Summer music series opener announced

Valley First Music in the Park announces that The Decoys will be opening for Music in the Park

Valley First Music in the Park announces that The Decoys will be opening up the Music in the Park series this summer.

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Music in the Park series runs June 23 – August 25 in Memorial Park, Armstrong. In the event of rain, the venue will move to Armstrong Bible Chapel, 2145 Rosedale Avenue.

The Decoys are a Canadian rock band based out of Kamloops. Though the musical influences of each member of the group varies greatly, the core of the band takes it’s musical roots from the classic rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s — the spirit of artists like Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and Neil Young can be found at the heart of the band. The group consists of Matt Stanley on guitar and vocals, Sean Poissant on drums, and Sean Schneider on bass.

The origins of The Decoys began in 2008, when Stanley self-released his debut recording, The Life &Times. Originally intending the EP to be a collection of folk songs, he later pursued a more rock-based sound due to encouragement from producer Henry Small (Prism, Scrubbaloe Caine, John Entwisle Band).

Shortly after the release of The Life &Times in October 2008, Stanley formed the beginning of what would soon become The Decoys. Drummer Sean Poissant joined the band in May 2010, and by June, they began recording their first full-length album Stripped, Bare, And On Display. Co-produced by Henry Small, Stripped, Bare, And On Display was released in August 2011 with the singles I Know, Modern Disaster, and Why You Gotta Talk To Me Like That, receiving steady airplay on many stations in Western Canada.

The Decoys released their sophomore album, In Our Blood, in April 2016. Featuring the singles Don’t Hesitate, The Underdog, and the title track, the album created buzz about the band. With the addition of bassist Sean Schneider, The Decoys toured Canada heavily in 2016 for In Our Blood, gaining rave reviews from critics and fans across the country.

As well as presenting the series, Valley First will also be promoting hunger awareness through its Feed the Valley program each evening.

To support the Feed the Valley program, bring a non-perishable food item to Music in the Park, make a donation at the nearest Valley First branch, online through, or through the Food Banks B.C. online donations portal.

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