Downtown Vernon comes alive with sights and sounds

Musicians and visual artists to perform and paint along 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon every Friday evening through July and August.

Musician Jayme McKillop performs on 30th Avenue as part of the Downtown Vernon Association's initiative to bring live entertainment to the streets.

Musician Jayme McKillop performs on 30th Avenue as part of the Downtown Vernon Association's initiative to bring live entertainment to the streets.

Get ready for more live entertainment downtown.

With the success of the free Thursday night concert series Civic Sounds during the summer months, the Downtown Vernon Association is also bringing musicians and visual artists to perform and paint along 30th Avenue every Friday through July and August from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Called Sights and Sounds Downtown, Okanagan-based musicians will perform live along Vernon’s main street, while visual artists will paint, draw and create their art, inviting passers-by to see their process and inspiration.

“Various genres of music will be featured on different blocks throughout the summer. Visitors can also stop to watch a local artist making their art right on the street” said Holly Schmidt, DVA events and marketing coordinator, adding the majority of downtown businesses will be open late to accommodate shoppers and those wanting a bite to eat.

Musicians featured Friday, July 6 are OMA, on the 2900-block, playing mostly instrumental reggae and ska rhythms; Tanya Lipscomb, 3000-block, performing original jazz, soul, blues, Latin, rock, folk, funk and trip-hop using her loop pedal for a full-band effect, and acoustic-based pop and rock musician David L’Hirondelle, on the 3100-block, playing original works mixed with recognizable cover tunes from the past.

On the 3200-block is Dave Anthony, who will entertain with various styles including blues, jazz, rock and funk, including his own original songs and covers. Daniel Stark and Zentango, located on the 3300-block, are bringing improvisatory rhythmic, meditative and melodious grooves from the mountain top to main street on unique instruments such as the North Indian sarode, North African drums, cello and guitar. And last but not least is guitar master Les Copeland, on the 3400-block, playing various styles of original songs.

People can also check out visual artist Claire Abbott, of Waterat Designs, who will be doing glass etching demonstrations on the 3000-block, as well as the latest exhibition and live art making demonstration at Nadine’s Fine Art & Frames, located at 3101-31st Ave.

For more information on Sights and Sounds Downtown, contact the DVA office at 250-542-5851 or check out the website at www.downtownvernon.com/visitor-info/special-events/245-sights-sounds-of-downtown.html.