When I wrote this intro back in January (Jan. 23, to be exact) things were pretty grim weatherwise. We’d endured several days of minus 30 temps and pretty rank windchills. And an Alberta Clipper, our fifth or sixth major storm of winter 2012-13, was expected the next day. Summer, with the promise of magical music festivals like Gateway, Ness Creek and the Regina Folk Festival, seemed impossibly far off.

Now, it’s closer. But it’s still a ways away. But if you drop by Bushwakker Saturday evening at 7 p.m. you’ll be able to get a taste of the delights that lay ahead. Representatives from all three of the above festivals will be there, and they’ll be auditioning six Saskatchewan bands for spots in their festivals.

Here’s the line-up: Close Talker, Buffalo Narrows, Nick Faye & the Deputies, Keiffer, the Midnight Roses and Gunner & Smith. Admission is $7. And to set the mood, here’s video of Nick Faye & the Deputies performing a new song called Eleanor: