Serenity event pulls in talented musicians

The third Serenity concert of the season was held on the evening of Saturday, July 9

Everything Ryan McMahon sings is from the heart. His band

Everything Ryan McMahon sings is from the heart. His band

The third Serenity concert of the season was held on the evening of Saturday, July 9.

First on stage was a group from the Okanagan called Windborn. Jeff Pike played the guitar and sang while Jim Copeman played the drums. If a person likes acoustic alternative music then look them up on the computer at windborn.ca

The next performer was Chantel Upshaw, accompanied by Tom Heuckendorff and David Morin. Their music is called whimsical soul. The three of them are from Vancouver. The guys get together for jamming and join up with Upshaw to improvise.

The group played soft music with a good beat. Heuckendorff played the keyboard, Morin was fantastic on the guitar and sang at times, and Upshaw played the guitar, keyboard, and was the main singer. She has a wide singing range. Upshaw enjoyed performing in Vavenby and said, “It’s really beautiful out here. It’s the ideal place to perform.”

Upshaw can be found online at chantelupshaw.ca

Performing third was a trio from Edmonton made up of David Blair, Bryan Deans, and Dean “Schroeder” Reimer. They were quite humorous and Blair had good stage presence and moved with the music. Their songs were acoustic/rock with lots of fun. As a group they have been together for two years.

People were clapping along with the songs and women were up “rocking” with the good rhythm.

One song they sang was the one they had performed for the athletes at the 2010 Olympics. A song that had everyone laughing was based on the Old Spice commercial.

To find out more go to davidblairmusic.com.

The last band on stage was from Ladysmith and has been together for one year. Ryan McMahon and the Company Damn is made up of Ryan McMahon, Brooks Jamison, Jason Barber, and Matt Henn. They had a very fast, uplifting beat and played all kinds of music but mainly rock and roll. The audience really enjoyed them and called them back for an encore. They can be found online at ryanmcmahon.com.

The next Serenity Concert will be on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. Phone Shirley DeVooght at 250 – 676 – 9456 for tickets and more information.