A busy schedule of concerts promises to liven up the fall

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With outdoor festival season in the rearview mirror, Calgary music fans still have plenty to look forward to thanks to a jam-packed fall concert schedule.

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With many tours being postponed earlier in the year due to COVID-19, the already busy fall season is even busier due to rescheduled shows. From jazz to country, indie pop to roots rock, concertgoers are spoiled for choice.

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Here are some of the concerts worth seeing this fall:

The Mavericks with The Wolves at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, October 13

They hail from opposite shores, but veteran groups The Mavericks and Los Lobos share a talent for blending the rhythmic sounds of Tex-Mex with roots rock and country. Formed in Miami in 1989, the Mavericks lean more towards the rural side of things with fan favorites like All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down and There Goes My Heart.

Los Lobos, on the other hand, draw inspiration from blues, R&B, and Latin rock. Led by vocalist and guitarist David Hidalgo, the band came out of East Los Angeles nearly 50 years ago. They have released over 20 albums, including their latest, Native Sons, which pays tribute to some of their favorite artists who have called Los Angeles home.

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Raul Malo of the Mavericks once sang about wanting to dance the night away, and both bands are sure to have you on your feet.

If you can’t make it to this double feature, Los Lobos will also play at Thorncliffe Community Hall on October 7th.

Jazz pianist Joey Alexander will perform with his trio at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in October.
Jazz pianist Joey Alexander will perform with his trio at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in October. Photo by JimmyKatz /Jimmy Katz

Joey Alexander’s threesome at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, October 13

The definition of a child prodigy, Indonesian jazz pianist Joey Alexander learned to play music when he was six years old. Three years later, he was winning major international awards, including the Grand Prix at Master Jam, an international competition for improvisational jazz skills.

He has been praised by such jazz greats as Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, the latter of whom invited Alexander to play at the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Now 19, the three-time Grammy Award nominee recently released Origin, his sixth album and first to feature entirely original compositions. He continues to impress audiences around the world with his amazing piano skills.

Daniel Romano's outfit should be a spectacular event on the Commonwealth Stage in October.
Daniel Romano’s outfit should be a spectacular event on the Commonwealth Stage in October. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Daniel Romano Costume with Carson McHone at The Commonwealth Stage, October 21

As of 2020, Daniel Romano has released a dozen albums, either as a solo artist or with his group Daniel Romano’s Outfit.

The prolific songwriter from Welland, Ontario indulges in his psychedelic rock tendencies with the group and his live shows are often raucous, filling venues with layers of raucous guitar and propulsive beats.

Joining the band on tour is Daniel’s wife, the very talented Austin singer/songwriter Carson McHone.

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The Arkells, with frontman Max Kerman and keyboardist Anthony Carone.
The Arkells, with frontman Max Kerman and keyboardist Anthony Carone. Photo by Jack Boland /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun

arkells at the Scotiabank Saddledome, October 28

From playing college parties and small venues (including the basement bar of the former Warehouse nightclub in Calgary’s Beltline district) to headlining stadiums across Canada, the Hamilton Arkells pop-rock band has gone from strength to strength since they first formed. formed 16 years ago.

While the Juno Award-winning group’s big hooks and choruses have made them radio favorites in Canada, their wildly energetic, fun and inclusive live shows continue to win over enthusiastic new fans.

Depressed? An Arkells show will lift your spirits.

Lucy Dacus will bring her intimate show to the Palace Theatre.
Lucy Dacus will bring her intimate show to the Palace Theatre. Photo by Greg Kolz /Greg Kolz

Lucy Dacus, Hayley Heynderickx at the Palace Theatre, November 5

Its composition has been described as confessional and compared to the narrative style of Bruce Springsteen.

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In fact, in Richmond, Virginia, indie pop singer Lucy Dacus’ latest album, Home Video, is based on her teenage memories and childhood diaries. Witty, heartfelt lyrics about the blush of first love and her inevitable disappointment, complemented by catchy melodies and her melancholic yet commanding voice, have earned Dacus critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

His shows are known to be intimate and compelling, and this time he’s bringing with him an equally talented singer-songwriter: Haley Heynderickx.

Haley wowed audiences at the Calgary Folk Music Festival this summer with her unique take on indie folk.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings will tour their new album O Glory at Bella Concert Hall on November 5.  The members of the band are Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing and Colin Linden.
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings will tour their new album O Glory at Bella Concert Hall on November 5. The members of the band are Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing and Colin Linden. Sun Media

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings at Bella Concert Hall, November 5

There are few Canadian bands with the professional stamina and excellent songwriting skills of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings.

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Acclaimed musicians Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing, and Colin Linden co-founded the group in 1996. COVID-19 scuppered their plans to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a nationwide tour, but they ventured out again with a handful of fellow musicians. festivals. shows this summer.

Armed with a new album, O Glory, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings will make up for that postponed tour with even more expertly crafted songs rooted in blues and folk, with a heavy dose of straight up rock and roll.

Bryan Adams in a promotional photo of his new album.
Bryan Adams in a promotional photo of his new album. Photo by BMG

Bryan Adams at the Scotiabank Saddledome, November 9

Canadian superstar Bryan Adams is on tour in support of his fifteenth studio album, So Happy It Hurts. He’ll want concertgoers to hear tracks from that album, of course, but he’ll no doubt be bringing out many of the hits that made him an internationally renowned name.

Adams may have outgrown his 1980s-style Canadian tuxedo, but no one’s stopping him from donning the double jean and shaking his fist with Summer of ’69 or Run to You.

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