Music in the Park returns!

Summer just isn’t summer until you’ve kicked off your shoes in the cool evening grass and swayed in your lawnchair to some great tunes. Music in the Park brings summer back with local favourites and some new bands too.

NEW this year: Concerts start Thursday August 12 for three Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 followed by two SUNDAY AFTERNOONS from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Feel like you haven’t had a proper summer yet? Well, we’re going to keep the music going as long as we can!

First up is the sister act, Sister Soul (Thursday August 12), featuring Diane Ball’s sweet singing and piano, and sister Joanne Fauteux with her gutsy rock vocals and guitar. They were a hit duo in 2019 and we’re bringing ’em back. Whether it’s a 70s pop ballad by the Eagles or an 80s rock song by Heart, these ladies have it covered.

Sister Soul: Diane Ball and Joanne Fauteux

Rebel Luv (Thursday August 19) is simply “Mikie and Ken” to locals. They are a constant crowd pleaser and will be sure to get people up dancing and smiling and singing along. Ken on rock guitar is the perfect balance to Mikie’s country leanings. They sing and play their hearts out every time. This year they are the featured “Feed the Valley” concert, sponsored by Valley First. Please bring along an Oliver Food Bank donation.

Double Stop Creek: Sue McEvoy and Denise Soule

Double Stop Creek (Thursday August 26) comes down from Anarchist Mountain bringing great country music with them. Sue McEvoy and Denise Soule, perform the “heart and soule” of country, with big smiles and country charm.

Every year we bring something NEW! This time, it’s Rollin’ Coal (SUNDAY August 29). The band comes to us from Kelowna, performing classic tunes in a number of styles including 50’s/60’s rock, Latin grooves, country and a sprinkle of reggae and blues. NEW day and time for these last two concerts! Start time is 2:00 p.m. so you can linger longer in the late summer afternoon.

Mike Hilliard and Sabrina Weeks

Wrapping things up on the long weekend are Sabrina Weeks & Mike Hilliard (SUNDAY September 5) from Kamloops. Winners of the prestigious Maple Blues Award, Sabrina and Mike are a class act, performing a mix of smooth jazz ballads and blues. Sabrina oozes charisma with her rich sultry voice and stage presence while Mike is a wonder on electric blues guitar.

Please bring a cash donation in support of the Oliver Community Arts Council.

All concerts are at the Oliver Community Park band shell. Concerts move into the community hall in bad weather. A food truck will be on site for suppers, or feel free to bring your own picnic. Watch for pop-up booths of merchandise and community info. All health protocols in place as part of the BC Restart Plan will be observed, especially physical distancing and sanitizing. This keeps it fun for everyone!

We are grateful to our ongoing sponsor, Valley First.