Bandidos Cerveza

Kelowna’s ‘beer’ symphony performs classic hits

Bandidos Cerveza performs in Vernon Nov. 12 after a recent sold-out show at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Resulting from a recent sold-out show at the Kelowna Community Theatre, Bandidos Cerveza is performing at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 12.

The 22-piece symphonic classic rock band, consisting of lead vocals, backup vocals, strings, brass, percussion and a rock rhythm section, has Kelowna Community Theatre manager Randy Zahara singing its praises.

“I have witnessed hundreds of great performances, from Bryan Adams to k.d. lang, and last night’s Bandidos Cerveza concert was one of the five most entertaining events I have seen since I began managing the Kelowna Community Theatre over 10 years ago,” he said.

Bandidos Cerveza musical director Ken Hartfield’s professional musical career has spanned more than four decades and has crossed international borders.

He has worked in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas music scenes as a musical director/arranger and session player with some of the most prominent names in the entertainment industry: Tom Jones, Gloria Loring, Tanya Tucker, Bobby Vinton, Rich Little, The Bob Hope Show and Ed Shaughnessy, the award-winning drummer from the Johnny Carson era of The Tonight Show.

Hartfield’s new enhanced arrangements of some of the great rock classics have captured the attention of music radio promoters and talent agents in L.A.  and San Diego.

“These new enhanced musical arrangements give the audience an opportunity to hear very unique versions of rock classics that have never been heard before,” said Hartfield, who has brought professional studio musicians, whom he has worked with throughout the years, together from across Canada to form Bandidos Cerveza.

Bandidos Cerveza performs at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Ticket Seller box office,, 250-549-7469.

For more information, visit the Bandidos Cerveza website at


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