Envision Twilight Concert Series: MSS jazz band and Kayla Luky up next

The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents Mission Secondary School Jazz Band on Friday, June 10 at Fraser River Heritage Park.

Manitoba musician Kayla Luky performs June 15 at Fraser River Heritage Park.

Manitoba musician Kayla Luky performs June 15 at Fraser River Heritage Park.

The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents Mission Secondary School Jazz Band on Friday, June 10 at Fraser River Heritage Park.

The group consists of 30 members from Grades 7-12. They rehearse twice weekly, focusing on jazz from the early 1930s through to contemporary music.

The group toured in Seattle this year, placing second with a silver rating at the Heritage Music Festival. The students were excellent ambassadors, and as such, were honoured with the Spirit of Seattle Award, which is presented to the group that best represents their school, community, and in this case, country.

The June 10 show will feature music from Henry Mancini (Peter Gunn), Benny Goodman (Swingtime in the Rockies), Duke Ellington (C Jam Blues), and Ozzy Osbourne (Crazy Train) to name a few.

The Art in the Park program will highlight glass blown beadwork and jewelry from Ania Kyte; Gina Esche’s natural way to body wellness; and beaded jewelry from Betty Sandmark.

The Envision Twilight Concert Series welcomes Manitoba singer-songwriter Kayla Luky to Fraser River Heritage Park on Wednesday, June 15 from 7 to 8 p.m.

After a brief time in Winnipeg and realizing that her heart wasn’t in city life, Luky returned to her small town roots, bought a big old house, and set to writing some songs straight from the heart.

With a little help from friends performing on her latest album, The Time it Takes, Luky has surpassed the spare, straightforward sound of her previous folk-pop projects and created a bona fide alt-country album. Her localized lyrics, about such issues as pogey, puck bunnies and coffee shop complainers, promise to entertain.

Take the sentimental saddle song “Cowboys Are Coming,” the banjo-driven boot stomper “Lonesome Ranger,” or the aching, heart-breaking “My Flowers Are Empty” with its love lost refrain “You left me in shambles, you left me in pain, the summer dragged on and my heart didn’t change.” Metropolitan music makers would be hard-pressed to write a hard-luck song so genuine, but Luky gives it absolute authenticity.

With her small town stories and well-crafted country sound, Kayla Luky’s show will satisfy your appetite for hometown fare.

The Art in the Park program features Karla Turner’s blended leaf teas; Gina Esche; Betty Sandmark; and Senada Vehabovic’s metal art silhouettes.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come to the park. The Log Cabin Café and the Blackberry Kitchen are open. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. Your support along with the generous contributions of sponsors will ensure that this series continues. For more information call the Fraser River Heritage Park at 604-826-0277.

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