In­ter­stel­lar an­nounces in­ter­ludes

Edmonton Journal - - FRONT PAGE - FISH GRIWKOWSKY fgri­wkowsky@post­media.com Twit­ter: @fisheye­foto

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.

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