Interstellar announces interludes
We know the bricks — now it’s time to examine the mortar: the July 20-22 Interstellar Rodeo Interludes.
Always innovative, this year’s sixth annual festival has a loose theme for many of its between-act performers, highlighting the music scenes of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut north of the 60th Parallel, as well as a solid show of other Indigenous acts.
Starting closer to home, two of the powerhouse musicians are familiar to Edmontonians: Peace Country Métis singer-songwriter Celeigh Cardinal and compelling longhair Jay Gilday, who came to us from sunny Yellowknife. Both are now Edmonton-based genre hoppers never afraid to belt it out, as well as multiple award owners.
Edmonton’s iHuman arts-based youth organization is also working on a performance, further stressing the local peg. The non-profit currently serves around 500 youth, ages 12 to 24, so this should be interesting.
Called the Neil Young of the North, Diga is frontman of Digawolf, but is coming here on his own with his murky songs and a Tom Waits vibe that summons traditional concerns. He sounds great.
Nunavut’s Josh Q and the Trade- Offs will also be under the big tent with their arctic soul, a mix of blues and rock — the band currently nominated for Best Blues Album at the Indigenous Music Awards.
Riit, meanwhile, is a young Inuk musician straddling mellow folk-rock, throat singing, guitar and accordion — she was born and raised just below the Arctic Circle.
Finally, from Australia, Bloodshot Records’ Ruby Boots has left her home country for Nashville where she’s seeking her Americana-salted fortune with a mix of pop, rock and country that’s sure to please. She just played Coachella.
Not every one of the already-announced name acts has a tweener slot between the next, so these seven acts will be spread throughout the weekend.
The lineup, let’s remember, includes the (I finally figured out) brilliant Courtney Barnett, Feist, A Tribe Called Red, the Mavericks, July Talk, Alejandro Escovedo and many more — full lineup’s at interstellarrodeo.com, where tickets are already on sale in various combinations.
If you haven’t been before, this is a superb year to hang out under the Hawrelak Park amphitheatre and get right up close to the bands with your suds and buds.
Jay Gilday is playing Interstellar Rodeo 2018.