The Hootstock festival is coming up this weekend in Forest Grove featuring several Williams Lake and regional area entertainers along with entertainers from across the country.
The festival featuring music, dance, and the spoken word runs Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 26.
The local area entertainers include popular Chilcotin-based magician Jesaja Class along with Horsefly singer/songwriter Bernadette Ducharme who has more than 100 original songs to her credit. Ducharme was recently partnered up with cowboy poet Bruce Rolph, putting music to some of his poetry, two of which are on her new album Pieces of Me.
Horse logger and poet Lorne Dufour along with writer and musician Sage Birchwater will also be among the entertainers.
Alternate musician Doug Koyama who played last week at Performances in the Park will be there.
The entertainment lineup goes on to include folk-noir fiddler and singer-songwriter Jeff Andrew; the Black Spruce Bog group; ragtime dance inspiring duo The Burying Ground; Cici and Kazo; Sunny Daye; the duo Dead Body Juice; the band Devil in the Woodshack; DJ McLover; hip hopper Dok Auk; DJ, producer and Latin inspired performer Dubteque; Sarah Elizabeth; Esmerelda; Folky Strum Strum; The Grid Pickers; The Hobo; the Afrobeat reggae group Kara-Kata Afrobeat and many more inspiring duos, groups and individuals.
The festival is located in Forest Grove at the Old Bradley Creek School House, built around 1936 by some pioneers from the community and closed as a school house in the late 1950s and has since been used as a community gathering place.
Advance tickets are available in Williams Lake at the Guitar Cellar and at Nuthatch Books in 100 Mile House.
For more information on performers check out the website at www.hootstock.com.