The Fest So Far

BahamasI’ve been at the Regina Folk Fest most of this weekend (Ron! Where are you?), having a blast. Friday night’s shows were a bit mixed, I thought — I really liked Hayden and Feist’s set was good if not quite great, while Man Man, Elisapie and Nomadic Massive didn’t do it for me. Plus there was too much crowd talking during the so-called “teaser” sets (*what are they teasing? These acts aren’t performing full sets on the mainstage later) for me to enjoy them. My writers keep yelling at me for not liking Close Talker, and they’re probably right — that band seems to be coming along nicely, they have lots of stage presence and I’m probably a buffoon. AGAIN.

I missed part of Saturday but caught the acts I wanted to see: Rah Rah, my second-favourite Regina band, rocked the hell out of the mainstage while Bahamas was HILARIOUS and might have played this year’s best set. But he’s up against a powerhouse line-up tonight: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Niyaz, Rosanne Cash, Charles Bradley and the incredible Neko Case challenge for the strongest one-night line-up at the festival EVER.

How about you? Are you going tonight? Have you been enjoying the Regina Folk Festival?

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

2 thoughts on “The Fest So Far”

  1. Not just too much talking during the “teaser sets”, it’s going on during every performance.

    I’ve given up standing near the stage because there’s just too much chatter going on during the performances.

    This is a recurring thing at shows in Regina, people buy tickets and then spend most of their time talking. Why do they waste their money – the could chat outside the event for free?

    I remember seeing Feist at the The Distrikt about seven years ago, and she eventually gave up and cut her set short because the people talking were louder than her band.

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