On Saturday May 26th a big party was held in Downtown Kamloops on Victoria Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. The most recent edition of the Brewloops Block Party was a sell-out and people came to test out the craft beer from a myriad of brewers.
A number of food trucks were available for a variety of culinary delights and a large stage and stands for seating was erected in the Plaza Hotel parking lot. Three bands and a dj kept the audience entertained all evening. Two of the bands were from the Factotum label. The first band Echo Beach got the audience revved up with an eclectic set of original music.
This local band was fueled by the guitar of Emilio Pagnotto, drums of Jared Wilman along with the guitar and lead vocals of Russ Walton. Bassist Mac Lefevbre kept the beat happening. At times I found their sound to show influences from surf rock groups and the Doors. They were very popular with the brewfesters.
Next up was At Mission Dolores with JP Lancaster on lead vocals and guitar, Jared Doherty on guitar and vocals, Jared Wilman on drums, Maggie Ollek on keyboards, and Stuart McCallum on bass. This very polished group played tunes from a number of EPs they have released over the last year or so. Their original compositions combine a dreamy sound with solid musicianship.
To close the night Vancouver’s Delhi to Dublin played their fusion of bangra and Celtic music. The dance area began filling and the audience took cues from lead singer Sanjay Seran. Seran and percussionist Ravi Binning also showed off some great dance moves and electronics whiz, Tarun Nayar, layed down some amazing beats.
Violinist Serena Eades provided the beautiful Celtic sounds
This world-wide renowned band did not disappoint their large group of Kamloops fans and the dancing continued late into the evening.
The weather cooperated, the beer was cold, the food was great and the bands were totally entertaining. Also, admission fees are earmarked for charitable donations. Nice to see that the latest edition of the Downtown Kamloops Block Party was another success.