Two independent local acts are hitting stadium stages this summer to open for legendary rock act, Bon Jovi. Singer/songwriter/fiddler Sierra Noble and indie pop quintet Enjoy Your Pumas will each get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to play in front of thousands of rabid fans this July.
Noble, who opened for Paul McCartney last July, will play a 20-minute set before Bon Jovi and Kid Rock on July 17 at the Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg. Fellow Manitobans Enjoy Your Pumas will open for Bon Jovi at its Regina show on July 28 at the Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.
Both acts won their opening slots through the Wanted: A SuperBAND Tonight! contest on music site, OurStage. A panel including Bon Jovi's management, OurStage, and local radio stations, selected the winners from a fan-ranked list of semi-finalists. Over 3 million fans vote in the online contest, which landed a dozen bands the opening spot on Bon Jovi dates in Canada and the U.S.
Already an internationally-acclaimed fiddler, Noble has performed across the globe, won numerous accolades, was featured in a music documentary, had her music go up in space, and has played for dignitaries like Governor General Michaëlle Jean. Recently, Noble stepped out from behind her fiddle and let audiences hear her voice as well as original songs. Her singer/songwriter debut EP, Possibilities, has earned Noble a lot of new attention and her videos for "Possibility" and "Try Anything" have put her in rotation on CMT Canada and MuchMoreMusic.
Enjoy You Pumas is currently hard at work in the studio recording the follow-up to its acclaimed EP, Ink, which got an A+ from Uptown Magazine and landed the band on CD Baby's Top 10 of 2009 podcast. Enjoy Your Pumas also put out a stop motion video for its track, "Weight of Circles," and has been offering up videos of in-studio work on its YouTube page.
According to Pollstar, Bon Jovi's The Circle Tour was recently ranked the #1 grossing tour.