Dog Patch Music Festival ready for the spotlight


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August 7, 2014 10:37 AM

Festival begins Aug. 15 at noon

Cowpuncher, The Coal Creek Boys, Theresa Sokyrka, The Steadies, and The Tim Vaughn Band, some of the biggest names in folk music today are heading to the Dog Patch Music Festival, for what event organizers are calling a time to reconnect with your family and neighbours.

Marc Butler, the president and event organizer of Dog Patch Music Festival, said the purpose for the two-day festival which runs next Friday and Saturday, is reconnecting with the neighbours and getting to know your friends again.

“We are aiming at having an atmosphere of community, getting people out and enjoying each others’ company like festivals did in the ‘60s and ‘70s,” he said.

With the festival just over a week away, Butler and his team have released the lineup of the festival, and said that there were recent additions to the festival that brings in more local talent from the Lloydminster and surrounding area.

“Sam Lundell of Lloydminster, will be on stage on Friday night. He plays everything from fiddle to keyboard to guitar,” he said.

The lineup for the two-day music festival in Whelan, Sask. is set, starting at noon on Friday, Sister Grace, from St. Walburg, will be opening the festival, after that Lundell will be on stage.

With the event just under a week away, Butler said that he has spent the better part of the last two weeks working to prepare for the crowds to attend the music festival.

“We have completed the stage, and it is up, the tech booth is framed in, the children’s park is done. I had a bunch of land dug up and sand brought in,” he said. “The volleyball court is almost done, we are just waiting for the poles to come in.”

This upcoming Wednesday, Butler said is when the tents will be arriving for the vendors. “We will have a lot of different vendors at the music festival, with a tattoo artist, a psychic, who does tarot reading and palm reading. I’ve got a massage therapist coming in as well.”

Butler said that there will be more services offered throughout the week, as everyday vendors are continuously asking him if they can come to set up at the event.

When asked if they are ready for the concert goers to arrive, Butler jokingly said, “Ready as we ever can be.”

The festival kicks off on Aug. 15, and will run from noon to 10:30 p.m. A midnight show will kick off from 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m both Saturday and Sunday.

The MC for the festival will be Andy Sparacino, from the Canadian indie-cult movie FUBAR. Butler said that with Sparacino at the event, the festival will now be taped for a documentary that Sparcino is in.

Sparacino played TRON in the film FUBAR.

Tickets still available, online or at the gate of the music festival, for $40. Tickets can be purchased at

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