Hard rockin’ dogs

The Sheep­dogs brought their loud, rough and gritty vibe to a grate­ful West­ern Fair crowd

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I Don’t Know The Way It Is.

“I hear their songs on the ra­dio all the time. I fig­ured they’d be a great band to see live,” said Tammy Laforce, 35, who was also im­pressed with the open­ing act, Thun­der Bay na­tives The Hon­est Heart Col­lec­tive.

“I’m usu­ally so pumped to see the main act, but they were great too.”

This year’s show was also a shot at re­demp­tion for The Sheep­dogs. The band had to can­cel its out­door per­for­mance at the West­ern Fair three year ago when a late sum­mer storm stole their thun­der.

Scott John­ston re­mem­bers too well.

“We missed them the last time,” said the 29-year-old, at Thurs­day night’s con­cert with three of his work bud­dies. The Sheep­dogs lead singer and gui­tarist Ewan Cur­rie and his band­mates rocked a crowd of about 1,300 fans Thurs­day night at the West­ern Fair Agriplex. The Saska­toon band made good on a can­celled out­door show at the fair three years ago with a rau­cous in­door jam.

“It’s a good out­ing. They’re a great Cana­dian band.”

The prairie-born band has at­tracted at­ten­tion south of the bor­der too. In 2011, The Sheep­dogs be­came the first-even un­signed

group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone mag­a­zine.

The Sheep­dogs’ show caps off the West­ern Fair’s con­cert se­ries which in­cluded per­for­mances by al­ter­na­tive rock group 54-40,

coun­try singer-song­writer Cam and coun­try duo LoCash ear­lier in the week.

The band is head­ing to Cal­gary for a per­for­mance Satur­day, but as for when they’ll make a stop in the

For­est City again, per­haps their hit song ‘I Don’t Know’ says it best. jbie­man@post­media.com twit­ter.com/Je­natLFPress


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