Set Saturday aside for music

Hope & District Arts Council hosts free summer concerts in Memorial Park every Saturday beginning July 5

The Hope & District Arts Council is promising another great summer of Saturday entertainment. Free summer concerts begin July 5 and run every Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Bandshell at Memorial Park until Aug. 23.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, slap on some sunscreen and enjoy the talent. This year’s line up has something for everyone.

Here’s a quick run down of the performers:

July 5 – Traditional First Nations Welcome – Gerald Charlie & Black Owl Blues Band- Lower mainland blues band who have recorded two award winning albums and opened for Bo Didley.

July 12 – Steve and Celeste – “Meatloaf” impersonators with over 25 years of experience, who also perform 80s as well as current hits.

July 19 – Robert Rowan, Savage West – Working mostly in the country vein, he has honed his craft as a singer over the years allowing him to become well versed in a wide variety of musical styles, including rock.

July 26 – Hope Community Choir – Local secular choir that has been performing for over 30 years, singing a variety of music from folk, rock, traditional, gospel and more.

July 26 – Shades O’Grey, Hope B.C. – Performing a variety of cover versions of Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Petty, Trooper, Beatles, Journey, Boston and other songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

August 9 – Swamp Water, Hope, B.C. – playing classic rock and roll.

August 16 – Ish and Friends Marion Lightly and Ivan Boudreau performing family friendly “Roots” style music on guitar, mandolin, harmonica, bass, banjo and accordion. Ish’s latest recording, Never Say Never was nominated by the Western Canadian Music Awards for Children’s Recording of the Year, 2012.

August 23 – The Hoodlums, Hope B.C. – six-member group playing classic rock tunes such as Brown Eyed Girl, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, etc. and classic country by Linda Ronstad, Sugarland, Shania Twain and much more.

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