Identity Crisis, a young alternative rock band will kick off the 2015 Performances in the Park series on Thursday, July 2.
The same evening Identity Crisis, will be followed by the Pernell Reichert Band with alt-folk, alt-country, finger-pickin’, slide-playing’, foot-stompin’ razor sharp folk for the road.
This year’s Performances in the Park summer concert series rocks, says Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society executive director Leah Selk.
“Get your lawn chairs ready and prepare for a musical celebration for the whole family every Thursday night in Boitanio Park.”
Family friendly entertainment with local, national and international performers happen in Boitanio Park Thursday evenings from July 2 to Aug. 20.
Each Thursday has two time slots providing for double the entertainment: 6 to 6:55 p.m. then from 7 to 8 p.m.
“New this year is a farmer and vendors’ mini-market featuring all kinds of surprises,” Selk says.
The farmers’/vendors’ market starts at 5 p.m. featuring fresh produce and products from Road’s End Vegetable Company, Puddle Produce, Windy Creek Farm, Carla Crogan, Walk-Rite Shoes, BFF Fashions, Paper Airplane, Piece of Home, Barefoot Books and more.
Cody‘s Bannock, Smashin’ Smoothies and Taylor Made Cakes will be on hand with snacks.
The series continues through July and August as follows:
JULY 9: Features an extended Arts on the Fly special edition with Don Alder, Jasper Sloan Yip, Leathan Milne and Steven Palmer starting at 5 p.m. and rocking until 8. “It promises to be an exciting concert with great variety,” Selk says.
JULY 16: Doug Koyama, an improvisation specialist starts off the evening followed by Compassion Gorilla, a seven-piece world beat powerhouse band.
JULY 23: features John Michael Lind a ‘one Man – six strings’ Canadian songwriter with music that helps people feel. The second act is Saturn Alien, who promises a good time to lovers of funk, rock, swing and smooth greasy soul led by Louis Butterfield, returning to his old hometown of Williams Lake.
JULY 30: features the Sarah Burton Band with acoustic, rock, bluesy, torch, indie jive, country psychedelic, soul-bearing beautiful music followed by the Carnival Band, a full tilt boogie brass band explosion from the heart of East Vancouver.
AUG. 6: features Flannel Roots, a local three-piece folk rock band starts things off followed by our local swing and jazz band Bluenote lighting up the stage for the second half of the evening.
AUG. 13: Cariboo Idol will take the stage to showcase upcoming young talent followed by Lucier and Friends, with Country Old Time Fiddler tunes.
AUG. 20, the final performance night in the series features Robyn Ferguson and Oren Barter team up once again on stage. Following this act is local favourite Drum and Bell Tower, who, with the volume up and fist pumped, makes politicized harmonic introspection, just a little slower than you walk, Selk says.
The concert series is presented by the CCACS, Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake with additional support this year from ArtsVest British Columbia, run by Canadian Heritage, the Government of British Columbia and Business for the Arts.
The series is also made possible with support from local business.
Sound is provided by The Guitar Seller/Audio Video Unlimited.
Gold sponsors this year include Fraser Bevz Broughton Chartered Accountants LLP, and Pinnacle Pellet.
Silver sponsors are Telus, Atlantic Power-Williams Lake Power-plant, Heartland Toyota, Williams Lake and District Credit Union and Rotary Club Williams Lake.
Bronze Sponsors are The Coast Fraser Inn, Lake City Ford, Mike Austin Financial, Chaps Fix Auto, Cox International, Arty the Art Walker/WLBIA and Gustafson’s Dodge/Chrysler.
Advertising sponsors are The Williams Lake Tribune, Cariboo Country and The Goat radio stations, and Caribooradio.com.
Check out www.centralcaribooarts.com/events/performancespark.html for updates, details and pictures from the summer Performances in the Park concerts.