Legendary B.C. band Chilliwack is returning to play all their hits at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre May 24.

Legendary B.C. band Chilliwack is returning to play all their hits at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre May 24.

CENTRE POINT: Tune in to exciting concerts

Vernon and area has an exciting lineup of music over the next few weeks, including classic rock band Chilliwack.

I love listening to music while I work. Whether I’m designing artwork, tackling chores around the house, or even paying bills online, music just makes it all better.

Whenever I’m asked what type of music I listen to, I usually can’t come up with a proper answer. I usually end up trying to answer the question with some sort of rhetorical statement about my mood or what I’m up to in a given moment.

Really, I have no specific listening patterns and in most cases my preference is for a spectacularly varied mix of tunes from almost every genre under the sun.

Good news for the music nuts like me is you’ve got an exciting lineup of music to find its way into your schedule over the next few weeks.

It starts up this Saturday when the Vernon Jazz Club is host to the Babalu Cuban Quintet. This quintet brings a high energy night of syncopated Afro-Cuban rhythms explored through a bevy of genres including merengue, salsa, samba, mambo, rumba and hard-driving swing.

Also featured is Sandy Cameron on saxophone who already boasts 28 appearances on the jazz club’s stage.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. You can get your tickets at the Bean Scene, Bean to Cup, at the door, or order online at www.vernonjazzclub.ca.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is back on the Performing Arts Centre stage May 19 for Last Night of the Proms.

Joined by soprano Dawn Mussellam and the Okanagan Symphony Chorus, the symphony brings a cherished British tradition to Canadian soil with music from Elgar, Parry, Arne, Williams, Holst and more.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along  their Union Jacks for this exciting gala celebration that kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

Coming up on May 24, Canada’s rock legends Chilliwack are live in concert at the Performing Arts Centre.

They have been known as The Classics and The Collectors dating back to the early ‘60s, but in 1970 this Vancouver rock band assumed the name Chilliwack and have since gone on to produce 31 hit singles including My Girl (Gone Gone Gone), I Believe, Whatcha Gonna Do, Fly at Night, and Lonesome Mary, among others.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centre. You can call the box office at 549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

Also on May 24 is Jamming the Pipeline at the Powerhouse Theatre. It started as a project to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences the proposed oil pipeline through northern B.C.

More than a dozen Vernon musicians including Henry Piovesan, Jayme McKillop, and Immaculate to name a few, will showcase their talents for the cause. Proceeds of the show will go to Pacific Wild, a wilderness and wildlife protection organization, and the Hub Arts Collective.

The music starts at 7 p.m. at the Powerhouse Theatre and tickets are on sale now through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

And for Theatre lovers, Theatre BC’s Okanagan Zone festival offers audiences an exciting week of drama.

With a show happening every night, it’s a great chance to see what the Okanagan has to offer. Monday night is The Hub’s Oleanna, followed by Fred Skeleton Theatre Company’s Venus in Fur on Tuesday, Theatre Kelowna’s Caught in the Net on Wednesday, Shuswap Theatre’s The Herbal Bed on Thursday, and Kamloops Players’ God of Carnage on Friday.

All shows take place at Powerhouse Theatre and start at 7:30 p.m. Register for tickets online at www.powerhousetheatre.net or purchase them at the door at 6:30 p.m. before each performance.

Enjoy the shows!

Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator with the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

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