Bring your friends (and your lunch) to Capital Plaza and enjoy live music EVERY FRIDAY from JULY 8 to SEPTEMBER 2, Noon until 1 p.m.
Fridays @ the Legislature is an outdoor concert series featuring live performances by Alberta-based musicians set against the stunning backdrop of the Alberta Legislature Building. Now in its second year, the free event will highlight five bands from across the province. The concerts will be held just north of the Legislature at the Capital Plaza and run from noon to 1 p.m. every second Friday between July 10 and September 4.
“The Legislative Assembly celebrates Alberta talent and culture,” said Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Enjoy your lunch with Alberta-grown entertainment at Capital Plaza and discover hand-crafted products in the Alberta Branded retail store. We are proud to share some of the best that our province has to offer with Albertans.”
Concert goers are encouraged to bring their own lunch to the event, or to check out the variety of food trucks stationed along 108th Street throughout most of the summer.
Fridays @ the Legislature is a partnership between the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and the Alberta Music Industry Association, a nonprofit, service-based association dedicated to helping professionals in the music industry succeed in their careers.
July 8th: Joe Nolan
Joe Nolan’s distinctive and intimate vocals stack the deck. From theramin tremors to raw howls, his range of expression reaches extremes. He delivers bandaged fragility and raw rage with equal impact. The songs are fervent, pressing and intense, attuned at once to the world of youthful melodramas in which Joe, an artist in his early 20s lives, and an older, deeper level of human experience. Insight into the latter has nothing to do with age.
July 15: Jenie Thai
Born in Chiang Mai Thailand, and raised outside of Edmonton, Jenie Thai is building a musical presence throughout the country through the electric energy she displays on stage and the old soul that's conveyed through her songwriting. Raised in a musical household of six, silence was rare. Jenie's blues and folk education began young when she fell asleep to the music her parents played while entertaining guests downstairs. Her training on the piano began at age five; she took private lessons for fifteen years. Through her classical training she spent her early school years performing difficult repertoire at various workshops, camps, and yearly round festivals receiving national accolade.
July 22: T. Buckley Trio
The T. Buckley Trio deliver soulful laments and gritty truths, wrapped in a cowboy blanket to create a distinct western Canadian flavour. This Calgary trio has been turning heads since they first came onto scene in 2010 with their twist on "a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll."
T. Buckley acts as the trio's lead vocalist and principle songwriter; Derek Pulliam, on stand-up bass and vocals and Tim Leacock on electric guitar, mandolin and vocals. The band brings a more-than memorable stage presence and harmonies that create a sound much larger than their modest stage set up.
July 29: Mark Times
For Mark Times, the song reigns. With a writing process as equally influenced by Hemingway as Springsteen and a sound that is a half shot country and two shots folk, Times is pouring out musings on why heartbreak is the same in rural Alberta as it is in Rome and why you shouldn’t throw glass in stone houses. 2015 saw the songwriter dubbed the Calgary Folk Fest’s “Untapped Newcomer,” perform at Canadian Country Music Week in Halifax, and placed in the top ten in the CBC’s search for Canada’s best campus band. With the debut EP Long to Live slated for release in early 2016, keep an ear out for this songsmith; his tank is full and those Canadian highways are unraveling like that Neil Young cassette that got stuck in your grandma’s 1989 Chevy Celebrity.
August 5: Revenge of the Trees
When singer/songwriter Mikey Muscat first arrived in Edmonton, AB in 2010 from Toronto, he had no friends, no money and no band. Now he has almost all of those! Muscat had been playing solo as well as with his own project in Toronto for years and shortly after meeting drummer Nich Davies and Bassist Kurtis Cockerill in Edmonton in early 2011, Revenge of the Trees was formed.
August 12: Jesse & The Dandelions
After a short but successful figure skating career, Jesse retired and committed his life to music full time. The band has been active in Western Canada for the last 5 years with success on campus community radio, and great opening slots for bands like Attack In Black, Hollerado, and July Talk.With Jesse and the Dandelions’ production values maturing alongside the content, their album A Mutual Understanding (2013) is enriched with classic synth and drum machine textures that pays respect to the past, while forging their own unique path forward. String sections and heavily layered vocal harmonies push accessible pop hooks into more psychedelically complex and intriguing harmonic territory that rewards repeat listeners by continuing to engage them fully with each spin.
August 19: Braden Gates
Braden Gates is a young man, which may come as a surprise to anyone who has heard his brand of classic foot stompin’, fiddle playin’, guitar pickin’ folk. It would be easy to stereotype Gates as an old soul, but despite his love of traditional folk instrumentation and songwriting and old timey stage clothes, Gates’ sound carries a youthful feel and never feels affected or inauthentic. Through the ease with which he bows his fiddle and picks his guitar, and the straightforward uncluttered honesty of his lyrics, Gates has a natural way with a story. And storytelling really is at the centre of Gates’ writing: songs about characters hanging out on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue (unabashed local references are peppered throughout Gates’ work) and other tales of lives lived
August 26: Ben Sures
Ben Sures is a Canadian singer, songwriter and guitar player. He has been touring Canada for almost twenty years, best known for his unique songwriting and engaging performances. In 2011 his album ‘Gone to Bolivia’ was the most played recording by an Albertan on CKUA radio. Ben’s songs have earned him first, second and Honorary mentions in the John Lennon, International and USA songwriting competitions, twice he has had more than one song find its way in to the final rounds in the same year.
September 2: Souls in Rhythm
As members of Calgarys ever-expanding, dynamic music scene for over 10 years, Souls in Rhythm (a.k.a. SiR) takes elements of classic funk and soul, then blends them with pop, rock and jazz, to deliver its own brand of Alberta Funk. As George Clinton said, The more one thinks about it, the harder it is to get the feel of funk. Its just done. In this spirit of funk, SiR has focused on its passion for crafting songs and performing with great respect for the fundamentals of soul and funk, but with a strong aim to be forward thinking and honest to their own musical desires. Rather than being impressionists of former artists of the genre, SiR has a modern sound and seeks to innovate and contemporize a musical form they love. Described by Canadian Musician Magazine as smooth, soulful grooves, melody lines that stay in your head and polished vocals, SiRs music proudly pays homage to tradition, while at the same time expanding boundaries.< Previous Post Next Post >