There’s music on the horizon at The Rise.
The Vernon golf course, located high above the north side of Bella Vista, is featuring local talent at its restaurant, Freddy’s Patio, throughout the summer.
On stage Sunday is Kevin Bader, who first picked up the guitar at the age of six, and has performed music for the last 20 years.
Bader’s Hearts Unfolding with Eva Wilson, co-written with Vancouver’s Shawn Carle, was nominated for a B.C. Country Music Award.
Vernon songstress Raquel Warchol, who performs July 31, began her music career at the age of eight. By the time she was 12, she was writing her own music and earning awards such as Best New Artist at the Okanagan Music Awards.
At 13, Warchol was already turning the heads of some major players and some of the most influential people in the music industry, including presidents of major labels, veteran managers and talent scouts. It was at that time, she sparked the interest of the vice-president of the world’s largest talent agency, The William Morris Agency in Nashville, who personally and officially labelled Warchol a professional songwriter.
On Aug. 14, The Creeks, featuring long-time musicians, Tim Boulter, Dave Moore and Bob Oldfield, perform.
Consisting of two Brits and a Canadian –– Moore originates from London, while Oldfield is originally from Liverpool, and Boulter is from B.C. –– all have a history of playing rock music from across the ages in various bands in various countries.
Influenced by artists such as James Taylor, Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Phil Keaggy, Bruce Cockburn and others, The Creeks play an intriguing blend of acoustic styles and harmony vocals that catch the ear.
The last concert, Aug. 28, features the talents of locals Rob Dinwoodie and Dixon Zalit.
A range manager for the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Dinwoodie works with ranchers and their cattle on the rugged crown ranges of the B.C. Interior, spending a lot of time in the saddle, which inspires a lot of his songs.
He digs into history for songs about the province’s legendary cowboys, cattlemen and stage drivers.
Dinwoodie’s music offers a colourful ride through B.C. ranch country, with a tip of the hat to legends such as Val Haynes and, of course, train robber Billy Miner.
Together with Zalit, the duo always entertains and brings the country to life.
Entitled Rising Stars of Summer, the free concerts, open to the public, take place every second Sunday starting this weekend from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (250) 545-7425 to make a reservation.