By TORA MATYS
NAITSA is preparing for the fourth annual Nest Fest, a two day long welcoming celebration on September 5 and 6. Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days in the CAT Quad.
Both days are filled with live entertainment, games and vendors from across Edmonton including The Rec Room and local breweries. Score food for under $5, as well as beer and coolers for $3. OoksLife will be giving students the chance to enter the money tunnel and win up to 5 thousand dollars on your One Card. Entries can be submitted through the @ookslife Instagram page.
Thursday is the day for rock. From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. the 70’s style rock band from Calgary, The Static Shift, will be taking you back with their new take on psychedelic rock. They have shared the stage with bands like Billy Talent, The Sheepdogs, Trooper and many more. If you can’t wait until then, check out their new EP Deja Vu/1965 on Youtube @thestaticshift.
At 4 p.m., Patrick Ramsey hits the spotlight. Ramsey was the 2019 winner of OoksLife’s annual singing competition, Take The Stage. If you missed Take The Stage, get a sneak peak of Patrick on Instagram @dependsontheday.
Finishing off the night is Nest Fest veterans and Edmonton’s favourite cover band, The Barkelles. They headline Thursday night’s show from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and perform covers of everyone’s favourites from Snoop Dogg to Johnny Cash to Sublime. The Barkelles are sure to play something for everyone.
Friday is the day for ‘shlock’, featuring The Monsters of Schlock. This brother duo combines comedy and stunts to make a truly ‘schlocking’ performance. Between the two of them they have broken 25 world records, and have been dubbed Canada’s most prolific record breaking team. They have been performing this freak show-comedy hybrid for 15 years and perform around 200 shows a year.
“Our intent is to bring a lot of high energy and good times, and you’ll get to see a couple of guys do some pretty dumb things, but hopefully we can all have a laugh about it,” says Orbax, one of the brothers.
To close out the night, DJ Mike Tomas from Kiss 91.7 will be spinning the best top 40 and new hits, until 6 p.m.