Credit: Revelstoke Arts Council.
This summer Revelstoke Arts Council will present a brand new look and line-up for the Revelstoke Summer Street Fest. For the first time there will be a different band every night, with only one band playing twice in the whole festival. Some nights there are two or three bands playing with a total of 70 acts over the 66 consecutive nights of the festival. Bands touring internationally from all over the world are stopping by Revelstoke on their way to some of the best-loved festivals in North America. To complement this new twist and fresh programming there is also a new design for the Revelstoke Summer Street Fest T-shirts featuring a cool abstract guitar, and a bright and colourful rack card and poster to match.
Some highlights from this year’s festival include the opening band Lucette on Saturday, June 24. Lucette is a rising star from Edmonton with a groovy mix of country and Americana. A similarly awesome musician will be closing Street Fest on August 27 will be the Australian indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker, whose latest songs mix blues and roots with a contemporary guitar driven soul vibe.
Some of the best bands in the line-up are playing mid-week and not on the weekend as they are usually booked up by bigger festivals, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for those Monday and Tuesday night headliners. For example, one highlight is Samson’s Delilah of Mamaguroove fame, with a funky combination of world-beats and socially-conscious lyrics out of Dunster, B.C., plays Tuesday August 1.
The Long War just won the CBC Searchlight Competition, they will be playing on August 19 with two other up-and-coming bands Small Town Artillery and Year of the Wolf supporting them. The Lunas are also rising stars, this indie-pop band play Street Fest on August 18. They are young, charismatic, and will leave you humming their tunes without you realizing it!
There are bands from all over Canada, Bella Cat (June 27), dubbed the Princess of Soul, hails from Ottawa, FRASE is a soul slanging singer, multi-instrumentalist and beat maker from Montreal, The MKND and Retrofile (July 19) are indie bands coming to us from Edmonton,
Then there are international groups: Sister Speak (August 25) is a street fest favourite and hails from San Diego; the Gabriel Palatchi Trio (July 17) play an original blend of Latin jazz, funk and electronic music from Argentina and from Australia we have Feelds (August 3) melody-infused folk with pop sensibilities.
A few new bands to look out for are The Wooden Horsemen (July 20) who fuse elements of raw blues, soul and rock with Latin and African rhythms, Red Haven (August 2), with their original gypsy jazz, indie pop mash up, and Emily Rockarts (August 4) with her catchy and endearing story based pop songs.
If you are into folk, country and bluegrass there are is a great selection for you too including Jackson Hollow, Last Horse Standing, Bees and the Bare Bones. If you are a Celtic music lover there is the Ewan Macintyre Band (July 28) and The Irish Wakers (August 15).
Canada Day will feature popular and up-beat Staggers and Jaggs. In this genre we also have returning bands Compassion Guerilla (August 13), Blackberry Wood (July 9) and Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (July 29) returning. All these bands have a much loved, big sound with brass sections that always get people dancing. To add to this mix there is the amazing Class Action the coolest ska band out of Calgary. Don’t miss their infectiously high-energy performance.
The Eisenhauers (July 7), Chicken-Like Birds (July 10) and The Tappalachian String Band (June 30) are all from our area with raw, beautiful, blue-grass melodies. All three of these bands are favourites at our local coffee house.
These are just a few bands out of 70 who made the line-up this year, but hey, don’t just take our word for it. Head down to Grizzly Plaza this summer to see for yourselves. Revelstoke Summer Street Fest kicks off on June 24 and continues for 66 consecutive nights until August 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every night.
Date: June 24–August 27 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Location: Grizzly Plaza, Mackenzie Ave, Revelstoke
This story originally appeared in the June, 2017 edition of the Mountaineer Magazine.