ROOTS & BLUES

Altered States II

Friday, August 13 & Saturday, August 14

ROOTS & BLUES

Altered States II

Friday, August 13 & Saturday, August 14

Now in its 29th year, the festival is returning for an online broadcast dubbed Altered States II on Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14. Over two nights, nine bands will ignite the free virtual event with pre-recorded performances at various studios in White Rock, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. “These acts have been on a roll despite the slowdown in cultural activity over the last 16 months,” says Peter North, artistic director of the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society (SAFMS) and ROOTSandBLUES Festival. “We’re excited to have such talented performers to entertain our audience as we prepare for the festival’s big 30th birthday next year.”

Altered States II welcomes two Indigenous singer-songwriters to the ROOTSandBLUES stage: Celeigh Cardinal of Edmonton and Winnipeg’s William Prince. “Both Cardinal and Prince have watched their profiles rise considerably in the last few years,” says North. Cardinal is most noted for her 2019 breakthrough album Stories from a Downtown Apartment. Her second solo release, the album won Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the 2020 Juno Awards. Prince took home the Juno for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year in 2017 for his debut album Earthly Days. His 2020 album, Reliever, was nominated for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year in 2021. Earlier this year, Prince won two Canadian Folk Music Awards—one for Contemporary Album of the Year and the other for English Songwriter of the Year.

Vancouver Island’s own Blue Moon Marquee, performing for ROOTSandBLUES as a quartet, shot their festival segment at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock in early June. Alongside her long-time partner, guitarist, and singer A.W. Cardinal, Colette created a set list that will see Marquee perform for ROOTSandBLUES as a quartet before the duo tours Spain when travel bans ease.

Crowd-favourite Canadian blues star Colin James will close Altered States II with a handful of new acoustic performances and a surprise for ROOTSandBLUES patrons Saturday night. “Part of his performance will include footage from his electrifying main stage closing set at the 2018 festival,” says North, noting that James will reflect on his previous ROOTSandBLUES performance during Saturday evening’s show.

Rounding out the 2021 ROOTSandBLUES lineup is 2020 Folk Alliance Group of the Year recipient The Small Glories, Victoria’s folk-pop group Jon and Roy, acclaimed singer-songwriter Ben Sures, ROOTSandBLUES House Band leader Brent Parkin, and west-coast favourite Jesse Roper.

Roots & Blues Altered States II Dates

“The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is proud to support this well-timed program, and super excited the music community has another great venue option at Song Sparrow Hall to hear live music. And we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to ROOTSandBLUES for Altered States II later this summer.” – Peter North

While you wait for the upcoming ROOTsandBLUES virtual concerts, discover the rich music history of the Shuswap in the locally produced documentary Celebrate Shuswap. Having premiered June 19 on the ROOTSandBLUES website, the documentary brings the Shuswap music community together to celebrate resiliency and the power of music. “Music weaves throughout a unique story, about a 1912 historic building, the newly renamed Song Sparrow Hall,” says Ted Crouch, Celebrate Shuswap producer. “Located in the heart of downtown Salmon Arm, Song Sparrow Hall continues to serve our local community and beyond, ultimately merging with a vibrant cultural and music scene The documentary showcases the work of seven local musicians who recorded sets at Song Sparrow Hall in the fall of 2020. Celebrate Shuswap is now free to watch at rootsandblues.ca. For more information, visit acousticavenuemusic.com.

Altered States II will be broadcast on the ROOTSandBLUES website on Aug. 13 and 14 starting at 7 p.m. PST. No tickets are required. Stay tuned to rootsandblues.ca for more information.

About ROOTSandBLUES

Now in its 29th season, the Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival is a destination for fans of music ranging from blues to bluegrass, Celtic to Cuban, and Americana to Afro-beat. The festival is presented by the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society—a non-profit charitable organization.

Ben Sures

Ben Sures

As a touring songwriter and guitar player since his debut album in 1994, Ben Sures averages 150 shows per year including festivals, house concerts, city-sponsored events, and concert performances. With roots in folk music, Sures never shies away from the trombone or pedal steel guitars along his musical journey.
In 2019, Sures released Death Ballad Love Tellers, a contemporary album of murder ballads and ghost stories.
Sures always pops up as a guitar player and contributor and is known for creating instant bands at festivals.

Blue Moon Marquee

Blue Moon Marquee

Blue Moon Marquee is a Gypsy Blues band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta. They now call an island shack on the coast of B.C.’s Salish Sea home.
A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps, or grooves.

The duo has the energy and sound of a full band. Their authenticity led to a nomination for a Maple Blues Award in 2016.

Brent Parkin

Brent Parkin

Brent Parkin is a guitar player, singer-songwriter and veteran of the Winnipeg Music Scene, playing for audiences in Winnipeg and across Canada for over 50 years.
In the early 70’s he co-founded the popular blues bands Houndog and Brent Parkin and the Stingers. Brent’s music is a combination of Chicago Style Blues, Swing. Jump Blues and Roots Music.

A career highlight was sharing the stage and tour bus with the Legend BB King as the opening act on a Canadian tour in 1983.

Celeigh Cardinal

Celeigh Cardinal

“I’ve always connected with artists whose voices resonate; you can feel it in your body. That is what I’ve always wanted to be.” Discovery is the beauty of music. It reveals itself in layers. Such is the evolution of 2020 JUNO Award winner, Celeigh Cardinal.

Following a time-tested path from singing in church to performing in cover bands to writing original material, Cardinal reinvented herself with each new chapter in her career. Cardinal owns a stage, connecting with her audience through humour, passion, and love.

Colin James

Colin James

Colin James has set the bar for consistency and talent in Canadian music and even after 19 acclaimed albums remains at the top of his game, always challenging himself musically. His career has spanned over 30 years, 19 studio albums, 7 Juno Awards, 27 Maple Blues Awards and multi-platinum record sales.

The confidence that comes with maturity can be heard in his voice and seen in his electrifying stage performance. He does what comes naturally. He knows no other way and no other life.

Jon & Roy

Jon Middleton & Roy Vizer

The Road Ahead is Golden arrives at the perfect juncture for Victoria’s Jon Middleton and Roy Vizer.  The long-time bandmates, who began releasing music under the Jon and Roy banner when they were university students, have hit their stride as artists. And with that comes the decision to eschew what once was for what could be on their seventh album.

“We were motivated,” says Vizer. “It felt like the songs were recording themselves, so we made a concentrated effort to work quickly in the studio.”

Jesse Roper

Jesse Roper

Canadian rocker Jesse Roper is bringing his charismatic new album, Horizons, to Salmon Arm ROOTSandBUES.

There’s a depth, a vulnerability, to this new body of work that hasn’t been at the forefront of Roper’s previous offerings. With a richer infusion of vintage rhythm and blues as background, Roper’s unique, soulful vocals are given space to soar.

The result brings to mind sun-baked, dusty roads and hot, sticky nights on crowded dance floors. Like contemporaries Nathaniel Rateliff and Jack White, Roper tells his story with heart.

The Small Glories

The Small Glories

Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a musical tour-de-force partnership planted on the Canadian Prairies.

Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories could almost make you believe in fate.

With stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear, rooms shrink, and audiences feel as if they are right there on the stage with the band.

William Prince

William Prince

William Prince approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity. Prince’s influences, from the gospel of his childhood to the pantheon of classic outlaw country singers, baseball and the great beyond, shape his approach to songcraft, a masterclass in skilful simplicity.

Prince’s JUNO Award-winning debut Earthly Days introduced the songwriter’s poignant philosophy and rich baritone to the world. Prince followed up with Reliever, released February 2020.

For this album, Prince began with a single word. Relievers come in all forms; for Prince, it is song.