Creative Current – summertime strummin’

Music and theatre from around Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Spences Bridge and Clinton.

Celtic flavour at Music in the Park on July 11

Ashcroft summers wouldn’t be the same without Music in the Park, brought to you by the folks of Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society. The Society presents more Music in the Park on Wednesday, July 11 at 7 pm.

Bring your favourite lawn chair or blanket. Grab a bag of popcorn, a hot dog, or an iced tea, and enjoy some great music with your friends and family. The washrooms are open until 9 pm

Under the Gazebo this week is Celtic duo Little House. They’re an acoustic duo based in southwestern Nova Scotia, specializing in original instrumental compositions with a Celtic flavour. Charlie Wilson plays Irish flute and whistles, and Jude Pelley plays guitars, mandolin, and Appalachian dulcimer. Their music is atmospheric, rich, and complex, drawing on traditional and contemporary influences.

Charlie has a background in music, theatre, and aerial dance; her other interests include Aikido and organic farming. Jude has worked with the bluegrass band Exit 13 and Juno-winner Amelia Curran. Aside from music, his interests run the gamut from gardening to shockingly rough carpentry.

Get your dancing shoes on for Jungal on Wednesday July 25th. These gals know how to have fun! These three powerful young women create their own brand of Australian-flavoured indie roots music blended with folk, soul, and rock. It’ll be a great night to party down with Jungal and local opening act the Ghengis Gandhis, who play a unique sound that’s grown from the desert, and will go straight into your ears, minds, and hearts.

The WRAP Society hopes you enjoy the music all summer long! Look for posters around town and take home one of the small handouts available at local retailers. Also, why not check out www.windingriversarts.ca for info on all of the upcoming artists and their music.

Packing House and Kumsheen Rafting Summer Music Series

The Packing House in Spences Bridge and Kumsheen Rafting in Lytton offer a unique collaboration in music presentation. Two nights, two different environments to hear some of the most talented travelling musicians and songwriters around.

From mid-July to to the end of August, you can enjoy various musical styles including country, folk, roots, rock, blues, and jazz in this season’s Summer Music Series. On Friday evenings the music will be at the Packing House, and on Saturday evenings at Kumsheen River Rafting. Music and dinner, or simply the music, are offered at both venues. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm in both locations. Music at the Packing House starts at 7 pm, while music at Kumsheen takes place from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm by the poolside Gazebo.

Full list of artists and dates: Ari Neufeld July 13-14; Colin Bullock July 20-21; Miss Quincy & The Showdown July 27-28; Carolyn Mark August 3-4; Danielle Savage & The Miscreants August 10-11; Ryan McAllister August 17-18; and Allen & Alexander August 24-25. For reservations at The Packing House call (250) 458-2256; for Kumsheen phone (250) 455-2296 or 1-800-663-6667.

Midsummer’s Night Speakeasy Concert

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 31 (gates open 4 pm) to join in the fun again up at Nadine and Andrea’s at Barnes Lake for another outdoor music partee. Creative Cow Concerts presents a night of great music and dress-up fun. Our theme for the evening is a Midsummer’s Night Speakeasy, featuring the music of High Society and Running With Lions.

Break out those evening dresses, boas, long pearl necklaces, fans, or anything with beads/feathers. Zoot Suits, fedoras, or gangster hats are all welcomed attire for a fun night. Stay all night, come for the potluck BBQ and show, or just come for the show. Join us for a fabulous evening of feasting, music, dancing, and delectable speakeasy fun!

High Society is an unstoppably dramatic rockin’ Soul and Blues band, eager to fill your eyes and ears with euphoric excitement and inspiration. Based out of Vancouver, BC, the band’s unique and contemporary take on old-school performance has been heard in theatres, pubs, cafés, street corners, and on the radio across Western Canada. They’ve been building a regional reputation for close to two years playing a blend of R&B, Soul, Blues, Folk, Hip Hop, and Jazz. They are currently focused on finishing a studio album while planning three months of touring for the summer!

High Society is fronted by the incendiary Adam Farnsworth on keyboards and vocals alongside the beautiful, inimitable Chelsea D.E. Johnson on vocals and guitar. Their solid rhythmic foundation is held down by Cory Sweet on baritone sax, tuba, and various wind instruments, while Kenan Sungur is on drums, upright bass, and vocals.

Running with Lions, fronted by Lexi Marie, combines rhythmic, harp-like ukulele and a voice that’s bound to set the stage ablaze. It’s lyrically-driven soulfolk/reggae/hip hop that’s good for your soul.

There’s overnight camping, a bonfire, drumming, and dancing. Potluck BBQ starts at 5 pm, and the show starts at 7:30. Make your reservations now – it will be a blast! For more info and prices please phone Nadine or Andrea at (250) 453-9100, or e-mail creativecow@telus.net.sses within the downtown area.