Locals can take an interpretive hike along the Shuswap River before enjoying a home-prepared meal, followed by the boogie woogie sounds of pianist David Vest at the Kingfisher Hall, when this year’s Routes and Blues winds its way to the Enderby area Friday.
An outreach program of Salmon Arm’s Roots and Blues Festival, Routes and Blues is a local-focused initiative that aims to bring community members of the Shuswap area together with guests from surrounding communities and outside the region to celebrate music and aspects of the local culture and natural environment.
The engaging experiences Routes and Blues offers focus on creating sustainable economic gains for communities and a respect for the natural surroundings.
Although he’s a Maple Blues Award-winner who now lives in Canada, David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player, blues shouter and world-class entertainer.
His first Canadian recording, East Meets Vest, was named one of the best blues albums of 2012 by Holger Petersen of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues and earned a Maple nomination for Recording of the Year.
Newly signed to Cordova Bay Records, Vest is touring widely to promote his highly-anticipated new release, Roadhouse Revelation.
“Time has done little to diminish David’s energy, skill and creative drive,” read the Routes and Blues website. “Working solo or with his band, he continues to bring audiences to their feet and to demonstrate why he has been called one of the greatest living boogie-woogie piano players.”
Together with his band Vest will be showing off his incredible blues skills at the Kingfisher Hall Friday and at Notch Hill Hall near Sorrento Sunday.
Before Friday’s concert, the Shuswap Trail Alliance will take participants on a Spot the Birdie hike along the Jim Watt Heritage River Walk in Enderby.
The paved interpretive walk winds along the banks of the Shuswap River, and is suitable for all ages. The hike will be about three kilometers.
“The river walk takes you back in time on a journey of the area’s past, and invites you to appreciate the surrounding landscape and bird life, with benches and picnic tables situated along the walkway where the most scenic views are possible,” reads a release from the Shuswap Trail Alliance. “Wildlife is commonly seen here, including ducks, geese, song birds, blue herons, hawks, bald eagles, sockeye salmon, beavers and the occasional river otter.”
Those wishing to participate can meet at the tourist information centre in Enderby’s Belvidere Park at 2 p.m. Participation is by donation.
The David Vest Quartet performs at Kingfisher Community Hall, 3337 Mabel Lake Rd, approx. 25 kilometres east of Enderby, at 7 p.m. An Italian meal (vegetarian available) will be served at the hall at 5 p.m. Tickets for the meal are $15 and the concert is $20, available at routesandblues.ca.