Expect a whole lot of jigging Friday evening as Music in the Park opens its fourth summer season with a heaping serving of East Coast Cod.
Gone Wild, that is.
The Okanagan Valley-based Cod Gone Wild — describing itself as Celtic-inspired and “focused on giving traditional music a modern edge” — returns as the opening act for the popular Gyro Park performances.
They’ll begin to heat up the evening at 6:30 p.m.
“Last year, they had to play at the Sonora because the smoke was so bad,” said MITP’s Janet St. Louis. “But everyone loved them.”
The band — founded by Newfoundland transplant Andrew Mercer — strives to get audiences on their feet with energetic performances that feature tight vocal harmonies and a remarkable stage presence.
The band is comprised of Mercer (lead singer), Susan Aylard (fiddle), Sean Bray (electric guitar), Martyn Jones (bass) and David Mihal (Drums).
The songs they share are familiar East Coast refrains that evoke a nostalgic experience of days gone by with a modest dose of modern energy.
As always, admission to the performance is free. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, picnic lunches — but no alcohol — and a willingness to get wrapped up in the excitement.