Three stages and lots more entertainment at Langley arts festival

Entertainment will now be spread out over three stages at this Saturday’s Arts Alive Festival.

By Bob Groeneveld

Special to the Langley Advance

Music is a large part of bringing the art to life every year in Langley City’s Arts Alive celebration.

With three venues scattered among the 200 vendors and visual artists’ booths populating the 24th annual downtown festival, there will be music to suit all tastes, from rock to mellow.

The main stage will be set up in McBurney Plaza, starting the day at 10 a.m. with Alex Maher, followed by Dominique Fricot, Bees and the Bare Bones, and Coastline Pilot trading trading off on the stage through the rest of the day.

Alex Mahrer is scheduled to shift his electronically enhanced sound to the Salt Lane Stage in – where else? – Salt Lane after his Main Stage set. And then Redwoods take over from there with their varied repertoire, with three performances through the day.

This year a third “stage” has been added – actually a comfortable and intimate venue under an umbrella near the west end of the festival, next to Evolution Yoga (old-timers will think of it as the “old CIBC building”). Here, Andrew Christopher will alternate with Rossi Music to perform their music for their audiences.

There will also be street performers wandering through the festival to entertainment the tens of thousands of spectators expected to witness Langley’s wide-ranging artistic talents at the 24th annual Arts Alive.

Main Stage

10 a.m. Alex Maher

11 a.m. Dominique Fricot

12 p.m. Bees and the Bare Bones

1 p.m. Coastline Pilot

2 p.m. Dominique Fricot

3 p.m. Bees and the Bare Bones

4 p.m. Coastline Pilot

Salt Lane Stage

11:30 a.m. Alex Maher

1 p.m. Redwoods

2:30 p.m. Redwoods

4 p.m. Redwoods

Children’s Venue

10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Andrew Christopher and Rossi Music alternating

• Alex Maher

Multi-instrumentalist Alex Maher combines guitar, saxophone, percussion, and his own voice with a loop pedal to create his own brand of rhythmic music. Toronto-born, he moved with his family to Vancouver Island, where he went to high school before starting university to study science – and moved into the music business three years later, signing with Nettwerk Records and touring Canada from his Vancouver base. Www.alexmahermusic.com

• Dominique Fricot

Vancouver native Dominique Fricot has made fans at festivals locally and across Canada, and his ballads have since taken him across The Pon to the UK, Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland.

• Bees and the Bare Bones

Madison Olds and Abby Wale are Bees and the Bare Bones, a Canadian “girl-next-door” duo whose music runs through indie folk through alt-country. Starting at the Big Valley Jamboree in Alberta, they’ve since made it all the way to recording in Nashville.

• Coastline Pilot

Vancouver indie rock band Coastline Pilot features twin brothers Thomas and Leo Tesan on guitar, their best friend Chad Devlin on Bass, and drummer Launey McG whom Leo met on a date. All four pitch in on vocals.

• Redwoods

Performing their own music, from intricate melodies to hard rock and roll, the four-piece local Redwoods is made up of Devon Webber, Adam Likness, Aydn Graham, and Chad Carlsen.

• Andrew Christopher

Agassiz-born Andrew Christopher has loved music all his life, but it was a trip to Australia, busking around that country that gelled his desire to make music work for him. He lives in the Lower Mainland, and his acoustic-based music tends to alt/rock, country, and pop.

• Rossi Music

Vancouver’s Rossi Music takes Spanish guitar, steel drums, and vocals into bosa novas and rhumbas, nuevo flamenco, Brazilian jazz, and calypso.

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