Toe-tapping assured with busy Osoyoos music weekend

If your fix for live summer music is wearing a little thin, this weekend should help.

Venues throughout the Osoyoos community are home to live music tonight through Saturday evening — and there’s a little bit on stage for everyone.

The sound starts this evening at Jojo’s Cafe when Danny Brooks and Lil Debi bring their unique ‘Texassippi Soul‘ to town. Danny plays assorted guitars/slide/cigar-box/stomp-board and harp-rack while wife Debi sings and plays cajon/percussion.

Danny is at home in the Texas music scene and traveling throughout the United States. Mixing Southern Soul, Americana, Blues and Gospel, he is quickly being recognized as a prolific writer and dynamic live performer.

Reports are tickets for the show are sold out, but you can probably still get a good listen to the sound by hanging out on Main Street between 7 and 10 p.m. Heck, you could even organize your own informal street dance — how’d that be for a cool date.

Friday evening is a two-for at Music in the Park. This week’s installment at Gyro Park opens with Brian Highley at 6:30 and wraps up with an hour of Cindy Doucette at 7:30.

Brian will bring a mellow mood to the evening with his covers of acoustic favourites from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and others. He plays guitar and harmonica and is blessed with the raspy voice of a Bryan Adams or a Michael Bolton.

07_01_harminder_01Cindy Doucette, on the other hand, will get you up and dancing with her mix of country and rock. A local gal, Cindy is a constant for the Gyro park stage.

Music in the Park is a free event. You’ll want to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a hat. The evening sun can be warm — even as it goes down.

Later Friday evening, the music shifts across the lake to the Spirit Beach Cantina, where one of Canada’s premier reggae bands is performing.

Tasman Jude will be on the beach stage at the Cantina both Friday and Saturday evening. The Cantina is a perfect fit for the group from Grande Prairie, Alberta, and its “joy filled, love filled, take you to the beach” kind of vibe, as frontman Caleb Hart puts it.

Tasman Jude is known for its optimistic blend of roots, rock and reggae. The band has a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in Canada — delivering passionate performances across Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean and taking their songs about love and community wherever they go.

Tickets are just $10 — I was going to say at the door, but since the Cantina doesn’t really have a door, you can pay the guy at the gate.

Finally, Cafe Art and Music Night returns to JoJo’s Saturday evening with a performance by The Alviar Trio (fusion jazz) and featured artists Gay Ross and Ilene Steel. The 7 p.m. performance is free (although you might want to enjoy JoJo’s coffee and baked goods.)

Whatever your musical appetite, you’ll find a place to whet it this weekend in Osoyoos.

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