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April 3, 2008

Calgary Bluesfest Announces 1st of Many Headline Acts

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues festivals, Calgary


Calgary Bluesfest
August 7-10, 2008
Pumphouse Park, Calgary

Four Days of Smokin’ Blues Heat Up Calgary’s Summer Festival Calendar

Calgary’s summer festival calendar got an added splash of heat when the Calgary Bluesfest hit the scene in 2005, with an estimated 3,200 fans basking in two days of top-notch regional & international blues.

This summer the 4th annual Calgary International Blues Festival will run four days, feature over 100 musicians and anticipates crowds of between 15-20,000. The family-friendly event has quickly grown to become one of the largest blues festivals in Western Canada, will runs August 7-10, 2008 at Pumphouse Park in downtown Calgary.

Festival organizers have just announced the first of their many 2008 headline artists in anticipation of the festival’s major media release scheduled for April 16th.

Announced are the reigning king of Zydeco, Grammy Award nominee Buckwheat Zydeco from Lafayette, Louisiana and blues/boogie/classic rock legends Canned Heat from Los Angeles, California.

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Buckwheat Zydeco
Friday, August 8
Calgary Bluesfest Mainstage

Buckwheat Zydeco celebrates his 20th anniversary of music-making in 2008. The musician has been nominated for four Grammy’s and has performed for legions of fans at major festivals across North America. Buckwheat Zydeco’s music has been heard in a number of feature films as well as numerous television commercials as well as on his 15 chart-topping albums. Performance credits include opening for Eric Clapton on a North American tour and a 12-night stand at London’s Royal Albert Hall, U-2, Robert Cray, and Los Lobos among the many.


Canned Heat
Saturday, August 9
Calgary Bluesfest Mainstage

Canned Heat recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary with their World Boogie Tour. Written into the pages of rock ‘n roll history for their performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival (along with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who) and headlining the Woodstock Festival in 1969, Canned Heat’s Top-40 country-blues-rock songs have became rock anthems around the globe. Over the past four decades they’ve performed at such prestigious venues such as Paris’ Olympia, both Fillmore Auditoriums, Carnegie Hall (with John Lee Hooker), Madison Square Garden and Royal Albert Hall as well as more biker festivals than any other band in the world.

Other Calgary Bluesfest events include free noon-hour performances at Olympic Plaza, music workshops and the festival’s signature late-night Twilight Blues Series, with live bands, jamming and dancing under the stars.

for more info visit www.calgarybluesfest.com

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