The Hoodlums set to rock Hope

Local band performs Sunday as part of Concerts in Park

The Hoodlums perform Sunday at Concerts in the Park.

The Hoodlums will be bringing classic rock to the stage this weekend for Concerts in the Park.

Influenced by music from the 1970s to 1990s, the group resurrects club favourites and modern hits. The members making up this band are an eclectic group of working professionals from Hope that play together for fun.

The Hoodlums have been performing at local venues, private functions and festivals for many years. Strong vocals are shared between Linda Bishop and drummer Ebi Fazzari, allowing the band  to cover everything from popular moving ballads to edgy rock tunes and country rock classics.

LaVern Klassen is a classically trained musician who plays keyboards and contributes to vocal lead and harmonies.

Lead guitarist Greg Bradbury is well-known in local music circles for his powerful, precise and expressive lead licks. In his 20 years on stage, he’s played with many groups and toured throughout B.C. and Alberta.

Fazzari and bassist Jake Cowan make up the backbone of The Hoodlums. 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.

Together these musicians enjoy a casual fun-loving camaraderie that allows them to play music that offers something for everyone.

The upcoming show will feature favourites 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 artists like Linda Ronstad, Sugarland, and Shania Twain.

The free concert runs from 2-4 p.m. on Aug. 12 at the Memorial Park bandshell.

For more information, contact Hope & District Arts Council at 604-869-3400 or email hopearts@telus.net. w