On Friday, July 24, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Market Collective, and Welcome to the West are partnering up to bring you a FREE outdoor matinee concert in Eau Claire. Bring out your friends, family, colleagues, and fellow Folk Fest mates before they open the Prince’s Island gates.
Starting at 11:30am on the TD Stage 1 will be Rotary Park followed by Windigo and The Bitterweed Draw. Read up on these local diamonds here:
Rotary Park >>> Friday, July 24 Stage 1 <<< 11:30am
Rotary Park is a Calgary based band playing a special brand of harmony driven, Canadian folk-bluegrass fusion. Known for their high energy and diverse live performances this quintet has proven to be the perfect fit for any type of event. The combination of ambient folk music, powerful vocal harmonies and banjo ripping bluegrass brings a unique type of Canadian music to the table. One thing is sure, they will have your hands clapping and feet stomping! Rotary Park has made a name for themselves playing many different festivals, corporate functions and packed venues throughout Canada since 2011. With the release of their second full length album and another tour across Canada in 2015, the future is looking brighter than ever for this fine group of gentlemen.
Windigo >>> Friday, July 24 Stage 1 <<< 12:30pm
Dreamy melodies and psychedelic summer pop. Windigo is a four piece indie-rock band founded in Calgary Alberta in 2012. Layering warm sun soaked guitar tones into soundscapes driven by progressive rhythms; the group cleverly crafts a diverse, yet collective sound. Fronted by vocalists, Severtson, Kameka, and Mason, the band is able to explore several avenues of musical expression; from high energy, dance friendly anthems to slow heartfelt ballads. Windigo’s last commercial album Retrospectrum was released over two years ago. Since then, the band has written a new catalogue and improved their live performances. With a new EP and album on the horizon for 2015, Windigo is bound to turn some heads.
The Bitterweed Draw >>> Friday, July 24 Stage 1 <<< 1:30pm
This riotous and swaggering six-piece honky-tonk juggernaut has ignited crowds from coast to coast. The Bitterweed Draw has over 300 performances under their belt spanning a range of venues including large festival stages, crowded bars, local markets, private functions, on-air radio, and whiskey swiggin’ sunrises aplenty.
Over the course of five years, The Bitterweed Draw has toured across Canada and has released multiple recording projects including The Burnt Cabin Sessions (2011, EP) and Heart of the Old West (2012, LP). Wheatland County Rag, their Sophomore LP, is set to be released in the Spring of 2015, with a national and international tour to follow.