Feature Story Tuesday July 30, 2012
Big Top Chilliwack
Circus Night at Party in the Park
or those dreaming of running away and joining the circus, there was no need to run anywhere because it was Circus Night at Party in the Park last Friday.
This time the weather participated and although it wasn't sunny, it wasn't raining either and a stiff breeze kept the mosquitoes at bay.
Its quite a sight to see the grass bowl at Central Community fill up with happy people making themselves at home.
Comedian Wayne Dahl, along with alt-rock bands Poppy and the Pistols and Regdy Blackout, performed on the 98.3 Star Fm Entertainment Stage and the Goddess Movement put on an amazing aerial silks show.
As part of his performance, Dahl joked about being a meat eater and said he was recently in Los Angeles making a new cartoon based on eating meat with characters such as Sammy the Sirloin and Hank the Hot Dog.
"I'm a meat-a-tarian, and what that means is I love meat. In fact I'm taking it a step farther and I've become a meagan," Dahl said.
"A megan is someone who has all their meat cooked in pork fat, you can tell by my physique," he quipped.
This Friday is "Western Night" and will feature John Ellis, Brent Lee, and Kenny Hess on stage.
Party in the Park memorabilia is always on sale and available at the DBIA's kiosk.
"We want to give a big shout out to Coast Capital Savings Party in the Park brought to you by the Downtown Business Improvement Association and they keep the Park going as a free event and if you make a donation, you will receive an "I Love Party in the Park" wristband that you can wear all year long," Emcee Darcy D said.
The City of Chilliwack and CEPCO are also event sponsors.
Party in the Park happens Fridays from 5 .M. to 10 P.M. until August 24 at Central Community Park at the corner of Young Rd. and Victoria Ave. in Chilliwack.
For more information, visit www.downtownchilliwack.com
See more photos and artist bios below.
“Dynamic”, “Innovative”, “Original”, “the real deal” – these are just some of the things that have been said about Brent Lee! Brent has toured with such stars as Dwight Yoakam and the Tragically Hip and has shared the stage with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Marty Stewart, Blue Rodeo, Los Lobos, Robert Gordon, Little Texas, Prairie Oyster, Steve Cropper, Celine Dion, and many more top recording artists. Brent’s original music has been featured on various video games and on the T.V. series Higher Ground. Brent has appeared on Much Music many times including hosting Outlaws & Heroes in Toronto in the early 90`s. Brent Lee & the Outsiders went their separate ways in 1993 and since then Brent has relocated back home to Vancouver B.C. he has recorded four new albums with his new band, including his latest album Lonesome Cowboy. The band is constantly performing and touring. Brent has been nominated for and won many country music awards and his songs receive radio airplay around the world. Not bad for an independent artist!
Producer, engineer &
multi-instrumentalist John MacArthur Ellis has contributed his musical
and technical skills to countless recordings & live projects. Honored
with the BCCMA and BCIMA Producer of the Year 2009 awards for his work
on records for Ridley Bent (“Buckles and Boots”) and Barney Bentall
(“Northwest Passage”), in 2010 and 2011 he was also nominated in the
CCMA’s Special Instrument Category for his work on pedal steel.
Kenny Hess started playing with his family band at the ripe old age of 4, singing songs of idols Conway, Merle, George, and Elvis. By the time he was 14 he had his own band and in short order was opening shows for top country acts the likes of Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, Brooks & Dunn and many more.
In the following years he honed his songwriting and performing skills by touring and recording. Kenny’s successes brought him to the attention of legendary Nashville songwriter Harland Howard (I Fall to Pieces, Heartaches by the Number) and was soon working with him writing songs.
Word spread quickly and Kenny was soon signed to Curb Songs. Mike Curb heard Kenny’s demos and signed him to a recording contract.
Kenny’s Music has been called many things but one reviewer put it best when he shrewdly said of Kenny’s Music “…it’s ingenious, dead simple, and it works.”
© Copyright (c) 2012 The Valley Voice
The end of the gallery. Thanks for looking. Return to the main page here.