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Rosebud hosting Music Festival Aug. 30

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The Dearhearts from left are Lauren de Graaf, Alix Cowman and Lauren Hamm. The Dearhearts from left are Lauren de Graaf, Alix Cowman and Lauren Hamm. Photo contributed

Rosebud hosts the 10th Annual 15 Minutes of Fame Outdoor Music Festival at the West Opera House Square on Main Street between the Opera House and the Thorny Rose Cafe in Rosebud on Sunday, Aug. 30 of the Labour Day Weekend.


The festival operates from noon until dusk with gates opening at 11 a.m.
It is a family-friendly event that has free parking and music ranging from rock to folk to bluegrass and country and big band to jazz.
“We love giving local people the opportunity to create, listen, and experience live music,” says Carmen Paterson, 15 Minutes of Fame manager. “2015 marks our 10th anniversary. Our festival has nurtured a performing arts culture that celebrates artistic diversity. Whether you’re dancing on your toes to a Canadian Badlands folk song, appreciating the thrill of rock n’ roll, or bopping in your lawn chair to some snappy Big Band sounds, you’ll be swept into an experience you won’t forget.
“You can also watch a 15 Minute live painting. Walk down Vendors Lane. Laugh to comedic improvisation. You can even eat ice cream.”
The musical festival called 15 Minutes of Fame began in 2006, when two local artists combined parties and emerged with one fantastic celebration. Each year the event has evolved to encompass more elements of art and to grow in attendance. The festival has become about celebrating emerging arts that evoke the human senses.
Appearing on the 10th anniversary stage for the second time are The Dearhearts which have been described as sweet, sassy and simply delightful.
The trio of Alix Cowman, Lauren de Graaf, and Lauren Hamm met while attending Rosebud School of the Arts, where they discovered they shared love for all things bluegrass and jazz. That love found its way into their music through their smooth three-part harmonies and toe-tapping beats.
Earlier this year, The Dearhearts became Calgary’s Regional Champion in the CBC’s Searchlight, beating out more than 3,000 bands to become a part of the Top 23 new bands in Canada. These three women will tug at your heartstrings with their soaring harmonies and tickle your funny bone with their quick wit.
Another artist returning to this year’s festival is Juno Award nominee and Canadian Folk Music Award winner, John Wort Hannam.The Fort Macleod native’s style has been compared to the likes of John Prine, Louden Wainwright III, and Steve Earle. Born in the U.K. and raised in southern Alberta, Wort Hannam earned degrees in Native American Studies and Native Education and taught on reserves for five years.
Since quitting his teaching job, he has been nominated for three Western Canadian Music Awards, a North American Folk Alliance Award, and three Canadian Folk Music Awards — winning the Contemporary Album of the Year in 2010.
In the same year, he also earned a Juno nod for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year.
While she can usually be found playing with her band THE LEFT BEHINDS, Kathryn Smith is taking a step outside her comfort zone to try her hand at this “solo performing” thing. A Calgary-based theatre designer, and song writer, people usually describe her songs as quirky stories told through a unique instrumental vehicle. Her songs are sculpted by lyrics describing things such as shooting birds in a public park, an ongoing feud between “Tasha and Cowboy”, and likening your veins to rivers and streams.
 Jessica Benini is a one-woman band based out of Victoria, B.C. With a collage of folk, roots, blues and gospel, blended with her own salt-water sound, Benini comically engages the audience with a heartfelt performance. A graduate from Rosebud School of the Arts in 2005, she has since released two albums, been nominated for Vocal Performance of the Year at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards, Best Live Act in 2012, and came third at the 2010 Islands Folk Festival songwriting competition. This past year she toured Quebec, and has been featured at Broadway Sessions in Times Square, as well as showcased for Songwriter Sessions at the Bitter End, in N.Y.C.
This year’s musical acts include: Garfield Sproule (Rosebud, Alta.); Badland Boars (band, Rosebud); Loose Kannons, (Fort Macleod, Alta. Erin Bourke-Henderson RSA grad); Sienna Howell-Holden (Calgary,  Alta.); Caitlyn O’Connor (Calgary, ); KeLa (Edmonton); The Catalyst (band, Calgary), Randall Wiebe (Rosebud); Halterman Boyz  (St Albert, Alta.), John Wort Hannam (Fort Macleod) with Southern Alberta Songwriting Society; Natalie Gauthier (Lethbridge, Alta.); Lauren Hamm (Rosebud); Kathryn Smith (Calgary); Mike Thiessen, (Lethbridge); Christina Colyn (blues band, Calgary), Joe Vickers (duo, Drumheller, Alta.); Jessica Benini (Victoria, B.C.); Kjel Erickson, (Rosebud); Cyra and Jaala Stolz (Rosebud); Boxcar Acoustic Trio (blues, Drumheller); The Dearhearts (trio, Rosebud); Son of Ray and Mitch Belot (Calgary); Bill’s Big Band, (Rosebud).
WHO & WHAT:
15 Minutes of Fame Music Festival — Rosebud (the hamlet’s) 10th annual outdoor Music Festival. A diverse, one-day music festival featuring an eclectic mix of established artists as well as up-and-coming and amateur musicians. Also enjoy local arts and crafts vendors, great food and beverages and ice cream.
 Advance tickets are $18 (individuals) or $45 (family). Tickets on day of event are $20 (individuals) or $50 (family). Age four and under get in free. Purchase Tickets online. Tickets will also be sold during the Festival at 15 Minutes of Fame Box Office Tent on Main Street. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are cash only.
What to bring to the festival:
This is an outdoor festival, so bring all-weather duds, a blanket or tarp and low-sitting lawn chairs (tall lawn chairs will only be allowed at the back and along the edges). Do not bring alcoholic beverages. Wine and beer are available at the Thorny Rose Café.
What types of food will be available at the festival? Wild Horse Jack’s will be serving up their signature barbecue recipes. Ginger Hutchison will have her usual favourites available at the Thorny Rose Café. You also can enjoy a refreshing beer or glass of wine in her outdoor garden space. You can finish off by scooping up a cool treat at Sarah’s Ice Cream. Bring your appetite.

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