Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton announces its 2016 lineup today, unveiling a bill that brings distinguished, daring and dauntless talents to the stage for the festival’s fifth anniversary. Interstellar Rodeo has made its mark presenting an innovative mix of performers across genres, with a core emphasis on those making waves in the roots and Americana world.
Interstellar Rodeo takes great pride in the ‘Discovery’ aspect of its music programming. “Every year people tell me they find their new favourite artists on our stage,” says festival producer Shauna de Cartier. “Edmontonians have a voracious appetite for new music, and it’s a delight to feed that passion by introducing the city to artists they didn’t know existed until they play Interstellar Rodeo.”
Interstellar Rodeo’s programming ear is also tuned in to the airwaves, and this year’s lineup – the most youthful to date – brings the dial to life with artists who have made an impact at radio. Sam Roberts Band, Lord Huron and Kathleen Edwards all fit this profile: talented artists who have broken through with hit songs that connect with listeners in profound and lasting ways.
This year’s #iRodeo features five performers who will make their Edmonton debuts: red-hot, tough-as-nails honky-tonker Margo Price, Grammy winning soul sensation Andra Day, Adia Victoria, described by Rolling Stone as “PJ Harvey covering Loretta Lynn at a haunted debutante ball,” Swedish Grammy winner Jose Gonzalez, and Fantastic Negrito, a California blues rocker with an incredible comeback story.
Festival producers Six Shooter Records continues to grow as a label, and the 2016 Interstellar lineup boasts Six Shooter artists reaching new heights of radio play, commercial success and awards. Six Shooter is proud to bring The Strumbellas and Whitehorse, both Juno Award winners, to the stage this year. Six Shooter’s Sam Outlaw, a California artist at the vanguard of the exciting changes in country music, also joins the 2016 #iRodeoYEG bill.
The concept behind the event elevates the summer music festival experience with artist wine pairings, gourmet food offerings, and the return of the Interstellar Marketplace (launched last year), which showcases local fine arts and artisans.
Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton weekend passes go on sale Saturday, April 30 @ 8am MST. Tickets and festival details at www.interstellarrodeo.com
INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON’S 2016 LINEUP
REUBEN AND THE DARK
SAM ROBERTS BAND
ADIA VICTORIA (Nashville, TN) – Gothic country music that travels the lands of rock, afro punk and blues. Her debut album Beyond The Bloodhounds expected in May, 2016.
ANDRA DAY (San Diego, CA) – Grammy-winning artist who was discovered by Stevie Wonder. Day’s debut album, Cheers To The Fall, shows off retro-soul with incredible vocal ability a la Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday.
CAT POWER (Miami, FL) – From punk to folk to Memphis soul to electronic, Cat Power’s music is muse, harbour and touchstone for a generation. Most recent album Sun (2014) was her most commercially successful album to date.
FANTASTIC NEGRITO (Bay Area, CA) – Blues, soul, roots and rock come together with a great story of musical comeback, from catastrophic injury to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest winner. Most recent album is called The Last Days of Oakland.
JOSE GONZALEZ (Gothenburg, Sweden) – A master of minimalism, Gonzalez has helped to define the idea of ‘indie folk.” He brings virtuoso finger-picking and a sparse, hushed sound. Gonzalez’s newest album is called Vestiges & Claws (2015).
KATHLEEN EDWARDS (Ottawa, ON) – A musical raconteur, lyrical poet, and gifted performer, the music of Kathleen Edwards is beautifully honed artistry. Edwards performed last year as part of the Interstellar All Stars supergroup (with Luke Doucet and Joel Plaskett).
LORD HURON (Los Angeles, CA) – Memories of campfire smolders along Lake Huron’s Michigan shoreline serve as inspiration, along with pulp, sci-fi and horror literature. Lord Huron’s most recent album is called Strange Trails (2015).
MARGO PRICE (Nashville, TN) – Price has taken the country world by storm, with recent high-profile coverage including a performance on SNL. Her new album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter made her the first solo female artist to debut in the Billboard Top 10.
THE MARIACHI GHOST (Winnipeg, MB) – The Mariachi Ghost fuses traditional Mexican song, progressive rock and a flair for the dramatic. The seven-piece band is joined on stage by a contemporary dancer.
MARTY STUART (Nashville, TN) – A five-time Grammy winning country multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian. With his band The Fabulous Superlatives, his most recent album is the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning (2013).
REUBEN AND THE DARK (Calgary, AB) – Led by Reuben Bullock, the five-piece group makes chilling, emotive folk and soul driven by dark, introspective lyrics that explore the duality of misery and joy.
SAM OUTLAW (Los Angeles, CA) – A country singer 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.
SAM ROBERTS BAND (Montreal, QC) – Roberts has won Junos and topped charts, played the late night circuit and appeared on the biggest festival lineups in North America. The group released Lo-Fantasy in 2015.
THE STRUMBELLAS (Lindsay, ON) – With a vivid, alternative rock sound front and centre on the new album Hope, The Strumbellas are one of the biggest international breakout acts of 2016.
WHITEHORSE (Toronto, ON) – Recent Juno-winning roots noir duo with an innovative approach and an intense chemistry. Whitehorse’s desert surf sensibility is distinguished by guitar wizardry and magnetic harmonies.
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