Summer kicks off with several big events happening this weekend, though most of the week’s live music happens at Henderson Lake Park with the Rotary Dragon Boat Races, June 24-26.
But the week begins with a busy night tonight , June 21.
Pop rock star Meatloaf performs at the Enmax Centre, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $52-$72.
For a complete, violent contrast to that, Calgary hardcore punks Citizen Rage return to Inferno for an early show at 8 p.m. with local bands Chernoff and Ginger Priest. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Bands hit the stage at 8 p.m.
After that, Hamilton’s B.A. Johnston returns to The Owl Acoustic Lounge with local bands Advertisement and Rainbow Patrol. Admission is by donation.
And Fort Whoop-Up reopened, June 21 at 11:30 a.m. with a variety of activities including live music , a pow wow and local country singer Floyd Sillito performing at 3 p.m. and lots of fun for the whole family throughout.
The usual cornucopia of local bands will be performing throughout the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, June 24-26. The music begins at 5 p.m. on June 24 with local country musician Dusty Dee Litchfield with the opening ceremonies following at 6 p.m. blues rockers Paul Kype and Texas Flood follow then the Desert Wind Belly dancers and Fast Times rock the night away at 8:30 p.m.
Dragon Boat fun continues Saturday morning, June 25 at 11 p.m. with local ’90s rock acoustic trio Uncovered. They will be followed by the Rose Ceremony at noon. Local pop country songstress Alyssa McQuaid and her band return to the stage after that followed by the Hibikaya Japanese drummers, pop singers Nicole Donaghy-Hughes and Kelliane Litchfield, Exisdance, doc rock band DNR, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Cloggers, teenaged rock band Diversified, roots/country singer Karen Romanchuk and local rock band Suite 33 who play the last set of the day at 7 p.m.
The last day of Dragon Boats music, June 26 begins at 11 a.m. with the E Free Band followed by Shane Janzen, jazz pop from Bridgette Yarwood, bluesman Steve Keenan, the Urban Beat Dance Studio and Medicine Hat folk rock duo Mahoney at 3 p.m.
In between dragon boat races, there is a number of diverse shows happening all over the city.
Vancouver progressive rock group Bend Sinister return to the Slice to kick off the week, June 22.
Ottawa pop/rock band Hollerado return to Lethbridge to play Studio, June 24 with Toronto garage pop band Little Junior and local band the Utilities. Tickets cost $25. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Also on June 24, local country / roots band Rancho Deluxe play the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Jay Aymar returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 25 and Brandon based musician Shotgun Jimmie returns to the owl Acoustic Lounge with Human Music, Monday, June 27 in support with his new CD he recorded with Joel Plaskett called “Field of Trampolines.”