[Editor’s note: This article first appeared in print in the September issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. Since then, the Friday LUNA SOUND show has sold out. Don’t worry, there’s still main Saturday LUNA extravaganza, and it’s free. Don’t forget to pick up your paper copy of the magazine early each month!]
Contributed by LUNA
There is no denying that the landscape of Revelstoke has changed with the creation of LUNA, a free interactive arts festival developed two years ago by a small group of creatives: Miriam Manley, Jana Thompson, Victoria Strange, and Rob Buchanan. Our small city rivaled that of a larger cultural metropolis, with a weekend festival highlighting cutting-edge interactive artists and installation-based projects. This push to redefine Revelstoke as a cultural destination succeeded, and last year LUNA hosted over 6,000 people within the downtown on Saturday night. Over 40 high quality art installations helped to solidify LUNA’s win of Best Tourist Attraction. LUNA is back for 2019 and the question on people’s minds is: Could LUNA get any better?
The answer is YES! This year, the LUNA team is extending its Friday night offering with LUNA SOUND. This ticketed portion of the LUNA weekend focuses on music, and in true LUNA fashion, will feature musicians that push the boundaries of their respective genres, culminating in an original mash-up of eclectic styles against a backdrop of LUNA’s magical artistry.
LUNA SOUND re-imagines the century-old historic Regent Hotel. As with everything LUNA, don’t expect to enter through the front door. LUNA prides itself on experiencing the unexpected, and LUNA sound is no exception. Guests will enter through a secret art garden and emerge into a flow of eclectic stages, a chill-out room, historic bar, and LUNA themed appies for six hours of music, dance, art, and festivities.
The intimate Starlight Stage kicks off with blues band Blue Moon Marquee led by A.W. Cardinal, a Metis of Cree heritage, who howls with a thick and smoky vocal while playing a jazz tinged guitar. Next up the bold, upbeat, immense, and soulful, Old Soul Rebel is a powerhouse duo with African and Indigenous roots, coloured by brass and driven by drums.
The Galaxy Stage features artist Missy D, representing a blend of African cultures in her life-force and in her music. Her live band blends Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B. Following her performance is Art d’Ecco; an artist channeling the learnings of David Bowie in both sound and fashion. A performer who fluidly crosses musical and gender lines, Art d’Ecco represents “neo-glam,” with the music boasting hints of ‘50s pop to psychedelics, from Velvet Underground-era art rock to Grimes-inspired electronics.
The outdoor Big Bang Stage excites festival-goers with the memorable fire-eating antics of Small Town Artillery, a high-energy indie rock band with an infectiously entertaining stage performance. Next on this stage is Snotty Nose Rez Kids (SNRK); trap beats with woven lyricism that challenges Indigenous stereotypes. LUNA SOUND caps off with Delhi 2 Dublin with their famous Bhangra, fiddle fusion and invariably joyful beats.
At $25 per ticket, LUNA SOUND is a sure-fire bet for the 19+ festival crowd and the proven track record of LUNA Art and Wonder is enough to know that Friday night will surprise, and immerse those who join in. Revelstoke is on the cultural map. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at: lunafest.ca