New Vernon resident Marv Machura has just been named as the director of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Kelowna.

New Vernon resident Marv Machura has just been named as the director of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Kelowna.

Edmonton transplant is making his mark

Since arriving from Edmonton to Vernon last fall, Marv Machura has been integrating into the Okanagan music scene

Since arriving from Edmonton to Vernon last fall, Marv Machura has been integrating into the Okanagan  music scene – a scene, he says is “active, friendly, and of a very high calibre.”

In addition to performing at various clubs, events, and festivals including the Roots and Blooms, Curbside Live, Creative Chaos, and others, Machura has found time to work with several Vernon groups including the Big Art Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake (SPrKl), and others.

In addition, he recently was appointed as the executive director of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Kelowna.

This past year, Machura also helped found the Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society, which so far has held three concerts in what will be an ongoing series,  and successfully ran Vernon’s first Story Slam.

Machura’s also hosts a weekly jam at the Longhorn Pub (Vernon’s only country, rock, and roots jam) and is a TOC for the Okanagan Indian Band.

Machura is a singer-songwriter in the rock-country-folk-roots tradition of singer-songwriters like Ian Tyson, Neil Young, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Petty, John Cougar, and Bruce Springsteen.

In addition to publishing more than 20 songs in Nashville, Machura has released four CDs and has been played from coast-to-coast in Canada in addition to the U.K., Europe, New Zealand, U.S., and Australia.

He is known as an engaging live act who loves to share the joy of music with all audiences.

Machura will be performing at Predator Ridge Resort on Tuesday as part of their Music on the Patio series. The no cover show starts at 5 p.m. and goes till 7 p.m.

If you miss seeing him perform on Tuesday, you can also catch him on Wednesday at Justice Park in downtown Vernon  from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Jammin’ in Justice or on Friday, at the Vernon Avenue Market on 30th Avenue.

For more information on Machura, visit www.marvmachura.com or call Red Poppy Productions at 250-307-1505.