It’s a free event, but Music in the Park is still becoming a proverbial ‘hot ticket.’
The Friday-evening concert series — held at Gyro Park in downtown Osoyoos — is making a quantum leap this season with its summer lineup attracting a whole lot of lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.
Attendance has doubled — to around 700 per show so far in 2019 from the 350 who wandered down to the park last year.
A July 19 show featuring Taylor Rae and the Backseat Drivers brought more than 900 to the park.
“We’re at the halfway point of the concert series, so it’s anyone guess what the final attendance figures will be,” said Debbie Dundass, speaking for the ‘Three Amigos” who organize the shows.
“Gyro Park is made for this free event as folks have options — lawn chairs up close, a blanket at the waterfront or the exterior seating at nearby restaurants. There’s no shortage of room, but you do need to get there early to be close to the stage.”
The increased attendance can be directly correlated to the increased funding from the Town of Osoyoos, she said.
Osoyoos Council last fall approved a $15,000 funding request from organizers of the popular Music in the Park concert series — up $5,000 from previous years.
That has allowed the Three Amigos — Janis St. Louis, Roland Berg and Ms Dundass — to invite and pay for bigger bands and larger acts from further afield.
It also has the trio thinking on a grander scale.
“The opportunities and ideas are already flowing with the increased energy and good vibe,” said Ms. Dundass. “The Three Amigos met earlier this week to brainstorm.”
Tonight, the concert series has the Hillside Outlaws on stage. The Penticton-based band offers “a fusion of traditional country crossed with a gritty twist.”
Music in the Park is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.