Independent rockers called to weekend festival in Benalto

Wide Mouth Mason heads an entertaining lineup of unsigned musicians at Alberta’s Own Independent Music Festival, which goes Friday and Saturday at the Benalto Rodeo and Fairgrounds.

Wide Mouth Mason heads an entertaining lineup of unsigned musicians at Alberta’s Own Independent Music Festival, which goes Friday and Saturday at the Benalto Rodeo and Fairgrounds.

Tonight’s headliner, the Calgary rockers Starewell, take the outdoor stage at 10:30 p.m.

The other bands, which play from 5:30 p.m., are Hanna hard-rockers Rattle Cloud, Lacombe alternative band Soul Side In, Red Deer rock bands Diesel May and The Regulators, Sherwood Park’s classic rockers One Day Late, and Elk Point band Mockteera.

Saturday’s lineup begins with Calgary alt-rocker Noel Johnson performing at noon and ends with Saskatoon’s pop-blues trio Wide Mouth Mason, expected to hit the stage at 10:30 p.m.

The in-between acts are Calgary progressive metal bands Phantom Limb and Sittin’ Idol, and the Edmonton rockers Lipht, Hollywood Assassyn, and the soul/funk band, Dawn in the City. There are also Wetaskiwin electro-art band Screwtape Lewis, Calgary modern rockers Blind Army, Lacombe group Slackjaw, Calgary metalheads Sacred Ally, and Red Deer rockers Night at the Chelsea, Annunaki and Oldbury, which opens for Wide Mouth Mason.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.abown.com, as well as at 53rd St. Music at 101, 4902 53rd St. in Red Deer, Graysnotes Music Inc. at 5021 50th St. in Lacombe, or Boston Pizza in Rocky Mountain House.

The cost is $65 for a two-day camping pass, or $25 for a one-day day-pass. One night of camping can be purchased for an additional $15 at the gate and there’s also a $10 per vehicle parking charge.

Benalto is about a 10-minute drive west of Sylvan Lake, off Hwy 11.

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