Westside Daze: Totally Tom Petty tribute headlines music acts

Among the entertainment at the West Kelowna festival will be plenty of rock ’n roll

SubHead: Among the entertainment will be plenty of rock ’n roll

By Brenda Giesbrecht

Westside Daze is getting a rock ‘n’ rock kick-start when Totally Tom Petty Hosts the Women of Rock hits the concert stage on Friday night of the festival. Imagine if Tom Petty went on a road trip with three famous women of rock: Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar and Chrissie Hynde. Wouldn’t that be a great party? Now you’re invited!

This world class tribute band features Phil Dunset as iconic rocker Tom Petty. Linda Maze’s tribute to Nicks, Benatar and Hynde has been described as both powerful and ethereal. Together, their performances garner high praise from every venue they’ve played.

“This will be our first time at Westside Daze,” said Maze, “but we’re familiar with the area. We’ve been in Kamloops, Penticton, other places in the region. We are really looking forward to our show in West Kelowna.”

Dunset and Maze aren’t just fabulous musicians and vocalists, they get completely into character and become the rockers. Dunset once said that during the years he’s performed his tribute show, he’s picked up the southern drawl to the point that people say, “Hey man, you really sound like Tom Petty.”

The tribute artists are backed up by the Totally Tom Petty Band. With high-energy stage presence and great costumes, these versatile and convincing performers take you back to the rock show scene of 1978.

Be prepared to party into the Okanagan night with the great music of Totally Tom Petty and the Band, Coolest Chrissie Hynde, Passionate Pat Benatar and Sensational Stevie Nicks.

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Totally Tom Petty Hosts the Women of Rock is the first of several free concerts that will be held during Westside Daze, Friday night starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday night starts with the Timbre Wolves at 7 p.m. This Summerland band will knock your socks off with their electrifying rock hits of the 80s, covering bands like Heart and Starship.

Then Roger Anderson takes to the stage at 8 p.m. with his Elvis Tribute. An award-winning Elvis artist, Anderson showcases all of the Elvis eras, from the rockabilly 1950s straight through to the jumpsuit 70s.

The Silverbacks will entertain you on Sunday, starting at 12 p.m. This Kelowna-based band offers up classic rock, covering bands such at Nazareth, Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ramones, Black Crowes, Black Sabbath and Cheap Trick.

The weekend wraps up with Rann Berry and the Random Act Band at 8 p.m. They’ll be performing songs you know and love – classic rock, R&B, rock and roll, funk, blues and even some country music – and will keep you on your feet dancing from start to finish.

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