The following article was written by Desert Daze Music Festival organizing committee president Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan and submitted to our local newspaper the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal…
Our ninth annual Desert Daze Festival planning is well underway! We have an amazing line up of all-B.C musicians on August 10 and 11, including lots of everyone’s local favorites like Nadine Davenport, John Kidder, Billananee, and Jenny and the Gents. The line-up is, as always, very diverse. There really is something for everyone: country, rock, folk, blues, world, and let’s just say “alternative”! Check out the website at www.desertdaze.ca, where you can get a taste of the music and see who is playing.
Our confirmed workshops include Brazilian hand drumming with Dave Dumont, lahal (an Indigenous stick game) with Joe Thomas, beading with Annette Albert, and salsa making with Eugenie Moreira. All workshops are on Saturday afternoon, and all are free! If you’d like to attend the festival for free, you just need to volunteer for four hours: register on the website.
We’re still looking for vendors as well, so if you have something interesting to sell, apply on the website. And one last plug for sponsorships: any businesses or individuals who would like to support this completely non-profit event will get their name on the program and mentions over the mic! Again, details are on the website. Thanks so much to those that have already donated: Second Time Around, Highland Valley Teck, and Community Futures, with grants from Arts Council B.C. and Northern Development Initiative Trust.