St.Albert’s own treasure Dan Davidson celebrated the release of his newest record down at Station over the weekend, with Edmonton country rebels in Cadillac Junkies warming up the audience for what was yet to come with their brand of twang and pop. Dan played through much of his catalog for most of the night, while throwing a few cover songs in the mix to really get people singing and dancing on the floor which seemingly lasted all night long for the folks gathered at Station for a night of country comfort music.
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Arguably the West Coast’s most notorious hip-hop artist, Snoop Dogg brought the funk to Edmonton’s Rogers Place last night. 4/20 seemingly arrived two months early on Wednesday, as a thick haze accumulated in the building throughout the show, creating and perhaps lightening the mood and anticipation for Snoop’s set. Sporting a customized Edmonton Oilers jersey for the duration of his performance, Snoop and his “dog pound” threw out all kinds of rhymes and beats that had the near sold out house bobbing their heads and hands all night long.
Monster Truck crushed two nights in a row at Station on Jasper over the weekend, with the eclectic German duo The Picture Books leading the charge.
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Edmonton played host to Canadian pop-rock sensations Mother Mother on Friday night, as a massive sold out crowd came out to dance and sing the night away at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. With fellow Canadians Said the Whale leading the charge, the night was full of poppy tunes that had heads bobbing and people clapping along to every beat.
The Steadies brought the heat to Station on Jasper over the weekend. The cold on Saturday night certainly didn’t stop anybody from coming out with their dancing shoes to groove along to the funky reggae-pop tunes that this Canadian band is widely famous for. Lucky for those folks who just wanted to sing and move around the dance floor, the Steadies played two back-to-back sets, jam packed with tunes to make you twist and shout, putting a pleasant cherry on top of everyone’s Saturday evening.
It’s Wacken Battle season again across Canada, and so many local bands are gearing up to duke it out with their peers for a chance to play 2019’s Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. With Edmonton being a staple city in the battles, round one of the Edmonton shows took place at Temple last night, featuring Within The Fury, Haxor, Apollo Spitfire and Rising Sun. The four bands battled it out with thrashers Rising Sun shredding their way to victory, and granting them passage to the next round where they will go up against 3 other yet to be determined Western Canadian finalists.
Soul singer, Kenyon Dixon, (A.K.A R&B Kenny) stopped in at The Station on Jasper last night for a late night performance with local jazzers, Jeff Hendrick & The Love Jones Band, shortly after his performance with Justin Timberlake at Edmonton’s Rogers Place earlier in the evening. R&B Kenny sang numerous covers and a handful of love-sick originals which had plenty of folks dancing and grooving along at the front of the stage from start to finish.
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Bringing the heat to Edmonton on one of the coldest days of the year, Corrosion of Conformity played to a pleasantly full room at the Starlite Room on Monday night, accompanied by Crowbar, Weedeater and Mothership. The stoner rock-esque line up delivered the right kind of grooves and melodies to get folks moving around and forgetting about the frigid temperatures outside for a few hours.
Heavily influenced by traditional Ukrainian music with just a touch of punk, Winnipeg’s ZRADA brought the house down at The Station on Friday night with Edmonton’s instrumental-virtuoso locals Bardic Form leading the charge.
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The KONGOS paid a visit to Edmonton on Thursday night. Playing a poppy and funky set for a full floor of fans at The Starlite Room, the band of brothers is consistently well received each time they visit Alberta’s capital, and they always seem to bring something a little extra to their performance each time they visit. It never goes unnoticed. This funky power of four, once again, had Edmonton dancing and singing the night away to another one of their colorful, fun filled sets.