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Blue Rodeo, Basia Bulat to join at Artpark

Most fans familiar with the work of Toronto roots rockers Blue Rodeo don’t need added incentive to see the septet weave its time-tested craft. The band’s been performing with one lineup or another since 1984; and next year, it will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its popular debut, “Outskirts.”

But by sharing a Lewiston appearance with the buzz of opener and fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat, the Jim Cuddy- and Greg Keelor-led Blue Rodeo is now attached to one of the more intriguing concert tandems of the summer on June 21 at Artpark (450 South 4th St.).

Yes, the Juno Award-winning men behind such favorites as “Five Days in May” and last year’s “Live at Massey Hall” album could command their own exceptional evening atop Niagara Gorge. But with Bulat — touring off her gorgeously diverse fourth album “Good Advice,” produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James — the evening is now due to feature a fascinating dichotomy of new and seasoned material devised by natives of the Great White North.

In the Toronto-born Bulat, unfamiliar concertgoers will find a voice on songs like “Time” that is searing and sincere, able to soothe listeners as easily as it can solicit their empathy. Combine this with the country-flavored folk rock of Blue Rodeo and you’ve got two reasons to brave the night’s traffic on Center Street.

Tickets are $12 or $17 week of show (box office office, Visit

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