Edmonton’s Winspear Centre got folky on Saturday night, as Texas’ own Shakey Graves graced the stage with his bluesy tunes of life and love.
Leading the night with Winnipeg’s Begonia. The Canadian singer-songwriter strutted onto the stage with a smile and her bubbly personality. Displaying a soulful opening performance, Begonia harnessed her audience’s attention, with vocal runs that could give even Adele a run for her money. Sharing with the crowd that she’s a Manitoban and receiving a very welcoming response, Begonia sang songs of heartbreak, redemption and an infamous hotdog stand, rounding out her set nicely with an upbeat pop tune that had the audience clapping to the beat and cheering for more, solidifying the opinion that she’s a true musical diamond in the Canadian rough.
Shakey Graves stepped onto the stage wearing a smile and began cracking jokes immediately, warming up the Winspear Centre for a night of music, laughter and camaraderie before diving into an intimate rendition of solo songs like “Built to Roam” and “Where Is My Mind?” by The Pixies. Shakey then took the time to tell stories of his first time in Edmonton, playing the Edmonton Folk Fest and how that experience solidified Edmonton’s special spot in his heart.
Shakey then invited his band onto the stage as they boomed into “Kids These Days” which drew many hoots and hollers from the audience. The band rolled over into “Bully’s Lament,” and before hammering into another track, Shakey took the time to raise a glass to the near sold-out room, thanking everyone for being there this evening and reminding them that despite the hardships that came out of the last two years, we’re all here together and living in the moment right now, and that’s worth celebrating.
The tall Texan singer-songwriter closed out the night with the fan-favourite tune, “Roll The Bones” which had the audience singing along and screaming for just one more Shakey tune. He thanked Edmonton once again with a promise of returning and raised his glass once more before walking off stage for the evening.