Unfortunately for the Festival some of the Island was too worn and they had to move one of the stages over to Eau Clair for some free shows...which was great for the cheap people who usually sit on the other side of the river to listen to the music without paying every year. Score for the penny pinchers.
I went into the Festival this year thinking Alabama Shakes, Alabama Shakes, Alabama Shakes. It was all about Brittany Howard and crew. So after night one, which is when they played, I wasn't even sure what to do with myself.
|Alabama Shakes, Calgary Folk Festival 2013|
So anyways, I was worried that I wasn't going to love anything else, but I was wrong (it's a rare occurrence, but it happens). There were a lot of great sounds at the Festival, but the headliners of the score card of success were Thievery Corporation and Sharon Van Etten...and of course, Alabama Shakes.
It was almost a full on perfect weekend...the grey looming clouds only spritzed rain (when I was there) and as far as I know no one drown in the river. Full on success. Now if only they would let us take the beer out of the beer gardens it would be the happiest place on earth. THE HAPPIEST.