The concert tent at the Windscape Kite Festival grounds will be rocking into the early morning hours during the 2014 edition of the Long Day's Night Music Festival.
The four day concert series on June 19 to 22 features a strong line-up of performers, but the festival highlight is certainly a final night concert featuring Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans.
The Festival features the following acts:
Thursday, June 19
Opening Act: Close Talker
Library Voices are a Canadian indie pop band from Regina. The band was noticed by The New Yorker and by Spin. The alternative newsweekly Now, in a favourable review described their first album as one of the year's catchiest and cutest indie rock albums. Vue Weekly wrote, "there's a curious pop-anthem flavouring that makes the sound gel more than you might expect." The Calgary Herald's critic wrote "it's obvious Library Voices have come up with one of 2009's finest records of the year."
Their EP was nominated for Independent Album of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards, and their album Denim on Denim was nominated for the same award in 2010. Their second full-length album, 2011's Summer of Lust, was preceded by the lead single "The Prime Minister's Daughter", which responded to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's controversial assertion that "ordinary people don't care about the arts" by imagining a future scenario in which his daughter Rachel falls in love with a musician.
Friday, June 20
Opening Act: Shoeless Joes
Meet The Stanfields, a maelstrom of rock 'n' roll, Celtic and bluegrass. Hailing from the gritty post-industrial towns of Nova Scotia, The Stanfields play every show like it's their collective last night on earth. Their kitchen party harmonies, thunderous rhythm section, high-octane stage show and genuine chemistry have won over audiences clear across the nation.
Inciting mosh pits and still making Mom proud, The Stanfields attract fans of all classes and creeds with their rhythm-fueled hard rock laced with traditional roots sounds. The Stanfields won big at the 2013 East Coast Music Awards picking up Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year plus Group Album of the Year.
Saturday, June 21
Opening Act: The Lion The Bear The Fox
Rock and Roll is important. VERY important. The Dudes learned that lesson early. It's one of those things that gives more than it takes. It ain't easy, but once it's in your bones it's in there for good. SO. That's why the Dudes have been rocking non stop together since they were little nobodies. Now they're huge somebody's. You've just absolutely GOT to see them play. You're gonna laugh, you're gonna dance, you're gonna pump your fists. It's gonna sound like a miracle sharing a pair of pants with a hurricane. There's not a person on earth that croons like Danny. There's not a man with two sticks who can bang the drums like Matty. There ain't a frat boy in any college that can party harder than Bob. There's not a bird in the sky singing sweeter than Brock. Their latest effort, "Barbers, Thieves and Bartenders" is continuing the proud Dudes tradition of pulling no punches and bringing the FUN. What's next? Who knows???
Sunday, June 22
Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans
Goth girls to survivalists, bovines to bibles, antique pistols to vintage motorcycles: Alberta-born honky-tonker Corb Lund's songcraft covers it all. From a rustic retreat deep in the Rocky Mountain forest, Lund's latest music has evolved from a period of introspection and hard traveling. Just like the prolific Lund's subjects run the gamut, so do the sonics, ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock. And, of course, the occasional yodel...
Backed by his longtime band, The Hurtin' Albertans, the JUNO Award recipient has won kudos in his native land; the Canadian Country Music Association has named Lund Roots Artist of the Year seven consecutive years from 2004 to 2010.
Though it may look like a quartet onstage, the Hurtin' Albertans are really "a seven-piece band," according to Lund, "because Grant plays a bunch of stuff," including mandolin, banjo, Dobro, and baritone guitar. "Grant and I have a complex system of hand signals because I don't use a set list," says Lund. "We've got seven records' worth of material now, so every show is different. I find it more interesting that way."
Road dogs, Lund and the band headline Canadian country and folk festivals, as well as gigging at New York City nightspots and America's finest honky-tonks. "We're able to straddle the line between songwriter folk and straight country, which is cool," says Lund. "We do funky clubs and we do folk rooms, along with festivals."
An early bird festival pass is being sold for $95 until 15, while any remaining four night festival passes will be sold for $105.