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Hodge: Music comes alive in spring

OK, time to dig out your crayon or pencil and your date book—your social convenor is here. It’s amazing how all the great events suddenly seem to arrive at the same time as sunshine.

Oh well, guess I’ll just have to delay all that yard work for the sake of music and fun. Sigh!

On Saturday, April 16, Rosie’s Pub will feature the finals of the So You Think You Can Sing contest, with several talented competitors advancing to the final. I’m honoured to be one of the four judges for the event, which starts at noon. Joining me on judges row will be the talented Curtis Tulman, Jim LeGuilloux and Floyd Vedan. Should be wonderful fun.

Also performing April 15 and 16 is the talented Ran Berry and his band Random Act playing at the always fun Blue

Gator. Included in his band is drummer extraordinaire Scott Gamble, along with Dana Barnes, Michael Fic and the

Uptown Hornz. These guys churn out classic rock n’ roll, R&B, and some fabulous Funk.

Last weekend, Teresa and I managed to step out to the Gator to hear one of our very favourite bands in the world, the always fun and extremely talented Zamboni Brothers.

As usual, the boys (and Pat) had the dance floor packed all night with great tunes. Ken Heatherington and Graham Scofield are both talented guitarists and singers with Les and Pat Bellamy adding superb harmonies and occasional lead vocal skills while Jimmy Dupuis is a top notch man on the kit.

Added to the winning formula is the band’s tremendous sense of humour and entertainment—each member of the band is simply a class act.

It was a wonderful night. Thanks Blue Gator.

Other upcoming musical events worthy of marking down include an upcoming show at the Kelowna Community Theatre featuring the Deb Stone Band.

Set for May 20, Stone is an amazingly talented singer with a tremendous range and pitch.

Stone quite simply nails every tune she sings and handles anything from Patsy Cline to Janis Joplin with total ease.

In addition, Stone has a large repertoire of superb original tunes.

She has performed at every one of the six Night of the Arts concerts during the past half dozen years and is always one of the crowd favourites. Make sure you take in this show.

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If choral music is more your preference, then you are in for a real treat on May 7 at the First Lutheran Church when the Okanagan Festival Singers present a repertoire of luscious choral music from the 20th and 21st centuries guaranteed to pluck at your heart strings.

For more information email choir@ofsingers.com or www.ofsingers.com, or phone Claire at 250-764-5188.

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With the Stanley Cup playoffs in the spotlight starting next week, it seems appropriate to have the famous Stanley Cup arrive in town.

Integra Tire & Auto Centre/Okanagan Car Care, 2160 Enterprise Way, will have Lord Stanley’s famous cup on site Tuesday, April 26, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.,  if you want to have your picture taken with the mug.

Stanley and I are old friends. I proudly admit I even slept with the famous mug once…but that’s another story.

 

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