If you’re looking for great live music but would rather steer clear of the downtown core and Stampede Park this week, here are four events worth checking out. Most get started around 9 p.m., with cover charges ranging from $5 to $15. Check venue websites for details.
1. Linda McRae | Thursday, July 4 | Oak Tree Tavern, upstairs (124 10 St. N.W.)
West Coast roots music icon Linda McRae is a multi-talented artist with 25 years of recording and performing experience. With a resume that spans from playing bass and singing in fabled early-’80s all-girl Vancouver quintet Bolero Lava to an eight-year stint as a member of Spirit of the West, McRae’s career remains in high gear. Her latest solo release, “Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts,” picked up an Album of the Year nomination at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The Oak Tree Tavern is collecting flood relief donations for the Canadian Red Cross, so be generous with your spare cash.
2. Flatline Phoenix | Friday, July 5/Saturday, July 6 | House RestoBar (380 Canyon Meadows Dr. S.E.)
Flatline Phoenix is a rockin’ five-piece cover band that leans toward gritty classic rock. Think Black Crowes, Georgia Satellites, Led Zeppelin and the Doors – among others. High-energy musicianship and vocals mean a good time is yours for the taking.
3. Starewell CD release | Saturday, July 6 | Rock Lounge at Studio 37 (1690 37 St. S.W.)
Calgary rock trio Starewell releases its fifth studio album, Trophy Life. With a radio-friendly melodic rock sound and excellent vocals, Starewell’s years on the scene have forged the band into a formidable force. Opening acts include Escaping Evil and Oldbury.
4. Stray Arc | Sunday, July 7 | Blind Beggar Pub (106 5211 Macleod Tr. S.W.)
The Blind Beggar can always be counted on to offer up a serving of uncompromising original Calgary rock ‘n’ roll in a flood-free setting overlooking Macleod Trail. Sunday night, Stray Arc brings its triple-guitar attack to the Beggar stage. Formed in 2010, the five-piece describes its sound as “northern rock,” influenced by Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nazareth and April Wine. Upside Downtown will also perform.