Grab your dancing shoes, live music returns to downtown Campbell River’s Spirit Square this Wednesday.
A total of four free concerts are scheduled on Wednesday evenings this summer, from 7:00 until 9:00. The first concert is set for tomorrow (July 28th), and the last one is on August 18th.
The City’s recreation and culture department is coordinating the concerts with a variety of styles, ranging from Cuban and folk fusion to blues.
Local favorites on the set-list include Brodie Dawson, Luke Blu Guthrie, and Anela. Sweet Santa Fe from the Comox Valley and the Mark Crissinger Blues Band from Duncan will also be performing this year.
“We are very excited,” says recreation coordinator Linda Nagle.
“Normally, we host the very large ‘CR Live Street’ events that close down the streets, and we’ve had everything from ‘ChalkFest’ to street dancers.”
But as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Nagle tells My Campbell River Now that many annual events were put on hold. However, as B.C. moves in Step 3 of its Restart Plan, that’s no longer the case.
“We are missing working with so many of our great downtown partners – the Tidemark and the Art Gallery,” she exclaims. “We’re very excited to be able to bring back these concerts and get things going again.”
To keep comfortable while enjoying the show, Nagel is encouraging locals to bring their own lawn chairs or to find a spot on the grass to sit.
“As everyone probably knows, there’s limited seating in the Spirit Square area. There is grass and there are some benches, but if you have your chairs, bring them along.”
She continues, “We’re going to have popcorn for sale down there. It’s only a dollar a bag and the proceeds will go to our specialized recreation program.”