The Big Valley Jamboree in Alberta, Canada, was canceled Saturday night, Aug. 1, when a storm blew through causing the main stage to collapse, trapping people underneath. Billy Currington was just leaving the stage when winds up to 60 miles per hour raced through the area. Seventy-five people were injured, and one was killed during the storm. Two of the injured were still in critical condition yesterday.
Reports are saying that one of the injured was a member of Billy Currington’s band. ABC news said the band member badly injured his arm, and had to be pulled from the wreckage. But I’m not sure if it was one of Billy’s guys, or one of Kevin Costner’s.
Kevin Costner and his band Modern West were the next band scheduled to perform, when the stage caved in. Nick Meinama, Kevin’s manager, said he and Kevin were both caught underneath the stage. They were both unhurt, Nick told CTV News yesterday. “We found out that our road manager and guitar player had been hurt, but the ambulance and the paramedics were here instantly to take them to the hospital.” Nick said the two were released from the hospital later, and flying back to the U.S.
Darrell Kambeitz, police chief at Camrose, confirmed the one death, and said the injured were taken to area hospitals. Fans panicked when they feared a tornado might be approaching, and rushed to find family, friends and shelter. “We were all racing for the exit,” Lori Trelenberg from Sherwood Park, Alberta, said. “It was devastation. It was strong and powerful. The stage just sort of crumbled,” she told CBS news.
The Internet has made it so easy for all of us to keep up with what’s going on in the world, and the ability to be a part of this social network lets people like the Oak Ridge Boys respond quickly. On Twitter, the Oaks said, “Our prayers are with the Big Valley Jamboree. We have been there six times, including last summer. We know these folks.”
Attendance at the event was estimated to be 15,000. Many of those visitors were camping out when the strong winds and heavy rains struck on Saturday night, around 6 p.m. The Big Valley Jamboree in Alberta is billed as Canada’s largest country music festival.
I’m glad things weren’t worse in Calgary on Saturday. And I hope all of those injured will have a speedy recovery. I found this little clip of Kevin and Modern West singing “Superman.”
Talk to you all soon. Hope I got your mail answered last night, if not, I’ll be working on that again a little later today.