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Salmon Arm will be crawling with live music

The Boom Booms are just one of the dozens of groups playing venues throughout Salmon Arm during the iNFOnews.ca Roots and Blues Super Crawl, Aug. 14 to 16, 2018.
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August 07, 2018 - 3:00 PM

SALMON ARM - Salmon Arm will be crawling with music next week.

The Super Crawl is back this year giving everyone a selection of concerts to enjoy at different venues around town in the days leading up to the 26th annual Roots & Blues Festival, which runs Aug. 14 to 19.

This multi-day community based cultural experience, sponsored by iNFOnews.ca, will see musicians entertaining outdoors, in restaurants, pubs and theatres.

“Each venue tends to be unique and this reflects the demographics of the audience. The organizers believe the Super Crawl is bringing the community closer together, hence the Super Crawl tagline is ‘The Community that Plays together, stays together,’” Roots and Blues executive director David Gonella says.

The idea behind the Super Crawl is to increase cultural events in Salmon Arm on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before the Thursday night, Aug. 16, kick off to the Roots and Blues Festival. The level of artistry and talent is vast during the Super Crawl.

“All of the artists are highly regarded. Overall, each concert will have an impactful performance as there is the same variety of genres and professional level of music craftsmanship one would expect to experience during the festival,” Gonella says.

Artists such as Green Room, Madeline Tasquin and Sarabande, The Creeks, Seal Skull Hammer, The Blue Hearts, The Boom Booms and others will perform at venues such as Askew’s Uptown, the wharf at Marine Peace Park, The Shuswap Theatre, the Barley Station Brew Pub and other venues. Some are ticketed at the door, and others request a donation. The information is available at each of the Super Crawl venue participants.

The talent continues to flourish with the Roots and Blues kick off Thursday night with beer gardens, wine lounge and performances on the Canada Dry Barn Stage.

Headliners for this year’s festival include Michael Franti & Spearhead on Friday, The Family Stone, celebrating 50 years of Sly and the Family Stone, Saturday and superstar Colin James Sunday. Dozens of other known blues and jazz performers appear on the five stages throughout the grounds.

The festival will have a couple dozen food vendors on site, non-profit displays, Family Fun Zone, a main beverage garden, Summerhill Wine Lounge, Canada Dry Beverage Garden, which is family friendly, dozens of workshops at the Engage Stage and even a festival daycare.

Composting and recycling receptacles will be widely available on site. All collected refundables will go to help community groups that volunteer with the festival. Eco-educators will be on hand to assist festival goers.

Single day tickets and weekend passes are available at the gate. Visit www.rootsandblues.ca for a full schedule for the Super Crawl and the packed four days of Roots and Blues.


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