The Revelstoke Arts Council’s Street Fest series brings out a myriad of exceptionally talented musicians throughout the summer, yet it’s often the local performances that draw out the largest crowds. Revelstoke, it seems, is exceptionally spoiled when it comes to homegrown and locally based musicians whose sounds and storytelling performances often rival those of more widely familiar names on the roster.
Maggie Davis and Katie Marti
Tuesday, August 7
With their east coast roots, and love of harmony and storytelling Maggie ‘May’ Davis and Katie Marti are the perfect pair to share the Street Fest stage at Grizzly Plaza. Not content to just perform as two separate solo acts, the two have conversed via phone (Davis from Revelstoke, Marti, a former Revelstoke resident now living in Victoria), to plan out a collaborative performance that is uniquely Revelstoke.
Speaking to the Mountaineer, Davis said both she and Marti have a love of harmony and storytelling, something they plan to draw on for their performance on Wednesday, August 7. The two have also previously collaborated and Davis said she’s looking forward to seeing that happen again.
“It’s going to be a mixed bag of awesome,” Davis said.
Davis, who recorded on the locally produced Revymade Collective album a few years ago, recently recorded her first professional solo album. She spent a total of 28 hours over three days recording five original tracks in a Nelson recording studio. Davis’ sound is influenced by her musical household upbringing, with roots in folk, rock and blues grass. She’s forged a unique sound drawing inspiration from the likes of Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell.
Joining Davis on stage, Marti’s stripped down sound creates an essentialness to her lyrics. In her unique sound you’ll find influences ranging from Margot Timmins to Bonnie Raitt and Natalie Merchant. Marti, who is currently at work recording her first full-length album, blends humour with humility while engaging audiences with her storytelling.
Maritime Kitchen Party
Monday, August 12
Local favourites Maritime Kitchen Party are known for their rockin’ east coast, foot stomping vibe. The band’s name comes from the well known Nova Scotian tradition where you’re more than likely to find someone belting out a tune or strumming a few chords on the guitar, hence the name, kitchen party. Whether it’s an MKP original, rock, country or something else the party is always ready to go when these guys take the stage.
Bob Rogers Band
Wednesday, August 14
A familiar face in the Revelstoke music scene, Bob Rogers is well-known for his trombone playing. Joined by the incredible musicianship of Shannon Sternloff on bass, Trevor Wallach on drums, guitarist Joran Dick, and keyboard player Colin Spence, The Bob Rogers Band performs a range of original tunes and variations on traditional standards. The group’s catchy sounds are sure to have you up dancing or at the very least, tapping your toes and clapping to the funky beats.