A couple dances to the Maritime Kitchen Party during one of last summer's many nights of free live music in Grizzly Plaza. The 2014 Summer Street Festival kicks off Thursday

Summer Street Festival Kicks off June 26

The start of summer means sunny skies, long evenings, ice cream cones, and, you guessed it, live music in Grizzly Plaza.

  • Jun. 26, 2014 6:00 p.m.

By Karilyn Kempton, Special to the Revelstoke Times Review

The start of summer means sunny skies, long evenings, ice cream cones, and, you guessed it, live music in Grizzly Plaza. Each summer from the end of June through to the end of August, Revelstoke welcomes a performer to the stage in Grizzly Plaza for a free evening of music. From solo acts to established bands spanning nearly every genre, there’s truly something to suit every taste.

Presented by the Revelstoke Arts Council, the Summer Street Festival is a tradition welcomed by tourists and locals alike, and some of the best colour comes from children grooving to the tunes. Grab a seat and enjoy the show. Here’s a preview of some of the acts this season. Visit the arts council website for the complete schedule.

Kenny Holiday – June 26 & 27

 

Street Fest kicks off with Kenny Holliday, whose tribute to Rod Stewart is sure to please fans of the British legend. Holliday sings all the Rod Stewart classics, from “Maggie May” to “Forever Young” to “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.” The covers span the ages from the rockers of the early years to the pop standards from “It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook.” Welcome the summer music with Holliday’s back-to-back performances opening weekend.

Denis Severino – June 29 & August 22

Local favourite and folk music proselytizer Denis Severino plays two shows for your listening pleasure. Denis organizes the hugely successful Revelstoke Coffee House music series. He is well known to music fans around Revelstoke and beyond for his compelling stage presence and his talent on whichever instrument he has in his hands—whether it’s fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica or more. Denis heads down to West Virginia for the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in between his performances, so he’s sure to come back for the August 22 performance with new tricks and tunes up his sleeves.

Sean Ashby – July 1 & 24

Sean Ashby Canada Day features extremely talented singer/songwriter Sean Ashby, who spent eight years as Sarah McLachlan’s guitarist. After spending the next ten as leader of the band Jack Tripper, Ashby released his first solo album in 2008 and two more since. He has also played with Delerium, Ginger (formerly Grapes of Wrath) and an impressively long list of others. Ashby has spent the past five years on a heavy touring schedule around Canada and the United States, and puts on a well-honed show. His style ranges from hard rock to pop rock with soulful delivery.

 

Blackberry Wood – July 13 & August 10

Blackberry Wood is a high-energy, must-see spectacle that will delight folks of all ages. The band is an alt-country-gypsy-ragtime-circus combo that will make you move with the groove. With fantastic costumes and a tight horn section, Blackberry Wood wins over fans every time they come through Revelstoke. Do yourself a favour and make sure to check at least one of their shows – you haven’t seen anything like it.

Uncorked – July 18 & 19

Uncorked Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, Uncorked offer an upbeat blend of rock, country and east coast standards with lots of vocal harmony. Great showmen and perennial favourite, Uncorked has the east coast “kitchen party” vibe down pat. From foot-tapping jams to sing-a-long standards, Uncorked is influenced by the likes of Credence Clearwater Revival, Blue Rodeo and the Eagles. They’re no stranger to street festivals, playing all across Canada.

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra – July 23

Victoria-based Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is not to be missed. The five-piece acoustic ensemble draws on flamenco, bluegrass, African percussion and other roots music influences in order to create their unique, playful sound. The band has played and busked across several continents, and they are particularly drawn to smaller towns and venues with a community vibe, like Grizzly Plaza.

 

 

Just Posted

City of Revelstoke launches survey on communication

The results will be incorporated into the upcoming communication strategy

Portion of Highway 1 to be resurfaced east of Revelstoke this summer

Highway 1 will be resurfaced between Revelstoke Park East Gate and Glacier… Continue reading

Kinbasket Reservoir near record low levels last week

Earlier this month the Kinbasket Reservoir reached a low point of 714… Continue reading

Revelstoke Community Choir’s spring show coming up on Sunday

Join the choir and special guests on April 28 at the United Church

Memorial bench for young South Okanagan woman who died was stolen

Someone stole the stone bench that was placed at a walking bridge across the creek

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

May the fourth be with you for Okanagan Comic Con

Second annual event expected to draw hundreds of characters

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Okanagan city caps downtown cannabis retail applications

Four currently approved, two more coming, moratorium in place, reviewed after 12 months

VIDEO: Large dust devil swirls through downtown Chase

Residents look on as column climbs about 90 feet into the air

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Helevorn comes to Kelowna on first Canadian tour

The Spaniards will bring their brand of doom metal to Kelowna May 11

Most Read