Musician John Ellis

Musician John Ellis

Creative Currents: Celebrate the Solstice under the stars

A bi-monthly wrap-up of arts and theatre from around the Ashcroft-Cache Creek area.

Music In The Park and here’s… Johnnie!

Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society presents another Music In The Park on Wednesday, June 13. Bring your favourite lawn chair or blanket. Grab a bag of popcorn or a hot dog or an ice tea at the Concession and enjoy some great music with your friends and family. Music starts at 7 pm. Pass the Hat donations encouraged. Washrooms open until 9 pm.

Under the Gazebo is sideman/producer extraordinaire turned Singer-

Songwriter and ex-Ashcroft resident… John Ellis with Nadine Davenport opening.

Onstage or in studio, John plays guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin and keyboards, his versatility in styles from rock to funk to folk to country has made him a favorite with recording artists and audiences alike. It will be no doubt a great experience hearing a Johnnie Ellis-penned song as he has worked with and  produced for some of the best!

Don’t miss Sabrina Weeks Trio on Wednesday, June 27. They will be offering up a generous helping of the swinging bouncing boogie blues. The songs are light hearted with a twist of naughty, the melodies are infectious. Should be a great show!

Hailing originally from Kamloops, this group  collectively makes up over 100 years of musical expertise. The band members include Sabrina Weeks, Mike Hilliard (guitar) and Ken Sell (bass). In 2010, Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce released their debut CD “Tales from Lenny’s Diner.” The CD debuted at #1 in Canada (#12 overall) on the Roots Music Report Blues Music charts.

The WRAP Society hopes you enjoy 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.

Good old fashioned cowboy and cowgirl fun!

Come on down to the Biggest Little Rodeo in the West on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17 for some Rootin’ Tootin’ good old fashioned cowboy and cowgirl fun. Events include Bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback and bronc riding, Tie Down & Team Roping. And for the younger ones, check out the junior and pee wee barrel racing and junior steer riding. Concessions, beverage gardens, covered grandstands. Come on down and enjoy the excitement!

This year’s Grand Entry are the lovely Ladies of “Bit A Bling” and Ashcroft Rodeo’s Queen and Princess. There will be a meet-and-greet with Ashcroft’s Rodeo Queen Ginelle Talarico and Princess Harley Antoine Saturday morning at the annual Lions Club Pancake breakfast beside Fields down town Ashcroft.

Then kick-up-your-heals at the Rodeo Dance. Back by popular demand, “Sunset Ridge” Band plays some foot stompin’ country from 9 pm to 1 am at Dryland’s Arena “Let ‘R Buck Saloon” in Ashcroft. No Minors – picture ID required. Free Shuttle bus to and from the Dance. Schedule will be posted soon on their website.

Take in the Rodeo Parade this Saturday morning at 11am on Railway Avenue. Don’t miss the Variety Show right after the Parade at the Gazebo in Heritage Park. There will be Can Can Girls, Taiko Drumming, Singers and an all ages Puppet Show.

Solstice Masquerade Dinner Concert

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 20 (gates open 3 pm) to join in the fun up at Nadine and Andrea’s at Barnes Lake for a outdoor Solstice Masquerade Dinner Concert featuring the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and Martin Comtois Veggie Indian Feast.

Stay all night, come for the Dinner and Show or just the Show. Join us for a fabulous evening of feasting, music and dancing with BC’s very own The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. “Call it folk. Call it fusion. Call it gypsy-roots-folk-tango-afro-psychedelic-soul- music. Or forget about the definitions and just enjoy one heck of a good show.”

Overnight camping, Bonfire, Drumming, Dancing. Dinner at 7 pm, Show starts at 8:30 pm. Make your reservations – it will be a blast! For more info and prices please phone Nadine or Andrea at (250) 453 9100 or email

Chris Buck Band down at The Riv

Check out some live music down at the The Riv on June 15 starting at 8 pm. The Chris Buck Band will be entertaining the rodeo crowds all night long. The band is known for their Reggae/Country style and their energetic stage presence. They are reported to be a talented group of guys in their mid-20s – Chris Buck, Seamus O’Neill, Torben Brown, Phil Bell, and Jesse Griffith.

One of the “highlights of the Merritt Mountain Music Fest last summer, they’ve become one of the busiest country bands on the west coast. They’ve played every major country festival and venue in British Columbia and many other parts of Canada.

Their first song “Okay” was played on over 38 stations across Canada and their follow-up, “Paradise,” was broadcast on 40 stations during its first two weeks. The boys are excited to release their first album “Buck Naked” early this year and visiting Nashville in the near future. For more info call The Riv at (250) 453-9124.

Nadine Davenport