Centerfield Line up
The Lakeland's Premiere music festival kicks off the summer. Set in the historic Jaycee Ballpark in the shadow of the world's first & only UFO Landing Pad in beautiful St. Paul, Alberta, Centerfield Music Festival presented by MCSNet kicks off Canada 150 with some of the country's brightest stars in country and rock & roll. Two days, ten bands?? Batter-Up!
Friday: Gates: 5:00pm
5:30pm - The Rural Routes
6:45pm - Front Porch Roots Revue
8:00pm - Madeline Merlo
9:45pm - Corb Lund
Saturday: Gates: 2:30pm
3:00pm - Second Son
4:15pm - KC Jones
6:00pm - George Fox
7:45pm - James Barker Band
9:45pm - Gord Bamford
*Set times subject to change
Australian-born & Alberta-raised, Gord Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, multi JUNO nominations and the only two- time winner out of Nashville’s Country Music Association (CMA) receiving the 2013 & 2015 CMA Global Country Artist award. But it is his distinctive sound and songwriting ability that defines Gord Bamford as one of country music’s best neotraditional artists and like so many others that have come before him; Bamford is not an overnight success. He has spent the better part of the last 20 years honing his craft, working to get where he is today.
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Recorded with his long time band The Hurtin’ Albertans (Grant Siemens on electric guitar and lap steel, Kurt Ciesla on bass and Brady Valgardson on drums), Things That Can’t Be Undone is a self- assured and mature set of songs that pairs Lund’s characteristically sharp songcraft with a bevy of new sounds, thrusting his mix of earnest Americana, rollicking honky tonk and rousing alt-country to new heights. “I would like to think it’s a healthy balance of pushing our stylistic boundaries and pushing our audience’s ears, but keeping it familiar enough so that they’re not totally alienated,” explains Lund. “I think I’ve trained them by now to expect different things.”
James Barker Band
Ontario-crafted country outfit James Barker Band formed in 2013, and consists of James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephen. As winners of the 2015 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, they were awarded a release with Universal Music Canada and an all-inclusive trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The band was also given the opportunity to open for Thomas Rhett on the Boots and Hearts main stage in front of 40,000 of country music’s biggest fans and returned to play the mainstage at the festival in 2016.
Hailing from Maple Ridge, BC, Madeline Merlo is a CCMA Award and two-time BCCMA Award winning artist, with four Top 15 singles under her belt. Just weeks after a recent move to Nashville, Merlo landed on US Weekly’s List of best-dressed artists at the Country Music Awards. She is currently collaborating with some of the biggest names in country on new music, continuing to live up to Spotify’s prediction that she will be one of the biggest rising stars to watch.
Once upon a time there was a young man growing up on Foothills AB who dreamed of a world beyond the rolling hills of the family cattle ranch. He Had many an hour aboard the John Deere to contemplate his future. He tended the cattle, bailed the hay fixed fences - and wrote songs.
The story is well known by now. George Fox got his record deal and made a lasting mark on the country world. A keen observer of people and places. He traveled the world and his home country from St John to Victoria for the next 15 years.....
Front Porch Roots Revue
With five years of gigging and recording under its collective belt the Front Porch Roots Revue has earned a reputation as an act that is both exciting and dependable yet one that is continually evolving and coming at at its audiences from any number of musical reference points.
With bassist Ron Rault, harmonica player David “Crawdad Cantera” , guitarist Gord Matthews and drummer Thom Moon as the current “core” members, Front Porch continues to work from the premise that there is strength in numbers. The other constant is the Front Porch Roots Revue equation is that there is no reason to not explore both the music written by band members, songs found in the discographies of great artists that make for great theme based shows, and traditional music, whether it be blues, country, gospel and/or folk....
St. Paul’s own KC Jones formed in 1992 and hailed the A circuit country and festival scene across Canada for the next 9 years. During that time, they had a number of songs on the Canadian country charts, including videos on CMT. Their high point was in 1997 when they received multiple nominations for the CCMA citation awards which included independent vocal group of the year and independent song of the year for ͞The Only Way is the Highway" Tony Noel and Ryan Pugh are still actively playing music today with their own bands, but are excited to reunite for the first time at Centerfield Music Fest!
The Rural Routes
Based out of Edmonton, Alberta, married music duo The Rural Routes have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and entertained countless since embarking on their musical journey. Sharing East Coast and Southern Albertan pedigree, the pairs' songwriting has always been reflective of both their roots and long time bond with one another.
The release of The Rural Routes self-titled debut album has garnered acclaim world-wide. The album tracks Small Town Girl and Real Good Night have been charting on radio stations in over 50 countries across the globe. Closer to home, the duo has recently been nominated for an Edmonton Music Award.
Highlighted performances by The Rural Routes include The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, private concerts for The Prime Minister of Canada, and all of Canada's provincial Premier's. Invited as support acts, and sharing stages with Big Wreck, Colin James, Big Sugar and Doc Walker are a few of the duos numerous honors.
Raw, genuine authenticity with a reverent charm and class that is second to none. The Rural Routes are Alesha and Brendon Bondy.
St. Paul, Alberta based band Second Son bring a wide range of musical influences to the table. The four members of Second Son include Daryl Skakun (bass), Terry Carter (drums), Tyler Fodchuk (lead guitar/lead vocals), and Justin Lock (lead vocals/guitar).
Influences range from rock, country, Southern rock, blues, metal, and pop which you can hear in our covers and original material.