I’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?