SOUTH SURREY â€” The last time the Beach House Theatre Society needed to raise money, they held a benefit concert featuring some of the peninsulaâ€™s best jazz, gospel and folk musicians.
â€œWe thought we would try something a little different that would give musicians â€“ some of them up and coming, some very well known â€“ an opportunity to be involved in a concert that was supporting the arts in their community,â€ said society president Marion Dyck.
The show proved to be such a success, they decided to do it again with another Evening of Music, set for Thursday, May 7, at Earl Marriott Secondaryâ€™s Wheelhouse Theatre. Money raised from the show will help fund the societyâ€™s summer theatre productions of Oscar Wildeâ€™s 1895 trivial comedy The Importance of Being Earnest and the kid-friendly Munsch Upon a Time at Crescent Beach this summer.
â€œWe feel that itâ€™s very connected with the whole concept of Beach House Theatre, which is promoting the arts in our community,â€ said Dyck.
Headlining the concert is Vancouver jazz man Cory Weeds and his quartet â€“ pianist Miles Black, bassist Adam Thomas and drummer Julian MacDonough. Weeds is a saxophonist, record label owner, impresario and former owner of the Cellar Jazz Club in Kitsilano.
Not far down on the bill is Doug Johnson, a founding member of â€™80s classic-rock band Loverboy and a solo artist in his own right. The Juno Award-winning multi-instrumentalist â€“ keyboards, sax, vocals and harmonica â€“ will be tickling the ivories, perhaps showcasing some original classical compositions off his latest album, 2014â€™s Notes to Self.
The May 7 show also marks the Beach House Theatre return of acoustic duo Glenda Rae and Brett Wade, who performed at last fallâ€™s Evening of Music. With two voices and a guitar, theyâ€™re known for astounding interpretations of popular songs, as well as soul-tickling original material.
Rounding out the show are two local chanteuses: Folk songstress Lydia Hol and White Rock indie darling Danielle Howell. Hol made the top 20 of the 2013 PEAK Performance Project while Howell has released a four-song EP, titled Hurt/Heart, via Bandcamp last year.
The Evening of Music starts at 7:30 p.m., with tickets ($26, plus fees) available at the door or online at Beachhousetheatre.org.
Additionally, charitable donations to the society worth more than $20 will receive a tax receipt. The societyâ€™s charitable registration number 85246 8107 RR0001.