A live performance by Big Eli B blues band, sponsorship opportunities, give aways and more will be at the Invermere Music Festival (IMF) Kickoff, set for Saturday June 11th at the Invermere Farmers and Artist Market location. The kickoff gets underway at 9 a.m. and will go until 1 p.m.

Well be there to sell tickets, were looking for volunteers, sponsorship and just general information about the event itself, said Invermere Music Fest organizer Jami Scheffer.

The kickoff event gives the public the chance to get the super early bird ticket deal of $40 for both Friday and Saturday of the music festival. After the kickoff event tickets will go up to $50 for the weekend and eventually up to $60. The festival is family friendly and children 12 and under get into the festival free of admission. The IMF team will be selling tickets at the kickoff event out of the official yellow Volkswagen, which is the headquarters for the kickoff.

The kickoff also gives the public a chance to get involved with the festival by signing up for a volunteer position. Each volunteer shift is a minimum of four to five hours, with volunteer positions ranging from pre-crew fest, beer gardens, Sunday workshop crew and post-festival crew just to name a few. The Invermere Music Festival is also looking for sponsors, with a variety of levels of sponsorship opportunities.

The most inexpensive one with great benefits is $250, you end up with a pass to the festival, said Ms. Scheffer.

Last year the Invermere Music Festival had an attendance of 500 people said Ms. Scheffer, this year they hope to have that number grow.

Finally in the Columbia Valley we have a big festival, just like Salmon Arm and theres lots of little towns that have big festivals. Its our fourth annual, thats our dream is to have a big festival here to bring people to town (an) economic driver, something for the locals to do and weve got the lake and the beach. Its pretty awesome, said Ms. Scheffer.

This years line up for the music festival includes: Royal Canoe, Anne Lou, High Kicks, Big Eli B Blues Band, Bend Sinister and more.

The kickoff event will be running all morning and into the afternoon on Saturday but the performance by Big Eli B will begin around 11 a.m. Tickets and sponsorships for the festival are available online at http://invermeremusicfest.com.