The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars at Fraser River Heritage Park on Friday, Aug. 26 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Hot Club has been swinging since the ‘70s, sharing their Django-inspired upbeat, toe tappin’ gypsy-jazz.
Songwriter Deanna “D” Knight adds a magic sparkle that really brings these wonderful old melodies to life with style, power and grace. She’s complemented by acoustic bassist Charlie Knowles, guitarist Steve “Bugzy” Szabo, while Michael Dunn and Don Kellett spin their sweet Djangoesque lines on lead slide and guitars. Violinist Tom Neville rounds out the full ensemble of roots jazz.
The show is sponsored by the Mission Association for Community Living.
The Art in the Park program features Gina Esche’s natural way to body wellness, Betty Sandmark’s beaded jewelry and Salt Lane Studio’s craft workshop.
Then on Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 7 to 8 p.m., Twilight welcomes Shari Ulrich, Barney Bentall and Tom Taylor to Fraser River Heritage Park.
Barney Bentall and his band the Legendary Hearts were indeed legendary in Canada through the ‘80s and ‘90s. Tom Taylor has spent most of his career in the Vancouver cult band She Stole My Beer before going solo. Shari Ulrich has released 19 albums over her career: seven as a solo artist; others with Pied Pumkin, Hometown Band, UHF, and this trio.
These talented artists first played together in November 2007 at a songwriter concert on Bowen Island. They and the audience enjoyed the collaboration so much that they soon embarked on more shows together.
The Art in the Park program features Carobrian wire jewelry, Anastasia Greenan’s rock candles, Carol Anne Almquist’s watercolours, and Karla Turner’s blended leaf teas.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join them at the park. The Log Cabin Café and the Blackberry Kitchen are open. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.
For more information call 604-826-0277.