Night of the Arts fundraiser aimed to help youth at risk

The stage is set and silent auction items are awaiting Saturday evening’s seventh annual Night of the Arts concert.

The stage is set and silent auction items are awaiting the many Kelowna music fans expected to attend Saturday evening’s seventh annual Night of the Arts concert.

The musical showcase event is a yearly fundraiser and awareness concert focusing on rallying support for youth at risk, homeless, and those at need within our community.

“It’s a wonderful night of music, friendship, and caring about others. There is an amazing lineup of musicians and artists taking part in this year’s show. It’s a special night you do not want to miss,” said Charlie Hodge, co-organizer and founder of the event.

“For seven years now Curtis Tulman and I have gathered Okanagan artists and asked them to contribute their talents towards the needs of many in our community.

“Year after year we are blown away with the sharing and caring our musical and artistic friends are willing to make.”

Beneficiary of the event this year is the Metro Community, which among other valuable projects run the Metro Central facility in downtown Kelowna.

The organization provides counseling services and a safe gathering spot (including a coffee shop) for the homeless or those at risk in our community. Metro Central is located on Water Street kitty-corner from City Hall.

Headliners for this year’s concert include the superb sounds of the Deb Stone Band featuring the diverse, spectacular vocals of the Kelowna singer. Stone has released two CD’s, one an original collection, and the second a tribute to the legendary Patsy Cline.

“She’s amazing. The woman nails everything she sings and is a total thrill to work with,” Tulman said of Stone.

Tulman ought to know since he has been named the Canadian Country Music Association’s Special Instrumentalist of the Year three times.

Also rocking up the stage on Saturday will be the very popular Jimmy LeGuilloux Band, which naturally features the well-known local rock icon.

LeGuilloux is nationally acknowledged for his astounding guitar and songwriting skills and a wicked voice of his own.

Over the years LeGuilloux has been the leader of various B.C. bands including Who’s On Bass, Vicious Fishes, and The Influence.

The night’s opening set will kick off with the brilliant bluegrass band Day Late and a Dollar Short, followed by Teena Gowdy, and then the amazingly talented Robert Fine and his Dreamland Dance Band.

Also taking to the stage at the Kelowna Community Theatre this Saturday will be the James Balfour, and Justin Dueck.

Both exceptional men will wow audiences with their own talented bands and original tunes.

Metro Central has been working extremely hard the past several months constructing a super silent auction chalked full of exceptional gifts.

Among the myriad of items available are a number of works by local artists including Yvonne Moorish, Nikki Balfour, Dave Stratten, Marion Krahn, and others including a custom oil painting done of your own home. Other assorted silent auction items include a few stellar wines, (including Jackson Triggs’ World’s Best Syrah, Black Hills Nota Bene), or a plethora of diverse goodies including romantic packages at local hotels and B&B’s.

The evening is a fun, family-friendly opportunity to kick into the Christmas spirit. Doors open at 6 p.m. concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission to the concert is by donation.

For further information on how to contribute, call Sandy at 250-764-9366.