“Anybody who’s in the industry, we want to be able to give them some work, and that was the goal with this project," said Josh Haugerud.
The lineup is out for the Regina Folk Festival’s upcoming drive-in concert series.
Marshall Burns, Megan Nash and Andino Suns are the headliners next weekend, in a series that’s co-presented with Summer Bash in a parking lot at the Conexus Arts Centre.
“They’re going to be local bands just to help support those bands that don’t get to tour this summer, (and) also supports the folks that do all the stage setup,” said RFF executive director Josh Haugerud.
“Anybody who’s in the industry, we want to be able to give them some work, and that was the goal with this project — giving work to the people who don’t have any and creating a fun and safe concert-going experience that’s unique.”
Plus, Haugerud added, “The bands that are playing are just fantastic.”
Burns is a singer-songwriter from Regina who just released his first country solo record last year. His other projects include alt-pop-rock band Rah Rah and honky-tonk cover band The Alley Dawgs.
Opening for his shows on Friday, Aug. 14, is jazzy singer-songwriter Ava Wild of Regina.
Nash is a rock/roots singer-songwriter originally from Mortlach. She’ll be backed by The Best of Intentions, which includes members of ambient rock band Bears In Hazenmore.
Opening their shows on Saturday, Aug. 15, is Bree & Brown (members of Regina indie-folk band Suncliffs).
Upbeat Chilean-inspired rock band Andino Suns (with roots in Moose Jaw and Regina) performs Sunday, Aug. 16. Their mostly Spanish-language high-energy story-songs are set to out-of-the-ordinary instruments, including the charango, chaccas and zampona — alongside guitar, drums and bass.
Opening that show is Davy Sage, a Nigerian-born musician from Regina; he describes his style as “AfroPop Dancehall Reggae & RnB.”
Shows are Aug. 14-16, 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily; the nighttime shows include big-screen projections.
The afternoon concerts “accommodate those who have kids but still want to go to the festival, and it kind of represents our daytime programming,” said Haugerud.
Tickets are $25 per carload — and yes, even though these are folk festival shows, you do require a car to attend.
Find tickets at summerbash.ca.