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Rosebud hosts 10th Annual 15 Minutes of Fame Outdoor Music Festival

Rosebud Music FestivalSunday August 30th Noon-Dusk

Family friendly event has free parking and music ranging from rock to folk to bluegrass & country and big band to jazz.

Rosebud, AB – “We love giving local people the opportunity to create, listen, and experience live music,” says 15 Minutes of Fame Manager, Carmen Paterson.

“2015 marks our 10th anniversary. Our festival has nurtured a performing arts culture that celebrates artistic diversity. Whether you’re dancing on your toes to a Canadian Badlands folk song, appreciating the thrill of rock n’ roll, or bopping in your lawn chair to some snappy Big Band sounds, you’ll be swept into an experience you won’t forget.”

“You can also watch a 15 Minute live painting. Walk down Vendors Lane. Laugh to Comedic improvisation. You can even eat ice cream!”

The Dearhearts (l-r) are Lauren de Graaf, Alix Cowman and Lauren Hamm.
The Dearhearts (l-r) are Lauren de Graaf, Alix Cowman and Lauren Hamm.

Appearing on the 10th anniversary stage for the second time are The Dearhearts which have been described as sweet, sassy and simply delightful. The trio of Alix Cowman, Lauren de Graaf, and Lauren Hamm met while attending Rosebud School of the Arts, where they discovered that they shared love for all things bluegrass and jazz. That love found its way into their music through their smooth three-part harmonies and toe-tapping beats. Earlier this year, The Dearhearts became Calgary’s Regional Champion in the CBC’s Searchlight, beating out over 3000 bands to become a part of the Top 23 new bands in Canada. These three women will tug at your heartstrings with their soaring harmonies and tickle your funny bone with their quick wit.

John Wort Hannam
John Wort Hannam

Another artist returning to this year’s festival is Juno Award nominee and Canadian Folk Music Award winner, John Wort Hannam. The Fort MacLeod native’s style has been compared to the likes of John Prine, Louden Wainwright III, and Steve Earle. Born in the UK and raised in Southern Alberta, John earned degrees in Native American Studies and Native Education and taught on reserves for five years. Since quitting his teaching job, he’s been nominated for three Western Canadian Music Awards, a North American Folk Alliance Award, and three Canadian Folk Music Awards – winning the Contemporary Album of the Year in 2010.  In the same year, he also earned a Juno nod for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year.

While she can usually be found playing with her band THE LEFT BEHINDS, Kathryn Smith is taking a step

Kathryn Smith
Kathryn Smith

outside her comfort zone to try her hand at this “solo performing” thing. A Calgary based theatre designer, and song writer, people usually describe her songs as quirky stories told through a unique instrumental vehicle. Her songs are sculpted by lyrics describing things such as shooting birds in a public park, an ongoing feud between ‘Tasha and Cowboy’, and likening your veins to rivers and streams.

Jessica Benini is a one-woman band based out of Victoria, BC. With a collage of folk, roots, blues and gospel, blended with her own salt-water sound, Jessica comically engages the audience with a heartfelt performance. A graduate from Rosebud School of the Arts in 2005, she has since released

Victoria artist Jessica Benini
Victoria artist Jessica Benini

two albums, been nominated for Vocal Performance of the Year at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards, Best Live Act in 2012, and came 3rd at the 2010 Islands Folk Festival songwriting competition. This past year Jessica toured Quebec, and has been featured at Broadway Sessions in Times Square, as well as showcased for Songwriter Sessions at the Bitter End, in NYC.

This year’s musical acts include: Garfield Sproule (Rosebud, AB); Badland Boars (band, Rosebud, AB); Loose Kannons (Fort McLeod, AB, Erin Bourke-Henderson – RSA grad); Sienna Howell-Holden (Calgary,  AB); Caitlyn O’Connor (Calgary, AB ); KeLa (Edmonton); The Catalyst (band, Calgary); Randall Wiebe (Rosebud, AB); Halterman Boyz (St Albert, AB); John Wort Hannam (Fort McLeod, AB) with Southern Alberta Songwriting Society; Natalie Gauthier (Lethbridge, AB); Lauren Hamm (Rosebud, AB); Kathryn Smith (Calgary, AB); Mike Thiessen (Lethbridge, AB); Christina Colyn (blues band, Calgary AB); Joe Vickers (duo, Drumheller, AB); Jessica Benini (Victoria, BC); Kjel Erickson (Rosebud, AB); Cyra & Jaala Stolz (Rosebud, AB); Boxcar Acoustic Trio (blues, Drumheller, AB); The Dearhearts (trio, Rosebud, AB); Son of Ray & Mitch Belot (Calgary, AB); ,Bill’s Big Band (Rosebud, AB).

Click here to watch 15 Minutes of Fame promo video

WHO & WHAT: 15 Minutes of Fame Music Festival – Rosebud (the hamlet’s) 10th annual outdoor Music Festival. a diverse, one-day music festival featuring an eclectic mix of established artists as well as up-and-coming and amateur musicians. Also enjoy local arts & crafts vendors, great food & beverages and ice cream.

WHERE & WHEN:  West Opera House Square (on Main Street between the Opera House and the Thorny Rose Cafe) in Rosebud, Alberta, on Sunday, August 30 of the Labour Day Weekend. Festival operates from 12:00 PM until dusk (with gates opening at 11:00 AM)

COST:  Advance tickets are $18 (individuals) or $45 (family). Tickets in day of event are $20 (individuals) or $50 (family) Age four and under get in free. Purchase Tickets Online Tickets will also be sold during the Festival at 15 Minutes of Fame Box Office Tent on Main Street. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are cash only.

What to bring to the festival: This is an outdoor festival, so bring all-weather duds, a blanket or tarp and low-sitting lawn chairs (tall lawn chairs will only be allowed at the back and along the edges). Do Not bring alcoholic beverages. Wine and beer are available at the Thorny Rose Café.

What types of food will be available at the festival? Wild Horse Jack’s will be serving up their signature BBQ recipes. Ginger Hutchison will have her usual favorites available at the Thorny Rose Café. You also can enjoy a refreshing beer or glass of wine in her outdoor garden space. You can finish off by scooping up a cool treat at Sarah’s Ice Cream! Bring your appetite.

About Rosebud’s 15 Minutes of Fame Music Festival      

15 Minutes of Fame began in 2006, when two local artists combined parties and emerged with one fantastic celebration. Each year the event has evolved to encompass more elements of art and to grow in attendance. The festival has become about celebrating emerging arts that evoke the human senses.  rosebudmusicfestival.com

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