The Revelstoke Summer Street Fest has wrapped up another amazing year! Check back here in the spring of 2019 for the lineup.
The annual Revelstoke Summer Street Fest offers up FREE live music outdoors in Grizzly Plaza event night of the week, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm, starting June 23 – August 26, 2018!
Check out the Revelstoke Summer Street Fest’s lineup for 2018:
Flint & Feather is an award-winning husband and wife duo from Calgary, AB. Together they perform family-friendly “Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop” songs inspired by Canadian history, Rocky Mountain folklore, and their own personal journeys. Their songs are filled with delicate harmonies and vivid imagery, and their honest approach to performing and storytelling connects with listeners of all ages and backgrounds.
Revelstoke Community Band is a small group of dedicated musicians who have been entertaining the citizens of Revelstoke since 1895. The band’s focus is on playing music in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Performances cover community events such as Remembrance Day and July 1st as well as during the Christmas season for parades, special events or to raise money for the Community Food Bank.
Bruce Thomas and Eddy Cola met in Montreal’s indie music scene of the mid 2000’s. They played in bands together and became close friends. In 2009 they recorded one track before going their separate ways. Recently they reunited in Venice, CA as a guitar/drums duo by the name of Lofi Uppercut. As for the future? By the sound of it, it’s currently taking shape within the music.
TRI-CONTINENTAL is a collaborative evolution that fuses the talents of three wonderful guitar-players, singers and songwriters. There are no musical boundaries present in this one-of-a-kind blues/folk/world music mélange. Bill Bourne – the grand improvisor. Lester Quitzau – the kidnapper of the blues. Madagascar Slim – promoter of a new universal sound. As TRI-CONTINENTAL, they are major players in the Canadian blues and world music scene who present a truly unique and critically acclaimed sound that is a great success in terms of soulfulness and presence, intensity and atmosphere.
Lyrically rich with driving rhythm, Coldwater Road gives folk music a reason to dance. Waltzing between love songs and foot-stomping murder ballads, Coldwater Road has something for the delicate and the desperate alike. Their songs reach across Folk, Americana, Rock, and Country; like John Prine sitting in with the Lumineers. Founded by frontman Patrick Spencer, the core of the band is a trio, supported by a rhythm section for the rowdy crowds.
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. Her limitless voice and ferocious standing-drumming, once seen – never forgotten, have become known across festivals, theatres, and clubs from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.
Since 2006, Class Action has helped keep Calgary’s ska scene alive with a blend of music rooted in third wave ska-punk with shades of reggae and dub mixed in. Having shared the stage with such acts as Less Than Jake, Bedouin Soundclash, Ill Scarlet, The English Beat, Mad Caddies, The Planet Smashers, Gob, The Flatliners, and The Aggrolites, they have become known for their high energy performances and beats that make you want to dance! In July of 2011, Class Action embarked on their first ever tour, the 2011 Skapocalypse Tour with fellow Calgary band Blue Bones playing 9 shows in 11 daysin BC and Alberta. In 2015, they released their latest EP “Serious Business”. They’re excited to hit the road to make some new friends and see some old ones.
The Heels are a 2016 BCCMA Award winning female Country music trio based in Vancouver BC. With past solo careers spanning a rainbow of genres, The Heels – Bobbi Smith, Brittni Dominelli & Kyla Rawlins have joined forces as a powerful female presence. The trio are known for three part harmonies, sassy lyrics, unforgettable melodies and outstanding heels!
Kumbana Marimba is a 5 piece percussion group, with often guest appearances. Playing Zimbabwean music, with a modern take- we are a professionals at entertaining live audiences with our captivating instruments. Created in 2009 by two sisters, the band has since grown into a travelling and preforming group that teaches audiences about the traditional stories that connect our music, while also making them get up and dance. Based on Central Vancouver Island, BC- we are excited to celebrate 2018 with our 10th anniversary of performing
Featuring Revelstoke locals: Katie Marti, Maggie “May” Davis, and Bruce Thomas
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is a collection of musicians, linked by common sonic journeys and familial ties. It doesn’t matter much how they got here, but rather that they are travelling with each other. Now they are here with you, the way music in the folk tradition always is, to bring people together; to share real flesh, blood and feeling. They’ll weave their stories with guitars and violins, with accordions and bass, with melodies and music makers gleaned from their wanderings.
The heartfelt vocals, the impeccable instrumentation, the inimitable sound of Jackson Hollow has to be experienced to be described—and even then, words fall short. This is what happens when four of the industry’s finest get together to create something special. Simple, powerful and instantly magnetic, the blend of heart-wrenching lead vocals and dead-on harmonies backed by prodigious instrumental talent strikes a chord with people of all ages, backgrounds and musical tastes.
Stelio Calagias (lead singer, guitar, harmonica) and his brother in law Phil Wilson-Birks (bass guitar) fulfilled their lifelong dream of creating their own 4 piece electric blues band now known as “Baker Street Blues.” Known as the “rockin blues dance band”, their professional, and highly entertaining shows deliver “blues that grabs hold of you….and doesn’t let go!”
Under The Rocks is a 4 piece bluegrass band from Kelowna BC. They started playing together in the summer of 2016 as a 3 piece then turned into a 4 piece when Chloe Davidson joined the group that fall. They play a mix of traditional bluegrass songs, covers of popular songs, and originals.
Since 2008, The REV have been entertaining plaza audiences year after year with a diverse set-list of songs. Originating from Revelstoke, BC, they are an acoustic/electric/bass/drum duo specialized in entertaining for all occasions. Expect to hear covers ranging from artists such as Van Morrison, The Tragically Hip, Rolling stones, Garth Brooks, Tom Petty, The Lumineers, and everything in between.
Andrew and Zachari Smith are an accomplished father and son indie folk duo with something to say. Their live sound is big for a duo – created by a surprising blend of mandolin, dobro, banjo, suitcase drum kit, guitars and family harmonies.
Quirky and captivating, songwriter and scientist Sarah Beatty sounds a bit like Dusty Springfield coming off a science bender. With a voice as sharp as a silver-spur and dangerous as a diamond-backed sidewinder (Raw Ramp), she’s a curious observer and constant inquirer of life’s offerings.
Individually, each member of The Honey Tongues could easily hold the stage as a powerful songwriter and solo performer. Together, the eight-piece collective are a force of nature. Made up of 3 women and 4 men – all singer/songwriter/multi-
Transatlantic quintet Aerialists meld their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities and deep love for folk traditions into a post-rock coloured sound called prog-trad. Featuring Scottish harpist Màiri Chaimbeul (Darol Anger & The Furies, Brìghde Chaimbeul), and Canadian neo-folk innovators Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird, Jenny Ritter) on guitar and Elise Boeur (Jenny Ritter) on fiddle, the group draws from the wells of Nordic and Gaelic music, adding expansive textures and meticulously sculpted arrangements to create captivating, genre-defying new music.
Creeping out of the woodwork is the hauntingly nostalgic sound of The Staggers & Jaggs. This East Van ensemble is a curious concoction of characters, taking influence from prohibition era parties, blues, jazz & punk rock. Stories of love, loss and madness are told through playful melodies and hypnotic rhythms.
Piano, cello, and percussion are the rolling river beneath Leila Neverland’s powerful voice and timely lyrics. Songwriter and pianist Miss Neverland leads Dylan Ranney on percussion, Nils Loewen on cello, and every audience on a wild journey to where Only Love Remains, title song of their first full-length album due out next Spring. Mountain Sound offers increasingly larger audiences original heavy jazz hip hop right out of British Columbia’s Interior. This powerhouse trio entertains like no other with “mind-bending rhythms and a vocal range capable of intriguing the most mundane of auditory palettes” (Kelowna Capital News).
The Tappalachian String Band are largely responsible for The Revelstoke Coffee House and hail mostly from Tappen, BC. As a five piece old-time string band these acoustic junkies play fiddle tunes, traditional songs, as well as various singer / songwriter selections. They are Myra Morrison on fiddle, Denis Severino on banjo, James Clark on mandolin, Robert Milne on guitar and Joan Robertson on bass.
Fearless front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Alberta-based Celtic-rock act, who offer an authentic east-coast experience with a fresh take on traditional tunes as well as their own original jigs and reels. Their rocky, rhythmic undertow is layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped by Derina’s powerful voice. These transplanted east-coastershave earned a reputation with their high-energy live show, leaving many an audience out-of-breath and hollering from their seats!
Opening with the sexy, full-band rocker “Mountaineer” about a loved one prone to wandering, the album settles into “The Kind of Good,” a live-off-the-floor ode to old hotel rooms and the single life; and winds down with the dreamy, torchy “You Should Be Sleeping,” about a passerby in a legendary Edmonton bar. Whether it’s a nod to Wilco or Neko Case, a surprising seventh chord Jazz change-up, some big t-rex/Visconti-like backing vocals — the choice always seems natural and right and you go with it, happily, a testament to VISSIA’s decade and a half engagement, perseverance, and curiosity in all areas of making music, from composing, to recording, to album art and design.
Iskwé’s artistry knows no bounds. Blending soulful, breathlessly delivered lyrics coloured by the many shades of human nature with a sonic palette that takes its cue from the shadowy atmospherics of the 1990s Bristol sound, Iskwé’s music revels in her strength of self and that is her true rallying cry.
Neo-soul, hip-hop, electro, jazz-fusion, funk, reggae….genres dissolve at the flood of groove that is The OM Sound. Their music is inspired by a socially, environmentally, and spiritually conscious message, conveyed through soul stirring lyrics and rich soundscapes, wrapped up with in-the-pocket beats and blow-your-mind bass lines. Hip-hop verses empower the people and bold, sultry harmonies contrast with rolling didgeridoo rhythms and deep dubby bass lines.
Partial to Pie is an acoustic duo that blends their sets with covers and originals. Their songs are solely based on the ridiculous things that happen in their day to day lives. Kaylee Knecht (lead vocals) and Jesse Booth (guitar and vocals) gave birth to the duo in 2011. The couple lives and plays in Revelstoke B.C. The acoustic dog rock group brings an upbeat, positive vibe with a touch of grit to the stage and loves to surprise the crowd with their tongue in cheek lyrics.
The Maritime Kitchen Party is named after a well known tradition in Nova Scotia. Maritimers love to party and in every house, it always seems that the party winds up in the kitchen There is always a guitar playing, or someone belting out traditional songs at the top of their lungs. Led by Nova Scotia’s own Steve Smith, the group plays anything from Celtic fisherman songs to fun and upbeat pop music.
Garnering critical praise with their folk-laden debut album in 2013, Wooden Horsemen have expanded their sound considerably since embarking on multiple cross-country tours. With the addition of horns and an expanded rhythm section, the group now seamlessly fuses elements of raw blues, soul and rock, while incorporating a Latin and African inspired rhythmic approach. The outcome is a distinctly unique flavour of pop-sensible melodies, driven by a pulse for which the band has built its reputation as a must-see live set.
Malagrupa is a small Trubači-style band that plays original music, with a nod to post-modern jazz, pop and ska, and an emphasis on the classic folk music of the Balkan regions. Malagrupa features some of the top Balkan Brass players in Canada, each musician contributing a distinct sound with their respective compositions.
An international touring duo with a flair for the extraordinary, Zonnis has taken their unique brand of “Cabaret Folk” across North, Central and South America, bringing with them their upbeat attitude and prolific song-writing, storytelling, and musicianship. Singing songs about their travels, trials and tribulations, as well as tales of the times we live in, they deliver an engaging performance that will keep you enraptured from start to finish.
This Way North wove their magic for audiences from the Yukon, just 200kms south of the Arctic Circle, to the Northern Territory’s sweeping central desert and the geysers of Rotorua. Country girls Cat and Leisha are enjoying life on the road, but one thing is evident their sound: their home is on the stage. Whether in a local dive bar or at a national festival, This Way North plays with more passion and energy than a 10-piece band, drumming up a contagious euphoria.
Sometimes it takes time apart to regain an appreciation for what you have. That’s what Vancouver-based indie dream-rock group FRANKIIE experienced throughout the winter of 2016/17. It had been three years, one EP, several tours, and a debunked reality TV show pilot when the 4-piece started questioning their direction as a group. They ended up naturally drifting into their own interests; one member started a fashion line, another released a solo EP, one became a school teacher, and the other moved to a small island community to work and surf. But it didn’t take long before they found each other again, this time with a renewed excitement for the bond they share over music and adventure-seeking.
While paying homage to the 70’s, 80’s and even Motown, their sound has been described as “retro-sounding to be sure, but the era that’s being evoked is hard to pin down” “There’s something splendidly infectious about The Cut Losses sound. For all its languid charm, it feels almost entirely shaped by a desire to escape from the dullness of the day and the need to explore, to take the day by the horns and force adventure.” – GoldFlakePaint
El Niven & The Alibi, the singer/guitarist delivers rugged and restless tunes about liquor, love and lone wolves — fuelled by intoxicating blasts of twang, melody and honesty. Drummer Jeff Burwash is the other half of El Niven & The Alibi. The two started writing tunes and playing stripped-down yet raucous sets after putting the brakes on their previous project, Stone Iris, a reggae-turned-rock outfit, in 2016…
AL Lee and The Pineapple Express is a three-piece band formed out of the deep snowbanks of Revelstoke, BC in January 2016. Fronted by Al Lee on guitar and vocals, with Cam Lovett on bass and Jayme Wenzel on drums they’ve developed a reputation as a solid rock and roll band creating a groove larger than the sum of its parts. They bring influences from the blues, rock and roll, reggae and funk into one band with the goal of making their audience dance
Music and the arts are a gateway to knowing ourselves; a window to the soul. This is the intention Barefoot Caravan plays with. Barefoot Caravan is a group based in BC’s Okanagan Valley who perform indigenous music in various languages. They represent the people of the world with unique, upbeat arrangements along with original compositions. They combine root rhythms; Soca, Afro-Cuban, Gypsy and Reggae with melodic harmonies.
Hailing from Banff, Alberta, and serving as the town’s first Poet Laureate, Amelie Patterson leads as a strong ambassador for women songwriters. The clear-voiced, honest and tenacious troubadour’s music traverses territories from alternative folk to indie rock. The first single off the album, “Tic Tac Blues” was featured in 509 Productions winter edit for pro snowmobile competitor Nadine Overwater.
Red Hot Hayseeds deliver breezy, cool melodies and fierce, hot musicianship that would send ol’ Dorothy from Kansas to Oz and back again with a serious case of head-turning whiplash. Their raucous mix of western swing, bluegrass, country, and the spirit of Bob Wills will have you cutting a rug faster than you can say “Aaaaa-ha”.
The band takes a new twist on songs steeped in rockabilly tradition and has just released its first EP, Wolf. “With Wolf, Sam Spades Has made a classic blues and rockabilly album that sounds as fresh and relevant as the throw-back bands that they’ve chosen to emulate. The band’s core includes John Richards on upright bass, Greg Hann on drums, Trevor B McNeely on lead guitar, and Sam Heine on guitar and lead vocals.
Taking their name from a traditional song, Les Poules à Colin were raised behind the scenes at folk festivals, learning their craft at kitchen parties amongst some of Quebec’s finest trad musicians. The group’s sound is a seamless blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences that range from old-time to jazz, with some provocative and moody effects. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional pieces, primarily in French but with some English compositions, and reveals gorgeous vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess.
Hold up to the Fire, Echo Nebraska’s sophomore effort, sees the Vancouver folk-rock outfit expand on their reputation of combining soul-strung acoustic songs with melodic pop sensibilities. They were determined to write music that was universally accessible and affirming, focusing on introspective themes of love, loss and perseverance.
Try and imagine two of the world’s most soulful and unique voices, Janis Joplin and Eartha Kit now imagine them producing a beautiful love child and that would be as Clyde Stubblefield dubbed her “The Princess of Soul” BELLA CAT. This new Canadian voice shows the kind of new talent which will sure to be a major contender in the future of musical landscape. Accompanying Bella Cat this year is Malak Sound. Raised in Egypt, and now calling Canada home, Malak was immersed in diverse musical influences from a young age. Drawing from her multicultural heritage, she has developed a sound fusing orchestral and electronic pop into a captivating and accessible style.
With a rootsy feel and sweat dripping off their instruments, Marble Canyon is a six-piece, roots blending alternative country and folk rock band known for their rich vocal harmonies, musical prowess and intimate stage presence. Often compared to having the same classic feel as bands like Blue Rodeo, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne, the band knows how to connect with crowds large and small.
The Nova Scotiables have built a deserving reputation across western Canada as a high energy maritime revue unmatched by their peers. Bringing an unconventional approach to traditional, original and contemporary maritime music, this 5 piece act has become a hit – not just on the maritime circuit but with entertainment fans of all ages.
Conscientious Objectors was formed in 2015 by Wayne Schmidt – Vocals, & Guitars, and Steve Tomiuk – Keyboards, and Bass. The duo plays acoustic shows as well as full band shows. For many years Wayne had fronted and co-founded the original progressive rock band called Nomadic Sanctuary playing the Experience Music Project in Seattle Washington, opening shows for Blue Oyster Cult, Jefferson Starship, Nick Gilder, And Sweeney Todd.
Danny Bell is an accordion-based singer-songwriter living in Prince George, BC on Lhedli T’enneh territory. Danny’s songs are pure and simple, sweeping superfluity off the table so we can stay near the ground. His Disappointments change, but they are always people with instruments.
“Drawing upon traditional melodies that almost biologically are instantly singable, but combining them with emotions, sentiments and stories that are relatable even now. Stan Rogers was able to do it, Ron Hynes was able to do it, Kate McGarrigle was able to do it – and Sarah Jane Scouten is able to do it.”– Tom Power, CBC q and Deep Roots
Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. It has healthy servings of Ska, Soca and African Highlife and we’ve been known to throw in a little White Boy Reggae. Of course, it also has strains of Soul, Pop and Funk although we are by no means a funk band. It is mostly Acoustic although we also like Electric guitars. It is definitely FOLK music, but not in the Kumbaya-style. It has a deep respect and appreciation for tradition (Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Son) but it’s by no means Traditional.
Join Argentinian pianist, composer, and Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist Gabriel Palatchi for an eclectic musical journey with his original blend of cultures such as latin jazz, tango, funk, middle east and more, as part of the 2018 world tour featuring his new release “Made in Canada” (2017).
The latest album, “Shufflin’ The Blues”, released in September of 2016, was recorded live in front of an intimate audience and the result is a 9 song tour de’ force that pays tribute to Chicago Blues, Delta blues and home style original blues. “Hyatt’s voice and Burden’s guitar is a match made in heaven. Their music formula is simple and essential and that is the real secret to this very inspired live performance. One of the most original and vibrant surprises of 2016”. – Giovanni Pilato, UK.
Take a pinch of lyrical sweetness and optimism, add a smattering of road weary darkness and serve it up live like it’s your last night on Earth and you’ll have a small taste of the Canadian contemporary roots outfit known simply as WiL. Coined by the press as “the best acoustic guitar player ever”, WiL is the first to maintain that is not true but he will concede that he possesses a very particular style; one that comes with a measure of inherent talent and an immeasurable amount of experience; both on and off the road.
Brother Octopus isn’t your typical cephalopod, he sometimes has the ability to take a human form and create musical compositions. Originally from the Pacific Ocean, Brother Octopus has assembled a team in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The team consists of Little Guppy, Golden Boy, Dogfish, New Guy and Brother Octopus himself. Since forming in 2011, Brother Octopus has been heavily involved within the Canadian music scene. They’ve performed alongside notable artists such as Hollerado, Fred Penner and Tupelo Honey.
The Long War is a Vancouver based Indie Band where singer/song writer Jarrett Lee works together with vocalist/guitarist Chad Gilmour, vocalist/drummer Neil Williamson, and bassist Carson Webber to create a dynamic sound that ranges from Folk to Rock. Lee’s inspiration can largely be attributed to the landscapes and environments that have influenced him throughout his life. Building out from this foundation Gilmour and Williamson provide vocal support through their harmonies bringing Lee’s lyrical imagery to life, which defines the music of The Long War.
Tiger Moon is a West Canadian folk band – a healthy blend of Bluegrass and Country with feet still deeply planted in the mud of the Folk world. Led by the singing couple Dan Tait and Kasey Graff, their sound is unique and instantly timeless as they weave stories and song into an enthralling performance experience.
Powerful vocals, electrifying harmonica, and intense performances define Matt Blais. The rock’n’roll troubadour’s latest single “Give A Little More“ (Fall 2017) encapsulates what it means to fight an uphill battle, whether that’s as a Canadian indie-rocker or as an everyday person grinding through life. “It’s an anthem for the hardworking,” says Blais. “My experiences in the music business, especially the hard life on the road, were my inspiration. We leave it all out on the stage every night. Every city, every person — we’re there to give them relief, perspective and a damn good time.”
Canadian born songwriter Sherri Anne is the creative force behind Sister Speak’s moving live show and unique musical pallet. Their startling debut, Rise Up For Love, afforded the momentum to tour North America, securing opening slots for Xavier Rudd, Chris Isaak, reggae artist Mike Love and Air Supply among others, as well as sponsorship from esteemed instrument manufacturers like Taylor and D’addario. Sister Speak is currently based out of both southern California and British Columbia, and constantly on the move with over 150 concerts a year throughout North America.
Sister Says is a soulful indie-pop duo/group based out of Vancouver fronted by mixed Haida-Tsimshian siblings Gillian and Robert Thomson. Dreamy, eclectic and lyrically rich, Sister Says’s roots stem from the soul, blues and pop music the two grew up around as children.
Rio Samaya, a.k.a Pancho and Sal, have roots in Argentina and India. Their music has a vivid Latin American flavour and the duo do the work of an entire band, often times swapping instruments mid-song in what can only be described as an impressive display to the audiences. They will take you on a journey across the globe with their spirited rhythms, world beats and troubadour style. Their originals, classics and new music is uplifting and refreshing, a show to be keep in your good time memories album.
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