WEEKEND ROUND-UP: Russ Rankin, Hale Hale, Folk Thief and more
One of the best deals for live music is the Open Sky Music Festival Saturday and Sunday in Hawrelak Park. On stage will be acts like Donavon Frankenreiter, Daniel Wesley, Souljah Fyah, Hayley Sales, Kalai, Kae Sun, The Consonance, Jeff Morris, Lisa Nicole Grace, Lindsey Walker, Erica Viegas and many more, about 30 bands in all. Day passes are $40, weekend pass is $60, on sale at Blackbyrd Myoozik, at the gate or online here.
Russ Rankin – the lead vocalist of California hardcore band Only Crime (and previously Creep Division and Good Riddance) has been working on his own songs and will release a solo album sometime in the near future. New City Legion, 9 p.m., with The Renegade Kid, The Old Sins, and Freshman Years. Tickets are $12.
Robbie Sinclair and the Beggars Laughing – These Montrealers (though Robbie grew up on Vancouver Island) take elements of folk, rock, funk, world music and reggae, and combine it into a result that’s both energetic and extraordinarily elegant. Bohemia Café (Robbie et al are also playing DV8 on August 31 before they depart Edmonton).
Folk Thief (pictured above) – Vancouver-based indie singer-songwriter Dave Hadgkiss (who goes under the stage name Folk Thief) has made top ten folk/roots/blues charts across the country. If you enjoyed the Folk Fest, you’ll definitely dig Folk Thief. Steeps Tea, 11116 82 Avenue, 7:30 pm, with My Boy Rascal. Admission is by donation.