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, tickets.com). Visit artpark.net.