Carli Berry/Morning Star Sax player Gary Clark and guitarist Paul Robertson of local band 6 Shades of Grey

Carli Berry/Morning Star Sax player Gary Clark and guitarist Paul Robertson of local band 6 Shades of Grey

Sunny skies wanted for Armstrong’s Music in the Park

Summer evenings in Armstrong are about to get a little more lively with the return of Valley First Music in the Park.

Summer evenings in Armstrong are about to get a little more lively with the return of Valley First Music in the Park.

The free concert series, which takes place at Memorial Park Fridays throughout summer, starts this week with band 6 Shades of Grey.

“Armstrong will be the third public performance of this new band,” said Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce executive director Patti Noonan, in a press release.

Although a new band, 6 Shades of Grey are not new to playing music. Band members have been playing since high school and have been involved in different projects, playing from country to blues to hard rock.

“You may recognize some faces from other local bands, as most of band members have other projects on the go,” said Noonan.

The band’s members, collectively, have more than 300 years of musical experience and they love to play the music they grew up with, from the ‘60s through to present day.

“If you are a Boomer, you’ll recognize a lot of the songs on the playlist, with a variety of country, blues and good ol’ rock ’n’ roll, and you’ll probably end up singing along to those radio hits from back in the day,” said Noonan.

Valley First is back as sponsor of Music in the Park, which will run to Aug. 26.

As well as presenting the series, the credit union will also be promoting hunger awareness through its Feed the Valley program each evening, supported by volunteers from Armstrong Bible Chapel.

Attendees can support the Feed the Valley program by bringing a non-perishable food item to Music in the Park or make a donation at the nearest Valley First branch, online through valleyfirst.com, or through the Food Banks B.C. online donations portal.

Those attending the concert are also encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic to Memorial Park.

“Well maintained by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation, Memorial Park is one of Armstrong’s most scenic spots with a swimming pool, children’s water park, playground equipment and lots of shade for people to come and relax all summer long,” said Noonan.

More information on Music in the Park can be found at aschamber.com.