Due to the government regulations associated with the pandemic, Music in the Park in Kamloops, had been cancelled. But, after the most recent government regulatory changes it was resurrected as a mini series with two weeks of evening entertainment in August. All shows are free and are being be held at the Rotary Bandshell in Riverside Park. They run from 7:00–8:30 pm. While there have been both air quality and weather issues, all the shows have gone ahead so far. The first show I attended was on August 17. The performer was Daveton Jones. He is from Jamaica, and his family moved to Canada when he was a teenager. Jones was she singer for the Soul Survivors which was a well known reggae band in the Lower Mainland.
Jones moved to the Shuswap about three years ago and has since met local musician Jon Treichel, among others. He and Treichel have a video on Youtube and have performed in the Shuswap area.
On Tuesday Daveton Jones appeared before a large audience at Riverside Park. He played the conga, guitar and provided lead vocals. He was backed by a local, all-star band which included Kris Ruston, organ, Richard Graham, drums, Neil Brun, bass and Jon Treichel guitar.
The show was a mix of bluesy rock and reggae. The show started off with the Rolling Stones hit Honky Tonk Woman and the night morphed into a reggae party with tunes like 54-46 That’s My Number by Toots and the Maytals,
Steer it Up and Get Up Stand Up by Bob Marley and the Wailers, and Johnny Too Bad by The Slickers. He also covered popular songs like Ben E. King’s Stand By Me and the night ended with fireworks from all band members with an amazing version of Santana’s Black Magic Woman.
It should be noted that this series could not have happened without the hard work of Henry Small and city staff, the awesome sound provided by the incredible sound techs led by Mike and Lee Miltmore from Lee’s Music and funding and venues from the BC Lottery Corporation and the City of Kamloops. The sky was clear, the air was clean and the music was great. Just the way summer should be in Kamloops!