Creative Current – new concert venue in Ashcroft

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column of art and theatre in Ashcroft, Cache Creek and surrounding areas.

New local music venue Tiki lounge

The Tiki Lounge is in the bar at the River Inn. On Thursday nights from 7:30-10 pm local musician and organizer Llynn Kellman hosts an open mic, and a weekly Artist/Band is featured on Friday nights.

Next Friday’s (July 5) musical guests at the Tiki Lounge are the talented Rob Hall and Meeka Morgan Hall with friendly accompaniment. These guys bring the good energy with them wherever they go so it should be a great evening! On Friday, July 12 you can see – back by popular demand – local World/Folk fusion band – Spiritus Mundi. Donations encouraged.

Bluesman Morgan Davis at The Packing House

Join the Packing House in Spences Bridge for a wonderful night of blues. One of our fave’s is back, to get us feeling the groove. The bluesy groove that is. Blues Man Morgan Davis will return to the Packing House in Spences Bridge for a dinner show on Saturday, July 6. Dinner from 5:30 pm. An optional “show only” is available as well, starting at 7 pm. Call for reservations at (250) 458-2256.

This seasoned performer always wow’s us with his talent. He’s a multiple Maple Blues Awards and Juno Winner. For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe.

“Simply stated, for my money, he is one of Canada’s best bluesmen,” says James Doran, Ottawa Blues Society. Davis’ songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad “Why’d You Lie”. Morgan’s passion for the Blues has never wavered… and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life. Luckily for us he likes coming to Spences Bridge and the Ashcroft area real regular like.

Music In The Park… gets dancin’

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society presents Music In The Park Concert Series in Ashcroft. The popular evening Concerts at the Gazebo in Heritage Place Park on Railway Ave. are held throughout the Summer in June, July and August and are every 2nd and 4th Wednesday night from 6:30-9:30 pm. Pass-the-hat-donations encouraged – pay what you can!

On Wednesday, July 10 get your soul boots on for the Jackie Treehorn Band with local opener, Nadine Davenport. Look forward to a high energy mix of Folk, Funk and Soul when Vancouver’s Jackie Treehorn Band, take to the Gazebo at Heritage Park in downtown Ashcroft. They are a funk-a-delic, soul-tastic, rock-a-phonic, six-piece sound-storm…you won’t want to miss this one !

“We have a very funky, retro 70s and 80s kind of sound. We try to make it fun and something that people can really dance to and enjoy with their bodies, minds and musicality we bring to it,” said lead vocalist Ashley Robyn. “We have so many influences it is hard to pin us down into one style, we are very eclectic.”

With a mission to get the dance floor bumping when the troupe lays down their heavy grooves, Robyn said they also have their own moves up on stage. “We have silly dance moves that we do together,” said Robyn, of her on-stage choreography with vocalist Chelsea Burden. “We have some co-ordination, basically we are like 10-year-old girls on stage in jazz class again. There is going to be a lot of gold sparkly outfits, let’s just leave it at that.”

Jackie Treehorn, named after a character in the movie The Big Lebowski, has been gigging regularly since 2009 with four vocalists, keytar, guitar, bass and drums. Their current cast of players released a debut full-length album, We Are Jackie Treehorn, in 2011 with the single Cruel making the Top 20 in a Vancouver radio station song search competition. The band released a new single from their EP this week called Back In Town, which was a full collaboration between the bandmates. Robyn contributed most of the lyrics, but she says the single reflects the band the most because they all had some input.

“Our songs all convey messages and tell stories. The new single is about watching somebody you care about make the same mistake over and over again. It has a bit of a heaviness to it but also very supportive, helpful and a message of love really,” said Robyn.

Check out the rest of this summer’s ‘Music In The Park’ below; The Mark James Fortin duo comes to town on July 24. Mark is Folk Singer Songwriter wife plays acoustic guitar with his wife Lorna on cello. Our local opener that night will be the newly-formed World/Folk Fusion band ‘Spiritus Mundi’.

On Aug. 14 hear the sweet soul/blues sounds of the Andrea Smith duo. Andrea is a velvet-voiced blues, roots, rock and jazz singer falling somewhere between Bonnie Riatt and Kathleen Edwards with hints of Eva Cassidy. Karla Cummins will be our local opener.

Our last show of the season will feature the Benny Walker Band, on Aug. 28. Benny plays an effortless blend of blues, roots and acoustic folk. His intimate, eloquent song-writing is complemented by a rich, soulful voice. Our local opener will be the lovely Jennifer Ferguson.

The WRAP society hopes everyone enjoys the music all summer long! Look for posters around town and take home one of the small handouts that will be available at local retailers.

Also why not check out for info on all the upcoming artists and their music. So bring a chair, a blanket, a picnic dinner or buy dinner from one of our food vendors. Pass-that-Hat donations encouraged. Come early – the park fills up fast.

Family Afternoon Movie..features ‘The Croods’

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie at the Cache Creek Community Hall. The feature movie this month is the animated pre-dvd-release of ‘The Croods’.

Bring the whole family to see this funny adventurous movie on Sunday, July 14 for a special summer time Matinee. Admission at the door. Doors open at 1:30 pm with the Movie starting at 2 pm.

There will be popcorn and goodies available for purchase at the concession supporting Cache Creek Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council. No outside food or drinks, please. Children must be supervised and remain seated and quiet during the movie please.

Here’s a sneak peek at the plot: The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures – and their outlook is changed forever.

Ashcroft Art Walk begins another summer stroll

The Ashcroft Arts Club was formed in 1967 and has held an annual Art Walk every year. For many years, businesses in Ashcroft’s downtown have displayed art produced by members of the local art club.  Paintings on display can be purchased from the displays. Pick up local area maps for locations of all art displayed throughout downtown.

This year’s Art Walk is currently underway with 13 different businesses taking part. This is an excellent opportunity to view the work of local artists and appreciate the variety of mediums that they use.

The Art Walk is presented by members of the Ashcroft Arts Club. The Art Club was formed in 1967 and in addition to their annual art show and sale they organized an Plein Air painting session. Over 40 artists took part in this two day event.

Clinton Music in the Park

There will be a series of Music in the Park events in July and August at the bandshell in Reg Conn Centennial Park in Clinton. It all begins at 8 pm when local talent will take the stage to entertain. This is a family event, so no alcohol allowed on site.

The following musicians and dates have now been confirmed: July 6 – local artists Lynn Shook Duo, Arlen Park, and more; July 20 – Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson; Aug. 10 – Ridley Bent and Band; and Aug. 31 – Barney Bentall and Band.

Nadine Davenport