Summer Concert Series schedule announced

Summer ConcertTourism Sun Peaks (TSP) has confirmed several acts that will be performing for free in Sun Peaks through July and August as part of the popular Summer Concert Series.

The impressive lineup includes headliners Platinum Blonde, Lou Gramm: The Voice of Foreigner, and Canadian blues-rock legend, Colin James, as well as several local acts and the return of Country Fest and the Retro Weekend.

The series will officially kick-off with a weekend of classic 80s rock on July 3 and 4.  Platinum Blonde will headline the Friday night performance, while Lou Gramm, the original lead singer of Foreigner will take to the stage on Saturday. Gramm will be performing some of Foreigner’s classics such as I Want to Know What Love Is and Hot Blooded, as well as his own solo material.

Kelowna rockers One Night Only will also take to the stage on the Saturday night.

New for this year will be Sun Peaks Uncovered: Flashback Weekend featuring cover bands from the 80s and 90s, taking place on Saturday, July 18. The lineup for the event is yet to be announced however Carissa Hayes, events manager for TSP, said it was shaping up to be a lot of fun, and hoped to see plenty of 80s and 90s “flashback” fashions to accompany the concerts. A classic videogame competition and a karaoke contest are also on the cards.

Returning for its second year is Country Fest, which is determined to bring the cowboy hats, denim jeans and plaid shirts back into fashion for the weekend of July 25 and 26. Tunes will be provided by The Chris Buck Band (recently named the BC Country Music Association’s Country Club Act of the Year) and Rod Black. TSP are planning a range of country themed activities to accompany this weekend.

Vancouver’s Faceplants band will head to Sun Peaks to join in the family fun of the Alpine Blossom Festival on the weekend of July 31 to August 1. The family friendly weekend is expected to feature plenty of hiking, as well as child-friendly photography and painting workshops.

The Retro Concert weekend returns for its sixth year on August 14 to 16 and will feature tribute bands to some of rock’s greatest acts including the Blues Brothers, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, CCR, Fleetwood Mac and Mötley Crüe. The Get Retro road race fun run will also return for this weekend.

The Summer Concert Series will come to a close on the weekend of August 28 to 30, with Colin James returning to the Sun Peaks stage after his popular performance in 2013. The six-time Juno award winning artist will perform hits from his latest album, Hearts on Fire, as well as classics like Keep on Loving Me Baby. Additional acts for the final weekend are expected to be announced closer to the date.

All the concerts during the Summer Concert Series are free, however front of stage access can be purchased, or included as part of an accommodation package. Concert goers are reminded to bring blankets or lawn chairs, sunscreen and light layers to keep warm in the cool alpine evenings.