Summer Lights Music Festival lineup announced

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Photo: The Zolas

Brandon, MB – Summer in Brandon may be almost half over, but the music of this year’s “Summer Lights” is carrying on with another evening concert series performance set for Princess Park on August 17th, followed by the all-day Summer Lights Music Festival on September 9th!

The last of this year’s three Summer Lights Concert Series performances comes to Princess Park in downtown Brandon on Thursday, August 17th, featuring Saskatchewan-based folk duo Kacy and Clayton, and guest Brandon’s own Shotgun Jimmie. Fresh off a tour with the band Wilco, Kacy and Clayton will bring a self-described contradictory style of music that is “psychedelic and traditional, contemporary and vintage, melancholy and joyous.” Meanwhile, Shotgun Jimmie’s unique “one-man-band” performance has endeared him as one of Brandon’s favourite musicians.

The FREE evening performance on August 17th runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Princess Park, with free bannock and local honey available for those in attendance. In the event of inclement weather, the concert performance will take place at Knox United Church, located at 451- 18th Street.

But the Summer Lights stage won’t go dark after this performance, as community organizers are just putting the final touches on the lineup for this year’s all-day Summer Lights Music Festival, set for Saturday, September 9th “under the trees” at Brandon’s Keystone Centre. Now in its second year, the Summer Lights Music Festival operates as a community not-for-profit event with support from the City of Brandon’s Community Development section.

Confirmed as headliners for the September festival include Winnipeg indie outfit Royal Canoe, Vancouver-based indie pop band The Zolas, and Juno-winning folk-country singer-songwriter William Prince of Winnipeg. Other artists on the bill include JP Hoe, Dave Quanbury, Sweet Alibi, Richard Inman, Lanikai, Shotgun Jimmie, Fontine, Katie MacDonald, Hannah Selyn, Natalie Bohrn, and Kenzie Friesen, along with yoga sessions led by Riley Swarbick.

Advance tickets are priced at $30 for adults and $20 for students, and are available beginning Thursday, August 3rd at following businesses: Fraser Sneath Coffee, Ted Good Music, and Surridge’s Music Centre (Brandon), Poor Michael’s Bookstore (Onanole), Music Trader and Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea (Winnipeg). Tickets are also available at the gate on the day of the festival at a cost of $35 for adults and $25 for students.

More information on the 2017 Summer Lights Festival, including a full performance schedule and on-site camping and food and vendor information, can be found at http://summerlightsmusicfestival.com/.