It’s a good time for music in Calgary. Yesterday, the Calgary Folk Music Festival announced songstress Gillian Welch will perform at the festival on June 28. Welch will fill the timeslot left vacant by Sinead O’Connor, who recently cancelled her upcoming North American tour. Welch’s blend of folk, bluegrass and country music suits the festival’s diverse line-up, which includes Chris Isaak, Randy Newman, Serena Ryder, Jeff Magnum (Neutral Milk Hotel), Iron & Wine and Beirut.
Tonight, Washington-based band Mount Eerie performs an all-ages show at the Central United Church. Expect the venue to be filled with the band’s expansive sound and singer Phil Elverum’s unique vocal stylings. Having performed at the Sled Island Music Festival in 2009, the band returns to Calgary with new material from their upcoming album Clear Moon. Tickets are $20 and are available at Sloth Records and at the door.
The 2nd Annual ShakeOut Festival launches tonight with Calgary’s proud punk rockers Rum Runner headlining a show at the Ship and Anchor. The festival showcases independent local and Western Canadian bands at downtown venues including Tubby Dog, The Palomino, Vicious Circle and Broken City. The likes of Edmonton’s The Wet Secrets, Calgary’s The Pygmies and Dojo Workhorse are scheduled to play, and the festival ends with a pig roast at the Drum & Monkey on May 20. Tickets can be purchased at Sloth Records.
Rock powerhouse Nickleback performs at the Saddledome tonight. For last minute tickets, hit up Ticketmaster.