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Back Door Slam performs at Heritage Park in Mission

Back Door Slam will appear in Mission on Aug. 10 as part of the Twilight concert series. -
Back Door Slam will appear in Mission on Aug. 10 as part of the Twilight concert series.
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Back Door Slam returns to the Envision Twilight Concert Series at Mission’s Fraser River Heritage Park on Aug. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m.

The group has  received rave reviews for its music all over the globe. Soaring vocals, strong harmonies, flying fiddle, swingin’ guitar, harmonica, bass, mandolin and washboard comprise their unmistakable sound.

Fiddle player Jennie Bice came west in search of other musicians driven enough to play the speed she wanted, and bold enough to try some of her ideas. Her recordings span many genres.

Joe Samorodin’s fretless and stand-up bass playing reflects the many rhythms that have crossed his path. He can turn the energy of a performance into a non-stop dance that often ends up in the audience!

West Coast Music Award nominee Kat Wahamaa has a wonderful voice and plays a mighty fine mandolin. She has shared the stage with notables such as Colin Lynden, Connie Caldor and Harry Manx.

Tony Rees was drawn to the folk music scene flourishing in the UK during his teens. Tony plays swing, folk and blues guitar, harmonica and has a unique vocal sound.

The group’s music is described as roots and branches, down in the dirt stuff including old time country, blues, bluegrass and western swing; traditional music of the British Isles; and even Finnish folk.

They infuse these styles with elements of East Coast kitchen party, punk rock-a-billy and a penchant for swing and rhythm. They play with such exuberance and feeling you’ll want to get up and dance!

On Aug. 15  The Hornets will perform at the Twilight stage.

The Hornets formed in 1975 as a Beatles tribute band. They play classic rock with original arrangements and key so the sound is the same one you fell in love with when you first heard the music.

Their goal is to bring back great memories of good times to their audience.

It’s a family affair for founding member and band leader Chris Marr who plays guitar, piano, drums, bass, banjo and vocals. His son Keith joined the band 17 years ago, and he also plays bass, guitar and vocals. Brother-in-law Norman Hyde, on lead guitar and vocals, joined 15 years ago. Rounding out the group is Len Hall on drums.

The Art in the Park program continues with a variety of visual artists presenting their work each evening of Twilight.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for a fun evening at the park.

The Blackberry Kitchen and The Log Cabin Café are open.

Envision Twilight Concerts are a community, free-by-donation series.

For more information about this show, or future events, call 604-826-0277.

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