Creative Current – Summer festivals aren’t over yet – River Fest

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column on local music, arts and theatre.

“Drive In” movie in Ashcroft this week

Bring your favourite lawn chair or blanket on Wednesday, Aug. 20 to the Ashcroft Pool Park. The event starts at 7pm with Concession and activities. The movie starts at dusk which is roughly 8:30pm. The movie is called Monsters University!! Admission is by donation. All donations are going to Desert Hills Tri Club.

Music In the Park season finale with two headliners

WRAPS is thrilled to close out the 2014 Music in the Park season on Aug. 27 with performances by two popular local bands: Spiritus Mundii and The Melawman Collective! From the arid rolling sage hills and mesa bench lands of the Thompson River Valley of British Columbia comes the eclectic world music of Spiritus Mundii.  Spiritus Mundii is a local band with global roots. With members from Canada, the United States and Ecuador they treat their audiences to lively and diverse groove-fusion of Latin, Brazilian, jazz, funk, reggae, bossa-nova and even rock music! Spiritus Mundii consists of Kirk Watson – bass and back-up vocals; Denise Tapia – flute, percussion, kalimba and back up vocals, Brian Benner – guitar and vocals and Jan Schmitz – drums and percussion.

Though just recently formed, Spiritus Mundii has performed on several occasions in the Ashcroft area, including Music in the Park, Ashcroft Wellness Festival and the Desert Daze Music Festival in Spences Bridge. They can be seen again later this month performing at the Lytton River Festival on Saturday, Aug. 30.

The Melawman Collective is another local band fronted by Rob and Meeka Hall and consisting of family and friends – many of whom perform with the ever-popular Genghis Ghandis band – another Rob Hall project.

Rob describes the music of the Melawman Collective as a sort of “Aboriginal Hip-hop” with stylings of reggae, funk and rock thrown in the mix! For more information about the band and to hear some music clips check out their Facebook page. One thing is for sure, with these two musical acts lighting up the stage we will all be clapping and dancing the night away! For more info

Lytton Festival Fun Aug 29-31

Join in on the fun on Labour Day weekend as we celebrate the rich history of the people of the rivers. The Interior Salish First Nations people have lived along these magnificent rivers for over 10,000 years and are an integral part of the River Festival. Their rivers are integrated into their culture.

The Village of Lytton, Lytton First Nations, Lytton & District Chamber of Commerce and Kumsheen Rafting Resort are active partners in this well organized fun-filled three-day festivity. It features a pow wow, native artisans, children’s events, Farmers’ Market, great bands, street dancing, and much, much more. This is a good ol’ small town celebration. Performances by Ten Souljers, The Pernell Reichert Band. Bluesfoot, Spiritus Mundii, Ritchie and the Fendermen and more!

Check out the Festival webpage for the event schedule and more information:

Clinton wraps up their Music in the Park series

Watch for the last Music in the Park for Clinton on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7 pm with the Cryin Cowboys. In a lonesome, scraggly drawl, Arsenault sings songs about the road he’s travelled and the characters he’s spent time with along the way. With his backing band, the Cryin Cowboys along for the ride you can expect country rock tunes in the style of Blue Rodeo, The Byrds and Doug Paisley.

Nadine Davenport