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Concerts during Calgary Stampede 2016 includes Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Jeff Dunham

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Yasmine Shemesh Jun 06, 2016 11:37 pm

There is certainly no shortage of live music performances at this year’s Calgary Stampede and the lineup is absolutely stacked, with an impressive array of artists from the world-renowned to the local favourite. We’ve compiled this handy guide to help you navigate your way through the fun.

Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series

Zac Brown Band

  • What: JEKYLL + HYDE, the latest album from three-time Grammy Award-winners Zac Brown Band, was their third Number 1 debut on Billboard’s 200 charts. Playing a wide range of instruments including the fiddle, the mandolin, and the banjo in a blend of soul, bluegrass, country, and reggae, the multi-instrumental band have a total of 14 (and counting) #1 hit radio singles and have sold more than seven million albums.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
  • When: July 14, 2016
  • Tickets: From $59.99, available online 

Lady Antebellum

  • What: These Grammy Award-winners were the first in CMA Award history to receive Single of the Year for two consecutive years. Originally formed in Nashville, Lady Antebellum released their sixth studio effort, 747, in 2014 to critical praise for successfully venturing into poppier territory.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
  • When: July 15, 2016
  • Tickets: From $49.99, available online

Jeff Dunham

  • What: Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham has been called the “most popular comedian in the United States” — not far of a stretch for someone whose videos have received almost a billion YouTube views and whose Comedy Central specials have been some of their highest-ever rated.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
  • When: July 17, 2016
  • Tickets: From $49.00, available online

Coca-Cola Stage

Christian Hudson

  • What: The guitarist and songwriter won the Calgary Stampede Talent Search in 2015 and was honoured with the Vigour Award’s Spirit of Calgary Award for his contributions to the community.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 7, 2016

JJ Shiplett

  • What: Rugged Alberta-born singer-songwriter JJ Shiplett will soon be releasing his debut album.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 7, 2016

The Dudes

  • What: The much-loved Calgarian rockers, who cite The Flaming Lips and Weezer as influences, are hailed for their energetic live performances. Their new single, “Everybody Dies Too Soon,” is off their forthcoming album.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 7, 2016

Walk Off The Earth

  • What: The Ontario five-piece won their very first JUNO Award earlier in 2016, nabbing Group Of The Year. Their album, Sing It All The Way, was nominated for Album of the Year, as well.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 8, 2016

Coleman Hell

  • What: Toronto artist Coleman Hell’s genre-bending single “2 Heads” received over 65 million plays on Spotify with its fusion of folk, electronic, and pop.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 9, 2016

Classified

  • What: Nova Scotia-born JUNO Award-winning hip-hop artist Classified just released his 15th studio album, Greatful.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 10, 2016

X Ambassadors

  • What: VHS, the debut from New York folk-rock quartet, is all about leaving home to pursue your dreams. Keyboardist Casey Harris has been blind since birth.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 11, 2016

The Sheepdogs

  • What: Sounding like a modern-day Allman Brothers Band, Saskatoon rockers The Sheepdogs know how precisely to create classic rock sing-a-longs.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 12, 2016

Jocelyn Alice

  • What: The soulful pop of songstress Jocelyn Alice has been featured on hit television shows like One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 13, 2016

Shawn Hook

  • What: Vancouver’s Shawn Hook began attending the Royal Conservatory for piano at the age of 4. His sophomore album, featuring the platinum “Sound of Your Heart,” was released last summer.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 13, 2016

Mother Mother

  • What: The sixth album of three-time JUNO Award-winners Mother Mother will be released early next year, following the critically acclaimed Very Good Bad Thing which produced hits like “Get Out Of The Way” and “Modern Love.”
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 14, 2016

Dear Rouge

  • What: The infectious electronic rock of this husband and wife duo led them to winning the BC PEAK Performance Project in 2012. They won the 2016 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 15, 2016

The Glorious Sons

  • What: The Kingston rock band hit the ground running after winning HTZ-FM’s Rocksearch, going on to record both their 2013 debut and their latest effort, The Union, with John-Angus MacDonald of the Trews.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 15, 2016

Gord Bamford

  • What: In his 20-year career, Gord Bamford has amassed 16 CCMA Awards and two JUNO Award nominations. His latest album, Tin Cup, was released this past April.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 16, 2016

Simple Plan

  • What: Alongside being known for hits like “Perfect” and “I’m Just A Kid,” the Montreal pop punks have also donated more than two million dollars to youth-focused charities.
  • Where: Coca-Cola Stage
  • When: July 17, 2016

Nashville North

Tim Hicks

  • What: Tim Hick’s first single, “Get By,” climbed to the top of the country charts within weeks of its release. His new album, 5:01, shows his dynamic side with a variety of ballads, foot-stompers, and country anthems.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 7, 2016

The Dungarees

  • What: Combining classic country elements like steel guitar with more modern, pop sensibilities, The Dungarees have established themselves as a Canadian country act to watch.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 7, 2016

High Valley

  • What: Though they haven’t been around for very long, this small town Alberta country band has already opened for the likes of Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire, and nabbed themselves 10 GMA Canada Covenant Awards, and multiple CCMA Award and JUNO Award nominations.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 8, 2016

Wes Mack

  • What: Calgary country crooner Wes Mack has performed alongside Shania Twain, Dierks Bentley, and Miranda Lambert. Also an accomplished actor, Mack has appeared on Heartland, The Vampire Diaries, and Motive.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 9, 2016

Aaron Pritchett

  • What: One of Canada’s biggest country music stars, Aaron Pritchett he has earned many awards over the years, including CCMA’s Songwriter of the Year in 2007 for “Hold My Beer.” He recently released a greatest hits album, Body of Work.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 10, 2016

Tebey

  • What: Along with being a country artist, Ontario’s Tebey is also an accomplished songwriter, penning music for Rex Goudie, Shawn Desman, Emerson Drive, and One Direction.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 11, 2016

John Conlee

  • What: The longstanding Kentucky country crooner has had a total of 32 Billboard charting singles in his extensive career, including seven Number 1 hits like “Lady Lay Down” and “As Long As I’m Rockin’ With You.”
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 12, 2016

Deric Ruttan

  • What: Ontario-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Deric Ruttan earned a Grammy nomination for co-writing “Mine Would Be You,” which was covered by Blake Shelton.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 12, 2016

Cold Creek County

  • What: This Ontario band combines their roots of country and rock to create their distinctive sound. They won Country Group of the Year at the Wire Awards in 2014.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 13, 2016

Kentucky Headhunters

  • What: Longstanding band Kentucky Headhunters bring their foot-stompin’ honky tonk to the Calgary Stampede for the fourth time.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 14, 2016

Washboard Union

  • What: Combining country and bluegrass, Washboard Union recorded their latest album at the legendary RCA Studio A, which has hosted the likes of Dolly Parton and The Beach Boys.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 15, 2016

JoJo Mason

  • What: A herniated disk may have stopped JoJo Mason from playing hockey, but it kick started his country music career. Quickly picking up guitar and piano, Mason released his debut single, “It’s All Good,” early last year.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 16, 2016

Madeline Merlo

  • What: Singles “Alive” and “Honey Jack” earned Madeline Merlo awards for CCMA’s Rising Star and BCCMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015. Her debut album, Free Soul, is out now.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 16, 2016

The Nashville North All Star Band Hosted by Jason Greeley

  • What: Jason Greely is a Calgary Stampede favourite. The Newfoundland-born, now Alberta-based is set to take the stage with the Nashville North All Star Band for what promises to be an exciting performance.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 17, 2016

Tanya Ryan

  • What: The star of this Okotoks, Alberta country artist has been steadily rising, winning local titles including the Calgary Stampede’s 2012 Nashville North Star Contest and earning a nomination for the CCMA’s 2014 Discovery Award.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 8-12, 2016

Trinity Bradshaw

  • What: After being named the youngest-ever winner of Prince Edward Island’s Summerside Festival Talent Search in Prince Edward Island at the age of 14, Trinity Bradshaw hasn’t slowed down. At the 2015 Alberta Country Music Awards, she was nominated for Female Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Rising Star.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 13-17, 2016

Drew Gregory

  • What: Drew Gregory gained a large following early on in his career by playing small acoustic shows. In 2015, he won Male Artist of the Year Award from the Association of Country Music in Alberta.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 13-17, 2016

Craig Moritz

  • What: Alberta born and raised (and a favourite at the Stampede), Craig Moritz has performed alongside Jason Aldean and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. His third album, Only When Your Lonely, was released in 2013.
  • Where: Nashville North
  • When: July 13-17, 2016

 

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Yasmine Shemesh
Yasmine is a freelance writer who was born in Vancouver and raised on the Rolling Stones.

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