Contest closes Nov. 1st, Matt Andersen plus gigs

CONTEST closes this Friday November 1st at Noon.

Be the Producer – Program one night and six sessions at the Folk Festival, win a once-in-a-lifetime backstage festival experience.

To celebrate the upcoming concert featuring Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell plus Richard Thompson – we are running a contest!

Incorporating Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (with a band), plus Richard Thompson (solo acoustic), as two of the acts for the weekend – submit your own version of programming for an hour and a half of sessions happening over six stages, bearing in mind the different genres of folk music, a balance of musical styles, quality and excitement. Sessions should have no more than 4 artists each on any one stage.  Also, program a night of main stage – again incorporating those two acts into an evening. What other 3 artists would blend well? As always – find a good balance and audience appeal.

Create your dream line up (dream big!) line-up with balance of musical genres, a mix of new artists, superstars and folk festival favourites.

PRIZES
1st Prize:
Two (2) Backstage VIP 4-day passes to the 2014 Edmonton Folk Music Festival (Aug 7-10). Passes will entitle holder to backstage access, including backstage and green room access, transportation to and from downtown, premium seating at side of mainstage, admission to after hours parties and festival dining area.
Plus 4 great seats for the November 11th concert above.

2nd Prize:
4 great seats for the November 11th concert.

Contest closes Friday, November 1st at Noon.
All entries will be judged by our producer, Terry Wickham, based on the above criteria and the two winners will be notified by email, Monday November 4th.

To submit: Send your program via email to:  access@efmf.ab.ca

LIVE at the WINSPEAR & CKUA PRESENT
MATT ANDERSEN with guests
Thursday February 6, 2014 (8 pm, reserved seating, all ages welcome)
TICKETS onsale now: $35.00 (plus service charges), at Winspearcentre.com, Winspear Centre Box Office, call 1-780-428-1414

Growing up in Perth-Andover, you learn a thing or two about the tough grind. The family-oriented, blue-collar community is home to singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt Andersen. While manual labour wasn’t his calling, hard work is something you pride yourself on growing up in a small-town. Having played over 200 shows in 2012, his work ethic has never been questioned.

Matt’s narrative-driven writing cuts through the soul, blending blues and folk, encompassed in total honesty. He takes listeners on a ride with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work and over-the-top showmanship. Matt’s intimate, high-energy performances have captivated audiences across the world, from Canada, to the US, to Australia and the UK, from small clubs to festivals.

In 2011 Matt released Coal Mining Blues, produced by Colin Linden. The album was recorded at the Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York and features keyboardist Garth Hudson (The Band) and singer Amy Helm (Olabelle). The songs delve into the lives of the working class and the bonds he shares with mining communities, family and friends back home. The moving title track paints a clear picture of the blood, sweat and tears of a backbreaking trade.

“I’m not trying to change anyone’s lives in a big way, but I love it when [listeners] really get involved in the music,” says Matt, who won three 2012 Maple Blues Awards and received a British Blues Award nomination, among many others.

“When people get involved, it really makes it a great night — for everyone.” Through his exhilarating performances and connection to his audience, Matt continues to work hard and tell the stories he was born to tell.

“Andersen, a gust of fresh air on the blues and folk scene” – The Globe and Mail

Some other gigs around town:

JCL Productions presents:

Matt Mays Acoustic Duo, w/ Adam Baldwin
Royal Alberta Museum Theatre
Wed, Nov 6
12845 102 Avenue NW
All Ages & Licensed w/ ID. Doors @ 7 pm
Advance tickets $20, Day of show $26
Direct Link: http://yeglive.ca/events/matt-mays/nov-6-2013/royal-alberta-museum-theatre

Lindi Ortega, with Devin Cuddy Band
Royal Alberta Museum Theatre
12845 102 Avenue NW
Fri, Nov 8
No Minors. Doors @ 8 pm
Advance tickets $18. Day of show $24
Direct link: http://yeglive.ca/events/lindi-ortega/nov-8-2013/royal-alberta-museum-theatre

Aidan Knight, and Justin Rutledge, w / Don Brownrigg
Royal Alberta Museum Theatre
12845 102 Avenue NW
Sat, Nov 9
All Ages and Licensed. Doors @ 7 pm
Advance tickets $20. Day of show $25
Direct Link: http://yeglive.ca/events/justin-rutledge/nov-9-2013/royal-alberta-museum-theatre

Paper Lions w/ Jordan Klassen, and White Lightning
The ARTery
Fri, Nov 15
No Minors. Doors @ 8 pm
Advance tickets $13. Day of show $16
Direct Link: http://yeglive.ca/events/paper-lions/nov-15-2013/artery-2

Greg MacPherson Band, w/ guests
The ARTery
Sat, Nov 16
No Minors. Doors @ 8 pm
Advance tickets $14. Day of show $16
Tickets on sale now at YEG Live and Blackbyrd Myoozik
Direct link: http://yeglive.ca/events/greg-macpherson/nov-16-2013/artery

Brendan Canning, w/ Dinosaur Bones
Tues, November 26th
The ARTery
9535 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Venue phone: 780-233-3635
No Minors, Doors @ 8:00 pm
Advance tickets on sale now at YEG Live, and Blackbyrd Myoozik
Direct ticket link: https://yeglive.ca/events/brendan-canning/nov-26-2013/artery

Avenue Theatre presents
Basia Bulat with Evening Hymns with Guests
November 30th, 8pm
Tickets: $20.00 in advance, $24.00 day-of-show.
Avenue Theatre
9030 118 Ave Edmonton, AB T5B 0T8
Click for event details.

The Red Cannons, and Short of Able, w/ guests
Sun, Dec 1st
The ARTery
9535 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Venue phone: 780-233-3635
No Minors, Doors @ 8:00 pm
Advance tickets on sale soon at YEG Live, and Blackbyrd Myoozik