2013 Summer Concert Series by the River
Schedule of Events
Serenity Performing Arts Centre is hosting a live summer concert series by the river for the 2012 summer season. Schedule dates and performers to date are as follows.
Free LIMITED SPACE camping available.
Family friendly - kids under 12 free.
She Says Electric
An indie rock band from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia,Canada. These four friends, (Connie Budzak, Ben Atkinson, ken Budzak, and Derek Usher), true artists at heart, devote themselves to creative songwriting with lyrical integrity and raw masterful melodies. Far beyond a crafted performance, an authentic captivating experience is truly encountered as She Says Electric combines spirit, soul and song, creating moments for listeners to connect with something larger than themselves.
Melissa Bandura is a Vancouver-based Independent Folk
multi-instrumentalist. Having discovered the violin at
the age of four,
becoming a student of both classical and folk traditions,
learning guitar, flute, viola, mandolin and banjo, Melissa’s
skillfully written and uniquely orchestral.
Building on the folk-roots sounds and ideas established
with her previous band, Lily Come Down, Melissa crosses
into slightly darker territory with the songs that will
grace her upcoming album, Dark Dreams.
Good for Grapes
Good For Grapes formed in September of 2010, after a group of friends took a trip to Victoria, BC for some modest busking. Since the moment they stepped onto the ferry, they were an attraction. Drawing unexpected crowds, naturally this young and aspiring band took form; an original and talented five piece group, with an array of harmonizing voices and instruments. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, this folk / alternative act has been gaining momentum ever since they stepped into the music scene. Their live stage performance in this time has evolved into an incredibly active, folk stomping, and inviting energy; always resulting in an extremely enthusiastic and involved audience. Beginning by supporting charities and foundations, their unique folk sound has been accepted into a large variety of venues. Through this, they have gained a loyal fan base which grows at every turn.
Born in Waterford Ireland, Ryan now moves between the music communities in Vancouver, BC where she was raised and Maui, Hawaii and has been fortunate enough to get the chance to perform with Pat Simmons of the Doubie Brothers, as well as at Mick Fleetwood’s new venue, Fleetwods, in Lahaina.
David Blair Band
David Blair’s career as a pop singer/songwriter can be summed up thus far with a string of awards and accolades and the future will only bring more. He found his first break after being chosen as a finalist for the Demo Listen Contest put on by Vancouver radio station, 99.3 The Fox. The result of which saw three of David’s songs placed on a compilation album, local radio airplay and opening slots for Nickelback as well as The Barstool Prophets.
David is a multi-instrumentalist and his classical training in piano gives David’s songs rich musical layers. He joined his first band at the age of 17 and since then, he has played in several bands, but opted to go out on his own, releasing his solo EP “Songs of Love and Introspection” in 2006, which won several song writing awards, and not one but three honourable mentions from Billboard’s World Song writing Competition.
Devon Coyote, born Devon Bjarnason in Kelowna BC, is a talented
singer/songwriter getting nationwide attention for his energetic
foot stomping live performances. His unique style and sound infused
of rock, blues, folk and swinging country comes thru brilliantly
in his 2011 album "Blue, Black & Grey."
Benny Walker with Tom Richardson
Offering an effortless blend of soul, blues, reggae and acoustic folk, indigenous performer Benny Walker is without doubt one of Australia’s most promising new talents. His intimate, eloquent song-writing is complemented by a rich and soulful voice which tells of the trouble, strife and wonder of everyday life. Benny has performed at some of the countries finest festivals including Derby Boab Festival in July 2011, Woodford Folk festival 2010/11 and has been invited back to perform The Dreaming as part of Woodford 20111/12. Benny has also recently been nominated for a Deadly Award 2011.
If Bob Marley surfed his way across to Mississippi, stopped in for a cup of tea with the devil before flying over to Fiji for choir practice, you would be left with something that resembled Tom Richardson. While still in his early twenties, having already shared the stage with the likes of Cold Chisel, Joe Bonamassa (USA), The Waifs and You Am I, there are very few Australian festival stages on which Tom hasn’t performed. He also received the highest number of nominations at the Australian Blues Music Awards and was a finalist in the Vanda & Young Songwriting competition, Australian Songwriting competition and APRA professional development awards.
Danielle Savage & The Miscreants - Rock, indie, folk, jazz, adaptogenic folk, blues, soul, r&b, pop
Singer-songwriter Danielle Savage has been traveling & playing
music for a decade as a busker, songwriter, lyricist, and performer/
front-person. She has appeared on several T.V and radio stations,
such as Santa Barbara Public Television, Radio WWOZ New Orleans,
and Kulaks Woodshed Hollywood, as well as performed at a myriad
of other venues, doing so with love.
JJ Shiplett - Country/Rock/Folk
“I’ll keep singing on…until this well runs dry or this fire dies” You can sum up JJ Shiplett’s world with the line above (taken from his song Bluejay Highway). A songwriter in every situation and a dedicated player, JJ’s passion for quality music and sincere songs, is only matched by his goal to get everyone dancing. It’s CCR to Ryan Adams to the The Boss. Introducing JJ Shiplett.
Recently he was the recipient of Rawlco Radio’s 10k20 Grant Program in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta. Following the grant, he recorded his first full length album which will be released April 17th, 2012. Recorded at Five Acres Studios in Aldergrove, B.C. with the help of producer Ryan Mcallister (Dakona, Cowboys and Indians, Maverick Records), the album showcases heartfelt moments full of life experience, right alongside bursts of boisterous feel-good rock and roll. Sometime this spring/summer, JJ Shiplett will be coming to a Canadian city near you to play some new tunes from the album. Stayed tuned for more details.
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer is more like a sweaty fling between a sack full of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a very greasy Telecaster. Shawn Hall and Matthew Rogers say they’re making blues for a changing world, but a fan put it even better: this is ‘blues that gets you in the crotch.’
It’s also blues that gets rear-ends on the dance floor, while earning praise for its ‘decades-deep blues style’ (Scott Brown, What’s up Yukon). Combining the raw swagger of bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes with a deep love for the roots of the genre, HAM reminds us that this kind of music was always supposed to talk to our nether regions. And if a lot of the blues made today seems a little limp, HAM finds its answer in the innovation that was at the heart of greats like Robert Johnson, Blind Willlie McTell and Muddy Waters. The duo has played festivals all over Western Canada, including The Beaumont Blues Fest, The Powell River Blues Festival, and The Gastown Blues and Chilli Festival. Along the way, they’ve shared the stage with some of the world’s finest blues acts, including Jim Byrnes, Dick Dale and MonkeyJunk.
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