July 23rd, 2012
Best of the Fest: Calgary Folk Festival
It is that time of year again; the running of the tarps, the amazing food and the main event - sweet, sweet folk music. Our top-three must see acts of the festival:
Justin Townes Earle (July 26, 3:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m.)
Son of the legendary Steve Earle and a bona fide Tennessee native, his modern take on traditional roots and blues will keep your toes tapping in the fresh green grass.
Beirut (July 29, 7:35 p.m.)
The eclectic layers of the multi-instrumental act bring forth romantic images of being whisked through a dark Paris side street and leisurely picnics along the Spanish Riviera. The mixture of accordion, piano and strings ultimately creates a beautiful composition of daydreamy Euro-Baroque tunes.
Chris Isaak (july 26, 8:50 p.m.)
The king of crooning will be taking over the stage on Thursday evening in his flashy embroidered suits. Singing ballads from his recent release of Sun Studio covers and the heartfelt classics that made us fall in love with him in the first place, Chris Isaak will be kicking off the festival in the best way possible.
July 26-29, Calgary Fold Music Festival, 414 Memorial Dr. NE., Calgary, 403-233-0904, www.calgaryfolkfest.com