has been leading her band across North America and Europe for the past several years playing her own blend of Rock n’ Roll, Soul, Punk & Blues. She has shared the stage with Legendary Artists such as Jimmie Vaughan, Bob Margolin, Paul Oscher and more. Her limitless voice and ferocious standing-drumming, once seen - never forgotten, have become known across festivals, theaters, and clubs from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Her songwriting and albums have given her an impressive list of accolades and awards that include a 2015 Juno Award nomination (Canadian Grammy), 15 Maple Blues Award Nominations, a 2015 Blues411 Award, multiple Sirius/XM INDIE award nominations, as well as several nationally syndicated radio features and numerous 4 & 5 star reviews in publications from around the world. Her unforgettable live performances are executed with electric energy and amazing finesse, which draws upon a deep well of influences that range from Little Richard to The Ramones, and from Howlin’ Wolf to Iggy Pop - Lindsay’s love of blues and rock and roll music provides her a catalog of songs with the perfect mix of originality, tradition, and attitude to establish a true identity.

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Joe Nolan and Ken Stead
Jun
29
9:00 PM21:00

Joe Nolan and Ken Stead

Two of Alberta's finest young artist take the stage 

Ken Stead:

Ken Stead has spent the last two years playing over 200 shows, including such festivals as Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, North Country Fair, BVJ and Come By The Hills. 
 
After releasing a couple of EP’s over the past few years – projects he himself describes as more developmental than commercial in purpose - Stead has truly hit his creative stride with his first full-length album, Fear Has No Place Here.

Recorded at Little Island Studios on Bowen Island in B.C. by producer Winston Hauschild (Hannah Georgas), the album sees Stead going through a process of self-examination and revelation as he explores the ups and downs of life that, but ultimately with fortitude and optimism.

“It’s about looking at my own human condition and what I have experienced in life over the last few years. About 2 years ago I was living in Michigan and went through a divorce. I moved back to Edmonton and started playing mu­sic again with a real sense of purpose. A couple of songs were written just after I got back. But then I met someone and there’s a whole other part of the story now. So I am writing about love and about the transition I went through,” said Stead.
“For this album I had to really look at myself in the mirror and face the choices I have made over the last five years. So I came back here and wrote introspectively about what hap­pened, and in a way that isn’t all dark and sad. I like to put a positive spin on things and I try to stay optimistic. That’s my personality and I want that to come through in my writing.”

Born and raised in Edmonton, Stead excelled at Track and Field and started to show an interest in music when it was cool to listen and appreciate rap and metal in the locker room. But he has his mother to thank for his now burgeon­ing career as a folk musician.

“My mom made me go to the Edmonton Folk Festival one year as a punishment. It was a brilliant piece of parenting. I don’t even remember what I was being punished for. She was also sick of all the rap music I was listening to so she said, ‘I’ve got these tickets and you’re going to come with me and my middle-aged friends’ and we ended up having a grand old time. It was fantastic.”

Riveted by a performance by American-born blues/folk mu­sician Eric Bibb (who now lives in Finland) the experience changed Stead’s life.
“He totally transformed the way I looked at music. I also discovered a singer/songwriter from Ireland named Foy Vance. Those are my two biggest influences and the ones who crossed me over into folk music,” Stead said.

Stead’s repertoire of influences continues to be quite eso­teric and includes a number of his fellow Edmonton singer/ songwriters.
“Edmonton has a really great music scene and I find that I am now more influenced by the artists around me. Scott Cook, Braden Gates and Lucas Chaisson – they are all great musicians and songwriters. The music community here is really strong,” he said.

As a songwriter, Stead says he has a very organic and spon­taneous process which sometimes means his artistic output is firing off in many different directions.
“Sometimes I am too spontaneous because my songs come out in different genres. I have some blues songs and some reggae songs that came out at the same time as the songs for Fear Has No Place Here. When I write it’s always guitar first and then melody and those two things evoke the emo­tional tone and then that’s when ideas from my life start to come out as lyrics.”

The title track is touching and hopeful, and personalizes a more universal message to anyone plagued with truly de­bilitating fears and anxieties.
“My stepdaughter had terrible social anxiety – and I do too sometimes – and she was paralyzed by it. We used to sit in her room and repeat this mantra that fear has no place here until she was able to take on her day. I sent her the track and she loves it. So it’s a sweet thing, but I wanted it to be about more than social anxiety because I think ‘fear has no place here’ has a lot of different applications in people’s lives,” he said.

I’m Going To Love You Anyways takes a hard, gritty look at families and how it isn’t always easy to love them.
“My parents think it’s about them but it’s not. But at the same time it is influenced by the concept of family. Family is a tricky thing and every family, including mine, has some imperfect stories. So this song is about a hypothetical family created to make the point that there is so much that can go on in families, but you’ve got to love them anyways. Some­times love is a choice and not something that comes easy. You have to choose to love these people despite what’s go­ing on,” he said.
Oh Carolina is the most existential and self-conscious song on the album. It hearkens back on that fateful decision to pursue a marriage with someone who was bent on changing almost everything about their partner.

“I wrote this on my 18-hour drive back to Edmonton from Michigan and was asking why I always ended up with girls like this. It was a pretty humbling experience. In the song, Carolina is the girl I thought I ultimately should have ended up with, but ‘Pretty Tina’ was the girl I was actually with. And on the way home I realized I was always trying to pass the blame for the bad situations I’ve found myself in, but these decisions were all mine,” he said.

Conversely, the enchanting tunes Your Love and Big Blue Eyes are at the other end of the relationship spectrum, as Stead expresses appreciation and gratitude for his current partner.

“I think they’re both thanking her for loving me for who I am and not expecting me to change, or not trying to change me. And that’s a foreign concept to me because I have always seemed to be attracted to women who wanted to change me. So to go from that to someone who is not trying to change you but simply loving each other for who we are is amazing,” he said.

Having already played numerous folk festivals in Western Canada, including that same Edmonton Folk Festival which changed his life, as well as a popular Canmore Folk Festival – where he has shared the stage with the likes of Baha­mas, Craig Cardiff, and his idol Foy Vance – Stead hopes that Fear Has No Place Here will be a launching point for broader musical horizons and more life experiences which will ulti­mately turn into song.
 

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    Cry Baby is a collection of 11 songs which take you on a trip of melancholic madness. The vision behind this album is one that Nolan has kept locked up inside for the past three years. It is clear that he has had struggles of his own; through darkness and depression, booze filled evenings, and broken relationships, he shares his deepest secrets and outlooks in this effort.
     
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