St. Patrick’s Day weekend found much of the downtown decked out in green and plenty of revelers were about, and ready to party. On Saturday night, March 16th, Tumbleweed Lounge at the Plaza Hotel had plenty of decorations on the walls, staff and entertainer. Green beer was even on special! Singer-songwriter Evan Wilds performed selections from his vast repertoire of cover tunes and even threw in an original, “Icy Roads,” for good measure. A mashup of Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” with John Denver’s “Country Roads.” was a big hit with the audience.
He also played songs from the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Sugar Ray and the Tragically Hip. The affable Wilds, decked out in his green shirt, also, took requests from the audience and eventually played an Irish tune.
Just down the street at the Blue Grotto, the “joint was jumpin,'” and the wearing of the green was quite prevalent. The talented quintet, the Serious Dogs put on an energetic show for the happy, dancing St. Patrick’s Day (well, after midnight,
Serious Dogs: Jim Cochran, Richard Allen, Mark Petri, Brenden Jamerech, Jim Johnston
it was) partiers. The Serious Dogs consist of Jim Cochran, guitar and vocals, Richard Allen drums and vocals, Mark Petri vocals and acoustic guitar, Brenden Majerech, bass and vocals, and Jim Johnston on keyboards & sax. The light person saw that the band and the audience were often flooded in green shades. The set following midnight saw lead singer/acoustic guitarist Mark Petri come out in a large St. Patrick’s Day hat and green tie, to complete the wearing of the green.
The boisterous, happy crowd danced and sang along to Sweeney Todd’s “Roxy Roller,” Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and many more classic rock anthems.
After the show, there were plenty of happy folks dressed in green on the streets of downtown Kamloops, until the wee hours of the morning. Sunday, the official St. Patrick’s Day, saw more musical entertainment in many venues, including Celtic style band Knacker’s Yard at the Grotto.