The Artisans Alive project brings live music throughout the summer in downtown Kamloops. It occurs on Thursdays from 11:30 to 1:30, Fridays 11:30-1:30 plus 6-8 PM and Saturdays from 11:30 to 1:30. Musicians are located under temporary gazebos near the TNRD Library, also between 4th and 3rd Avenues and 3rd and 2nd Avenues on Victoria Street. Their guitar cases are open and tips are appreciated. On a beautiful Friday around noon I got to hear the music of Jordy Major. She played solo guitar and sang.
There was an alt rock/folk feel to her performance. She seemed to have some interest from the patrons on the outside patio across the street and a few people hung around to hear more songs. An audience member asked if he could join her and use her guitar for a song and she was gracious enough to allow him to play and the result was very nice. The following day I caught part of Owen Powers and Bo Aganaba’s shows, just after noon. Powers had family and friends along to support him and a few passers hung around during his set.
There is a roots/rock sound to his music and one could feel the influence of Neil Young. This stage was between 4th and 3rd Avenues on Victoria Street. Farther down the street Bo Aganaba was cooking up some R&B sounds for the mid-day shoppers. A few sat at a table close to his location and others stood in shady doorways to hear his music. Aganaba has called England and northern BC home before settling in Kamloops.
His mellow sounds suited the sunny day. While I was not familiar with all of the musicians, I am aware that they are not new to performing and are all quite talented. On these beautiful days, Jordy Major, Owen Powers and Bo Aganaba provided fine entertainment and a very “cool” vibe for the tourists, shoppers and workers in the heat of downtown Kamloops.