In its sixth year, the Badlands Boogie is bringing music to the historic Graham Ranch this weekend.
The annual concert, which helps raise funds with an eye on saving the East Coulee Truss Bridge, goes this holiday long weekend with three days of music and camping.
“It is looking like it is going to be nice weather and we are going to have our best Badlands Boogie ever,” said organizer John Barry Graham.
This year there will be over 30 performers including blues mainstay Harpdog Brown. The performers run the range from folk, rock, blues, and rap. There is a collection of musicians such as Cathie Brown and J. McLean. With so many restrictions due to COVID-19, festivals all over have been cancelled, Graham said music fans and musicians are looking forward to the event.
“This will be our year to shine. There are no other festivals going, the bands are just itching to play,” said Graham.
He said due to restrictions because of pandemic they are limited to selling just 200 tickets for the event. They are taking all the recommended measures including social distancing and gathering in cohorts and are providing hand washing and sanitizing stations. The camping area adheres to spacing requirements.
There will be food trucks on-site to provide food as well as other vendors.
He said over the history of the event, they have been able to collect approximately $7,500 for the East Coulee Truss Bridge and is hopeful this year they are able to contribute more to the cause, and over time grow the festival.
The performances begin on Friday, September 4 at 5 p.m. and continue until Sunday night. Tickets are available by going to eventbrite.ca