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Hi fellow Kelowna live music fans,
Today’s “Upcoming Kelowna Music Events” list is a little different from its predecessors in that it is not going to be a top 10 list but more of an excited exclamation. Why? Keloha and Parks Alive! Oh and you might have noticed that it’s being released on a Friday which is a bit of a departure from the usual! I like to think that it represents the coming weekend well though, in that it too will be a departure from the usual! In any event, the Friday publication is just a one-off, we’ll be back to our regular Thursday slots starting next week.
So, on to Keloha! It is the musical event of the summer in the Okanagan (in my opinion) and it takes place in Kelowna’s Waterfront Park starting tonight Friday, July 6th, and continuing on to Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th.
The festival is going to feature artists such as The Joy Formidable, Tokyo Police Club, Cold War Kids, Said The Whale, Dan Mangan, The Sheepdogs, Hey Ocean and many, many more. You can see the full lineup here: http://www.keloha.com/music/artists/
It promises to be a truly brilliant event and I could probably fill an entire typical events list just with entries from the Keloha festival, so I’ll simply say this: make sure you’re there. It’s THE place to be this weekend and if you only get to one live music event over the next two weeks then it should probably be at Keloha. Let’s show the artists that Kelowna is a great venue for live music with a fan base that appreciates quality musicianship and live music.
Aside from Keloha, Parks Alive! are putting on some notable performances over the next few weeks that you need to be aware of too. My personal favourite is the K96.3 Wednesday Night Showcase on July 18th featuring Aaron Gordon, My Kind of Karma, Dan Oig and Jeff Piattelli, but there are many other great nights coming up over the next two weeks or so that you should consider checking out too. Here’s the link to the official site for Parks Alive! where you’ll find more info: http://parksalive.festivalskelowna.com/index.php
Outside of Keloha and Parks Alive! (yes there’s more), you should mark these performances on your calendar:
> Fudunkafunk – July 6th – 9pm – Grateful Fed
> Dani Jean, Live On Brighton & Devon Coyote – July 6th – 9pm – Doc Willoughby’s
> Young ‘Uns – July 14th – 9pm – Blue Gator
> Wild Son – July 14th – 9pm – Grateful Fed Pub
> Shane Howard – July 17th – 8pm – Minstrel Cafe
Oh and I before I go, I want to add a couple of points about MusicBC. MusicBC are revamping their Kelowna office, which is great news for local musicians. As some of you may know they co-ordinated a great event last night at the Habitat. It was a Career Development Seminar for local artists/bands featuring a panel including Scot Johnson of Warner Music, Tyler Bancroft of Said the Whale, Alex Andrew Huculiak of We Are the City and Geordie Hart of The Boom Booms. The topic was "Breaking Out 101" and how musicians can expand their reach outside of small towns. Both MusicBC Programs Coordinator Savannah Wellman and, Programs Coordinator Assistant, Rebecca Apostoli, were in attendance to offer advice and educate people about MusicBC and the work they do to help independent musicians access funding and make those invaluable industry connections! If you missed it, worry not because I am hopeful MusicBC will have a number of similar events in the future. You can keep an eye on their website here: http://www.musicbc.org/
MusicBC is also hosting another awesome music related event this weekend, July 7th, from 11am to 3pm. It is essentially a music industry schmooze-up that will mostly be attended by artists playing at the Keloha festival plus any industry people who are in town for the shows. It's open to current MusicBC members who are paid, but not the general public. Click this link for more info if you’re a MusicBC member in good standing: http://www.musicbc.org/2012/06/21/keloha-schmusic-bc-boat-party/
Well thanks for reading this week’s slightly different events column. If I see you at Keloha this weekend be sure to say hi! Even the sunshine has decided to come out (finally) to catch some great live music!
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