There were a few places that provided live music on New Year’s Eve in Kamloops. I checked out Chances on the North Shore and the Blue Grotto, downtown. I started my evening off at Chances Casino. I caught the first set of the Yale County Jug Band, who were appearing there.
The talented, local alt-bluegrass band played originals from their self-titled album. Favourite tunes were “Mi Sombrero” and “Brianna.” Between tunes, band leader Gerry Sherk joked and created a buzz for the upcoming New Year.
His constantly changing stories, as to how he met band members, always provides plenty of humour and he kept the party atmosphere going with calls of “Sociable.” This is an east coast tradition, wherein everyone in the house has a drink at the same time. It was hard to leave, but it was time to go to my next venue. I arrived at the Blue Grotto, just before 10 PM and the party was in full swing.
The Angie Heinze Band was on stage and the dance floor was full. Lead singer Heinze and her versatile band covered both top hits and few lesser-known gems, to the delight of the partying audience.
Blondie’s “Call Me,” Nena’s “99 Luftballons” and even Credence Clearwater Revival kept the crowd dancing and singing along. At midnight club owner David “Pup” Johnston did the countdown and everybody toasted the new year with a glass of bubbly.
Handshakes, hugs and kisses done, the band continued and played into the wee hours. In Kamloops, it was a fun New Year’s Eve of live music, that ended one decade and began a new one.
2019 in Kamloops saw some younger bands break out, established bands add to their repertoires and more establishments being open to include live music. Hopefully the trend will continue, locally, and the Roaring Twenties (take two) will be filled with live music.