On a grassy slope under the prairie stars, icons of modern music history will take the stage for the first ever Interstellar Rodeo, a celebration of music, food and wine, making its debut in Edmonton’s Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park, July 27-29, 2012.

The Interstellar Rodeo is humbled to welcome Sinéad O’Connor this first year. A cultural revolutionary, creative firebrand, and electrifying performer, Sinead is the fearsome voice of a generation, intimidating both for her talent and for her conviction. Sinead recently released a new record to worldwide acclaim, and it is exciting to present this iconic artist as she returns to the spotlight.

We are thrilled to announce that Blue Rodeo, the sweethearts of summer nights and soundtrack to our best memories, will perform. As this year’s inductees to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Blue Rodeo symbolizes our pride in homegrown talent. Their creative longevity and incredible list of hits reinforces our belief in the romance and power of beautiful music.

The stars have also aligned to bring Randy Newman to Edmonton. Newman is a songwriter’s songwriter, and his name is always included our favourite artists’ lists of influences. We are overwhelmed by his talent and by his achievements.

Six Shooter artists confirmed on this inaugural year include Whitehorse (featuring Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland), Jenn Grant, and The Beauties.  Weekend pass buyers will also receive a free album by the participating Six Shooter artist of their choice.  The Interstellar Rodeo is also pleased to welcome Hawksley Workman, Richard Buckner, Shakura S’Aida, The Sojourners, Michael Rault, Jason Plumb + The Willing and more.  Interstellar Rodeo presents an opportunity to celebrate artists we love and admire, and all of these acts will inspire and electrify Rodeo goers.

Stay tuned – there are more announcements to come.

EARLY BIRD weekend passes on sale Monday, March 26, through the Six Shooter Records website (www.sixshooterrecords.com).