Summer doesn’t officially start in Golden until the first Summer Kicks concert in Spirit Square. The Kicking Horse Culture series’ lineup has just been released, and as usual there’s something on the list to please every music lover.
“There’s really something for everyone,” said Bill Usher, executive director of Kicking Horse Culture.
“It’s a really nice, well-rounded lineup this year.”
The series kicks off on June 17 with the John Welsh Band, a trio that blends together folk, surf rock, reggae and Latin.
“They’re a very nice, Jack Johnson kind of sing along band,” said Usher.
Among the nine concerts are a gypsy music group called Ayrad, barn-rockin’ tunes from Sofiella Wall and the Huckleberry Bandits, traditional Cape Breton music from Coig, catchy pop harmonies from Rococode, and the international veterans of upbeat folk rock, Oysterband.
The concerts continue weekly on Tuesday or Wednesday nights until Aug. 12. All shows start at 7 p.m., and include in between sets that feature local acts like the Parson Jazz Cooperative, Krista and the Krybabies, piano player Litto Castillo, and Bill Usher’s own performance with the Space Heaters.
In addition to the nine weeks of outdoor music, this year Summer Kicks will feature a special treat for theatre lovers. A unique theatre company from New York City, the 52nd Street Project, is bringing their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Golden for a free show at the Civic Centre on Friday July 3.
The social project takes inner city youth, who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance, and puts them through a theatre program. The graduating students, as a gift for finishing the program, get to take a production on tour, travelling to places they would never otherwise get to see.
“They get to go to Europe, and some really neat places,” said Usher.
“And they usually get to Calgary and Banff, but this year Banff had a conflict. So they recommended Golden to the 52nd Street Project… They contacted us, and we did anything we had to, to make it work.”
The trip to Golden will be the first time most of the teenage actors ever see mountains like these.
“They’ll be here for a couple days, setting up and such, so hopefully they’ll really enjoy their time here,” added Usher.
But as usual the live music outside in the sun is the heart and soul of the summer series.
The square fills with locals, tourists, families and friends to bask in the sun and listen to world class music.
“What’s really neat at those shows is the family vibe,” said Usher. “It’s really great to see the kids having fun, and people up dancing.”
To see the full Summer Kicks lineup, go to www.kickinghorseculture.ca.