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Calgary Folk Music Festival Day 2: Rain, shine, and fun for visitors

It takes more than a few rain showers to dampen the fun at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

And despite said rain on Friday, for day two of Folk Fest, there was little stopping revellers from taking in Bette Smith, The Wood Brothers on the mainstage, and Begonia on stage 4 during the downpour.

In fact, more than a few people traded sitting on their tarps for dancing next to the stages instead.

Anisha Bapodra was one of the visitors who was able to turn her afternoon sun shade into an impromptu rain shelter during the evening rain with a tarp-turned-tent.

“The sun shelter was definitely a must, and the tarp was in case the floor was wet from yesterday’s rain— it’s truly a fluke,” she said.

Bapodra didn’t think the rain would make it up from south Calgary to downtown for the evening shows, but even then she wasn’t going to let it ruin her night.

“We’ve got about eight more drink tickets to go through, so we’re gonna use them up before we’re heading out,” she laughed.

Business good for food truck vendors this year

The desire to stay, enjoy, and spend money was good news for the various food truck vendors on Prince’s Island Park for the festival.

“Rain or sun, it doesn’t matter,” said Dedy Mangenbulude, co-owner of Hungry Hero food truck which serve up authentic Indonesian cuisine.

Mangenbulude, who was in the middle of grilling when LiveWire spoke to him, said that there had been good changes for his business since prior Folk Fests.

He said that more clients were seeking out his business this year.

Day three of Folk Fest begins at 10:30 a.m. on July 23, with concerts by Robert Adam, VILDA, and Bryson Waind and the CB.

Indie rock superstars Spoon take to the mainstage at 10:15 p.m.

For more details on the lineup of performers for the entire Calgary Folk Music Festival weekend, see www.calgaryfolkfest.com.

Photos from day two of the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Folks head towards the main stage to lay down their tarps for the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Clea Anaïs performs on Stage 5 at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Clea Anaïs performs on Stage 5 at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Cherie Ratte and Kent Pigott change up their costumes for day two of the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Edmonton’s Cadence Weapon freestyles during a session with Xênia França and Manou Gallo at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Balaklava Blues performs on Stage 5 at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Balaklava Blues performs on Stage 5 at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Balaklava Blues performs on Stage 5 at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Folk Fest parade volunteers hold up one of the vintage pear lanterns used in the nightly lantern parade at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
JER and Quintet performs at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
JER and Quintet performs at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A couple finds a dry spot to drink their cocktails without the rain under a bridge at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Bette Smith performs on the main stage at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Bette Smith performs on the main stage at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A woman hides under her umbrella during a downpour at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A flock of geese try to join the tarps for Bette Smith’s concert at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
D’orjay the Singing Shaman performs in between Bette Smith and The Wood Brothers at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Wood Brothers perform at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Wood Brothers perform at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Wood Brothers perform at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Wood Brothers perform at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Wood Brothers perform at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Anouk, just 18 months old, plays in her first puddle at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Begonia performs at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Dancers groove to Begonia at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Dedy Mangenbulude, co-owner of Hungry Hero food truck, serves up authentic Indonesian cuisine at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Josh Ritter performs at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Dancers take in Josh Ritter’s performance at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Josh Ritter performs at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Fellow musicians take in Josh Ritter’s performance at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island Park on Friday, July 22, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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