Saturday August 14, 2010

Feature Story

Party In The Park Sizzles

Great live music the main draw at event

Craig Hill/Voice


t was a gloriously hot August night at Party in the Park and crowds filled the grassy bowl despite temperatures on stage that hovered around the 35C mark. Belly dancers spun and weaved their magic to sizzling drum beats from Sharika, a 7-piece African roots music band.

                                                    Sharika perform at Party in the Park Friday.   C Hill/Voice photos.


Creative Outlet dancers performed routines to start the entertainment off and then Singer/guitarist, Adam Brisco, followed with versions of Beattles classics and some of his own new material which was produced with local musician and Party emcee Trevor McDonald.

Popular country music band, Backdoor Slam, performed singles from their CD "I'll Get Mine" which is also available here. For more information or to book them, visit their websites at: and (Kat Wahamaa, Jennie Bice, Tony Rees (brit) and Joe Samorodin)

McDonald told the crowd that the musicians appearing over the 8-weeks at Party in the Park all agreed to work for a smaller fee, and the excess funds would be donated to a pair of $1000 scholarship funds from the Chilliwack Musicians CO-OP.

"Last year Jacob Holmes and Amber Bergeron were the lucky winners and this is courtesy of all the musicians who come here for this great gig for very little except to please you folks on a Friday night."

Each week there are over 60-vendors selling food and assorted items and services. Major sponsors of the Kid's Fun Zone are Prime Signs and Safeway. Coast Capital Savings is the corporate sponsor of the event and Chilliwack Bingo sponsors the Night Market. Ruth & Naomi's crew are at the park until midnight taking down the stage and cleaning up the park afterward.

Next week's Party in the Park will have a Fairy Tale theme. If you haven't taken in a Party in the Park on Friday yet, there are only two more of these events left, so don't forget to mark them on your calendar. Afterward, check out Gringos on Mill Street and Preston's at the Coast Hotel for more food and fun.

The event is held each Friday in Central Community park at the corner of Young Rd. and Victoria Ave.

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Adam Briscoe above.

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