Three very talented acts hit the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Boitanio Park tonight.
Tonight’s Concrete Fitness Performances in the Park include the Tanis Famiy, Jesaja Class, and Soupbone.
The free performances start at 6:30 p.m., and if it rains the show will be moved to the Gibraltar Room or, if that facility is taken, Rink 2 at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.
The Tanis Family will present a few of their mountain music songs, many of which are written by Jon and Tracy Tanis.
Jon plays fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, and his wife Tracy plays woodwinds and guitars.
Tracy and Jon play together as Tanis Family Mountain Music and are often joined by one of more their daughters.
Jon was first inspired to play music when he found an old violin in his grandmother’s attic.
Tracy discovered early on that she had a talent for ventriloquism and comedy, and has a little fellow with yellow hair called Zoltan the Man, who also performs with them.
The Tanis family, who are from Nemaiah Valley, include Jon and Tracy’s children Jessie, Hattie, Jael, and Kaleena.
Also from Nemaiah Valley is Jesaja Class, a 14-year-old magician who will also perform tonight. Jesaja started at the age of seven, learning and practicing magic tricks and circus art. In the beginning it was only for the fun of it and entertaining his parents and friends of the family.
He has since learned many tricks to perfection and is able to put together a show for both children and adults.
From card manipulation and linking rings, to fibre optics, zombie balls, and dancing canes Jesaja is sure to impress and delight attendees of today’s park performances.
Soupbone is another talented group in tonight’s line up.
The five-piece blues band from Williams Lake was first cooked up in 2009. Soupbone’s recipe for a good time is strongly rooted in the blues and Motown.
They have stirred together their many influences and their love of live performance to create a unique sound, an original show and an eclectic repertoire of original and cover material that offers up something sweet and savoury for every pallet.
Inspired by artists such as Albert and Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles and the Allman Brothers, Soupbone consists of Dean Fulton, Joel Gyselink, Garry “Blind Dog Guido”Grosso, Shane Boxeur and Brandon Fauteux.
Last year, Soupbone released their debut album Lead Me On on Chilli Dog Records.