Big Boi, an original member of hip-hop duo, Outkast, arrives on Saturday, July 2nd in the Bessborough Gardens. As Outkast, Big Boi and Andre 3000 released six albums, including Stankonia and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, featuring mega hits: Ms. Jackson, The Way You Move, and Hey Ya! This will be Big Boi's debut in Saskatoon and at the festival.
City and Colour returns on Sunday, July 3rd on the TD Mainstage, Jesse Cook will play after 12 years since his last festival appearance on June 27th and the legendary Downchild Blues Band will light up the night on June 30th.
The Broadway and Bassment will welcome Japanese sensation Hiromi: The Trio Project on June 26th, GRAMMY-winning Latin beat artist Poncho Sanchez, and vocalist and jazz musician extraordinaire Patricia Barber both perform on June 30th.
Bundles will be available for Big Boi (July 2) and City and Colour (July 3), as well as, Jesse Cook (June 27) and Downchild Blues Band (June 30). When purchasing a bundle you will receive 20% the cost of our tickets. Individual tickets will continue to be available as well.
General on sale is at 10am CST on Tuesday, April 12th. Tickets will be available here, the Festival Box Office (7th Floor of the Delta Bessborough Hotel) or by calling 306.652.4700.
Saturday, July 2nd | $55 early bird, $65 regular, $75 day of | TD Mainstage | 7PM | Opener: The Lytics & The Gaff
Antwan André Patton, better known as Big Boi, is an original member of hip-hop duo, Outkast, alongside André 3000. Together the duo created six studio albums including, Stankonia andSpeakerboxxx/The Love Below, featuring mega hits: Ms. Jackson, The Way You Move, and Hey Ya! As a solo artist, Big Boi has received rave reviews for his work on Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty and Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Touring major festivals around North America, Big Boi remains a relevant voice in modern hip-hop.
Sunday, July 3 | $55 early bird, $65 regular, $75 day of | TD Mainstage | 8PM | Opener: Reuben and the Dark
City and Colour, aka world-renowned singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, has traversed the globe on tour, collected scores of accolades and released numerous successful albums. Most recently, he released his acclaimed fifth studio record, If I Should Go Before You, which debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200 Chart, #1 in Canada (his third consecutive #1 album) and #5 in Australia. For the making of the record, Dallas turned to his trusted touring band: Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Spanish Gold, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys.
Monday, June 27 | $45 early bird, $55 regular, $65 day of | TD Mainstage | 7PM | Opener: The Outerbridge Ensemble & Elly Thorn
For Jesse Cook, music has been a journey. Holding 11 JUNO nominations to his credit and one win for 2000’s, Free Fall, his latest work is the culmination of two decades crisscrossing the world in restless pursuit of inspiration, innovation and collaboration. The Paris-born, Toronto-raised Cook changed course for his ninth studio album, One World. Instead of exotic locales, he stayed home in his studio. Instead of a foreign legion of performers, he relied on his own devices. And instead of exploring cul de sacs of music, flamenco, classical, rumba, world beat, pop, blues or jazz, he united them. Cook’s masterful guitar work commands centre stage with its elegant balance of subtlety, in-the-moment honesty and blazing technical prowess.
Thursday, June 30 | $45 early bird, $55 regular, $65 day of | TD Mainstage | 7PM | Openers: Heidi Munro with The RealGroovyBand and Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Perhaps best known as the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s hit film The Blues Brothers, The Legendary Downchild Blues Band make their highly anticipated return to Saskatoon for a not-to-be missed performance. The band celebrated their 45th Anniversary in style with the release of their 2014 Juno Award winning album, Can You Hear The Music. Their classic hits from their illustrious career include Flip Flop & Fly, I Got Everything I Need (Almost) and Shotgun Blues. The Legendary Downchild Blues Band has not only made a major impact here at home, but around the world, alongside their contemporaries B.B King, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy. Their infectious sound is sure to get your toes tapping and hips swinging! "There would be no Blues Brothers if it weren't for Downchild" – Dan Aykroyd.
Sunday, June 26 | $40 early bird, $50 regular, $60 day of | Broadway Theatre | 8PM | Opener: Mark DeJong Trio
Japan has produced an impressive assemblage of jazz pianists, from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Makoto Ozone to Junko Onishi. And now, into the change of the 21st century, the pianist/composer Hiromi Uehara is the latest in that line of amazing musicians. Ever since the 2003 release of her debut album, Another Mind, Hiromi has electrified audiences and critics east and west, with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters, taking improvisation and composition to new heights of complexity and sophistication. Her new album, Spark, her tenth as a leader, features her critically acclaimed Trio Project, consisting of contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest).
Thursday, June 30 | $40 early bird, $50 regular, $60 day of | Broadway Theatre | 8PM | Opener: Percussion Syndicate
If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colours and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, on any given record, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling. Sanchez grew up in a suburb of L.A., where he was raised on an unusual cross section of sounds that included traditional jazz, Latin jazz and American soul. By his teen years, his musical consciousness had been solidified by the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and James Brown. Whatever the genre, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colours from Poncho Sanchez’s youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day. His over 20 year relationship with Concord Records has yielded two dozen recordings, a GRAMMY award and several GRAMMY nominations.
Thursday, June 30 | $25 early bird, $30 regular, $35 day of | The Bassment | 8PM
From her early days leading a jazz trio in small Chicago nightclubs, Patricia Barber has drawn extravagant accolades. The praise came at first from local writers, impressed by her unique arrangements and coolly composed piano improvisations. As she added vocals to her repertoire, the praise poured in from national reviewers intoxicated by her recordings. And when (after years of international touring) she began to focus on her own compositions, kudos arrived from new fans, besotted by her lapidary lyrics and her often indelible imagery. Singers all over the world are performing Patricia's songs, as critics agree Patricia is the songwriter for jazz without peer.