The Lethbridge Music festival is more than just about reliving the favourite musical moments of your lives with Tom Cochrane, Triumph’s Rik Emmett and Kenny Shields and Streetheart at Spitz Stadium, July 23.
“ We have three headliners this year and we wanted more variety in our opening acts,” said organizer Broc Higginson who wanted to move the festival to the middle of summer this year in hopes of avoiding bad weather.
“ We wanted to find the right line up, and we’re working around the Bulls’ season and we were able to get Tom Cochrane with Red Rider so it worked out,” he said,
“I’m excited to see Rik Emmett play guitar and Kenny Shields and Streetheart are a fun band,” he enthused, adding while the festival features headliners Tom Cochrane, plus Kenny Shields of Streetheart, it also features a lot of local talent.
It ranges from the country pop stylings of Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction, to Metallica tribute band Damage Inc., local metal band Tyrants of Chaos and possibly the last show of local blues band Zojo Black and up and coming talent the Cody Hall band.
“ Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction are more on the side of pop and country and classic rock. Zojo Black is a great blues rock band. We have a couple of hard rock bands with Tyrants of Chaos and Damage Inc. and the Cody Hall band are a new band. He has a great voice. They have more of a classic rock sound but also contemporary,” Higginson said.
He said tickets are selling well with pre-sales selling out. He is pleased to welcome local brewery Coulee Brewing as a major sponsor as well.
“And we have two extra hours of music this year and 11 bands,” he said.
Rik Emmett is excited to play his many solo hits and Triumph hits at the Lethbridge Music Festival.
“I always considered myself a songwriter first then a singer then a guitarist,” said Emmett, who brings his solo band of guitarist Dave Dunlop, drummer Paul Delong and bassist Steve Skingley to Lethbridge to play the Lethbridge Music festival at Spitz Stadium, July 23.
Triumph had numerous hits in the ’70s and ’80s including “ Hold On,” “Fight The Good Fight,” “Lay It On The Line” and “Magic Power” to name a few.
Since leaving Triumph in 1988, he released two popular power pop style solo albums including “ Absolutely,” which featured the hits “ Saved By Love” and “ Big Lie” and “ When A Heart Breaks.” After that another popular solo CD “Ipso Facto” featured the hits “ Bang On” and “ Out of the Blue.”
Since then, he took an about face to release a variety of CDs showcasing his love for jazz, fusion, swing and classical music.
“I had to get all of that out of my system,” said the loquacious Emmett, who also teaches songwriting and Music Business Directed Studies with the Humber College jazz program.
He is currently working on a new solo CD, which goes back to his rock and roll roots and features a variety of special guests including Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson as well as his former band mates in Triumph— drummer Gil Moore and bassist / keyboardist Mike Levine.