By Karen McColl
REVfest got off to a shaky — or shall we say windy — start Friday evening as strong gusts blew away crowds and tested organizers who hastened to tie down tents and anything else likely to take off in the seriously gusty weather.
Local act Sister Girl got through their act smoothly at 6 pm but Salmon Arm’s Old Man’s Beard had to cut their act short due to technical difficulties caused by the wind.
As master of ceremonies Brent Strand apologized for the delays, he assured the crowd that the extra sand and grit blowing into everyone’s teeth was full of minerals.
Although at one point it looked as though the majority of people in attendance were event volunteers and organizers, the crowds got thicker as the night wore on and the weather settled.
Kamloops’ Earthbound gave a solid performance and many crowd-goers danced themselves warm to their funky tunes after waiting out the hour long delay.
Mysteriously, the band Skavenjah disappeared from the line-up and Nelson’s Wassabi Collective closed down the evening. Luckily the crowd didn’t seem disappointed as a packed dance area cheered on their energetic show.
The music and fun starts again Saturday at noon with free kids’ activities at Centennial Park and Positive Corruption ringing in the start of REVfest’s second and final day.
An ultimate frisbee tournament is also taking place and Revelstoke’s team will play their first game at 11 am next to the music venue.
If the winds deterred you from taking in REVfest on Friday, don’t miss it on Saturday. The music goes all afternoon and the evening line-up includes Greg Sczebel, Shane Philip and Econoline Crush.
Even if you can hear the music from your front porch it’s more fun to take it in live. If you enjoy listening to live music come on down and support it!
In the meantime, here are some images from Friday to tempt you…