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2018 Bell Live Series at the King Eddy

Are YOU ready? This July 6th-15th, the famous King Eddy returns for 10 days of live music during the stampede week! This historic venue will then officially re-open as a live music venue on July 20th- how exciting!

A bit of History:

The King Edward Hotel originally opened in 1905. In the 1980s, the Eddy — as locals lovingly call it — became known as a live music venue, specifically for blues music. Dubbed “Calgary’s home of the blues,” the Eddy welcomed some of the greats, such as John Hammond, Buddy Guy, Pintetop Perkins and Otis Rush.

Today, the building has been re-vamped by, and is now owned by the National Music Centre.

We’ve provided a taste of the resurrected King Eddy over the past two years by piloting successful live music programs like the Bell Live Series, and we’re excited to bring it back with another great lineup,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of the National Music Centre. “Opening the King Eddy as a permanent live music venue, bar and restaurant will allow us to greatly expand our programming mandate, attract new audiences, and continue to build on the Eddy’s storied musical legacy.

The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy will run daily from July 6-15, 11:30 am to 2:00 am. Admission is free during the day and a cover will be in place after 7:00 pm until close for all headliner shows. Check for headliner ticket prices.

Some Headliners:

  • Kingston “newgrass” act The Abrams
  • Edmonton-based country artist Karac Hendriks
  • Calgary country-folk troubadour Tim Hus
  • Powerhouse vocalist and Country 105 Rising Star Lauren Mayell
  • Lethbridge country crooner Trevor Panczak
  • Calgary singer-songwriter Ken Stead

To all music lovers, you can also visit Studio Bell, the home of the National Music Centre! During Stampede, there will be five interactive exhibitions taking place here, including pieces from the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection and exhibits from the Stampede’s Grandstand Show.

The King Eddy will officially re-open as a live music venue on July 20th (a Friday!) Regular hours will be Monday to Wednesday, 11 am to 10 pm; Thursday and Friday, 11 am to 2 am; Saturday, 9 am to 2 am; and Sunday, 9 am to 10 pm.

Stay tuned for an official opening party to take place in the Fall!

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See you there!