The eighth annual MUSICWestport will feature two stages and seven groups, all in downtown Westport on Sat., Aug. 16.
The two stages are behind The Cove and on Spring Street next to Artemisia.
The free afternoon of concerts, sponsored by the Westport Arts Council and local businesses, runs from Noon until 6 p.m.
The line-up includes a far-ranging selection of music from bluegrass to country to rock and roll.
It all starts with a kick-off party Fri., Aug. 15 featuring H'SAO from Montreal at The Cove.
Drawing from gospel, traditional African music, as well as their Chadian roots, H'sao display clear soul, pop, and R&B
Saturday starts off with the Voice of the Rideau singing competition from 10 a.m. to noon. The auditions are July 19.
On Sat., Aug. 16, the Artemisia stage has entertainment from noon to 5 p.m. and The Cove stage runs from 12:30 to 6 p.m.
The line-up includes:
Alex The Folk Band
Alex the Folk Band is an eight-member, music-making cooperative that specializes in harmony vocals and fiddle-based instrumentals. For 20 years and counting, the Orillia-based group has performed in concert. The band's repertoire ranges from traditional tunes and songs to contemporary roots-based material, and its rousing gospel set has twice been featured at the John Arcand Fiddle Fest in Saskatoon.
Mikey & The Reelers
What started out as a bit of fun four years ago has turned into more of the same for Westport's Mike Cochrane and his fellow angler-musicians.
Mikey and the Reelers and their self-titled album of fun fishing songs, is the result of playing, angling and the occasional pint.
The album's contributors got to know each other through years of membership in the exclusive Gan Fishing Club.
The impromptu group released their CD last year.
Ryan Myshrall and Peter Elkas join him on the album.
Elkas has an extensive music background and would be familiar to CBC Radio listeners as well. Ryan Myshral is an accomplished professional bass player, studio and touring musician.
Kevin Warren Quartet
A November 2010 tour to France, Italy and Belgium with the Rafael Zaldivar Trio marked the trio's establishment as rising Canadian Jazz artists. In 2011, Kevin was awarded the TD Grand Jazz Award at the 2011 Montreal International Jazz Festival.
In the words of Rob Baker (The Tragically Hip) "Miss Emily is a truly gifted singer. Her voice is rich and soulful - she can slip from sweet and seductive to commanding and fierce and back again in the tradition of the finest blues and soul singers.
In 2011 Kingston based 'Miss Emily' received accolades from Gene Simmons (KISS) & Matt Wells (MuchMoreMusic), played to 25,000 people alongside The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts Band & The Trews in Bobcaygeon.
Bob Burtch Bluegrass
Despite spending much of the last 70-plus years playing the mandolin, Newboro area native Bob Burtch hasn't lost that gleam in his eye when it comes to music.
Burtch was born in Elgin and grew up near Crosby where he got into music at an early age.
Burtch was playing in a country band by the time he was 10. He was in his own country band by the time he was 14, the Pacesetters, and they lasted 20 years.
Burtch got to test his talents with some Nashville musicians when he met up with Jesse and Jim McReynolds of the Virginia Boys. They invited him to play at a wedding for Mike Scott, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and they stayed close after that.
Their influence was part of the reason Burtch started playing more bluegrass along with the country staples.
Propelled by a steamroller of percussion and energized by jazz horns, Toronto's Drumhand draws inspiration from the danceable circuitous rhythms of hot climates from Bahia, Brazil to Ghana, West Africa and from India to New Orleans.
Patrick Krief is a Canadian musician and singer-songwriter. Krief is known as the guitarist for The Dears since 2004.
In 2006, he made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.