Kevin Page, chair of entertainment with the commission, says this year's lineup is really exciting, with a wide array of award winning talent taking the stage. The first night though is about showcasing local talent.
Liverpool Has Talent is your chance to see what the local youth are up to in their spare time. Entry was still open as of last week, however Page says they already have dancers (tap, modern dance, and ballet), a couple bands and a juggler signed up to showcase their talent. The competition is open to anyone under the age of 18.
A panel of yet to be announced celebrity judges will give their thoughts and choose who will win the inaugural Liverpool Has Talent. The audience will also have a chance to vote on their favourite acts as well.
After the youth have performed, Halifax based fusion hip-hop band Three Sheet will take the stage, and perform "until there is no one left to perform for" laughs Page.
No alcohol will be served on Thursday, so the youth can stay there all night.
The entertainment on Friday starts at 1 p.m., with all local acts going until 7 p.m.
There is no cover charge for the entertainment tent until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. After 7 p.m. the cover charge is $7.
At 7 p.m. the Fabulous Hats, a local rock band, takes the stage, followed by Wichitaw, a country band out of the Annapolis Valley.
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is on at 10 p.m. The five piece band out of Victoria is a very eclectic mix of music. Their website sums them up as this:
It's hard to describe music in the age of cross pollination; where do you begin with the definitions when one minute a song starts in a tango, builds up with African Rythms, hooks you with some gypsy-roots-grass riffs, and pours out psychedelic waves of sound walls to a crisp finish.
The band has a Queens County connection as well. The mandolin and fiddle player is the great great grandson of Dr. John C. Wickwire.
Capping off the evening is the Mellowtones, a 9-piece band out of Halifax that plays a variety of music like Jazz, Rock and Blues throughout their set.
On Saturday the music starts at noon and goes again to 7 p.m. with all local acts.
Molly Thomason and her four piece band are playing at 9 p.m. Thomason is a double ECMA winner, and was recently noted as one of the top 20 under 20 in Canada by the Globe and Mail.
At 10 p.m., Rain Over St. Abrose will be on stage. The band has been getting high accolades since performing last year during Music Nova Scotia week.
Music Nova Scotia Week and ECMA nominees Andrew Hunter and the Gatherers play at 11 p.m.
At midnight, an unusual one-man band is taking the stage to cap off the evening. Sticks is a drum act, back by music, that involves a whole lot of movement on the stage.
"The whole stage is a drum. It's uplifting, all cover and dance music with a twist," says Page.
On Sunday the whole day is free of charge to finish off Privateer Days. Again there will be plenty of talent on the stage, including Drumlin at 4 p.m., Shirley Jackson and her Rockin' Daddies at 7 p.m. and the final act The Hupman Brothers Band with their full nine piece band at 8:30 p.m.
In between will also be fun for the kids as well, with Raz Ma Taz taking the stage at 5 p.m.