The Summer League Block Party included an entertainment component, complete with four live bands appearing on a huge stage with incredible backdrop visuals. There was a talented DJ, a dance troupe, visual artists and plenty of food and drink for all.
Although, the temperature was rising, the area between the CIBC building and the downtown parkade on Landsdowne Street provided plenty of shade. The opening act, starting around 4:00 PM, was At Mission Dolores. This popular local band, led by JP Lancaster, played music from their two most recent releases, including “Last Night Outside Her Apartment” and a favourite or two from their back catalogue.
Their alt rock sound includes surf, and psychedelic rock, along with mellower moments.
Following them were the The Houses (Where We Grew Up). This duo provided plenty of pyrotechnics on stage and played selections from their recent album Dying.
The loss and angst in their tune “16” always strikes a chord within me. Guitarist/vocalist Rob Wickstrom added an impromptu, wild dance, that got the audience going.
Next up was Post-Modern Connection from Kelowna. They are a mixture of alt-rock, with R&B tones.
Many of the audience saw them for the first time at this show and were very appreciative of their talents.
Between each act, Common Sound deejays, provided the beat that kept the party going. Food and drink was readily available on site and some chairs and tables added to the comfort of the parking lot.
Behind the parkade a number of local artists drew/painted designs and pictures. The results showed off talent that surprised many.
Before the last musical act, the Femme Fatales dance crew brought their take on modern dance and seemed to really enjoy performing on the big, spacious stage. Many of their friends and families were on hand to show their support.
The last band of the day was Wrecked Beach from Vancouver. These guys showed up early and supported the local bands and seemed to enjoy their time in Kamloops.
This five piece group started with a mellow groove and then literally blew the place away.
They provided great tunes and wonderful stage presence.
The audience loved them and they ended up playing two encores for their dancing fans.
It was after 10:00 PM when the Block Party ended and everyone left, happy and tired, enjoying the cool of the evening.