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Posted: November 30, 2022

Small but mighty concerts returning in 2023

John Reischman

With a history of sold out shows, the sixth version of the Fisher Peak Winter Ale concert series will return starting Wednesday, January 25, with the original, bluegrass-inspired music of The Heavy Lighters from Nelson. Opening the first show is Cranbrook’s Brackish Betty, a performer described with words like, soulful, bluesy, and salty.

The five intimate concerts will once again be held on the Key City Theatre’s gallery stage thanks to the loyal partnership between the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society, Key City Theatre, and Fisher Peak Brewing Company.

The concerts are presented once per month from January to May. Each show features remarkable artists in an exceptional venue with delicious local craft beer products available for those who wish to partake. These small but mighty concerts remain the perfect middle-of-the-week-night-out.

The second of the series, held on Wednesday, February 22 features the Grammy Award winning talents of John Reischman and the Jaybirds, opened by none other than the seamless harmonies of Shawna (Plant) and Anie (Hepher) who have been singing together for 30 years.

Wednesday, March 22 brings Flint & Feather (Joal and Lauren Kamps), a free-spirited husband and wife duo that are passionate about connecting with people through folk/roots music, stories, and laughter. Young singer/songwriter, Emma Kade from Radium Hot Springs, shares her strong, sultry vocals and unforgettable lyrics to brilliantly start the show.

Chris Coole and the Lonesome Aces String Band

On Thursday, April 27, Cranbrook teens Jack Spring and Matthew Kumpula open for Chris Coole and the Lonesome Aces String Band. John Showman, Max Heineman, and Chris Coole, consider themselves an “old time” band, yet their sound and approach may not have an obvious link to any “pure” strain of traditional music…which is fine by them. They just love playing together.

The final concert in the series on Tuesday, May 16 begins with the soulful vocals and enticing lyrics of singer-songwriter, Tenise Marie from Argenta. Then, Wild Honey (pictured above), an all-female Kootenay roots trio that just released their second album called “Let’s Be Cowboys,” produced by Canadian music legend Barney Bentall, promises to leave the audience more than satisfied.

Seating capacity is limited to just 70 per show. Tickets are priced at $35 with a reduced rate when purchased as an all-in package (one ticket for each show).

Tickets are available at the Key City Theatre Box Office.

Find more information about the performers.

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Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society

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