Musicians are in tune for fundraiser

Lance Carr (Gitano Lanza), left, El Gusto and Manfred Harter play a fundraiser for Transition House at Los Huesos Mexican Restaurant, taking place Sunday at 2 p.m. - photo submitted
Lance Carr (Gitano Lanza), left, El Gusto and Manfred Harter play a fundraiser for Transition House at Los Huesos Mexican Restaurant, taking place Sunday at 2 p.m.
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As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season kicks into full swing,  a local trio of musicians are coming together to do their part to offer an afternoon concert on Sunday while helping out the Vernon Women’s Transition House.

“It is an opportunity to step back and enjoy some Christmas music, with a Spanish theme,” said organizer Lance (Gitano Lanza) Carr of the fundriaser taking place at Los Huesos Mexican Restaurant.

Guests will have the opportunity to win door prizes, by simply bringing donations of food for the Stock the Pantry fundraiser for Transition House. One ticket will be given for each food item contributed.

“The Vernon Women’s Transition House has 25 beds for women and children fleeing domestic violence and we provide three meals a day to those who stay with us,” said  Brooke McLardy, with Transition House. “This fundraiser will go a long way to ensuring that we can provide quality meals and healthy choices for our clients.

“Non-perishable food items such as pasta, sauce, soup, crackers, cereals, baking supplies — sugar, flour, oats — are staples in our large household and are much appreciated as donations.”

Sunday’s entertainment will feature Carr along with local guitarists Manfred Harter and El Gusto.

Harter performs Flamenco, Spanish, classical and world music.  He has released several albums and hosted Manfred’s Guitar for five years on Shaw Cable. The show was televised throughout central B.C. and featured numerous musicians from around the province. He also spent 10 years teaching with the Kelowna Community Music School.

Harter has released  seven videos on You Tube featuring his many styles of playing. SOCAN has recently listed his newest work and rated it as fifth for favourite children-adult music video for humour and original music.  Manfred’s Mandroids can be found with a Google search.

This is Harter’s only Vernon performance this month as most of his December activity is throughout Kelowna with Christmas and New Year’s Eve at Big White Ski Resort.

He will be joined in singing by El Gusto at Sunday’s event, on his new contemporary  Christmas carol, Christmas Blues.

Lanza has studied and played guitar since he was a small child and won best guitarist in battle of the bands in 1999.

This year his Flamenco guitar playing and abilities enabled him to win the CFG Malga International Guitar Competition.  A guitarist in high demand, he was recently on a nationwide tour with Juno Award winner Greg Sczebel.  Lanza’s musical career has brought him to perform internationally in North America, Europe and Asia.

They will be joined by Carr’s student, El Gusto, an award-winning 11-year-old performer who has dazzled crowds with his renditions of songs by artists such as Eric Clapton,  Johnny Cash and the Beatles. He has performed at the Vancouver Folk Fest, received Top Composer Award at the PNW Music Festival, performed at many other events, and is currently working on his first CD.

The fundraiser for Vernon Women’s Transition House takes place Sunday at Los Huesos Mexican Restaurant, 2918-30th Ave. Doors open at 2 p.m. with the show starting at 2:15 p.m. Beverages and specialty tapas will be available.

Tickets are $20 each, available in advance at Los Huesos. As space is limited pre-purchasing tickets is highly  recommended. This is a family-friendly event for those wishing to bring family members young and old.


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