The 2016 Safety Meeting concert series at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre launches in January with a high energy rock band from Vancouver.
“On Friday, Jan. 8, we’ll smash into our second season with the high energy party machine High Society,” says event organizer Brandon Hoffman.
“High Society is a East Van rock n roll/soul/punk/blues outfit, eager to fill your eyes and ears with euphoria, excitement, and inspiration.”
He says singers Chelsea DE Johnson and Adam Farnsworth have a knack for feeding off the crowd’s energy, which make them an exciting group to open the concert series.
High Society has played festivals at Arts Wells, Kispiox, Music on the Mountain, Robson Valley, Sweet Water 905, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Quadrapalooza, South Country Fair, Hootstock, Fern Fest, Victoria’s Ska and Reggae Fest, and Arts on the Fly … to name a few.
Joining them on the bill for Jan. 8 is The Alchemist (Jay Afbreken) of the psychedelic folk duo Shadows Cast.
“We are quite excited to see what this character has up his sleeve for us,” Hoffman says.
He says the success of last year’s Safety Meeting concert series has helped them to lock down some awesome artists such as Dada Plan, The Sweet Lowdown, CR Avery, Wooden Horsemen, Kym Gouchie, and Lydia Hol.
Back by popular demand will be Black Spruce Bog, Pharis and Jason Romero, Marin Patenaude, and Leathan Milne.
Colin Easthope and Sam Tudor will head up a double-night-double-bill with opener Wallgrin on March 18 and 19.
“Both Sam and Colin have full band arrangements worked out, and are stoked to bring some new songs to their hometown crowd,” Hoffman says.
Shows are set for Friday nights starting Jan. 8, 2016 and running biweekly(ish) until April 1.
Advance tickets for the first show are available at Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed for a suggested price of $15.
Refreshments for the whole series are provided by the Bean Counter, Hoffman says.
For the high energy shows such as High Society, he says a bar will also be provided with proceeds going to the Cariboo Festival Society.
For more on the concert series check out facebook.com/groups/safetymeetingwilliamslake.