ENTERTAINMENT LINE UP
Your Portage Potato Festival Committee is pleased to announce 2 days worth of musical entertainment for your viewing/listening pleasure.
MAIN STAGE HEADLINER
Winnipeg’s Own MOTHER GROOVE.
LOCAL BAND: CROOKED ARCHERS
A trio of musicians from the Portage area formed in 2014/15, Crooked Archers (Rob Archer-Guitar and Vocals, Patrick Lefloch-Drums, Matt Evenson-Bass and Vocals) have found their own sound blending rock, blues and country into a style all their own. Fueled by a mutual love of writing and creating music, they continue to write original songs as well as cover some classic rock, country and new rock favorites. They appreciate every live performance and look forward to seeing new faces in each and every venue they perform.
LOCAL BAND: LOOSE UNIT
ADDITIONAL MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
Born in Thompson Mb and raised on a Parkland Family Farm, Nelson Little was destined for “country music”. Dauphin Mb’s 730 CKDM was the radio station Nelson tuned into during farm chores as a young man and eventually the ’70s and ’80s “country sound” would be the foundation of his songwriting. Nelson previously won the “Most Outstanding Manitoban Artist” award at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (2014). He was also nominated for “Country Album of the Year” at the same awards show. Nelson also released his second album “Ain’t Afraid of the Truth” in October of 2015 which is being played on country radio stations across Canada. He plans on raising his young family in the Portage La Prairie area where he also bases his Drywall and Taping Company and will continue to write music from home and perform in all of Manitoba.
FRIDAY NIGHT MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
Brennans’ Bounty is a family band formed by Charlie Brennan in Portage La Prairie, Mb in 2013. The band performs a variety of music, including original songs, country, bluegrass as well as classic rock. Joining Charlie is his wife Mavis Brennan, (vocals, keyboards), his stepson, Ian George (vocals, rhythm guitar, congas), his son Bryce Brennan (drums), and musical brother, Rob Zabowski, (bass guitar).
Charlie’s musical history dates back many years, having performed in several bands, the most notable being Double Eagle Band. In the 80’s Double Eagle toured with such prominent artists as Alabama, Ricky Skaggs, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Conway Twitty and George Strait. They won several MACA (Manitoba Association of Country Artists) awards and were nominated for several CMA and Juno Awards.
Brennans’ Bounty has a genuine love of country music and a serious commitment to three part harmony vocals. They have played many different venues in the past two years including clubs, festivals, fairs, concert halls as well as private function.
Dead Ringer is a metalcore act out of Portage la Prairie, MB and was formed at the end of 2013 with 3 friends who had been playing in a band for 5 years prior called Left For Dead. Since forming they’ve released a self titled E.P., went across a Western Canadian Tour titled “Dive To The Depths 2015”, released t-shirts, toques, belt buckles, jackets and more merch, and formed the promotion company called Badlands Promotions which was created to reform a scene in Portage la Prairie and try to make it a stop for touring bands, as well as inspire the next generation of musicians. Both of which it has done this far. With another tour and more merch in the plans Dead Ringer is only just getting started. “Support your local scenes!” #SYLS \m/
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