The Hoodlums perform this weekend in Memorial Park as part of the summer concert series.

Local group takes the stage

The Hope band The Hoodlums perform this weekend in Memorial Park.

The summer concert series presents The Hoodlums in Memorial Park on Sunday.

The group from Hope has been performing together for five years at local venues, festivals and private functions.

Vocals are shared between Linda Bishop and drummer Ebi Fazzari, allowing The Hoodlums to cover everything from popular ballads to edgy rock tunes and country rock classics.

The upcoming show will feature hits like Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Middle Of The Road by The Pretenders, Still Got This Thing For You by Allanah Myles, Hit Me With Your Best Shot By Pat Benetar, One Way Or Another by Blondie, as well as some country rock from Linda Ronstad, Sugarland and Shania Twain.

Fazzari and bassist Jake Cowan make up the backbone of this band. Fazzari is a music veteran who has toured for years with the band Boardwalk, while Cowan, a local teacher by day, lends a solid rhythm as a seasoned bassist. Garth Jennesen, an accomplished guitar and bass player, rounds out the rhythm section.

LaVern Klassen plays keyboards and also contributes to vocal lead and harmonies. She’s a classically trained musician who has performed with several different local groups. The group also features guitarist Greg Bradbury, who is well known for his powerful, precise and expressive lead licks.

The fifth annual Concerts in the Park series is hosted by the local arts council and sponsored by the District of Hope, Envision Financial, Nestle Waters Canada, and Buy & Save Foods.

The free concert runs from 2-4 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Memorial Park bandshell.

For more information, call 604-869-3400 or email hopearts@telus.net.