It is fertile ground.
Even with the number of cold, winter months many and myriad things grow in or on the earth of this land we call Alberta, and it’s always nice to acknowledge and celebrate that fact.
Especially when we’re talking music.
This province is rich with world-class acts and artists of diverse disciplines — from classical and jazz to hip-hop, rock, country, punk, metal, electronica, folk, world and anything and everything in between.
Well, you can check out the lineup for the new early 2019 season of Alberta Spotlight — now set to enter its second year — which the folks at the National Music Centre have just announced (and which theYYSCENE are proud sponsors and boosters of).
The next six months in this city will see some of the finest rising, regional talent in musical genres such as rhythm and blues, grindcore, opera and soca.
“We know that Alberta’s musical output is impressive, and we’re proud to bring this program back and continue to showcase and support the burgeoning talent emerging from our own backyard,” said Adam Fox, NMC’s director of programs, in a media release.
What can you expect?
Well, here they are, and be sure to mark them on your calendar:
• January 19: Trinidad-born, Edmonton-based DJ, producer, singer and actress Karella is at the King Eddy with her soca-soul sound.
• February 9: Local R&B vocalist Lynn Olagundoye teams with Karimah at Studio Bell for a special Black History Month show.
• March 23: 2018 Project Wild-winning country act The Prairie States bring the country to Studio Bell.
• April 18: Calgary punk faves The Shiverettes will get loud at the King Eddy with Wares and Mademoiselle.
• May 16: CPO associate conductor and pianist Karl Hirzer accompanied by operatic soprano Allyson Hop are performing “an art song recital of music by Richard Strauss and Leonard Bernstein” at Studio Bell.
• June 28: City grindcore crew Wake, who were featured in the recent documentary Slave to the Grind, will be released into the wild with Begrime Exemious on the King Eddy Rooftop Patio.
For more information please go to nmc.ca.
(Photo of Lynn Olagundoye by @shaleenl #slsnaps.)