Everyone knows the name Kevin Costner.
What everyone doesn’t know about this Hollywood movie star is his passion doesn’t just extend to film.
“You get that a lot,” Costner tells Metro Halifax about those not knowing he’s also the lead singer of his own country rock band. “But two minutes into a show, that all washes away. It has to. It just has to.
“I think there’s an opportunity to really engage and it’s an opportunity I look forward to each time we get that chance.”
That next time comes Saturday as his band Kevin Costner & Modern West is performing on the second day of Country Rockfest at the Halifax Common.
Costner and his band have been performing for five years and have two albums to their credit. But if you have never seen major promotional work for his records by the man known for movie hits like Dances With Wolves — or mis-hits like Waterworld — there’s a simple reason.
He doesn’t want to.
For Costner, it’s not about using his name to get people to love his music. He wants to let the music do his talking — and if people love it, they love it.
“One person at a time. One concert at a time,” he explains.
Costner, who describes his band as country and rock ’n’ roll with urban roots, has never been to Halifax, but points out, “It’s one of those places on the map that I heard of many times.”
As for what people can expect on stage from his group: “For sure loud” and performing “almost as long as we’re allowed to.”
“We’ve come a long way to be up there so we want to play for the people,” he says.
Jackson headlines Saturday
Kevin Costner has never played the same show with Alan Jackson before — so he’ll be watching as the music star headlines Saturday’s Country Rockfest.
“I don’t know if his curiosity is piqued by who we are, but we’ll certainly make sure we go watch his set,” Costner says.