Feature Story                                                                   Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Strictly in the Groove

R & B Allstars play Harrison May 26

Bryan Cutler/Harrison Festival


The popular R&B Allstars 12-piece band will be at Harrison May 26.



f you were a music fan in Vancouver in the late 1980s and 1990s, chances are you are familiar with the R&B Allstars. A dynamic, eleven-piece band performing classic R&B, the Allstars was formed in 1980 and gained popularity at venues like The Town Pump, The Commodore, Richards on Richards and 86th Street.

Tickets for the Festival Fundraiser which kicks off at 7:30 pm are $45.00 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.

After a decade of recuperation from “groove fatigue” the band reformed in 2013 and has been performing with renewed vigour, winning audiences over with their exciting interpretations of music from classic artists such as Al Green, Sam and Dave, and Aretha Franklin.

The event is a fundraising concert/dance for the Harrison Festival Society, which presents the nine day Harrison Festival of the Arts in July, an event that includes much programming free to the public.


Get the best in big bands at Harrison Hall May 26.

According to Artistic Director Andy Hillhouse, “while our accessible, low cost programming is supported through grants at all levels of government, our own ongoing fundraising efforts are essential, especially as costs rise and revenue sources become harder to come by. This includes grants, which are not always predictable.”


However, Hillhouse believes, raising funds is only one of the positive bi-products of the fundraiser, the other being community spirit. “Putting on an event like this brings the whole community on-board to make the festival happen. It increases their ownership of the event.”



Learn more about the R&B Allstars at www.rbalive.com. Watch a YouTube video here. Connect with the band on Facebook here.


About the Harrison Festival Society
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fuelled programming. Each July for more than 35 years the Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 9 day, cross disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. A charitable non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley.


Buy tickets or reserve your seat at www.harrisonfestival.com 

or call 604 796 3664

For more information e-mail here.

Box 399, 98 Rockwell Dr, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K0


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