A week after moving indoors to the Centennial Arena for their successful kick off, Makin’ Waves Music Festival is hoping for better weather as Toronto’s The Sadies head to Sydney for their only East Coast performance of the summer. Presented by Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Recreation and the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative (CBMIC), Makin’ Waves Music Festival presents weekly concerts in Wentworth Park with performances from artists recognized nationally and regionally for their outstanding talents. The week’s concert is presented by Centre 200.
The Sadies are a Juno award winning ensemble that has been performing around the world since 1994. Perfecting a style of music that is uniquely their own, The Sadies combine the best elements of country and bluegrass with rock n’ roll guitars and surf instrumentals. The Sadies have recorded and performed with legends such as Neil Young, Blue Rodeo, Gord Downie, Garth Hudson (The Band), Neko Case, and Randy Bachman while still releasing their own material and touring throughout the world supporting their more than ten albums.
Opening the show will be a new ensemble made of veteran Sydney musicians, Midnight Mary. Fronted by the soaring voice of local songwriter Colette Deveaux, the band mixes folk and rock songwriting with sweet lyrics and tasteful arrangements. Completing the group are Redmond MacDougall of Pretty Archie, Shane O’Handley of the Tom Fun Orchestra, and Andrew Greig of The Jaynes. Opening performances at Makin’ Waves are presented by Sound Source Pro Audio.
Makin’ Waves Music Festival is part of Destination Cape Breton’s “16 in 16” – Can’t miss festivals and events on Cape Breton Island this summer. Makin’ Waves is brought to you in part by contributions from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and festival partners Mayflower Mall, Centre 200, 103.5 The Eagle, and Ascendo Fitnes