Creative Current – A sweet month for music and entertainment

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly roundup of arts and entertainment in the Ashcroft-Cache Creek area.

Dance to the drums and support Women Against Violence

In the vacant lot parking lot on Railway Ave., opposite Community Futures in downtown Ashcroft join the “Dance & Drum for” Women Against Violence Day on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 from noon to 1 pm. This is to support all women and give them and us a voice – let’s make this a day to remember. Bring your drums, banners and posters that say “No Against Violence” Women!! Wear the colour purple and let’s dance in support of Women Against Violence.

Take your sweetie to a Valentine’s Dance

The Ashcroft “Wellness Awaits You” Branding Committee invites the adult Community to a romantic Valentine’s evening (Thurs., Feb. 14) at St Albans Hall. There will be Dancing, Appies and Dessert, a Cash Bar and Live Auction of four fabulous “Getaway” packages for two! Doors open at 6 pm, appies served from 6:30 pm.

Only 18 tickets left at the time of writing, so get yours now at The Ashcroft Bakery. All proceeds support the 1st Annual Ashcroft Wellness Festival on July 19-21. Everyone 19 and over welcome!

Miss Quincy at the Packing House

The Packing House in Spence’s Bridge presents a Dinner/Concert features the fabulous Miss Quincy & The Showdown, on Sunday, Feb. 17. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm with music starting at 7 pm.

You’d better hide your sons and lovers when Miss Quincy and her smokin’ hot all-girl trio The Showdown come to Spences Bridge. Channeling The Runaways, The Black Keys, and Big Mama Thornton, Miss Quincy doesn’t fit the classic girl singer/songwriter mold and The Showdown isn’t your average all-girl band. You won’t find them singing pretty pages out of their diaries, instead you’ll find them starting a party in every bar they play by getting down and rocking out with raunchy roots and blues and straight up rock n’ roll.

The band currently calls the road its home – in 2012 they hit the highway hard for an eight month world tour spanning the UK, Europe, and Canada. They spent the winter in California and Mexico writing a new album and are gearing up to take the new songs on the road with another never-ending tour. Call the Packing House to make your reservation (250)458-2256.

Last Improv Theatre & Comedy Night

Don’t miss your last opportunity for some laughs at next Wednesday’s Improv Theatre & Comedy Night at Shelley’s Place in Ashcroft. Expect some great improve sketches revealing skills and polished tricks of the trade many have learned from last January’s workshops offered by Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society.

The workshops were hosted by WRAPS Committee members Actress and Director, Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan and stand up comedian, Tracey Knihnitski. Go out and be part of the fun! Come and support our Local Talent for the last exciting and fun Improv Theatre & Comedy Night – Wed. the 20th at Shelley’s Place (301 3rd St) from 7-9 pm. Free Admission, kids, teens and adults welcome. There will be lots of fun and laughs at Drop In Improve featuring your friends and neighbours! For more info (250) 453 9100 www.windingriversarts.ca

Old-time mountain music and sweet harmonies

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society hosts another fabulous Dessert Concert in downtown Ashcrof on Friday, March 15 with husband and wife duo of Pharis & Jason Romero. The performance is at St Albans Hall, doors open at 7 pm with music starting at 7:30 pm. Tix are now available in advance at The Ashcroft Bakery and the Ashcroft Liquor Store.

Pharis & Jason reside in Horsefly, where Jason also makes his own guitars and banjos. You can expect some beautiful, striking duet singing with acoustic and National guitar and banjo on originals and well-loved songs from others. Close your eyes and their sound is like they’re sitting on the front porch of some Appalachian cabin, kicking back with a banjo and guitar and some sweet tea. Rooted in the old-time mountain music of Virginia and Tennessee, their approach is an unpretentious and simple with one single microphone between the two – for that Grand Ol’ Opry sound.

Writing songs about ageless characters, hard living, loss and love, Pharis’ songs have been played on radios around the world, and she was called a “historical treasure” by the BC Folklore Society. On stage from a very young age with her family’s country music band.

Aside from building and performing, they also spend much of their year teaching at music camps and workshops including BC Bluegrass Workshops, Fiddle Tunes, Voiceworks, Fiddle Works, 108 Mile Bluegrass Camp, Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop, and others. They have also recently won a Canadian Folk Music Award for 2012 New/Emerging Artist.

Annual Women’s Celebration in Walhachin

Plans are looking good for this year’s Women’s Celebration in Walhachin. Come and enjoy an evening and afternoon of music, dance and workshops. See an array of creative women sharing skills & stories.

The 5th Annual Celebration will be held on Friday, March 8 from 6 pm onwards and Saturday, March 9 at the Museum Hall from 11 am – 4 pm.

There will be Booths, Demos, Music, Dance and a Mandala workshop (extra cost). Music and Dance lineup details coming soon! Please bring snacks and goodies for shared Potluck (veggie and meat) for both Friday night and Saturday. Admission and food by donation to go towards event costs.

Our creativity as women is one of our greatest gifts. It’s that very important and a magical part of ourselves that is the expression of our divine feminine. For more information or to register for booth space please call Val at (250) 457-6678. Encouraging men most welcome!

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