June 19th, 2018

Rock Ramblings: An R&R road trip is a rad recommendation

By Medicine Hat News on June 7, 2018.

With the southern Alberta sunshine blazing away the past few weeks, and a scorcher on tap this weekend, there’s no denying summer 2018 is already here, even if it’s still two weeks away on the calendar. That means it’s full steam ahead with road trips and music festivals, so why not combine the two, right? But before I offer you a few suggestions as to what you may want to consider in Alberta this summer, let me remind you of a crazy good event right here in the Hat this weekend, especially if you dig the punk/alt side of the rock spectrum.

Last week, 105.3 Rock afternoon host and program director Trapper John previewed the Heliocity music fest, scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday on the outdoor stage at the Silver Buckle (TheBuckle.ca), and also on the club stage at Industry Pub (IndustryPubinc.ca). Twenty bands will play through the weekend, including Calgary punk legends Chixdiggit, and the two venues are conveniently located just a short stumbling distance from each other on Railway Avenue S.E. Full details can be found at 1053Rock.ca along with tons of other cool stuff.

Now, back to the task at hand, and that is getting some ideas into your head so you can maximize your summer “road trip music festival participation factor.” I have no idea what that actually means, but rest assured there’s probably somebody out there right now working on a formula so they can tell their hipster friends how amazing their summer was compared to all the other losers who didn’t do or see anything during the most action-packed events season of the year.

Here in Alberta alone, there are loads of music festivals every single weekend, so if you’re serious about gettin’ the hell out of here and taking in some incredible parties with some awesome people then just Google “Alberta festivals summer 2018,” and you’ll get an endless supply of ideas to kickstart your fun sensor. Or keep reading for a few that will cover a broad range of musical tastes and genres, and will probably get you thinking about checking the oil and packing your cooler.

There are a couple of sugary-sweet events up in Edmonton (festival city) this summer including the Soundtrack Music Fest (SoundtrackMusicFestival.com), which will turn your crank if you’re a ’90s fan. It’s June 23, and features Goo Goo Dolls, Blind Melon, Eve 6, TLC, Ma$e, and lots more. Also, Sonic Field Day is happening on Sept. 8 in Victoria Park with The Glorious Sons, Jimmy Eat World, Arkells, Cold War Kids, and others.

Every summer in Calgary, of course, is the “greatest outdoor show on Earth,” also known as the Calgary Stampede, and this year on the Coca-Cola Stage you can check out bands like Billy Talent, Sheryl Crow, Alexisonfire, Our Lady Peace and more. The best part is, all those acts are free with your paid gate admission. Stampede runs from July 6-15. Hit CalgaryStampede.com for more. Oh, and there’s a lot of rodeo action too, yee-haa!

One of the biggest country music fests every year in Canada is the legendary Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, about an hour southeast of Edmonton. This year’s event runs Aug. 2-5, and is a really fun event even if you don’t like the plow tunes. It’s definitely fun for the family, and the 2018 lineup includes Florida Georgia Line, Alabama, Dallas Smith, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Thomas Rhett, and the list goes on and on. Full lineup and event details at BigValleyJamboree.com.

Those are just the tip of the iceberg, but as you can see, there is no shortage of fun to be had over the next few months; safe travels!

Cheers, and keep rockin’

Park Warden is utility player/jack of all trades at 1053rock.ca and 105.3 FM. You can hear him Wednesday-Friday evenings, Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and filling in all over the place.

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