Gallery promises a riotous good time

The Vernon Public Art Gallery's fifth annual Riot on the Roof is set for Aug. 24 and features an eclectic mix of performers

The Dragstrip Devils

The Dragstrip Devils

Morning Star Staff

The Vernon Public Art Gallery is gearing up for its fifth annual alternative arts event: Riot on the Roof.

On Aug. 24, Riot will transform the Vernon Parkade into a vibrant sphere of creativity by showcasing the artistic talents of emerging artists from the Okanagan and surrounding areas.

“Each summer our youth ambassadors bring new energy to the event, new perspectives, and a new vision, and because of this Riot on the Roof has become a dynamic event including everything from live music to spoken word poetry. Jamie and Robert (2013 youth ambassadors) have been working tirelessly to recruit new artists and provide audiences with a unique Riot experience,” said Dauna Kennedy Grant, executive director.

Three impressive groups have been scheduled to appear, providing a good example of the diversity at this event.

Mousai Entertainment, based out of Vancouver and Calgary, is a collaboration of 10 diverse performers, specializing in many forms of dance and body movement including contemporary, jazz, ballet, contact dance, flamenco, and belly dance. In addition, some of the members have training in partner acrobatics, contortion, aerial ribbon, fire eating, and prop manipulation.

The team incorporates elaborate, creative character roles and costuming into their shows. While working with venues, lighting, decor, and visual experts, Mousai will become part of the atmosphere at Riot.

On the main stage, guests will hear The Dragstrip Devils, a rockabilly/psycho-billy trio from Vernon. Band members love fast cars, hot licks and pin-up chicks! Influenced by Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and Johnny Burnett with a twist, their songs will make you want to rip it up and hit that dance floor with your baby. This three-piece band will have you shakin’ all over!

Nathan Hare has been perfecting the balancing act of performance poetry. Immersed in the written word yet drawn towards the stage, Hare has performed more than 100 times in the last two years, sharing his art form everywhere from churches to sweaty basements. Praised for his humour, honesty and narrative ability, he ultimately attempts to create work that will bring joy and inspire.

The focus of Riot on the Roof is to promote youth involvement in the Okanagan’s artistic community and provide an opportunity to view and participate in alternative forms of art and entertainment. This highly anticipated event promises to provide a fun and riotous evening for all.

Riot on the Roof runs Saturday, Aug. 24 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. atop the Vernon Parkade, on the corner of 31st Avenue and 33rd Street. Tickets are $5 for gallery members or $10 for non-members, available in advance at the Gallery or at the door. For more information, call 250-545-3173.