Lineups set for nearby summer music festivals

The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival has named the last of its lineup for this year’s festival, the 27th annual, which will run from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18 in Salmon Arm.

On Friday, Tal National will kicks things off on the main stage, followed by Tristan Le Govic and Early Spirit. The Jim Cuddy Band will headline.

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The Hamiltones will start off the main stage music on Saturday, followed by Dervish, Sue Foley and Third World.

On Sunday, catch Danny Michel and Garifuna Collective, Birds of Chicago and Irish Mythen on the main stage.

Canadian folk legend Valdy will also perform a solo set at the festival, as will Juno Award-winning bluesman Jack de Keyzer and Vancouver blues-rock duo Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.

Other performers include Al Lerman, Andrew Collins Trio, Anne Lindsay, Big Willie G, Danny Michel, Dawn Pemberton, Jack Semple, Jenie Thai, John Wort Hannam, Jordan Dick Trio, Lil Jimmie Reed with the Bob Hall Trio, Luke Wallace, Mercy Funk, Mile Twelve, Qristina and Quinn Bachand, the Roots and Blues House Band, The Lynnes, The Om Sound, The Unfaithful Servants, The Zaniac Alex Zerbe, Tonya Aganaga, Tracy Lynn and the Savage Hearts.

Tickets for the festival are currently on sale. A four-day pass is $189 until Aug. 10, when the price will increase. Discounts are available for youth, students and seniors. Day passes start at $79 and some camping options are still available.

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Rockin' River Country Music Festival returns Aug. 1

The province’s biggest country music festival will kick off in August.

Merritt’s Rockin’ River Country Music Fest will run from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4 and feature more than 50 artists across three stages.

The festival opens on Thursday with performances from Kenny Hess, the Dirt Road Kings, last year’s talent contest winner Jada McKenzie Moore and headliner Brett Kissel.

On Friday, Brothers Osborne will headline, preceded by performers Maren Morris, Tim Hicks, Jess Moskaluke, Kristin Carter and Antonio Larosa.

Jason Aldean will headline the big show on Saturday, with other performances by Kane Brown, Lindsay Ell, Aaron Goodvin, Kadooh and Lauren Mayell.

Sunday will feature headliners Old Dominion. Lee Brice, Carly Pearce, The Reklaws, Shawn Austin, Steven Lee Olsen and Josh David will entertain the rest of the day.

After hours performers include Ben Klick, The Donny Grubb Band, Appaloosa, Bobby Garcia, DJ Merl Swaggard and DJ JackDaniels.

The festival’s talent contest, Road to Rockin’ River, will not run this year, on hiatus until 2020.

Four-day festival tickets start at $300 plus fees and taxes. A one-day general admission ticket is $70.

Limited camping options are still available.

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