SpringFest starts this Fri­day and the lineup looks fan­tas­tic

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

The SpringFest has al­ways lived up to its name as the first fes­ti­val of mu­sic of the sea­son, but this year’s sched­ule is es­pe­cially crisp, with over half the lineup per­form­ing in East Coulee for the very first time.

Seven­teen of the 33 acts slated for both Fri­day and Satur­day night in the East Coulee School Mu­seum are new faces, and SpringFest or­ga­nizer Barb Steeves said it’s no mis­take.

“It’s one of our man­dates to fea­ture up-and­com­ing artists. We al­ways try to pick lo­cals and oth­ers who are just start­ing to get their mo­men­tum, but we also bring in some old favourites that will draw a crowd.

Sam Lun­dell is an emerg­ing Al­berta mu­si­cian who has been a fi­nal­ist in the Cal­gary Stam­pede tal­ent search com­pe­ti­tions and is pre­par­ing to record his first al­bum this year.

“I’m in the midst of a su­per ex­cit­ing sea­son of life, so I’m stoked for the op­por­tu­nity to share some of my ex­cite­ment and joy through mu­sic,” said Lun­dell, who plays at 7 p.m. Satur­day in the Green Room.

This year’s fea­tured artist is Crys­tal Pla­m­on­don, “Canada’s Ca­jun Cow­girl,” who’s sched­uled in the com­mu­nity hall at 7 p.m. Satur­day.

Pla­m­on­don sings in three lan­guages and has been in the busi­ness for 20+ years and gar­nered quite a fol­low­ing both here and across the border.

“Peo­ple drive for miles around just to catch her shows,” said Steeves, “no one leaves dis­ap­pointed, and peo­ple feel like they’ve made a life­long friend af­ter see­ing her.”

Or­ga­niz­ers are in need of ad­di­tional vol­un­teers for se­cu­rity on Satur­day night. If any­one is in­ter­ested, please call the school mu­seum at 403-822-3970.

SpringFest starts at 6 p.m. to mid­night on Fri­day and noon to mid­night on Satur­day at the school mu­seum and the East Coulee Com­mu­nity Hall.

A de­tailed sched­ule and links to artists’ mu­sic for SpringFest is avail­able on­line at ec­smu­seum.ca/springfest

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Crys­tal Pla­m­on­don, “Canada’s Ca­jun Cow­girl,” is SpringFest’s fea­tured artist this year and will be per­form­ing in the East Coulee Com­mu­nity Hall at 7 p.m. Satur­day. The SpringFest lineup for Fri­day night and noon to mid­night Satur­day fea­tures a lot of new faces and old favourites.

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