By Breanne Massey
Live music is a big attraction in the Fairmont Hot Springs community over the Alberta Family Day long weekend and continuing into next week.
Bebo Grove showcases new EP
A local venue invites you to tune into a show with an eclectic mixture of musical delights thats suitable for people from all walks of life.
The Bebo Grove band will be performing at the Hoodoo Lounge and Grill starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, February 12th.
Id say its a little bit of folk, a little bit of rock and a little bit of world music, said Bebo Grove vocalist Jordan Clermont, noting each musician in the four-piece band brings a unique characteristic to their shows.
Bebo Grove, which features Jason Selby (bass/ukulele/mandolin), Jeff Ragan (guitar), Anthony Heywood-Smith (drums/backup vocals) and Mr. Clermont (vocals), became united roughly a year ago. Their music is heavily defined by the idiosyncratic characteristics of each musician, ranging from Mr. Ragans flamenco-inspired fingerpicking style on the guitar to melodic basslines from Mr. Heywood-Smith.
Well be doing all originals at the show, Mr. Clermont said.
The band went into OCL Studios in late 2015 to begin work on their debut EP Vacant Places, which they plan to release in mid-February.
We wanted to get something out there to create a fan base, said Mr. Clermont. Our first single on there is called Good Night Moon, which is a song that our bass player wrote for his daughter based off of the book Good Night Moon.
There is no cover charge to attend the show.
Dean Ray sets mood for Valentines Day
The Dean Ray Band will be performing country music live at the Bears Paw and Grill in Fairmont between 9 and 11 p.m. on both February 13th and 14th.
Mr. Ray is an Alberta-based singer and songwriter who performs across North America and in Europe. He is inspired by country and rock bands, including Johnny Reid, Zack Brown, Colin James, Bon Jovi and the Tragically Hip. In addition to his original music, Mr. Ray will be performing some cover songs in a performance that is typically suitable for any age.
Further adding value to their weekend, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is offering two Valentines Day dinners this year to accommodate couples who want to treat themselves to a romantic night out.
This is an exciting weekend at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort with live entertainment, family activities and Valentines dinners, said Director of Sales & Marketing Nancy Hetherington.
Dinners for two will cost $89 on both Saturday and Sunday nights.
Welbourne Trio performs at ski hill
Saskatoon-based blues and rock guitarist, Jordan Welbourne, will be hosting jam night (open mic) around 8 p.m. at the Hoodoos Lounge and Grill on Thursday, February 18th.
I run an open mic night back in Saskatoon so I try to make it an experience that isnt intimidating, he explained. It shouldnt matter whether youre a professional or its your absolute first time coming up to do something. The other thing is that my band, we have all been playing for years and know a ton of songs so we can back anyone up if someone wants to go up and jam with a band. Were totally open to do that.
Mr. Welbourne and his band have been influenced by musicians such as Slash, John Mayer and Gary Clark Junior.
Were all working musicians, said Mr. Welbourne, adding there is no shortage of musicians who have influenced the trios music. But those three are the ones that are a good representation of our sound. Were really going for an approach between the modern electric blues and the stuff that were writing right now is definitely guitar driven with an old school feel to it but it has a lot of soulful melodies.
In addition, the Jordan Welbourne Trio will be performing at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Chalet between 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday, February 19th, then returning to the Hoodoo Grill at 9 p.m.
Well be doing our full show, said Mr. Welbourne about the upcoming gigS. It will actually be our second time playing in Fairmont. We played there in November and we absolutely loved it. We hit it off with the people there. We loved the owner and we loved the venue, so we definitely wanted to come back there.
Mr. Welbourne believes the Columbia Valley is the perfect oasis for a band on tour. He is eager to return to the area and perform.
The bands performance will fall on the third week of the Starlight Challenge, the recreational ski race taking place every Friday night in February at the Fairmont Ski Area.