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how to survive summer if you’re an SRB fan in alberta

festival darlings the sam roberts band continue to reign rock and roll on the east coast, captivating crowds of ten-thousand plus in buffalo and halifax so far this summer. calls last weekend’s turf set in toronto “incredible,” complete with a “magical” brother down. alina bykova captured these lovely photos of the SRB’s incredible turf magic . . .

sam at turf

sam and dave at turf

. . . and you can check out a bunch more of alina’s awesome photos right here

this weekend, it’s festival d’ete in quebec city on friday, and bluesfest in ottawa on sunday. 

this post gives us a shameless reason to stare at the sam roberts band’s summer festival tour schedule. i love the lo-fantasy cover art. also, the words “sam roberts band” and “tour” in the same sentence.

summer festival tour

there are two gi-normous non-festival holes in this sched-yule. chronologically, those gaps would be 1) the SRB’s show at the tumbler ridge golf course and country club in tumbler ridge, bc on august 10, and 2) minotaur’s trip to burlington, nl from august 22 – 24.

in related news, alberta is going all buffalo on the SRB’s facebook page. in SRB-less alberta (alberta), it appears the SRB have forgotten our summer date this year. there’s no k-days, or deathfest, or peacefest, or anything fun starting in SRB and ending in fest.

before we panic and cancel summer (because summer isn’t really summer without the SRB, is it?) let’s not forget this facebook’d photo from happier times at the calgary stampede last year. do these look like guys who’d just wear our cowboy hats and forsake us?! never.

there’s gotta be a cross-canada tour in the works. obviously, the sooner it’s announced, the sooner we’ll all sleep better at night, but there’s no doubt the SRB will most definitely bring lo-fantasy to wildrose country, and it will be awesome.  when it comes to the SRB and alberta, the feeling is definitely mutual.

right now, you’ve got three (3) options for live SRB in western canada this summer, albertans. all the same weekend, too. there’s friday at regina’s folk fest (with the ever-so-talented joel plaskett), saturday at squamish, and sunday in tumbler ridge.

bold prediction: alberta can survive their SRB-less summer because there’s a show in tumbler ridge.  

bold confession: i am almost more excited about the tumbler ridge show, and i’ve got tickets to both nights at the kee.

about tumbler ridge . . . . if you’re driving: it’s about eleven hours from calgary, and eight from edmonton. three-ish from northeastern bc or northwestern alberta. who cares? these details are minor, because road trips are the best, and the best road trips end with SRB.

it’s the summer (there’s like, fourteen hours of daylight in this part of the world). it’s a sunday. you can camp (or not – there’s hotels). tumbler ridge is beautiful. there’s kinuso falls and hiking trails and the people are crazy friendly. see? there you go. only reasons to go. 

the tumbler ridge show is august 10, and you can buy tickets by phone. a super enthusiastic dude named graham will sell them to you.

traditionally – historically, even – august is a delightful time to see the SRB live, and small, small-town shows never disappoint (ever), because the vibe and music always rock. there’s only gonna be a few hundred people at the tumbler ridge golf and country club. you should be one of us.

i will see you in tumbler ridge! until i do . . . here’s without a map from the SRB’s 2011 stop in edmonton, because remembering is fun:

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hello, buffalo!

we don’t play favourites here at the bootleg saint. you know that, right? there are no favourites. i love every one of you exactly the same.

except the people in buffalo.

i might love the devoted, hardcore SRB fans of buffalo justslightly more than everybody else. because the good folks of buffalo do not mess around when it comes to their beloved sam roberts band. they are loud and loyal and my kinda people for sure.

when the lo-fantasy tour kicked off, buffalo fans used social media to politely request a show – repeatedly. for days. when the show wasn’t immediately announced, the tweets got serious. give us our tour date now, they said, and nobody gets hurt. (maybe i added that last part myself).

it isn’t a one-sided love affair, either. everybody knows the srb loves buffalo as much as buffalo loves the SRB. according to sam, buffalo is one of their favourite places to play.

ask and you’ll receive: the SRB is playing a canalside show this thursday before heading to the wyep music festival in pittsburgh on saturday. the buffalo show is free, but $40 VIP tickets include unlimited beer AND all-important front of the stage access. (pssst . . .  you should go for this option. it seems like a good deal to me).

alternative buffalo is gushing and glowing about the srb’s show this week. they’re giving altfamily members the chance to win their way into an acoustic show and meet and greet. listen to alternative buffalo to find out how you can win.

when i’m not freaking out ’cause we were born in a flame turns eleven this summer, or nuge released his own ep last summer, i’m checking out serious stuff called analytics. according to the pie charts and fancy graphs behind the scenes, we’ve got traffic from the empire state. it is definitely a good day in the world of sam roberts band fan blogs when you’ve reached buffalo and the SRB’s stronghold in the east.

albany isn’t buffalo, exactly. or at all, really –  it’s about five hours away – but the sam roberts band played the hollow in albany back in may, and it looked like one helluva good time. 

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