The King Eddy will host Eddy Fest, a four-day music showcase, from October 4-7. The event will celebrate the legacy of the venue and toast the Eddy’s next chapter as a vanguard of Calgary’s live music scene.
Eddy Fest will embrace its mandate to provide all music for all people with a lineup from a wide range of local and out-of-town acts. Eddy Fest will pay homage to the venue’s history as a blues bar on the opening night, then open it up to other genres for the remainder of the weekend—showcasing an eclectic mix of performances that represent the “new” Eddy.
“Since our soft opening on July 20, we’ve hosted artists from across all genres and backgrounds, partnered with various arts and culture organizations, and collaborated with grass roots organizations to present local and national artists,” said Rich Taylor, the King Eddy’s Talent Buyer. “Eddy Fest is a great example and realization of our vision as a community hub.”
Early bird four-day weekend passes are on sale now for $50 until September 24 at kingeddy.ca. Limited early bird passes available. Tickets for individual nights will go on sale soon with more headliners to be announced in the coming week.
Long-time Calgarians are familiar with the King Eddy story: a former hotel rising to fame as a live music venue for blues greats. After its 2004 closure, the historical structure was restored to anchor the new National Music Centre facility and eventually reopen as a fulltime venue. The vision was realized when the Eddy reopened its doors full-time as a venue, bar and restaurant on July 20.
In addition to its stellar roster of musical talent, the King Eddy kitchen will be offering Southern-inspired culinary delights from the new King Eddy menu. Attendees can take advantage of all-day Happy Hour running Thursday through Sunday, featuring craft beer and more.
“We will be highlighting items from our well-received Southern-influenced menu,” says Jynnifer Gibson, General Manager at the King Eddy. “Think comforting classics reworked for a concert-going crowd that’s fueling up for a show.”
About the King Eddy As a cornerstone of the National Music Centre development, the rich civic and musical history of the King Edward Hotel spanned more than 100 years in Calgary and is the primary reason that NMC chose to construct Studio Bell on its current site. The hotel was one of the first built in Calgary along 9 Avenue in 1905, and throughout its history, was a home and destination for travelers, settlers, musicians, music fans, and citizens from all walks of life. From the early 1980s until it closed in 2003, the “Eddy” had a respected local, national and international reputation for great live music and was affectionately known as “Calgary’s Home of the Blues.” This legacy of great live music and atmosphere in an authentic setting contributed to the Eddy being recognized as an important piece of
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