Sebastian Owl get a chance to prime up for their folk festival performance next week when they kick off the Sunday night band schedule. (SUBMITTED)
After putting the finishing touches on their fifth and most ambitious CD to date tentatively titled “Day Zero”, 18 Rabbit are set to emerge from the studio to close out Friday night at RF9. (L-R) Les (guitars/backup vocals), Ryan (bass/lead vocals) and Troy (drums/backup vocals). (SUBMITTED)
FUGR lead vocalist Chris Kemp will have you bangin’ your head as they get set to crank the amps and close out the Saturday night lineup at RF9. (SUBMITTED)
The ninth annual celebration and showcase of Brandon’s local music scene is ready to rock this weekend so hopefully you’ll be ready to roll into The 40.
This is the perfect opportunity to show your support to the local music scene and help out a great cause at the same time.
Ridgefest co-creator Lyall McDermid says he’s optimistic about a great turnout.
"I like to use the six degrees of separation angle with this thing. Everybody knows somebody who plays something in a band that helps make up Brandon’s music," he said. "Whether that person is a family member, friend or co-worker, its always good to go out and cheer them on when their band is on.
"There are people who have been inspired to form bands after seeing the young up and comers on the Ridgefest stages over the years. That’s another great thing about this event — it serves as a reunion for all the bands who’ve taken part over the years."
This year Ridgefest will have an ’80s theme running throughout the weekend, with clips of popular ’80s movies running in between bands, and instead of a costume contest, the bands will compete with their best ’80s cover songs to win prize money.
McDermid says it is a little extra that adds some incentive to all the players who will hopefully have some fun with it.
"In years past, we’ve had some financial compensation for the bands involved. Some of those bands were so kind as to donate their earnings to the charity (Westman Women’s Resource Centre)," he said. "This year we have 16 musical acts scheduled, which means our funds for remuneration have been slashed considerably.
"So what we have in mind for this year, since we’re going with an ’80s theme, is the RF9 ’80s song contest. Each night we’ll put up cash for the band that performs the best ’80s tune of the night.
"Bands can go all out and dress up for it if they like or just perform the tune to the best of their abilities."
So how will organizers decide who wins each night? Simple — the audience will decide.
"We’ll have ballots on the tables so RF9 attendees can vote for their favourites. Top two bands each night will win: $100 for first, $50 second."
McDermid went on to say this year may be one for the record books as popularity for the event has been increasing from the standpoint of the local music community. Ridgefest 9 has been extended into Sunday, which will be a regularly licensed night at the bar, with a $5 cover and net proceeds going to the Westman Women’s Resource Centre.
Cover charge will be $5 each night of the festival. There will also be a 50/50 each night as well as an acoustic guitar draw courtesy of Ted Good Music. The guitar will be on display and separate tickets will be available to purchase. The ticket draw for the guitar will be made just before the final band hits the stage this Sunday night.
McDermid maintains that RF9 will have something for everybody, from rock music to folk rock music fans.
"There’ll be some debuts on the Ridgefest stage, some bands that have been with us since Day 1 and some acts with new looks and some newly formed bands," he said.
"This should prove to be an exciting weekend for the local music scene and everyone who is a part of it, whether they are in a band or like to get out and show their support."
Please peruse the attached schedules to see when your favourite local act will be hitting the stage this weekend.
Ridgefest 9 Band Schedule & Set Times:
Friday, July 13
9-9:45 p.m. Young Pixels
10-10:20 p.m. Mark "Moks" Norris (Acoustic Tweener Set)
10:30-11:15 p.m. Groove Kitchen
11:45-12:30 p.m. 4 Hole Punch
1-1:45 a.m. 18 Rabbit
Saturday, July 14
8:30-9 p.m. Days of Anarchy
9:30-10:15 p.m. Misty Street
10:45-11:30 p.m. The Invisible Men
12-12:45 a.m. Hollywood Pin Ups
1:15-2 a.m. FUGR
Sunday, July 15
7-7:30 p.m. Sebastian Owl
8-8:30 p.m. KGB
9-9:30 p.m. Out F’ Sync
10-10:30 p.m. Hudsy
11-11:30 p.m. Juke Box Villains
12-12:30 a.m. Effect & Cause
All set times are subject to change without notice
Frank McGwire is a radio personality and booster of the music scene in Brandon and Westman.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 12, 2012