Workers are getting prepared to add the final touches to the Golden Civic Centre before the grand opening celebrations.

Workers are getting prepared to add the final touches to the Golden Civic Centre before the grand opening celebrations.

Final preparations being made for end-of-year bash at the Golden Civic Centre

The lights are on and the last bit of work is being completed for the end of year Golden Civic Centre grand opening.

The end of the year is drawing near and with the end of 2011 comes the Jamboree celebrations at the Civic Centre on Dec. 30 and 31. Tickets for the events can still be purchased and the line up of performers is confirmed and ready to bring in a new year in a way that no one will soon forget.

Here is an introduction to the performers who will giving it all they have throughout an amazing weekend in Golden.

Coming all the way from Canada’s largest city is Toronto’s Bebop Cowboys Western Swing Orchestra.

Lead by guitarist Steve Briggs and praise as being Canada’s “Kings of Western Swing,” the Bebops have never found a dance hall they did not love. The Bebops’ third CD, Canadian Dance Hall received critical acclaim as a celebration of the Canadian community dance halls of the 30s, 40s and 50s when western swing was at its most popular.

Briggs, musical director for our Jamboree shows, has performed, arranged and recorded with a wealth of artists, including Sylvia Tyson, Quartette, Russell deCarle, Murray McLauchlan and Carroll Baker, among many others. He’s also shared the stage with U.S. country legends like Merle Hagard.

It was in Golden in 1948 that The Golden Notes were the house band at the Civic Centre grand opening dance. These two shows will be retro in feel but with some very hot, contemporary musicians.

Also playing will be Cousin Harley’s Rockabilly Boogie-man, Paul Pigat. Pigat is being promoted as a great party musician who will bring Golden a little hillbilly madness. Paget will be taking a few days off from a Brian Setzer tour to fly into Golden for the Jamboree.

Added to this line up will be the the amazing sounds of Terra Hazelton. Hazelton is well know for using her gorgeous voice to bring life back in to both old  and new songs.

Celebrated guitar man Jeff Healey discovered Hazelton one Saturday afternoon performing at one of the Melody Ranch jams at the Brunswick House in Toronto and immediately asked her to sing and tour with his side project the Jazz Wizards.

Prairie Oyster’s Russell deCarle will also be in town bringing his unique crooning to the centre. Backed by the Bebop Cowboys and with master musician Denis Keldie sitting in on the grand and accordion, deCarle will pull out all the country stops at our Jamboree concert and dance.

And just when things could not get better Roy Forbes will be at the Civic Centre Jamboree shows.

Celebrating 40 years singing for audiences around the world, Forbes will be bringing his talents to Golden for the Civic Centre Jamboree shows. Forbes is originally a Dawson Creek boy (they named a street after him) but headed to Vancouver in ’71 to become a music guy under his nickname Bim.

Blessed with a unique voice, an encyclopaedic knowledge of the roots of Roots music,  and a charming way with an audience, to truly enjoy Forbes you have to see him live.

Tickets for both Jamboree nights are selling fast at the Art Gallery of Golden. Don’t lose out on these amazing shows – never to be seen in Golden again.

To learn more about the grand opening weekend check out the Kicking Horse Culture website at