Creative Current – Kick back and enjoy some great music

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column of music, arts and theatre in the surrounding area.

Chris Buck Band coming to The Riv

See the amazing and talented Chris Buck Band with Chris Buck, Michael Vanderlans, Seamus O’Neill, Jordan Pritchett and Philip Puxley at the River Inn on Thursday, Nov. 20. The band starts playing at 9pm but come earlier to hang out. Hope to see a lot of people there to support this awesome band!

Chris Buck is well-known for his Reggae/Country style and energetic stage presence.

Chris’s band has played every major country festival/venue in British Columbia and many other parts of Canada within the last two years. After playing at Merritt Mountain Music Fest (where he was called “one of the highlights of the festival,” by Gabby’s Country Cabaret), Chris Buck quickly became one of the busiest country performers on the west coast, playing close to 150 shows this past year. Chris was also nominated for the Ray MCauley Horizon Award at the BCCMA’s for New Artist in 2012 and won the 2013 CCMA Jiffy Lube Fanfest contest to represent BC at the CCMA awards.

At the Packing House in Spences Bridge

Crazy, zany, and oh so talented…Tim Brecht at the Packing House for two concerts, Nov. 21 and 22. Great music combined with a wild and funny routine.

“Tim is a solo musician who has become famous for his unique style, which combines state-of-the-art technology with refined instrumental technique and razor-sharp wit for a great performance that can best be described as ‘totally fun’,” said a review in More Music magazine.

Reserve your table now by calling 250-458-2256.

Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar and beautiful harmonies Nov. 24

Don’t miss out on a fabulous evening of songs and music that will open your heart and unite your senses on Monday, Nov. 24 with Victoria-based bluegrass trio – The Sweet Lowdown. An acoustic night of the senses – beautiful harmonies alongside guitar, banjo and fiddle.

The Sweet Lowdown blend beautiful songwriting and three-part harmony style with an old-time instrumental groove, this award-winning acoustic roots trio play a combination of old-time, bluegrass and folk music. Formed seven years ago as a duo with Amanda Blied (vocals, guitar) and Shanti Bremer (banjo, vocals) they added fiddler and singer Miriam Sonstenes three years later. “We just got tired of playing fiddle tunes without a fiddler,” laughs Shanti.

Doors at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm at UniTea Tea Room (#100-210 Railway Ave. in downtown Ashcroft). Tickets at the door or reserve your by calling (250) 453-9345 – limited to the first 30 people only.

Jam Night Thursdays & Games Night Tuesday

Come on down to Games Night on Tuesdays from 6:30-9:30pm at UniTea Tea Room! They have Dominos, Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Cards, Crib and lots of fun and simple games for kids of all ages! Lots of toys as well.

Music Jam Night every Thursday from 6:30-9:30pm is a fun all inclusive night of song sharing. Bring your guitars, drums, shakers and song books. We’ll have lots of great organic tea and coffee on the brew. For more info (250) 453-9345.

Holiday Train with Jim Cuddy & Tracey Brown

The CP Holiday Train is scheduled to arrive in Ashcroft (Railway Ave.) at 8:45 on on Tuesday, Dec. 16 with enough Christmas Cheer to warm you from head to toe. The train provides a wonderful show of lights and fabulous live entertainment, and draws much needed support to our local Food Bank. Jim Cuddy from ‘Blue Rodeo’ and Tracey Brown will perform this year.

The CP Holiday Train’s goal is to throw the focus on the important job of local food banks, and to support local leaders in fighting hunger in their neighbourhoods. All food and money raised at each stop stays in that community for local distribution, so bring your donations of food or money. South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society staff and volunteers will be there to accept your gift.

Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program, powered by an army of employee volunteers, has raised $5.6 million and generated close to 2.5 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves.

Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length, with 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights. There is also a box car that has been turned into a travelling stage for performers and, of course Santa.

Winter Lights Celebration rings in the season

Join the Desert Bells Hand Bell Choir on Dec. 18 at the Cache Creek Community Hall for an evening of home grown music and entertainment.

This annual event from the Cache Creek Beautification Society combines the heavenly sounds of Christmas music from local musicians with an award ceremony that acknowledges the many individuals in Cache Creek who beautify their homes with seasonal lights and displays.

This social evening is free and open to all local citizens, so come out and visit with your friends and neighbours over a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, accept your Winter Lights certificate, listen to the great music and join in with the popular singalong.

Doors open at 7 pm and the music begins soon afterwards.

Nadine Davenport

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