Summit Centre stars with local artists
at Music on the Mountain

By Natasha Purcell

There’s entertainment and then there’s entertainment with style.

Saturday afternoon’s Music on the Mountain definitely falls into the second category — great music from local talent performed in a spectacular setting.

“This is a dual-show event,” said promoter Alan Bleiken. “The first being the musicians, the second being the venue itself.”

Hosted at Almighty Summit Estate near Anarchist Summit on Hwy. 3, Music on the Mountain features acts that bring a wide variety of genres and represent a nice cross-section of the talent living in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys.

“There is an act from Cawston, two from Kelowna, one from Osoyoos, and a mix from Kaleden and Oliver,” said Alan. “From country, to folk, even some rock, it is set to be an enjoyable afternoon for all.”

Those performing Saturday include Double Stop Creek, Vincent DeCowans, Kansas Lee, Joel Strauss and Anxious Giant, Norm Strauss and Somewhere in the Middle.

Each act will get a 45-minute set on a stage set amid the Summit Estate’s unique two-storey grand hall — what Bleiken describes as an “indoor mecca of music.”

He chose to host the event at the Summit to give exposure and opportunity to both the artists and the space, which is powered by solar energy and utilizes an eco-friendly building process.

The Summit has “commanding views of the surrounding areas for miles and the buildings are all unique and constructed predominantly from discarded material,” he said.

The estate is owned by Ulrich and Ghita Lejeune — the previous owners of God’s Mountain in Penticton. Fully functioning as a bed and breakfast and wedding and event venue, the Almighty Summit was created to be a place of “peace and serenity.”

And good music.

Tickets for the event ($30) are being sold at Jojo’s Café in Osoyoos and Su Casa Mexican Café atop the mountain.

Su Casa, by the way, will be preparing great food to take to the event. Guests can also bring a beverage of their choice and snacks.


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