The Rainmaker Concert Series
The Rainmaker Rodeo has long been a staple in St. Albert ― and its concert series is one of its biggest hits. Run by the St. Albert Kinsmen Club, the Rainmaker kicks off the outdoor concert season in our region each year as talented local acts and big-name artists take the stage in Riel Park. “We’ve got an awesome concert line-up again this year,” says Leroy Norris, the Rainmaker’s Chairman. “Everything will run the same as previous years. We have a rock night and a country night, and the layout and times are the same.”
Friday, May 26 is rock night. The evening will feature some great Canadian classic rock music: Harlequin, best known for 1980s hits like “I Did it for Love” and “Superstitious Feeling;” Prism, with chart-toppers like “Spaceship Superstar” and “Don’t Let Him Know;” and The Headpins, whose hits include “Don’t it Make Ya Feel” and “Just One More Time.”
Saturday, May 27 is country night. Alberta’s own Brett Kissel will headline the show. Kissel, who has earned a Juno Award and six Canadian Country Music Awards, has become one of Canada’s top country music stars. Some of Kissel’s many hits include “Airwaves,” Raise Your Glass,” “Started with a Song” and “Cool with That.” Up-and-coming Canadian country artist Jeremy Dallas will open for Kissel, performing songs from his soon-to-be-released debut album.
According to Norris, concert-goers can expect big crowds on both Friday and Saturday night ― up to 2,000 people on Friday night and up to 3,500 people on Saturday. “Weather pending, we are expecting a sell-out on Saturday night. I would recommend that fans use the park-and-ride from Village Square Transit Centre. The buses go until about 1:45 a.m.”
Big numbers at Rainmaker events mean big things for St. Albert and surrounding communities. All of the profits from the concerts go to the St. Albert Kinsmen Club. “Any profits go right back into the community,” says Norris. “For example, we donated $10,000 to build a park at a school in Morinville. We are hoping to bring larger projects to St. Albert over the next couple of years as well.”
Tickets for both concerts are on sale now and are $39.99 each. “I just love the music and the atmosphere at the concerts,” says Norris. “It started as a local band and a beer tent and has grown into the big top we use today. It’s just such a hit every year.”
Last edited: August 28, 2017