This weekend, three festivals in the city will draw crowds from different sects of music lovers to watch a multitude of bands play from morning ’til night.
Phogfest, in it’s second year, will play host to nine bands in the parking lot behind the Phog Lounge on Saturday, August 14th. Touted as the country’s best live music venue in 2009, Phog regularly brings Canadian acts to Windsor for us to enjoy, and this weekend’s festival will spotlight some of country’s best bands to the stage, including Locusts Have No King, Grand Analog and Young Rival. Phogfest runs from 1pm to 11pm, and tickets are $10.
The Doomsday Festival, happening down Ouellette at The Blind Dog, will entice the city’s metalheads to take in some local acts as they welcome over 40 bands to three stages. The main stage will see bands like Odium, the Vaudevillianaires and Weapon of Choice play 20-minute sets from 12 noon to 2am on Saturday, August 14th. The small stage and the “boiler room” will host even more of the city’s metal music offerings. Tickets to this event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Finally, the Sun Life Financial Reggae and Reggaeton Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, at the Riverfront Festival Plaza. Not just a music festival, the family-friendly event will offer arts and crafts, watermelon/jerk chicken/hot tamale eating contests, Reggae and Reggaeton karaoke and for the first time in Southwestern Ontario, the Dancehall Queen Contest. Performances by acts like Kwesi Selassie, Frankie Paul, Fito Blanko and IWayne will take place both days, and VIP after-parties on both nights will keep the beats going. Tickets range in price, and can be purchased online here.
So how’s about it Windsor? Which music festival will you be taking in this weekend?