Calgary Stampede by Night
FOR 10 DAYS IN JULY, Calgary throws down its two-step of frat party and Western fantasy. During Stampede, locals and tourists might rip it up with concerts (DJ Shadow, Weezer, New Kids on the…Block?), beer tents, bars, clubs, and cover bands on stage rocking Don’t Stop Believing.
Our car pulls up at an annual event called the Round Up, taking place at Fort Calgary. Classic Creedence is booming from loudspeakers: “I ain’t no fortunate son!” It’s a great sounding cover band…until I realize it’s actually old John Fogerty himself, and 15,000 people are going berserk.