Thursday, July 4 is the first event in the new Elevate Summer Concert Series bringing free community music nights right to the heart of Cumberland. Every Thursday until Aug. 15, the community is invited to Village Square for warm summer evenings filled with exceptional music from visiting and local artists.
The series is a project of the Elevate Consortium, in partnership with Cumberland Village Works, The Waverley Hotel and the Village of Cumberland.
Kicking off this exciting new live concert series is a stellar double bill with East Van Songwriters in the Round (featuring Jesse Waldman, Megan Alford, Beth Southwell and The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio) and the phenomenal Canadian singer/songwriter Leela Gilday.
Diamond-in-the-rough guitar virtuoso Waldman has cultivated his own unique and eclectic blend of folk and blues. He is influenced by artists like Townes Van Zandt and JJ Cale. Sometimes gritty and sometimes smooth, Jesse’s own brand of roots music is performed with tremendous skill and soul.
Originally from Prince Edward Island, Alford has been compared to artists such as Kate Bush and Joanna Newsom.
Southwell is a Vancouver folk singer/songwriter whose simple, heartfelt deliveries of her intimate, introspective folk songs will make for captivating listening in Village Square.
The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio has played festivals and venues across North America and Europe. Their influences come from the deep south and the Maritimes.
If you’re from the North, Gilday’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she writes about the people and the land that created her. The power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture, as if it comes straight from that earth. Leela’s family is from Déljne on the shore of Great Bear Lake and her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line onstage the largest venues in the country. And she has played them all.
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, pack a picnic, call your friends and head to Village Square every Thursday evening all summer long and fill your heart with music.
Be sure to mark the dates for upcoming concerts with Aerialists, Porteau, Corwin Fox and Daniel Lapp and more. Find out more by following Elevate on facebook.