2022 Roots, Blues & Barbecue


September 10, 2022
Badlands Amphitheatre – Drumheller, Alberta

Hours of great music and food surrounded by the hills of the Canadian Badlands


Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar • Shakura S’Aida •
Angelique Francis •  Celeigh Cardinal •  Spencer MacKenzie


Tickets: $59 to $79

$7.50 ticket fee
Parking $7 in advance /$10 at gate

Pre-ordered Boxed Barbecue Dinner (limited availability):

$24 (plus GST)

Sample menu for 2022 may include: Pulled Pork Sandwich on a fresh made soft bun, slaw on the side, Chef Ranay’s Southern Style baked beans, crunchy dill pickle

For a truly Canadian Roots, Blues & Barbecue experience, our pork will be cooked in THE VAULT – our new 3000-pound, two-chamber smoker custom built by Hillside Smokin’ Que in Lumsden, SK




$59 – $79

A $7.50 Ticket Fee and GST will be applied.

Parking is available for $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

Boxed Barbecue Dinner is available for pre-order for $24 (plus GST). 



4:30 PM: Site gate/ pub tent open
5:00 PM: Pub service, concession, pre-purchased meal service
5:00 PM: Music begins
Celeigh Cardinal 
Angelique Francis
Shakura S’Aida
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
and your musical host, Spencer MacKenzie
10:15 PM: Event end.



The performance goes rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.

Cancelled performance, due to weather or other circumstances, will result in a non-profit tax receipt to the purchaser, for the ticket price. 

Additional concession menu and pub service is available on site. 


2020 JUNO Award winner, Celeigh Cardinal owns a stage, connecting deeply with her audience through humour, passion and love. Whether sweetly strumming an acoustic guitar or leading her talented band, she commands our attention.  Her singing is rich and deep with a burnished maturity and a nimble technical virtuosity that wraps itself around notes with a purr, a snarl or something in the middle.  With two full-length albums completed, and a future release in the planning stages, Cardinal is poised to expand her profile which already includes awards from the 2020 Juno Awards, the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards, multiple Edmonton Music Awards, and recently she received two nominations for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards for Indigenous Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

Celeigh has performed across North America and internationally, including Reeperbahn in Germany, and tours in The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.

 Angelique Francis‘ soulful smoky vocals and instrumental techniques are reminiscent of a bygone era, but with a unique and modern sensibility.  Within her vocal style, you can hear influences of legends like Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith and many more. Her instrumental abilities call to mind Willie Dixon on the bass, Sister Rosetta Thorpe on guitar, Big Mama Thornton on the Harmonica and Aretha on the piano.

 A versatile and exceptionally gifted musician. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre singer song writer and composer has wowed audiences across the globe with her electrifying performances, instrumental abilities and powerful textured vocals. She is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Blues, Soul, Folk, Jazz, Gospel and Rock. Angelique has shared the stage/opened for a large roster of well-known musicians such as Gary Clark Jr, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales, Keb’ Mo’, Jimmy Vivino, Beth Hart, Tom Cochrane, Burton Cummings, Sugar Ray and the list goes on. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.

Shakura S’Aida has been consistently thrilling audiences with her powerful pipes for years. As a veteran of the international music scene, she’s performed both as a featured artist with musicians like Jimmy Smith, Lee Oskar (WAR), Bettye LaVette and Keb Mo’, as well as an award-winning solo artist.

You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida performing at Festivals in Dubai, Australia, Rwanda or Russia, on the Legendary Blues Cruise, in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, The Nina Project or acting on screen in the newly released Afro-Caribbean film Brown Girl Begins, as well as tv shows like Titans, Lost Girl, Schitt’s Creek and Flashpoint.

From the very beginning until now, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, and uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard.



Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar  are coming to the Badlands Amp.  This ten-piece Canadian band  have garnered critical acclaim for their blend of blues, soul, gospel and rock, and exceptional vocals. Martin is the lead singer, songwriter and focal point of the group. A dynamic front woman, she possesses a stunning voice that is capable of summoning up tidal waves of spine-tingling emotion in one instance while delicately bringing out the nuances of a gut-wrenching lyric in the next. A torrid force of nature, night after night she takes audiences to emotional peaks while leaving them stunned with her sheer pin-you-against-the-wall power.

While Martin is a powerhouse unto herself, the vocal alchemy of Delta Sugar is not the work of a single talent. In combination with what she likes to term her “co-vocalists,” the vocal blend that Delta Sugar produces is pure, unadulterated gospel-tinged, neuron-tingling magic where the sum is even richer than the already soul-melting parts.


“His guitar playing is crisp and clean even as it delivers some down-to-the bone licks… He’s got the blues power in his soul…” – Blues Blast Magazine

 Spencer Mackenzie is your 2022 musical host. At Roots, Blues & Barbecue the music never stops. Maple Blues Award and Niagara Music Award winner Spencer MacKenzie will take you through the evening on the host stage. Spencer has a deep, soulful, true-to-the-blues sound, with an electrifying twist that captivates his audience. 

At 22 years of age, Spencer Mackenzie celebrated three 2019 Independent Blues Awards Nominations for Blues Rock CD, Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Song, Niagara Music Awards Blues Artist of The Year, Maple Blues Awards New Artist of The Year, 3rd Place International Songwriting Competition winner in Blues Category, and Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Winner. He accomplished this and recording his new album while completing four years of college as a music major and now honours graduate at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.

Roots, Blues & Barbecue takes place at one of Canada’s most spectacular venues – the Badlands Amphitheatre located in Drumheller, Alberta (1.5 hours from Calgary). Surrounded by the ancient hills of the Canadian Badlands, this incredible place has clear sight lines and superior acoustics.  The Badlands Amphitheatre is a non-profit arts and culture society operating from the values of community, creation, and celebration.