July 7, 2017
Photos courtesy of J. Dirom Photography
For the past 104 years, Calgary, Alberta – a city of over 1.2 million, in the heart of Canada’s West, among the foothills of the Rocky Mountains – hosts The Calgary Stampede. Celebrating not only the city’s western heritage, but also its hospitality, The Calgary Stampede (dubbed The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth). The 105th Stampede kicked off on July 8th in the midst of a heatwave.
Kicking off 10 days of everything from the world class professional rodeo, GMC Rangeland Derby, Grandstand Show, Agricultural Showcases, a giant Exposition & Fair as well as live music .. massive amounts of live music, we parked ourselves at the free outdoor, Coca-Cola Stage.
Toronto duo, USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker), brought their electronic infused, alt-rock sounds to the Coke Stage the first night of the Stampede. With the temps still hovering around 30oC (mid 80’soF), by their 9pm start, USS (Ash Buchholz and Jason “Human Kebab” Parsons) delighted the crowd with the high energy performance they are known for. I couldn’t help but wonder how Parsons managed to stay in that black leather jacket without overheating!
Known for performing headstands while scratching out beats, unique dance moves and an obvious overall joy performing, Parsons and Buchholz’s energy is infectious, and you can’t help but move along with them.
After an hour-long set, they left the stage with the audience demanding an encore, and they did not disappoint. USS returned to the stage to cheers, with an encore leaving the masses wanting more.