Friday, August 23, 2013

Community News

Raising a Holler

Second to last Party in the Park event draws on big support from the community

Staff/Voice photos


Rachel Ashmore of ByStarlight performs at Party in the Park last Friday, and below, Nigel Crowe sings one of the bands hit songs.


hile the crowd got comfortable on lawn chairs and blankets in the bowl at Central Community Park, bands set up their instruments and equipment on the stage for the second-to-last Party in the Park Friday.

Local Chilliwack band Tractorgrease Folk (TGF) were one of the first up last Friday, and when the audience wants brio and originality they can count on TGF to deliver.

Even though the band has only been together for a few years, they've made a huge impact on the local music scene playing in almost every venue in the city.

TGF lead singer Jeff Bonner, who owns Tractorgrease Multimedia, demonstrated honed story-telling skills in original songs like Ace of Spades and Garage Sailing.

According to their website, TGF "is a collection of songs and artists inspired by what's goin' on here at the studio."

In the spring of this year, the band released its first album of songs called All Folked Up featuring 16 local musicians.

TGF consists of "Bad Ass" Bill Fulton on bass guitar, Quinn Patterson on lead guitar, Geoff Eyre on drums along with Bonner's vocals and rhythm guitar work.

"Most important is that our songs do translate live and I think that's the strength of our band and we bring a lot of fun to the live performance," says Bonner in the video.

West coast pop sensation ByStarlight were next up on the Coast Capital entertainment stage.

The throngs of young girls jamming the front of the stage was indicative of the band's popularity in Chilliwack.

ByStarlight, led by singer Nigel John Crowe and keyboardist Rachel Ashmore, are getting lots of radio airplay with songs like Here's to the Times and Too Much to Handle, and have worked with Marianna's Trench producers on the 604 label. In testament to their gaining popularity, the band recently backed-up Carly Rae Jespsen in concert.

Fighting for Ithaca rounded our the evenings entertainment with a set of their own brand of high energy metal.

Tonight is the final event of the year and bands Champagne Republic, Dixon Road, Dave Martone and Heart of Stone will be appearing on stage.


Evening Highlights for Fairy Tale Night

Murray Honda is the major sponsor

Prime Signs/O'Connor Family Fun Zone & Kelmor Activity Zone

Sabrina VandenBrink Facepainting by Carolyn Manchulenko and volunteers

Mertin Marketplace

City of Chilliwack Mega Screen sponsored by Hampton Inn

Great Canadian Oil Change/Winmar Food Fair

New for 2013 UFV Teen Zone and CEPCO Seniors Matter


Darcy D Music Group - Event Promoter 


Downtown Chilliwack BIA 


Stage and lighting by Tractorgrease Multimedia


Sound by Go Audio


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