Jimmy Rankin, July Talk, Matthew Good headlining 2018 Jubilee

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NEW GLASGOW  – The Riverfront Jubilee Volunteer Board of Directors has announced this year’s Jubilee headliners.

Matthew Good, July Talk, and Jimmy Rankin will be Rockin’ The River at this year’s New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee set to take place from August 3 to 5.

The 23rd annual Riverfront Jubilee begins Friday night and opens with Nova Scotian favourite Jimmy Rankin as the headliner. Rankin, is an award-winning solo artist and lead singer, guitarist and songwriting mastermind behind The Rankin Family. A dynamic live performer with an impressive catalog of hits, Rankin will take the Riverfront Jubilee audience on an unforgettable musical journey from Cape Breton to Nashville and back again.

Joining Rankin on stage Friday will be Alert The Medic. The Halifax-based band will bring their melodic lyrics and heart pumping tunes, sure to entertain any crowd. Completing the Friday night line-up is Pictou County’s own StoneHouse and The Kitchen Criminals.

With more than 11 albums and in excess of 20 Juno Awards nominations, Saturday night’s headliner  Matthew Good is sure to “Rock The River” as he plays songs from his 20 years in the music industry, as well as some new songs from his recently released ninth solo album, Something Like a Storm.

The seven-piece soul-funk band Roxy & the Underground Soul Sound will also be featured Saturday night. The band’s beats mixed with lead singer Roxy’s powerhouse vocals, will deliver a soulful, straight from the heart performance.

Sunday night will be one night not to be missed with July Talk headlining. This Toronto-based band  is one of a kind. With their lead vocals a mixture of grit and silk, they strike a balance between Americana and indie-rock that leaves you wanting more.

Calgary’s Reuben and the Dark will join July Talk on Sunday night. This band  is a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, led by Reuben Bullock. The group makes chilling emotional folk and soul mixed tracks, which highlight both sadness and joy.

Sunday night will also feature Indie pop songstress Natalie Lynn, who will get everyone dancing and singing with her unforgettable music.

This year’s event will be bittersweet for many as it will be the first without the presence of Carlton Munroe, former Riverfront Jubilee executive director, who  lost his battle with glioblastoom in 2017.  Jubilee Chair Michelle MacLean shared, “The loss of Carlton this past year was a hard one to stomach for the board – not only did we lose a key member of our Jubilee family, but we also individually lost a great and loyal friend. Though the Jubilee won’t feel the same without Carlton, the Board of Directors continues to keep him in our thoughts at every meeting and every time we talk about the Jubilee in the community. We hope he would be as proud of this year’s lineup so far, as we are.”

Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 Riverfront Jubilee online at jubilee.ns.ca or ticketpro.ca and at any TicketPro Outlet. Ticket price for an Adult Gate Crasher Weekend pass is $70, Youth (13-18) Gate Crasher passes are $30, and VIP Weekend Gate Crasher passes are on for $150, prices in effect until May 19.