Campbell Riverites are raving about last night’s concert at Spirit Square in downtown Campbell River.
Lynn Michaluk shares that it was “so nice to hear live music again,” and Yvonne O’Driscoll says she “had a great time.”
It was the first concert of the summer, welcoming locals back after COVID put a damper on the annual concert series last year.
“It was fantastic, we had a fabulous evening,” City of Campbell River recreation coordinator Linda Nagle says.
“People were so appreciative of having the chance to get out, socialize again, listen to good music, and have some popcorn while they were there.”
According to Nagle, it was ‘almost a full house’. She says more than 400 people attended the concert, which saw Comox Valley-based Brodie Dawson and friends perform.
“They invited the audience to come up and join in, and the kids just loved it,” Nagle says. “That was a great part, good inclusion.”
More concerts to come
Three more free concerts are scheduled on Wednesday evenings at Spirit Square, from 7:00 until 9:00.
The next concert is set for August 4th. After that, August 11th, with the last one of the summer happening on August 18th.
The City’s recreation and culture department is behind it all, coordinating the concerts with a variety of styles, ranging from Cuban and folk fusion to blues.
Local favorites on the upcoming set-list include 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 missing working with so many of our great downtown partners – the Tidemark and the Art Gallery,” Nagle says. “We’re very excited to be able to bring back these concerts and get things going again.”
To keep comfortable while enjoying the show, she encourages 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.”
Nagle 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.”