Warm-up to Music Fest

Vancouver Island Music Festival fans who can't wait for the July 6 to 8 event can get a sneak preview Wednesday.

Vancouver Island Music Festival fans who can’t wait for the July 6 to 8 event can get a sneak preview Wednesday.

Sam Baker, BettySoo and Doug Cox, who are all performing at MusicFest, will play July 4 at the Cumberland Hotel. The first two hail from Austin, Tex.

“Two of Austin’s best are here for MusicFest,” says Cox, MusicFest’s artistic director, “and they also happen to be good friends and folks I often get to play with when touring. Why not have some fun and do a show beforehand?”

BettySoo is no longer a stranger to the Valley. She was a smash hit at last year’s VIMF and was back to do a standing-room-only show with Doug in the fall.

“… and Sam Baker is going to be a hit this year!” says Cox. “If you like Guy Clark, Townes (Van Zandt), John Prine … Sam is right up there with the legends of American songwriting. This is an amazing opportunity to see him up close in the most intimate of venues — it’ll be one of those ‘remember when’ nights folks will brag about having seen in the future. Sam is that good!”

Advance tickets for the July 4 gig are at the Cumberland Hotel. Doors will open at  7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30.

Call 250-336-8844 for more information.


— Vancouver Island MusicFest



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