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Posted: January 6, 2020

Winter Concert Series returns Jan. 22

The Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society and the Key City Theatre are set to heat up your winter.

Douglas Francis Mitchell

The fifth annual Winter Concert Series is in place for 2020, featuring top local musical performers and headlining acts from around the region.

Five concerts are scheduled for the winter and spring months, as the Key City Theatre’s Lobby Lounge.

Events kick off on Wednesday, Jan. 22, with Cranbrook’s Tall Timbers opening for Kootenay Lately.

Tall Timbers — Drew Prinn, Landon Schira, and Ken Vargas (pictured above) — are a multi-instrumental trio, putting a unique spin on the tunes you know and love, with soulful three-part harmonies and powerful lead vocals.

Kootenay Lately are Kootenay transplants and now call Kimberley home. They bring the soul of Motown with a mix of standards and retro jazz. Pam Ruby’s powerful vocals are supported by musicians Bryan Reichert (guitar), Chad Andriousky (drums) and Theresa Reichert (stand-up bass).

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Cranbrook singer-songwriter Douglas Francis Mitchell takes the stage, followed by Carmanah (pictured above).  Carmanah is a Victoria-bred reggae-and-funk-tinged folk band, named after an ancient Vancouver Island rainforest, whose worldly and eclectic take on folk-rock has earned them a devout local following, and an increasingly large army of fans from across the country.

On Wednesday, March 18, Cranbrook’s The Confluentials — Christina Blaskovich and Barry Coulter (pictured above)— opening up for the Marc Atkinson Trio. The Confluentials are the compelling acoustic duo known for their 21st Century spin on Celtic traditional songs and instrumentals, and fresh takes on English and American folk rock.

The dazzlingly gifted acoustic guitarist Marc Atkinson (pictured above) never fails to astonish. He wears his virtuosity lightly, though, and refuses to let technical facility overwhelm the innate beauty of a melody or the emotion hiding within a lovely old tune.

The late CBC Radio host Jurgen Goethe hailed Atkinson’s Trio as “one of the top ten of the world’s string trios.” Atkinson serves up a banquet of music that draws from classical, jazz, and roots traditions. Atkinson, along with  Brett Martens on rhythm guitar and Scott White on stand up bass, are first-call players. And for this performance they’re being joined by Cameron Wilson, a violinist and composer known for his genre-crossing virtuosity

To bring in the spring, on Wednesday, April 8, features Brackish Betty, aka Helen Barron (pictured above), opening for John Wort Hannam (right). The multi-award winning Hannam  is releasing his seventh full-length recording Acres Of Elbow Room, which sees him further refining his lyrical style that has landed him squarely on his niche in the folk-roots world. He’s spent years learning the craft of songwriting and is taking those tools to write some of his most personal songs. He has, quite literally, found his voice.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2 Shots of Whiskey — Angie Beddome on guitar and lead vocals and Nicole Kapell on percussion and back-up vocals (pictured above) —  from Kimberley, entertain with original music, classic covers, ‘90’s sing alongs and numerous jokes told along the way. Angie and Nicole have been playing music across the Kootenays and beyond for several years and love bringing live music to diverse audiences.

Heading on May 13 are The Handsome Devils, the dynamic Blues Duo of Brian Brons and Keith Larsen (pictured above).

Each concert will see Fisher Peak Brew Company in attendance, make their wares available.

Tickets for the Winter Ale Concert Series 2020 are now on sale at the Key City Theatre. Five great shows for only $130, or $120 for KCT or FFPAS members.


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