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Summer Street Festival in Revelstoke: A free music celebration in our mountain town

Summer in Revelstoke is a special time. The flowers are out, bikes are as common as cars and there’s music every night of the week.

The seasonal event, Summer Street Fest, is Revelstoke’s musical community celebration of summertime, something that brings locals, new residents and tourists together.

Revelstoke resident Stacey Byrne performs her unique music style at the Street Fest 2016. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer
Revelstoke resident Stacey Byrne performs her unique music style at the Street Fest 2016. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

For 65 days in Revelstoke, every night, rain or shine, music fills the Grizzly Plaza in downtown Revelstoke and the hearts of those within it.

From late June to late August locals and tourists alike flock to the square, pull up a seat and enjoy a variety of tunes. One night could be country (check out Joanne Stacey on July 9), another night, folk (see John Jenkins on July 7).

Families gather, friends laugh and tourists get a taste of what it’s like to live in Revelstoke. Local folk musician Denis Severino will play on July 8 and he says it’s a great event attracts everybody.

“It’s early enough for families to catch the action,” he says. “It’s nice to play as a musician because it’s pretty casual. It can serve as as social gathering for your friends, and it’s great to have kids there while playing.”

The gelato stand by the Roxy Theatre is a Revelstoke summer favourite. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer
The gelato stand by the Roxy Theatre is a Revelstoke summer favourite. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The best nights are the ones after a typical hot summer’s day. As the band sets up, people mill around lazily. They  catch up on news and enjoy an easy afternoon having nowhere else to be. The gelato stand by the Roxy Theatre does a roaring trade as adults, kids and dogs get their share of the cold dessert.

Some make an event of it all, scooping up reservations at Chubby Funsters’ outdoor patio, enjoying a meal while getting front row seats to the show of the night.

As the evening lengthens a cool breeze relieves the day of its heat while the sky darkens slowly behind the overlooking Mount Revelstoke.

As the last song is heard, the last clap received, the square then empties until the following daybreak.

A crowd enjoys the evening entertainment. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer
A crowd enjoys the evening entertainment. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Revelstoke Summer Street Music Festival schedule

JULY

Friday             July 1st                      Joanne Stacey

Saturday        July 2nd                     Jessica Stuart Few

Sunday           July 3rd                     CliffJumpers Dixie Jazz

Monday          July 4th                     The Second Revival

Tuesday         July 5th                      Mountain Music Duo

Wednesday    July 6th                     Adam Lauze Band

Thursday       July 7th                      John Jenkins

Friday             July 8th                    Denis Severino

Saturday        July 9th                     Joanne Stacey

Sunday           July 10th                   Sharon Shook

Monday          July 11th                   Mike Alviano

Tuesday         July 12th                   Novascotiables

Wednesday    July 13th                   Mike Alviano

Thursday       July 14th                    Bob Rogers Jazz

Friday             July 15th                   Lindsey Walker Band

Saturday        July 16th                    Ewan Macintyre

Sunday           July 17th                    Mountain Music Duo

Monday          July 18th                   The Rev

Tuesday         July 19th                    Jeremy Grey

Wednesday    July 20th                   Tanya Lipscomb

Thursday       July 21st                     Steve Palmer

Friday             July 22nd                  Steve Palmer

Saturday        July 23rd                    Partial To Pie

Sunday           July 24th                    Adam Lauze Band

Monday          July 25th                    Bassment Attics

Tuesday         July 26th                    Charlie Burton

Wednesday    July 27th                    Charlie Burton

Thursday       July 28th                    Mat Duffus

Friday             July 29th                    That Girl and Earl

Saturday        July 30th                    That Girl and Earl

Sunday           July 31st                     Good Enough for Dad

The Revelstoke crowd enjoys the evening musical entertainment. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer
The Revelstoke crowd enjoys the evening musical entertainment. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

AUGUST

Monday          August 1st                  Tanner James

Tuesday         August 2nd                Saskia and Darrel

Wednesday    August 3rd                 Relative Jazz

Thursday       August 4th                 Maritime Kitchen Party

Friday             August 5th                 Penny Sandborn Trio

Saturday        August 6th                 Willi Gaw Quartet

Sunday           August 7th                 Blackberry Wood

Monday          August 8th                 Lo-fi Uppercut

Tuesday         August 9th                 Wild Romantics

Wednesday    August 10th               Jen Lane

Thursday       August 11th               Compassion Gorilla

Friday             August 12th               Christina Benty

Saturday        August 13th               Stacie Byrne

Sunday           August 14th               Sharon Shook

Monday          August 15th               Chicken-Like Birds

Tuesday         August 16th               Bob Rogers Jazz

Wednesday    August 17th               The Rev

Thursday       August 18th               John Jenkins

Friday             August 19th               The Staggers and Jaggs

Saturday        August 20th               Pineapple Express

Sunday           August 21st               Tanya Lipscomb

Monday          August 22nd              Sister Speak

Tuesday         August 23rd              Sister Speak

Wednesday    August 24th               Steve Hillis

Thursday       August 25th               Steve Hillis

Friday             August 26th               Uncorked

Saturday        August 27th               Uncorked

Sunday           August 28th               Katie Marti

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The Revelstoke Summer Street Festival is proudly supported by the Resort Municipality Initiative.

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