Concerts scheduled for winter evenings

A group of local musicians have organized a show for the people of Summerland.

A few columns back I mentioned that there would live music coming up soon here in Summerland. I also mentioned that musicians love this time of year because the fact that it’s cold, wet and dreary means people are looking for just about any excuse to get out and do something.

Well, a group of local musicians have taken that to heart and organized a show for the people of Summerland. On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Peacock’s Perch Neighbourhood Pub will be hosting Saturday Night “LIVE” starting at 8 p.m.

There are a few things about this show that’s just fantastic.

First and foremost, it’s free. There’s no cover charge to get in, which is a great way to encourage people to get out and see music — although if you like what you hear, please, drop a few dollars into their donation jug as a way of saying thank you. You want these musicians to know that the people of Summerland appreciate what they’re doing and want them to do well.

The second thing about this that is really great is that all three bands are either local, or have a Summerland connection.

The entertainment for the night consists of local duo The Timbre Wolves, who cover the spectrum of music with searing vocals and slick guitar playing. Then there’s Lucy Blu and the Blu Boys, who are based out of Kelowna, but her drummer is from Summerland.

Lucy Blu is an act I’ve been dying to see for a while. She’s got a fantastic voice and a nice, tight band. I can’t say enough good things about her drummer — if you’ve ever tried to find a good drummer, you’ll know they are few and far between.

Rounding off the night is Forever Young, Kevin Foley’s long running Neil Young cover band who just keeps getting better.

I really can’t encourage enough people to get out there and check this out especially if you’d like to see more events like this happen in Summerland.

A little live music goes a long way to brightening up a community and putting a little bounce in your step, especially in the winter time.

The show gets started at 8 p.m.

If music isn’t your thing, but you enjoy a night of performances, I’d like to again remind people about Summerland Speaks, also taking place on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the IOOF hall on Main Street.

This is a night of readings and other entertainment from a group of Summerland writers, who are always an entertaining group to watch and listen to. The action starts at 7 p.m. and there’s a cover charge.

Now that you know what’s going on this weekend, get out there and support Summerland talent.

Douglas Paton is a Summerland writer and musician. If you know of a local arts and culture event, contact him at dgpaton80@gmail.com.