The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents Deanna Knight and The Hot Club of Mars at Fraser River Heritage Park, 7494 Mary St. in Mission, on Friday, Aug. 26 from 7-8 p.m.
The Hot Club of Mars has been swinging around Vancouver since the ‘70s, sharing its Django-inspired gypsy-jazz.
Now its longest running chanteuse, “D” adds a magic sparkle that brings old melodies to life with style, power and grace.
Acoustic bassist Charlie Knowles “kicks the cat” with finesse while guitarist Steve “Bugzy” Szabo keeps the rhythms chugging.
Martian Ambassador Michael Dunn and Don Kellett spin their Djangoesque lines on lead slide and guitars, and Mark Dowding keeps the winds blowing hot.
Violinist Tom Neville channels the spirit of the late Stephane Grappelli rounding out the sound to a full ensemble of roots jazz.
The Art in the Park program features Gina Esche’s natural way to body wellness, Betty Sandmark’s beaded jewelry and Salt Lane Studio’s craft workshop.
On Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 7-8 p.m., Shari Ulrich, Barney Bentall and Tom Taylor will be performing.
Bentall and his band The Legendary Hearts were legendary in Canada through the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Taylor has spent most of his career in the Vancouver cult band She Stole My Beer before going solo.
Ulrich has released 19 albums over her career.
These talented artists first played together in November 2007 at a songwriter concert on Bowen Island.
They and the audience enjoyed the collaboration so much that they soon embarked on more shows together.
The Art in the Park program features Carobrian wire jewelry, Anastasia Greenan’s rock candles, Carol Anne Almquist’s watercolours, and Karla Turner’s blended leaf teas.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park. The Log Cabin Café and the Blackberry Kitchen are open.
Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information call 604-826-0277.