Feature Story                                                                                                   Wednesday August 14, 2012


Up, Up and Away!

Party in the Park super hero night draws super entertainers

Staff/Voice photos


Head Over Heels guitarist plays some riffs at Party in the Park last Friday.


t's a quiet Saturday morning following Party in the Park. The only evidence that thousands of people packed the venue and blocked-off streets Friday in Chilliwack, are two banner signs strung over the entrance to Central Community Park.


The night before, a slate of talented musicians kept people’s spider senses tingling with bands such as Lisa Adrianne along with Myles Bigelow and Kadabra featuring Dave Martone completed the evening's music on the Star 98.3/SONiC 107.5 Entertainment Stage.


Darcy D, event emcee, told Lisa Stevens, Star FM morning show host on Friday, that he was able to meet the feature act Kadabra and guitarist Dave Martone in a Vancouver café.


“These guys have toured with the likes of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai,” he said. “They’ve done workshops all over the world.”


According to Darcy D, Martone just returned from doing seminars in Germany and France.


“This is like Flamenco on acid, it’s really amazing.”


And Martone did not disappoint launching into blisteringly fast acoustic sets with an accompanying guitar, bass and electronic sound effects from Bigelow who also beat the congas.


Souvenir tee shirts, water bottles and wristbands by donation are on sale at the BIA tent. For parents who haven't been to the park with their kids, there are plenty of activities for them with bounce castles, face painting, mini golf, potting plants to take home, decorating cookies to name a few.


New this year is live streaming for those who can't make it to the park on Friday, they can watch all the entertainment on stage via UStream courtesy of Wayne Price and Virtual Broadcast Network at www.downtownchilliwack.com.


On Friday see and hear performances from Steve 'Elvis' Elliott, and ZZ Top tribute band Rio Grande Mud.


The fun kicks off with the Night Market at 4 P.M. followed by stage acts at 5 P.M. at Central Community Park Victoria Ave. and Young Rd.


A lot of work goes into setting up the Party in the Park for just a few hours and BIA organizer Desmond Devnich told the Voice in an e-mail that moving Party in the Park to Saturday may happen sometime in the future.


“Changing the day of Party in the Park would be interesting,” wrote Devnich when asked about the possibility of making the event a day-long affair instead of just for the evening.


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