Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a weekend pass to Ridge Fest 2011, which will take place Friday, August 5–Saturday, August 6 at the Windsor Exhibition Grounds (a $78.09 value, including HST). Click here for the full lineup.
Ridge Fest welcomes a jukebox's worth of rock, country, and folk artists to its open-air stage. After gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday, eardrums bang their heads to the rock riffs of Canadian bands Chilliwack and Alice Stops Time. Temporal bulbs spend a Saturday imbibing the aural handiwork of Blue Rodeo, whose members refashion guitar strings to weave together a blend of pop and country riffs, and rock and funk influences piggyback on the folk roots of Mike Aubé. Canadian country-music maestros Kevin Davison and Jimmy Rankin also storm the stage, mesmerizing music lovers as effectively as a flip-book depiction of a rodeo. A variety of lodgings surrounds Windsor Exhibition Grounds, which also offers on-site camping for trailers, tents, and tailgating space shuttles.