By Jodi Brak
January 15, 2016
30 years of making noise: High Performance Rodeo celebrates three decades
CALGARY — Every seat and most of the standing room at the #1 Legion was full on January 15th for the Calgary Songs Project, a celebration of local songwriters who have made an impact on the Calgary music community over the last 30 years.
Tied in with the 30th anniversary of High Performance Rodeo, the show featured a lineup of several local artists from a range of genres playing covers of influential Calgary songs. Napalmpom, Forbidden Dimension, The Von Zippers, The Shiverettes, Tom Phillips and the Union Choir all took the stage to share why these songs were special to them and to perform their own signature version of the tune.
A high point in the show was watching the crowd flock to the dance floor for Tom Phillips’ cover of The Dudes classic “Dropkick Queen of the Weekend.” The band made an abrupt switch from the more mellow country vibe, cranked up the tempo and went into rock and roll mode. All the acts were phenomenal, but this high energy cover really set the tone for the rest of an excellent night.
High Performance Rodeo runs through January 31st. Hear the songs chosen as part of the project playing from the tree-like structures on Stephen Avenue. See the full live album of the Jan. 15 concert on our Facebook page.#1 Royal Canadian Legion, AB, Alberta, Calgary Songs Project, Forbidden Dimension, High Performance Rodeo, High Performance Rodeo 2016, Napalmpom, The Shiverettes, The Von Zippers, Tom Phillips, Union Choir