Blue Oyster Cult headlines Edmonton Rock Music Festival in August

Don’t fear the reaper – make a song about the original Man in Black that generations of classic rock fans will sing and laugh in the face of same. That’s how it works.

We expect plenty of laughing and singing in the face of Death when Blue Oyster Cult comes to town this summer. The venerable rock band is one of the headliners of the second annual Edmonton Rock Music Festival, at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park August 17 and 18 – one of Edmonton’s newest music festivals nestled neatly between the folk fest (Aug. 9-12) and the blues fest (Aug. 24-26). Also on the bill will be some Canadian classic rock legends we know well: Kenny Shields and Streetheart, April Wine, Barney Bentall and Trooper raising a little hell. For details and ticket information, click here.

The first edition of the event was a success last summer, despite the fact that all the local media had its eyes turned on the Fringe. More than 2,500 classic rock fans turned up for the two-day event that featured Jefferson Starship, Canned Heat and Big Brother and the Holding Company, with Country Joe holding down the emcee duties for a special “Heroes of Woodstock” theme. Expect the flavour to be a bit different this year.