The Caetani Cultural Centre is hosting its second annual Summer Music Series the last Sunday of the month, May to September, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Each concert will featudure talented Okanagan musical acts on the historic Caetani grounds in Vernon.
The series kicks off May 31 with a special Raise the Stage fundraiser, featuring performances by modern Celtic band Cod Gone Wild and the Okanagan Celtic Choir. Proceeds from the by donation event will go towards the building of a stage area at the bottom of the natural amphitheatre in front of the Caetani house.
“It was evident after last year’s music series that we needed a level playing surface on site for our performers,” said music series coordinator Andrew Mercer, adding the community has already graciously stepped up with donations of supplies, services and labour. “As a non-profit society, we would never have been able to start this project, without this tremendous community support and volunteerism. As a result, we will have a working playing surface in place by the May 31 concert.”
Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets, folding chairs, and a picnic to enjoy the family-friendly series. A selection of refreshments and goodies will be available for purchase and admission to all concerts is by donation. Proceeds go to the performing artists and will contribute to capital projects and program development at the Caetani centre. There is no parking available on the grounds. Attendees are asked to park in the vicinity and walk to the property at 3401 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Other concerts in the series are as follows:
– June 28: Women of Song; Celebrating local female performing artists, featuring Anjuli Otter, Betty Anne Northup, Betty Johnson, and Carolyn Anele. Opening act: The Earth Sisters
– July 26: Ben Klick (country). Opening act: youth performer
– Aug. 30: Andrew and Zachari Smith (indie folk). Opening act: youth performer
– Sept. 27: The Trips (alternative bluegrass). Opening act: youth performer