By Greg Bennett
Lockeport will once again be the focus of a unique festival of women and song this weekend.
The Harmony Bazaar Festival will highlight dozens of female performers, including Canadian R&B songstress Jully Black who will perform on Saturday night.
The festival is brimming with talented performers as well as workshops to help the up and comer break into the music scene.
There will be many off-stage events surrounding the festival as well; everything from a vocal workshop to a partial capo workshop for guitar players.
Peggy O’Malley, belly dancer will put on a show along with other dancers from the Halifax area.
The after party is planned to be pumping with the sensational Theresa Malenfant performing for the dance. Her mastery behind the mike has brought her back by very popular demand.
“I am super pumped for this year’s lineup,” said artistic director Errin Williams-Spidle.
Festival organizers announced earlier this month that multiple Juno awarding winning Jully Black would be the headliner for the festiva. Famous for energetic R&B and pop hits like “Seven Day Fool” and “Running” the festival will be Black’s only Nova Scotian performance.
“Be ready to dance and have an out-of-your-seats kind of experience at this year’s festival; what with the amazing R&B talent of Jully Black and her full band, and many other incredible women artists this year’s festival is going to be so much fun,” exclaims Williams-Spidle.
An inspiring triple threat (singer, songwriter, performer), Black’s impressive accomplishments include a multitude of Juno nominations, including winning the 2008 Juno award for R&B/soul recording of the year for “Revival”, several Gold and Platinum records, and being dubbed “Canada’s Queen of R&B.”
A complete list of performers for this year’s Harmony Bazaar is online at www.harmonybazaar.com.
People can also find information on all the off-stage events there.
A schedule follows;
Friday, July 25
5:00 Gate Opens
5:00 Beer Garden Opens
5:00-5:30 Mother Pluckers Band
5:30-6pm Alyssa LeBlanc & Chelsea Nickerson
6:00-6:30 Kim Harris
6:30-7:00 Jessie Brown and the Black Divine
7:00-7:30 Dance – Peggy O’Malley (Tribal Belly Dance)
Barefoot in the Kitchen Party (Main Stage)
7:30-8:00 Irish Mythen
8:00-8:30 Christine Campbell
8:30-9:00 Doris Mason
9:00-9:30 Katey Day
9:30-10pm Kat Danser
10:00-11:00 The Secrets
11:00-12:00 Natalie Lynn
Saturday, July 26
11:00am Gate Opens
12-1:25 Open Mic with host: Julie Balish (Main Stage) Sponsored by Sobeys Shelburne
2-2:45 Songwriter’s Circle with Alyssa LeBlanc & Chelsea Nickerson, Kim Harris, Crystal Porter
2:45-3:30 Songwriter’s Circle with Doris Mason, Audra Raulyns, Connie Saulnier, Erika Kulnys
4pm Beer Garden Opens
3:30-4:00 Egyptian Belly Dance: Serpentine Studios Sponsored by Atlantic Moves
4:00-4:45 Strings Attached: Kat Danser, Christine Campbell, and Heather Styka (Main Stage) Sponsored by
6:00-6:20 Jessie Brown and the Black Divine (Side Stage)
6:30-6:50 The Secrets (Side Stage)
7pm Legends Stage: Irish Mythen, Erin Costelo, Kat Danser, Reeny Smith (Main Stage) Sponsored by
Town’s End Strings & Things
8:00- 8:20 Laura Roy (Side Stage)
8:30-8:50 Reeny Smith (Side Stage)
9pm Jully Black (Main Stage)
10:00 Late Night Dance with Theresa Malenfant (Lockeport Fire Hall)
19+ event, Additional Ticket Required (11.50 available at the main gate)
Sunday, July 27
11am Gate Opens
12:00-12:15 Contemporary Dance with Mati Williams
Belly Dance: Emily Stewart
12:15-1:00 Bert Townsend Music Camp Showcase Sponsored by Scott Fun & Games
1:00 Irish's Invitational