New Shuswap music festival gears up for rock day and country day – Salmon Arm Observer

Time is running out to get your tickets to Shuswap’s first two-day rock and country music festival.

Monashee’s first music festival takes place in Sicamous on Friday July 22nd and Saturday July 23rd, with day one offering a mix of rock and alternative music, and day two all country.

Festival founders Andy and Kayla Bowie were planning the event in March 2020 when large public gatherings – such as outdoor concerts – were closed due to COVID-19. With the easing of restrictions, the Monashee Music Festival team was able to start making plans for July 2022, seeing it as an opportunity to help musicians get back to work.

“Without the ability to perform live and on tour, the majority of musicians’ livelihoods have been thrown into the water during the pandemic, including promoters, roadies and event crews,” it reads. in a Monashee Mountain Music Festival press release. “Many have tried to postulate the total losses of the live music industry, but it has become a mad rush as too many shows to count have been canceled and billions of dollars in revenue lost.

“The world went a little upside down, knocking live music off the stage with a resounding thump, and spelled the end of the 2020 Monashee Music Festival. Now it’s back, and so are the bands; all eager to get back on stage and do what they do best, entertain the masses, play their hearts out, and give us something to feel good about again.

Festival organizers are proud to have curated an all-Canadian lineup for the inaugural year, featuring 16 acts and a fundraiser for Mamas for Mamas, “to ensure no Mamas are left behind.”

Headlining Friday’s rock/alternative event are West Coast music legends 54-40. A recent inductee into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, 54-40 has been performing to sold-out houses since the early ’80s with smash hits like Ocean Pearl, I Go Blind, One Day in Your Life and She-La.

Rounding out Friday’s show are Daniel Wesley, Jesse Roper, The Midnight Echo, Spendo Music, Emily Molloy and Dr Friday.

Headlining country on Saturday is Tyler Joe Miller, who has quickly become a household name across Canada and received the BC Country Music Association’s Album of the Year award, male artist from of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and Single of the Year for Sometimes I Do. He is joined by David James, Kyle McKearney, Born Reckless, Devin Cooper, Michael Daniels, Teigen Gayse, Makayla Gough and Beamer Wigley.

Festival programming, tickets and more are available at monasheemusicfestival.com

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