2015 INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON ARTISTS

(note: line up and performance times subject to change)
 

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015

The Wet Secrets
Shakey Graves
St. Vincent
 

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015

NQ Arbuckle
Justin Townes Earle
Rhiannon Giddens
Elle King
Tanya Tagaq
Father John Misty
 

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015

Oh Susanna
Black Joe Lewis
Lee Harvey Osmond
Lake Street Dive
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
 

Gates open at 4:30 on Friday and at Noon on Friday and Saturday.  Last call is at 9:30 pm each night; concerts end at 10:00 pm.

The box office at Hawrelak Park opens one hour before gates: Friday 3:30pm and 11:00 am on Saturday & Sunday.  We accept debit cards, credit cards, and cash.

 
 



Black Joe Lewis

Austin’s blues, funk and soul star Black Joe Lewis grew out of a strong local scene, one that has also produced the likes of Spoon, Shakey Graves and Gary Clark Jr. That garage rock club scene has fused with deep southern musical traditions to produce something entirely new and exciting, and Black Joe Lewis has delivered on all of the intense buzz, and has become a mainstay on the marquee festival circuit.

 
 


Buffy Sainte-Marie

There was no mold from which Buffy Sainte-Marie emerged; she created her own, ripened from experiences in both her head and her heart. While her peers were singing the centuries-old folk ballads she may have adored, her songs sprang from her own imagination and were effortlessly unique. Often pegged as a folk singer – particularly by past record labels that either failed or were unwilling to see how far ahead of the curve she was – Sainte-Marie never fully fit in with her ’60s contemporaries. Buffy Sainte-Marie’s bold new album, Power in the Blood, begins where it all started more than 50 years ago, with a contemporary version of “It’s My Way,” the title track of her 1964 debut. 

 
 


Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

By now, Bradley’s remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well-documented – how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs – most famously as a James Brown impersonator at Brooklyn clubs – before finally being discovered by Daptone’s Gabe Roth. “When the world gives you love, “Bradley sings, “It frees your soul.” This is the new message of Charles Bradley, The Screaming Eagle of Soul, the Bradley who has emerged from the heartache stronger and more confident, overflowing with love to share. This is Charles Bradley, Victim Of Love – gratefully returning the joy that has been given to him.

 
 


Elle King

Meet Elle King, a banjo-playing pop star about to hit the big time. Frank and fearless, tender and rowdy, Elle King’s debut album, Love Stuff, marks the true arrival of the young singer-songwriter as a pop force to be reckoned with. Love Stuff display King’s grounding in rock, blues, country, and pop styles with a sweeping emotional road map, from stomp and fury to sexy and sweet. “I always thought I knew who I was,” says King, “but now I’m really learning what kind of person I want to be.” 

 
 


Father John Misty

Josh Tillman has lived many lives. In 2015, he’s a man with one of the year’s most compelling albums. Tillman made six austere, quiet, solo albums before morphing into the Fleet Foxes’ invisible and irreconcilable drummer. In 2012, he channeled a new energy, releasing his first – and much more adventurous – album Fear Fun under Father John Misty moniker. I Love You, Honeybear is full of songs about falling hopelessly in love that avoid the trappings of songs in that oeuvre. He’s a literate rascal whose articulate, tender – and sometimes cynical – songs can be droll and damned funny.   

 
 


Justin Townes Earle

Categories fall short when it comes to defining great music – who cares what it’s called when it’s excellent. Justin Townes Earle has cultivated a reverence for history and the highest standards of songcraft throughout his career, with a prizefighter’s ability to find harbours in rough waters. He wraps his own hardship and struggle into songs that speak to universal experience, and truly represents the next generation of the great American songwriter. Justin Townes Earle brings a new album, Absent Fathers, released in early 2015. 

 
 


Lake Street Dive 

Classic soul and R&B, jazz, and British invasion form the backdrop for the exhilarating brand of pop for which Lake Street Dive has become known. Combine this with the unstoppable joy of their live shows and viral collection of videos, and you get the sum of the Lake Street Dive equation: pure pop music fun. Knock- your-socks-off vocals and virtuosic instrumentals top it all off, and with the release of their third record, Bad Self Portraits, on Signature Sounds, which Popmatters calls “a staggering, monumental disc,” this Brooklyn based quartet is garnering a rapidly growing fan base across the country.

 
 


LeE HARVeY OsMOND

Hirsute Steeltown reprobate Tom Wilson, aka LeE HARVeY OsMOND, is one of Canada’s most omnipresent creative forces. A welcome guest on the Monday make-up show last year, he now returns with his full band. Juno winners and Polaris Long List nominees, LeE HARVeY OsMOND is the psychedelic folk instantiation of Wilson’s ever-creating musical mind. Redolent with swooning horns and guitars that bob and weave, the core of LeE HARVeY OsMOND’s sound is Wilson’s voice, like a warm hand to the forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a screaming world. With a new album, Beautiful Scars, coming in April, 2015 is shaping up to be another big year

 
 


NQ Arbuckle

Don’t let the self-deprecation imply that NQ Arbuckle isn’t serious about the music. This band has earned multiple Juno nominations, considerable critical praise (Pitchfork, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star etc.), and a legion of rabid fans, especially in Edmonton. There’s a sober reverence and deep romance to NQ Arbuckle’s songcraft. Everything boils down to life and death, and how to face both with humour and humanity. In 2014, Six Shooter Records released The Future Happens Anyway, a masterful collection of songs that illustrates NQ’s finesse, subtlety and heart.

 
 


Oh Susanna

Suzie Ungerleider began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well of early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills. This Canadian songstress has a voice that can pierce a heart of stone. Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity. Her newest album, Namedropper, a collection of songs penned by some of Canada’s greatest songwriters, contains tales of longing and love, of small town joys and pains, of our simple feelings and strong passions. 

 
 


Rhiannon Giddens

The Carolina Chocolate Drops was a runaway crowd favourite at the inaugural Interstellar Rodeo in Edmonton in 2012. Now, IR is excited to welcome back the founding member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Basement Tapes and major 2015 breakout artist Rhiannon Giddens to the stage. Giddens has just released a brand new solo record, Tomorrow Is My Turn, produced by T. Bone Burnett, and takes centre stage as one of Americana’s brightest lights. The album incorporates gospel, jazz, blues, and country, plus a hint of proto-rock and roll, and Giddens displays an emotional range to match her dazzling vocal prowess throughout.

 
 


Shakey Graves

“More than just a stage name for a seriously talented flatpicker and songwriter…Shakey Graves is becoming an antifolk phenomenon. Unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.”  Thus proclaimed NPR Music of the one-man-band known as Shakey Graves in 2012. The lo-fi vibe of Shakey Graves’ bluesy debut, Roll the Bones, immediately attracted the attention of tastemakers who pegged the Austin artist as a Next Big Thing faster than you can say longhorn. Six Shooter Records is the proud Canadian home of Shakey Graves’ newest album, And The War Came, a move towards more brashly poppier offerings and a fuller, shinier sound.

 
 


St. Vincent

Queen of the art rock shred, badass guitar hero and Grammy-winning creative whirlwind St. Vincent comes to headline Interstellar Rodeo this year. St. Vincent crafts a “transfixing brand of high-concept, high-energy art rock,” says Rolling Stone; Annie Clark’s songwriting is as complex and powerful as her commanding live show. It’s brute force rock n’ roll intensity meets uber-intelligent avant-garde craft, and the result is a seismic experience that will shake your idea of modern pop music. 

 
 


Tanya Tagaq

“Tanya Tagaq puts on the best show I’ve ever seen.” So raved one NY music critic after a recent show, and so rave many others, whenever and wherever Tagaq takes the stage. This Inuk punk is known for delivering performances that are visceral and physical, heaving and breathing and alive. Fearsome, strident and elemental, Tanya Tagaq’s music is a genre unto itself. Tagaq’s unique vocal style may be rooted in traditional cultural form, but her expression also aligns with avant-garde improvisation, metal and electronica influences, which inform her startling and powerful creative vision. Tanya Tagaq’s 2014 Polaris Prize winning album Animism, released on Six Shooter Records, has made waves for its originality, artistic importance and stunning uniqueness. 

 
 


The Wet Secrets

Swampy basslines, primal drumming, dancing ladies with brassy hornstacks, keys, congas & vocal harmonies galore. The Wet Secrets are a six-piece rock’n’roll dance band that plays “frantic pop” music. Winners of the inaugural Peak Performance Project in Alberta, The Wet Secrets are also new additions to the Six Shooter roster. Don’t let their impeccable tailoring suggest the band’s energy is anything so buttoned up – The Wet Secrets put on a helluvasweatyawesome live show wherever they go. 

 
 

More artists to be announced soon.

 
 



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