Once again it’s time to remind you that the Calgary Folk Music Festival is an invaluable 365-day organization (give or take a day or two), bringing local music-lovers year-long programming outside of its July tentpole event on Prince’s Island and the winter Block Heater fest in Inglewood.
They’ve just unveiled their fall/winter 2018 CFMF Live! lineup and it’s as exciting and eclectic as those other two more concentrated events.
Some of the most notable concerts in the series that takes place at Festival Hall and other venues when noted include: Great Lake Swimmers kick things off Sept. 16 at the Hall; a noisier display the next night, Sept. 17, and in the same place as Portland’s Blitzen Trapper perform their indie rock classic Furr to celebrate its 10-year anniversary; T.O. rootsers The Weather Station on Oct. 14; fest charmers The Milk Carton Kids Oct. 29 at Jack Singer Concert Hall; conquering local heroes Reuben and the Dark, who will follow up their triumphant Mainstage showing this year with a Jack Singer concert Oct. 30; haunting husband-and-wife, gospel-folkers Birds of Chicago Nov. 3 at SAIT’s Gateway; West Coast synth-poppers Hey Ocean! hit the Commonwealth Bar and Stage Nov. 21; and Canadian alt darling Kalle Mattson plays Nov. 30.
There are also the regular seasonal shows, such as the annual A Charlie Brown Christmas concert, which returns after a one-year absence on the afternoon of Dec. 1 at Central United Church and features the music of the Xmas classic with original Vince Guaraldi Trio member Jerry Granelli and his band as well as “stories of its fascinating origins, clips from the film and the wonderful local children’s choir.” And the entire CFMF Live! series wraps up with Father Dirtbag himself, Danny Vacon in his duo form for the Dec. 20 HighKicksMas 4: HighKicksMas Vacation show.
For tickets and the full lineup of events please go to calgaryfolkfest.com.
(Photo of Blitzen Trapper courtesy Tyler Kohlhoff.)