Winnipeg rock fans can relive the past two ways at outdoor concerts at the Burton Cummings Theatre held over two weekends in late August.
Not only will the Burt Block Party, scheduled for Aug. 20, 21 and 27, remind spectators of what going to a concert was like prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the acts on the stage will be a blast from the past as well.
Vancouver’s 54-40, which earned three platinum albums in the 1990s, headline the Aug. 20 lineup, which will also include the Jim Cuddy Band and the Northern Pikes.
Saskatoon retro-rockers the Sheepdogs take the stage on Aug. 21 with Vancouver band Said the Whale opening.
Burt Block Party winds up Aug. 27 with Streetheart, the Winnipeg mainstays who hit it big in the late 1970s and early 1980s with covers such as Here Comes the Night and Under My Thumb, headlining a bill with Canadian classic-rockers Honeymoon Suite and the Headpins.
All three nights will be hosted by the Village Idiots, creators of the video music series Live at the Roslyn.
The three nights of concerts, which begin at 5:30 p.m., will take place on the grounds outside the historic theatre in a configuration similar to the Barbeque and Blues Festival that took place there 2015 and 2016.
True North Sports and Entertainment says there will be room between Smith Street and Notre Dame Avenue for about 4,000 spectators each night, along with food trucks and areas for portable toilets and hand-washing areas.
Tickets for the $35.95 plus fees, and there are limited VIP passes available that offer access to an exclusive bar, indoor washrooms and a VIP viewing deck. The prices for the VIP passes are $99.50 plus fees each night.
The event is open to all fully vaccinated Manitobans over the age of 18 who can show proof of vaccination at the gate.
Alan Small has been a journalist at the Free Press for more than 22 years in a variety of roles, the latest being a reporter in the Arts and Life section.