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Top picks for getting out for July 26 – Aug. 1 including Calgary folk fest, Echo Nebraska, and the summer blues Fest

Oh, music fans. You are in store for a full week of amazingness (yes, it’s a word, my spellcheck didn’t flag it and I would have ignored it if it had)! I think we all know what I’m talking about, but if you need some clarification, I’ve got it right here:

Thursday: Get yourself to the island —Prince’s Island to be exact! The Calgary Folk Music Festival starts tonight and runs until Sunday with such incredible bands as Alvvays, A Tribe Called Red, Blackalicious, Ben Caplan, Joe Jackson and the incomparable Neko Case! Tickets are low for Saturday, so make sure you have yours! If you’re more into heading out of town and checking out some dance, then to the Banff Centre you should go, and check out The Hamlet Complex, a beautiful deconstruction of the well-known play.

Friday: Warbaby with The Allovers, Tee Tahs and Feel Alright will be at the Palomino, and, of course more folk festin’!

Saturday: Today is packed with things, but make sure to hit the Lougheed House Beltline Garden Party and Dog Parade from 11-4 p.m. featuring DJs, tours, music, Reading with Royalty and fun for the kids! Echo Nebraska with the Mitch Belot Band will be at Ironwood and, yes … folk fest!

Sunday: Head to Kensington in the afternoon for Kensington’s Fantasy Faire, formerly known as Daigon Alley! All I know is they are looking for witches, wizards, fairies and halflings, so if you fall into any of those categories, or have children who do, you know where you need to be. (psssst… Folk Fest)

Monday: More music! The Calgary International Blues Festival begins today and runs until Aug. 5, including such acts as BB King’s Blues Band, Barry Goldberg, Corky Siegel, Harvey Mandel, Jim Byrne and many, many more!

Wednesday: It’s the Ship & Anchor Pub’s 28th Birthday Bash with Motorleague, HighKicks and Sellout. Now that’s a week.

There is so much more going on in this city than you can imagine. Check out all of the listings to plan your week ahead!

(Photo of Alvvays courtesy Arden Wray.)

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Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of FFWD Weekly, and has continued to bring event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE and her event listings page, The Culture Cycle. Contact her at