Ashley Ghostkeeper, June 9. Photo: Noella Steinhauer

Spring festivals, folk rock and metal rule Cowtown’s stages 

Spencer Jo w/ Zenon, Amy Nelson, Ghostly Hounds and Winter Count

Local folk troubadour Spencer Jo is dropping a new album, “The Water,” and everyone is invited to celebrate a night of powerful words and folk-punk magic. June 1, 8 p.m. at The Palomino, 109 7 Ave. S.W.,

Lilac Festival 

Catch Calgary acts like BETABOYS and L’omellete across the six entertainment stages at the 4th Street Lilac Fest. June 2, 10 a.m. between 12 Ave. and Elbow Dr. S.W.,

Gutter King w/
Ill Defined, Waterfront and A Mile West 

Strap on your best two-stepping shoes and prepare for the pit when Gutter King’s frenzied flurry of metal-influence hardcore punk hits Calgary this spring. June 8, 5 p.m. at Modern Love, 613 11 Ave S.W.,

The Nature of Us 

This semi-improvised theatre and choral performance featuring soundscapes, monologues, sound choreography, and choral music and a blindfolded audience in an outdoor setting. The Nature of Us is a three-way presentation by New Works Calgary, Artio Choir and TRAction, in partnership with the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC). June 8, 7:25 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Island, meet at the base of the George C. King Bridge,

Ashley Ghostkeeper 

Hailing from Red Deer, Metis-Cree songwriter Ashley Ghostkeeper brings a storytelling edge to her blend of soulful country ballads, all within the beautiful walls of the downtown library. June 9, 1 p.m. at Calgary Public Library, 800 3 St. S.E.,

An Evening with Nick Lowe and Ron Sexsmith

Catch these two singer-songwriters on stage together for a concert at the Bella, a true jewel-box of a concert hall. June 12, 8 p.m. at Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal University,

I’m A Soul Man Blues Brothers Tribute 

Join Jake and Elwood Blues — as performed by Ontario’s Chris and Geoff Dahl — for a night of rhythm and soul at the Grey Eagle, featuring hits by James Brown, Ray Charles and more. June 13, 6 p.m. at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr.,

Joel Corry w/ Joanna Magik and Ayla

With his addictive brand of techno house, Joel Corry’s set in the heart of Stephen Avenue is not to be missed. DJs Joanna Magik and Ayla will start the night off hot, and the hits won’t stop until the wee hours of the morning.  June 14, 9 p.m. at The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Ave. S.W.,

Ian Van der Wee x Long Call

From Halifax, Ian Van der Wee and Long Call are bringing a swirling take on queer chamber pop and indie rock to the Music Mile, laden with powerful lyrics and disarming melodies. June 20, 8 p.m. at The Attic, 1413 9 Ave. S.E.,

Snoop Dogg w/ Warren G, DJ Quik and Green Lantern

Snoop doggy Dogg brings the “Cali to Canada” tour to the ‘Dome for a night of hard-hitting West Coast hip-hop and subwoofer-blasting beats. June 21, 7 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise S.E.,

Every Little Scene Album Release Concert

Local jazz singer-songwriter Ellen Doty debuts her latest album with her band and the Kensington Sinfonia string quartet. June 22, 7:30 p.m. at The Lantern Community Church, 1401 10 Ave. S.E.,

Ziggy Alberts w/ Special Guests 

The NEW LOVE WORLD TOUR lands in Calgary this June, showcasing Ziggy Alberts’s vulnerable folk songwriting and disarming lyrics.  June 25, 8 p.m. at MacEwan Hall, 402 Collegiate Boulevard N.W.,

Osyron w/ Hazzerd and Prisoner

Join Dickens Pub for a wild night of symphonic heavy metal, complex melodies and soaring vocals courtesy of Osyron, Hazzerd and Prisoner. June 29, 8 p.m. at Dickens Pub, 1000 9 Ave. S.W.,

Five Alarm Funk 

Kick off the Stampede with style. This funkified audio assault of horns and strings is celebrating its 20th year of operation with a showstopping appearance in Calgary. July 4, 9 p.m. at The Big Four Roadhouse, 1410 Olympic Way S.E.,

Stampede Coca-Cola Stage

From CanCon legends like Metric and Billy Talent to rising stars like Orville Peck and The Beaches, this
year’s Coke Stage lineup lights up the greatest outdoor show on earth. July 5 – 14, various times at the
Stampede Coca-Cola Stage, 1410 Stampede Trail S.E.,

Barenaked Ladies 

Catch BNL’s signature blend of witty humour and soaring pop-melody outside The Back Alley under the blue Calgary sky. July 6, 7 p.m. at The Back Alley Summer Events Tent, 4630 Macleod Trail S.W.,