Vancouver’s Afro-Cuban band Rumba Calzada is performing a dance at the Kingfisher Hall

Vancouver’s Afro-Cuban band Rumba Calzada is performing a dance at the Kingfisher Hall

Artists trailblaze through area as part of Routes and Blues

Enderby/Kingfisher area hosts stop on new outreach project.

An outreach project from the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues festival is taking trails, tunes and culture and uniting them in rural Shuswap communities.

This year something new and exciting is taking place in the Shuswap region that will give the world the chance to experience some of the best and most beautiful features of the area.

The unique event called Routes and Blues runs from Aug. 11 to 16, and will be comprised of a series of satellite concerts as the final element in a daily itinerary of activities located en route to the rural community.

“The idea is to introduce guests and locals alike to the wondrous elements of the Shuswap and bring them together under a common passion: music,” said Routes and Blues coordinator Kate Beauchamp.

“This is the first year that the Shuswap will host such a festival and it’s already promising to set the bar high for future events throughout the province.”

Without missing a beat, Routes and Blues has arranged a lineup of acts that will be a feast for the senses.

Up-and-coming artists such as Aaron Nazrul and the Boom Booms, multiple Juno Award winning Alpha Yaya Diallo as well as Juno Award nominee Rumba Calzada will make the community halls around the Shuswap rumble.

In the open-air amphitheatre at Quaaout Lodge, two-time Aboriginal Music Award winner George Leach promises to put on an unforgettable show.  Other acts include B.C. Interior Music Award nominee Dominique Fraissard as well as legendary blues man and BCIMA winner Sherman Doucette.

In addition, each of the six days of the festival will offer a broad range of suggested activities that appeal to a broad audience.  There will be opportunities to dabble in the artistic and cultural world of pottery, painting and glasswork studios.

“For those that like digging their hands into the Earth’s fertile soil, there will be numerous animal and agricultural activities,” said Beauchamp.

Thrill seekers will also find activities in-store for their tastes including zip-lining and various aquatic adventures.

The Shuswap Trail Alliance has followed suit by arranging daily hikes each afternoon that will feature epic sights such as the waterfalls at Albas Falls Provincial Park and amazing avian predators that call the Enderby Cliffs home.

“Each of the local groups will fire up their grills and ovens to offer a pre-concert meal as a great source of fuel for the hungry hikers and as a fundraising opportunity for the community,”  said Beauchamp.

Routes and Blues comes into the Enderby area Aug. 12.

A hike up the Enderby Cliffs will take place at 1 p.m. (Call Beauchamp at 250-833-4096 to book a spot.) A community meal featuring pulled pork, and a concert by Rumba Calzada, will take place that evening at the Kingfisher Hall (33 kilometres east of Enderby where the Shuswap River meets Mabel Lake.)

The meal starts at 5 p.m. and cost is $12. (Tickets must be purchased in advance at Ashton Creek General Store or call 250-838-2122 or 250-838-6200 to make reservations.) The concert starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 (cash) at the door.

More information on Routes and Blues is available at www.routesandblues.ca.