Week 1 guide: Revelstoke Summer Street Festival kicks off!

The Revelstoke Mountaineer offers you summer-long coverage of the Revelstoke Street Music Festival. Each week we'll summarize the performers and provide a video of each so you can decide which shows to take in.

File photo: The Revelstoke Community Band starts off the 2015 Revelstoke Summer Street Fest on June 26. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

The Revelstoke Mountaineer offers you summer-long coverage of the Revelstoke Street Music Festival. Each week we’ll preview the performers and provide a video of each so you can decide which shows to take in. Look for our events calendar via our website on desktop and mobile devices, and don’t forget to import it into your e-calendar to stay on top of highlight events happening in Revelstoke.

Revelstoke Summer Street Festival is an annual free concert series that runs every night in Grizzly Plaza in the heart of downtown Revelstoke, featuring a unique blend of local and visiting performers. Each evening, the plaza is filled with free seating as community members and guests come to take in the unique mix of performers. Grab a snack, listen in from a nearby patio, dance, or catch up with friends at the back.

June 26     Community Band with Relative Jazz

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Revelstoke’s Community Band joins up with Revelstoke jazz performers Relative Jazz for the community-minded kickoff of the 2015 Revelstoke Summer Street Festival. They will be joined by Revelstoke singer Aza Deschamps.

June 27     Lindsay May

Lindsay May is an acoustic guitar and mandolin wielding songstress with itchy feet and alternating zip codes. A prolific songwriter with a direct connection to her muse, Lindsay wrote enough material for her and Mark Gordon to record and produce two americana/alt-country albums at once. Her second and third albums. Folks says she sounds like a mix of k.d.lang, Kathleen Edwards, Alison Krauss and Lucinda Williams and Linda Rondstadt.  And most recently, Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies, crossed with Janis Joplin.)
Both albums were recorded at Vancouver’s Nimbus recording studios in 2011/2012. The first album ‘Shimmer,’ was released in March 2012 to a Grade A review from the Vancouver Province. The second, Girl with Grit — an album about not giving up — was released January 2014 followed by a three month tour across Canada during the most frigid winter in 30 years. It ended in late March with a NERFA showcase in New Jersey and a trip of a lifetime drive home through the US and then back up into Canada … and once home, an incredibly long nap.
During 2014 touring she was asked back to the Revelstoke summer arts program, toured with Matt Patershuk and Jodi Doidge and played several festivals in BC and Alberta.
Lindsay has been a serious songwriter for over ten years. She was accepted into the Bill Henderson/Roy Forbes songwriting workshops in Summerland, BC for five years straight, has read every songwriting how-to book she could find and attended every workshop and seminar that was available. She then wrote, released and toured her debut album ‘Bronze and Blue’ in 2008 and toured it across Canada, visited Nashville and even spent a few summers busking to hone her skills and get feedback.

June 28     Sharon Shook with Blaine Mack

Well-known Revelstoke singer Sharon Shook takes the stage with Blaine Mack, also of Revelstoke.

June 29, 30     Kenny Holliday

Texas-born, Vancouver-based Rod Stewart tribute act Kenny Holliday will get you dancing with his energetic, participatory shows.

July 1    Sean Ashby

Chances are, if you’ve had a radio on today you’ve heard his guitar playing. As one of North America’s go-to guitarists, Sean Ashby has played and recorded with Sarah McLachlan, Delirium, Ginger (former Grapes Of Wrath),and many more. Ashby, is a singer /songwriter/guitarist/producer who released his debut album Brass and Gold on Black Sparrow/Universal in April of 2008.

Brass and Gold, Sean’s first solo outing after 10 years as leader of the award winning band Jack Tripper, was an eclectic record which showcased an impressive musical palette. The album received favorable reviews in important Canadian publications such as Exclaim magazine and the Vancouver Province, and received airplay on college radio and across the country on CBC radio.

McLachlan’s guitarist on the original Lilith Fair, as well as the Mirrorball and Afterglow albums, Ashby appeared with her on Just Like You (Cats In The Cradle) for D from Run DMC’s solo CD. Also with Sarah, he received two 4x platinum US discs and one diamond Canadian disc for studio and live CDs. He has appeared on the Grammy Awards twice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno five times, SNL and David Letterman three times, as well as other major TV shows. Sean’s guitar playing has appeared on CDs with sales in excess of 10 million copies worldwide so far.

July 2     Devon Coyote

The name Devon Coyote encompasses a vast musical project that has grown to be a snarling, pure and powerful sound. With the sincere songwriting and melodic guitars of Devon Bjarnason, the smooth and sultry bass lines of D’Arcy Booth, and the raw, animalistic drumming of Rod Anderson, this group has crossed musical boundaries to create an original and genuine, high-energy experience. Vocals/Guitar, Devon Bjarnason; Bass, D’Arcy Booth; Drums, Rod Anderson.

July 3    Denis Severino

Denis is a cornerstone of the Revelstoke music scene, the driving force behind the Revelstoke Coffee House and a key member of several bands. Denis plays a variety of stringed instruments with a flair for folk, Americana and roots music.