Summertime is outdoor concert time in Oliver! The arts council has been hosting Music in the Park concerts at the old CPR station for 11 years now, and they keep getting better and better. We make sure to bring back your favourites, but there’s always lots of new music in the mix.
This year, things get off to a heart thumping start with something new: West African drumming and dancing courtesy of Nankama, with leader Bobby Bovenzi. Local audiences will know Lou Lou and the Scrappers, newcomers to Music in the Park, and will love their 1940s flair. The Naden Band of the Maritime Pacific will present sure-fire entertainment.
Some old faves return after an absence: Long John Baldy ( a tongue in cheek name for a local rock /alternative group), and Shindigger Rick Wood with his classic rock n roll on guitar.
Gospel Night always brings out a crowd. Ingrid Schellenberg returns with lyrical sounds from her harp. And the season would never be complete without Jazz Out West closing out the summer. They are pictured at left from their 2010 concert.The Oliver Community Arts Council presents Music in the Park Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. July 7 – August 25 Oliver Visitor Centre: Riverside Patio (Rain Venue: Quail’s Nest Arts Centre) Suggested minimum donation: $3 Dessert Vendor on site! Buy a tasty treat! July 7: Nankama Drum and Dance: toe-tapping West African rhythms July 14: Lou Lou and the Scrappers: hits from the 30s and 40s July 21: Long John Baldy: rock and alternative music July 28: Shindigger Rick Wood: classic rock ‘n’ roll August 4: The Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific: big band, swing, dixie, and show tunes August 11: Gospel Night: joyful inspirational music August 18: Ingrid Schellenberg on Harp: Celtic, classical and popular music August 25: Jazz Out West: light jazz and favourite standards
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Photo credit: Heather Fink