Vernon pianist Brandon Schmor gets everyone jiving to his honky tonk sounds when he plays the next outdoor concert at the Mackie Lake House in Coldstream Friday

Vernon pianist Brandon Schmor gets everyone jiving to his honky tonk sounds when he plays the next outdoor concert at the Mackie Lake House in Coldstream Friday

Keyed up in Coldstream

Honky tonk pianist Brandon Schmor is the next artist to play outdoors overlooking Kalamalka Lake at the Mackie Lake House.

There’ll be a whole lotta shakin’ going on when Vernon piano whiz Brandon Schmor pounds the keys outside the Mackie Lake House Aug. 12.

“We love Brandon’s unique sound and we’re looking forward to a magical summer evening at the Music at Mackie Summer Concert Series this Friday,” said Mackie Lake House manager Christine Kashuba.

Schmor’s performances meld elements of wild Jerry Lee Lewis-style boogie, with timeless blues, jazz and classic rock to create a lively show for everyone to enjoy.

Self-taught, Schmor developed his technique and signature playing style with inspiration from other artists and the piano itself.

His first piano produced a twangy saloon tone and this honky-tonk sound became the foundation of his musical style.

Now 21, Schmor has not only been covering the great honky tonk and boogie woogie players, he has been writing his own songs. He also has an impressive collection of vintage pianos, which he has restored.

In 2012, Schmor played at the opening ceremonies for the B.C. Winter Games in Vernon and has since performed around the Okanagan, including at Parks Alive in Kelowna, the Vernon Jazz Club, and more recently at the North Okanagan Youth Showcase of Excellence (NOYSE) at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Those attending the Mackie Summer Music series can bring their own picnic as well as a lawn chair, and enjoy great music while dining alfresco on the lawns overlooking Kalamalka Lake at the historic Mackie Lake House. Beer and wine will also be available at the cash bar.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, kids under 12 are free, available at ticketseller.ca or call 250-549-7469.

 

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