What's going on at day two of the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Posted by Jon Roe on 24 July 2015

The gates open at 2:30 p.m., so you can settle in to the weekend early. Here’s some picks for the second day.

Treat for the early beer garden occupants: Blues Swayed Shoes Workshop

Participants: Bombino, Kim Churchill, Cécile Doo-Kingué, Lynn Olagundoye

Bombino was the first act up on the mainstage on Thursday. If you didn’t get off work on time, you likely missed him. You can catch the Nigerian again taking part in this workshop featuring local new soul singer Lynn Olagundoye. The stage is the one just over the fence from the beer gardens. Do with that information what you will. Friday at Field Law Stage 3, 3 p.m. 

Straight from the equator: Puerto Candelaria

The Colombians launch Friday’s mainstage lineup with their blend of their country’s folk music with jazz, Latin and Caribbean rhythms. Any tarpsters with speedwalking muscle pulls or cramps that come with camping overnight will be able to dance them out. Friday at Mainstage, 5:45 p.m. 

Party-starter: Black Joe Lewis

Last time Black Joe Lewis was in town was last fall, where his show was opposite the Arcade Fire show at the ‘Dome. You can be forgiven for missing him. The musical calendar is a bit clearer for this appearance (his set straddles Frazey Ford and Hawksley Workman on the mainstage). You can’t be forgiven for missing him again. Friday at National Stage 4, 7:35 p.m.

The headliner: Father John Misty

Prior to his stint at Glastonbury last month, Father John Misty (real name, Joshua Tillman, former drummer of the Fleet Foxes) was kind enough todole out some advice to festival goers for The Guardian.

Key question: what’s the best night for getting really drunk at a festival? “Every day at a festival is more or less indistinguishable from the day proceeding or following it. My experience of festivals is milling around in small groups, joylessly asking one another if you plan on seeing a band and being asked ‘How are you doing?’ by acts on stage. I’d say each and every day at a festival is only improved by getting completely sloshed.”

Expect a bit of sarcastic humour paired with his beautiful and cynical lyrics. Friday at Mainstage, 10:20 p.m.