2016 INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON ARTISTS
FRIDAY, JULY 22
4:30 pm Gates open
5:00 pm Copperhead
6:00 pm Marty Stuart
7:25 pm Andra Day
8:50 pm The Strumbellas
SATURDAY, JULY 23
Noon Gates open
1:00 pm Fantastic Negrito
1:50 pm Sykamore
2:35 pm Mariachi Ghost
3:50 pm Cat Power
5:15 pm Sam Outlaw
6:20 pm Nuela Charles
7:00 pm Whitehorse
8:05 pm Faith Healer (solo)
8:45 pm Lord Huron
SUNDAY, JULY 24
Noon Gates open
1:00 pm Adia Victoria
2:15 pm Reuben and the Dark
3:30 pm Kathleen Edwards
4:35 pm Donovan Woods
5:15 pm Jose Gonzalez
6:20 pm Henry Wagons
7:00 pm Margo Price
8:05 pm Joe Nolan
8:45 pm Sam Roberts Band
Times subject to change.
More artists to be added.
“Her sinister breed of gothic country music already feels fully formed.” – The FADER
Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. The Nashville-based artist travels the lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues. Adia blows the social hush-hush lid off the mental and emotional state of a young black woman growing up under the poverty line in the Deep South and all the implications of such. No pretense. No jive. Her hugely anticipated debut album, Beyond The Bloodhounds, is expected in May. Interstellar Rodeo is proud to present Adia Victoria’s debut performance in Edmonton.
“Sounds Like: One in the morning at your favorite cabaret bar.” – Rolling Stone
San Diego, California’s Andra Day makes her Edmonton debut at this year’s Interstellar Rodeo. Day is a soul singer whose debut album, Cheers To The Fall, netted two Grammy nominations in 2016. Day’s jazz background and soulful sound draw comparisons to Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and Sharon Jones, but she is deftly carving out her own place in the retro-soul landscape with a brassy yet alluring voice that is as powerful as it is expressive. Day was discovered by Stevie Wonder, who brought her in to an elite musical world to make her first record. Reflecting the LP’s theme of resilience through struggle, the crown jewel of the album is the universally timeless “Rise Up,” which Andra describes as “a song about any type of relationship.” She says, “I look at all of us as brothers and sisters and a body working together. ‘Rise Up’ is saying one piece isn’t better than the other, and when one part is struggling, I’m going to help and lift you up. I will rise up with you.”
“Marshall has always been one of the most emotionally intense songwriters around, but with Sun she has made her riskiest, most vital album, not to mention one of her greatest.” – Rolling Stone
From punk to folk to Memphis soul to electronic, Cat Power’s music is muse, harbour and touchstone for a generation. SUN, her most recent album, was written, played, recorded and produced entirely on her own, which makes a statement of complete control echoed in the songs’ themes. For all of SUN’s layered expansiveness, Cat Power’s music remains as handcrafted as it was when she began in the early 90s, with humour, anger, empathy and spiritual inquiry continually morphing into astonishing new shapes over the course of nine studio albums.
“Dphrepaulezz sings like a man compelled by a spiritual force…[his] voice is impassioned, somewhere between a croon and a scream.” – Consequence of Sound
With a unique fusion of blues, soul, roots and rock music, Fantastic Negrito frontman Xavier Dphrepaulezz tackles the socioeconomic, race and class issues he witnesses on a daily basis living in the East Bay. Dphrepaulezz has an incredible, odds-beating story that includes catastrophic injury, rehabilitation and triumph as the winner of NPR’s inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Suffice to say, he got to 2016 the long way around. Inspired by all American music, most especially Delta bluesmen such as R.L Burnside and Skip James, he has sought to modernize his compositions by sampling and looping his own live recordings. His most recent album, The Last Days of Oakland, was released June 2015. This will be Fantastic Negrito’s first performance in Edmonton.
“An organic and raw aural stew.” – NPR
Sweden’s José González made a loud entrance with his quiet debut in 2005 with an album called Veneer. His signature sparse and barren sound, distinguished by virtuosic finger-picked guitar-playing and hushed, soft vocals have built huge worldwide acclaim, and aligned his art with the likes of Iron & Wine, Nick Drake and other masters of art-folk minimalism. With multiple projects on the go, including the band Junip and various soundtrack projects, González added a new album to his solo catalogue in 2015 with Vestiges & Claws, a dense, enthralling meditation of life on this ‘pale blue dot’ (Consequence of Sound). This will be the first time José González performs in Edmonton.
“Edwards is just a hell of a songwriter, never showy but nevertheless capable of spinning small moments into grand, universal emotions.” – NPR Music
Kathleen Edwards’ work has celebrated the many pleasures of survival and reinvention, all with a seductively quiet strength. A musical raconteur, lyrical poet, and gifted performer, the music of Kathleen Edwards is beautifully honed artistry. An enviable catalogue full of bonafide hits brought international recognition, regular appearances on late night TV, awards prestige and worldwide fans. Edwards is currently on indefinite hiatus from recording and touring and has poured her energy into Quitters Coffee, a café in Stittsville, Ontario. Edwards was one-third of last year’s Interstellar All-Stars, a one-time supergroup with Luke Doucet and Joel Plaskett.
“Ambitious, beguiling stuff.” – Rolling Stone
Memories of campfire smolders along Lake Huron’s Michigan shoreline served as the inspiration for Lord Huron, an indie folk band formed by a group of old friends and northern transplants in Los Angeles. Started as a solo project by Ben Schneider, Lord Huron grew to include Mark Barry, Miguel Briseno and Tom Renaud, who released their sophomore album, Strange Trails, in 2015. Lord Huron’s sound is as much about the story, and the swirling allure of their newest album owes as much a debt to pulp, sci-fi and horror genres as it does to the band’s sonic touchstones.
“What she’s putting out there is powerful and rings true.” – NPR Music
It only takes Margo Price twenty-eight seconds to convince you that you’re hearing the arrival of a singular new talent. “Hands of Time,” the opener on Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (now out on Third Man Records, Jack White’s label), is an invitation, a mission statement and a starkly poetic summary of the singer’s life, all in one knockout, self-penned punch. Price has taken the country world by storm with a recent performance on SNL, inclusion in the New York Times Sunday Magazine’s “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going” issue and a record-breaking first week of album sales that saw be the first solo female artist to debut in the Billboard Top 10. Interstellar Rodeo is thrilled to bring Margo Price to Edmonton for the first time this summer.
THE MARIACHI GHOST
“A Mexican mariachi/jarocho/rock band from Winnipeg?? Absolutely. And it works seamlessly.” – NPR Music
From driving rhythms and soaring melodies to brooding synths and dreamy vocals, The Mariachi Ghost fuses traditional Mexican song, progressive rock and a flair for the dramatic. The Winnipeg band, formed in 2009, is based on the lead singer’s graphic novel exploring the mythos of a justice-seeking avenger. The seven-piece band is joined on stage by a contemporary dancer, and the result is a rich mixture somewhere between Pink Floyd and traditional serenata; a ballet for the dead. Mariachi Ghost released their debut album in 2013, won a Western Canadian Music Award in 2014 and released a short film by acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin in 2015. A new album is in the works now.
“It’s honky-tonk in technicolor!” – Billboard
For over forty years, Marty Stuart, a five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian has been building a rich legacy. Born in Mississippi, Stuart got his start in Johnny Cash’s back-up band in 1979. He soon enjoyed solo success as well as hits performing with other country musicians, including Travis Tritt and Willie Nelson. On his latest release with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, released in 2013, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music. In twenty-three tracks, Stuart travels love, sex and heartache, hardship, family and God.
REUBEN AND THE DARK
“Gorgeous vocal harmonies and crisp instrumentation, with hooks aplenty.” – Exclaim
Calgary’s Reuben and the Dark is a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists led by Reuben Bullock. The group makes chilling, emotive folk and soul driven by dark, introspective lyrics that explore the duality of misery and joy. Boasting a rare chemistry between all members across western Canada, Reuben and the Dark has emerged organically from Calgary’s stellar independent scene on the strength of anthemic compositions that translate the language of emotion into song with haunting clarity. With a new single called “Heart In Two” on the radio now, 2016 promises even bigger things.
“An outlaw who is stealing some of Nashville’s thunder from 2000 miles away.” – CBS This Morning
Sam Outlaw is a country singer from Los Angeles, California, steeped in the music and mythos of west coast country, absorbing the classic vibes of everything from 60s Bakersfield honky-tonk to ‘70s Laurel Canyon troubadour pop and refashioning them into a sound that’s at once past, present and future. Outlaw’s debut album, Angeleno (Six Shooter) found a lot of fans in country and Americana worlds for its mellow, “SoCal country” sound and Baja influences from south of the border. Produced by Ry Cooder and Joachim Cooder, Angeleno wound up on many Best of 2015 lists including Rolling Stone, NPR and The Guardian, and Sam Outlaw’s name is included in any roundup of new and exciting faces in country music.
SAM ROBERTS BAND
“An artist who has much to say, and the exceptional talent to say it. – Pitchfork
Montreal’s Sam Roberts Band has been making smart, irresistible rock magic since 2002, when Roberts burst on the scene with an EP that went on to become the highest-selling EP in Canadian music history. Since then, as a solo artist, Roberts has been at the top of the game for over a decade – he’s won Junos and topped charts, played the late night circuit and appeared on the biggest festival lineups in North America. Now billed as Sam Roberts Band, the group has released a fifth studio album in 2015, a record called Lo-Fantasy.
“It’s as good-hearted as all get-out.” – The New York Times
When a crowd is feverishly singing along with the last chorus upon first listen, you know it’s a song that connects. This is what happens when The Strumbellas played “Spirits,” for the first time, the smash hit first single from their forthcoming album Hope (Six Shooter). That experience embodies the essence of what has been attracting fans worldwide to this six-piece Lindsay, Ontario-bred band. The Strumbellas have been cleaning up with awards and accolades since their debut in 2012, and with a vivid, alternative rock sound front and centre on the new album, the band is one of the biggest international breakout acts of 2016.
“The swampy swagger of the Bible Belt, the minor-key melancholy of film noir soundtracks and the raw stomp of rock & roll.” – Rolling Stone
Whitehorse is a roots noir duo with an innovative approach and intense chemistry. Their desert surf sensibility is distinguished by guitar wizardry and magnetic harmonies. Their most recent album, Leave No Bridge Unburned (Six Shooter), offered a bigger, bolder rock sound with songs that have further developed their ‘space cowboy’ take on southwestern rock. Leave No Bridge Unburned recently won a Juno Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, and the band performed to an audience of millions on the televised Juno Awards show. Next up, the band now goes back to the roots of rock n’ roll with The Northern South, Vol. 1, a new EP out May 6, 2016, that showcases the duo’s signature blistering riffs and searing harmonies on a modern translation of the grooves and melodies of the 1950s and 1960s blues.
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Calgary’s Coppherhead is a four-piece band gathering buzz for their blues heart and rock ‘n’ roll soul. Copperhead blazed on to the scene in 2014, winning the Calgary Folk Festival songwriting contest with their blend of dark, throaty mo-town, swaggering rock & roll and folk with a rusty edge. The group consists of Liz Stevens (vocals, keys), Kirill Telichev (guitar), Amos Bradley (bass), and Kane Bender (drums). Copperhead released their debut self-titled EP in September 2015.
DONOVAN WOODS (ON)
Donovan Woods is a Juno Award-nominated singer-songwriter from Sarnia, ON with strong Nashville ties (Tim McGraw recorded one of his songs) and big critical acclaim for his most recent album, Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled. Like with so many songwriters of note, what matters isn’t what you call it, or where it comes from, but the stories you tell, and the voice you use. Whether about big ideas or seemingly minor incidents, broken promises or the promise of romance, Woods’ stories affect listeners deeply.
FAITH HEALER (solo) (AB)
Edmonton’s Faith Healer (Jessica Jalbert) has absorbed a steady diet of psychedelic rock from the 60s and 70s and created a sound soaked in sunsunny trippiness, thunderous fuzz and classic pop harmonies with Cosmic Troubles, her debut LP. Cosmic Troubles has received generous acclaim from major corners including Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Spin. Jalbert will begin recording a follow-up to Cosmic Troubles this fall, looking towards a new album in early 2017.
HENRY WAGONS (AUS)
Australia’s Henry Wagons is a true renaissance man, drawing on a broad-ranging swag of influences, from the bluster of sweaty jumpsuit era Elvis to the somber, drunken malaise of Lee Hazelwood, and from the tenderness of Roy Orbison to the menace of Nick Cave. After many years fronting the floor-fracturing outlaw band Wagons, Henry released his first ever full-length solo album entitled After What I Did Last Night… in 2016.
JOE NOLAN (AB)
While it’s not every day that a songwriter makes it from the shadows of open mic nights to the high wattage, real deal scene, Joe Nolan’s old soul lyrics and striking vocals suggest that the odds of breaking through are in his favour. His most recent album, the WCMA-nominated Tornado (released by Six Shooter Records), showcases Joe’s lyrical style – intense, evocative and gripping.
NUELA CHARLES (AB)
Edmonton’s Nuela Charles released her debut album “Aware” in late 2012, and it went on to be the very first recipient of the inaugural Edmonton Music Prize in 2013. Saxy and sexy, songs from this debut have found fans at powerhouse radio station KCRW in LA, and have found homes on TV networks across the USA. Be it hip-hop, pop, jazz, R&B or soul, Nuela Charles captures the spirit and confidence of them all.
Calgary’s Sykamore is a brand new face on the country scene, a statement confirmed by her recent nomination for the Canadian Country Music Awards ‘Discovery’ Award and the fact that she now spends half her time in Nashville, TN. Known for her strong songwriting, Sykamore has been grabbing attention with her recent material, which recently netted first prize in the All-Alberta Songwriting Contest.
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