If you love roots and folk music, mark every second Wednesday on you calendar and make a point of being at the Slice for the Windy City Opry.
Local musician Shaela Miller is organizing this special showcase of touring roots/ folk/ country musicians.
The first Windy City Opry, Dec. 14 at the Slice, features Calgary musician Amy Nelson plus Saskatoon’s Rugged Little Thing and new tour mate Eliza Mary Doyle , who was just in Lethbridge with the Dead South.
“This one is a banjo showcase and it’s all female artists,” said Miller, who was inspired to start the Windy City Opry by Boots and The Hoots who host a regular Pinecone Opry in Red Deer.
“It will mostly feature out of town bands. It will be a showcase of roots music including roots and folk music,” Miller said.
“Boots and the Hoots do the Pinecone Opry in Red Deer, which is where I got the idea from. My band has played it a couple of times.
They play at every one of their Oprys. I may play one or two songs, but this is all about the touring artists and giving them a good night here, it’s not about me,” she continued, adding she chose to hold the Windy City Opry on a weekday to catch touring acts on the way to play bigger centres like Calgary on weekends.
“I love booking bands and bands contact me anyway about booking a gig,” Miller said.