Feature Story Saturday, August 3, 2013
The Sounds of Summer
Party in the Park No. 4 features Awake O Sleeper and Boogie Patrol among others
Awake O Sleeper lead singer Brad Fry belts out one of their original songs at Central Community Park last Friday. Below, Boogie Patrol's Rott'n Dan.
he Chilliwack Business Improvement Association's Coast Capital Party in the Park once again packed the streets downtown last week.
The event, held Fridays beginning at 5 p.m. throughout July and August at Central Community Park at Young Rd. and Victoria Ave., features a main entertainment stage, a jumbo screen on Wellington, a night market and food fair with dozens of vendors. There's also a Seniors Matter Zone and a Teen Zone which have different sponsors each night.
Local singer Nicole Summerland opened the show and was followed by Vancouver folk singer Norine Braun with songs from her new CD; Conventus The Eye of the Heart.
Many of Braun's songs are inspired from her personal health battles.
"The intro for the song Conventus was a lullaby I wrote 2 weeks before surgery and the song comes from a deep inner place of love," says Braun on her website.
"When I returned home I completed Conventus as the rest of the song seemed to write itself. I contemplated at how there was a theme of union running through each of these songs and the concept of the album emerged."
Finally, Chilliwack has a rock and roll band with a unique sound and style.
Awake O Sleeper is an edgy alt-folk-rock band.
Event promoter Darcy D told the Voice that he'd previously only seen Awake O Sleeper on video after the band sent it in.
The audience at the park was gripped by their set of fresh new material with song names like Before, Around and All Hands on Deck.
Some of their fans liken the band's repertoire to something you might hear from Brit bluesman John Mayall. This band has a fresh new sound and we'll definitely be hearing more from Brad Fry, Drew Pilling, Andrew Clarke, Dan Kragh and Christiaan Van Wyk.
Zfires dancer Irene Lloyd entertained the crowd between music sets with interesting choreography with flaming Hula Hoops.
Boogie Patrol wrapped up the night with an exceptional mix of blues, folk, soul and R&B.
To date the band has played all over BC and Alberta, and according to their website, harmonica player and lead singer "Rott'n" Dan, along with accomplished guitarist Yuji Ihara, joined creative forces and began collaborating in 2007. Bassist Nigel Gale and keyboardist Sean Grieve's and percussionist JJ soon followed.
Darcy D said event-goers can look forward to a Rolling Stones tribute in an upcoming show.
"They're called Heart of Stone and they even look like the band," he said. "Al Harlow, used to be in a band called Prism that I was in, and in this band he's the bass player."
He was pleased to see the large turnout.
"So far we're batting a pretty good average, just look at the crowd."
Weather forced the cancellation of Party in the Park on August 2, but the event will return next Friday at 5 p.m.
See more photos below.
Darcy D Music Group - Event Promoter
Downtown Chilliwack BIA
Stage by Tractorgrease
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