So its official. I found another happy place. Full of live tunes, great service, cold bevies, and some kick ass rustic ambiance that any good music venue has. Ironwood Stage & Grill, right here in my area of the city – trendy, historic, Inglewood, Calgary.
This past weekend was the Blockheater music festival in Calgary. Blockheater is a 3 day winter music festival put on by the Calgary Folk Fest peeps here with shows at a few different venues on the music mile in Inglewood. I am a massive music fest lover, it is one of my fave past times, and I attend them every summer. This summer I intend on getting in as many as I possibly can. I said ‘music festival’, but I love music, live music, and jam sessions in general. So upon hearing about Blockheater, I was stoked! That is until I found out that I heard about it too damn late, as it was sold out months in advance.
All was not freaken lost though, and I was able to get a couple tickets to the last day of the festivities, which happened to be on Sunday, the last day of the event at Ironwood. Sunday Funday just so happens to be one of the best darn days of the week, and obviously throw in some music performed by some very talented artists at a cool new venue that I have never been to – and you got yourself a winner of a day!
As you would see we weren’t the only ones whom were into this kinda Jam, and it was a full house.
We lucked out, and scored a table front row and center. I mean, there was a spotlight shining on it, just waiting for us(clearly). Prime location to watch all the action.
We got some grub to snack on during then performances. Beer and snacks, seems like a musical induced feed if you ask me.
There were two collaborative sets, the first set you got to listen to the musical sounds of
The Northern Beauties belted out some great tunes, and were definitely one of my faves of the day.
Half way through there was a brief intermission, to get all geared up for round 2.
The second set consisted of the musical talents of Scott MacKay,
and 100 Mile House,
Each of the performers were either local to Calgary, or local to Canada. They all brought their own unique sounds, and talents to the stage, there was no way you couldn’t enjoy what you were hearing. I love folk music, and I respect anyone whom lives their passion and shares it with others.
After an afternoon of toe tappin, sadly, the show was over…. So we hit adventure road.
Until next time Ironwood! And trust me, there will be a next time. Don’t you just love appreciating local talent?