Music enthusiasts in Swift Current have something to look forward to this fall as the Blenders Concert Series makes its return.
However, there will be some changes to the concert series this year, explained Amanda Girardin, the Director of Cultural Festivals.
“The season will look a lot different than other seasons for most of our regular audience,” she elaborated. “This year we are only offering three fall shows. We decided just to shorten up our programming. Without being at our home base and the Lyric Theater, it made things a bit tricky, so we just decided to reduce our programming a little bit and then see how those go.”
While two artists are already set to perform, the third has not yet been confirmed.
“We launched the season with three wonderful artists and unfortunately we've had one cancel so, we are down to two shows right now,” Girardin stated. “But I'm booking the for the third, so there will be another one to come.”
First up is Wil, a phenomenal guitar player from Vancouver Island who is set to grace the stage at the Great Plains College on October 14. Known for his distinctive guitar strumming style, Will's performances are electrifying, often resulting in broken strings.
On November 18, the spotlight will shift to Belle Plaine, a homegrown talent from Saskatchewan. Belle Plaine will be joined by a full band, promising a performance blending elements of Americana, jazz, and country folk.
Given that the Lyric Theatre is temporarily unavailable, the concerts will find a new home at the Great Plains College Auditorium.
Girardin added that they are hopeful for a full house this year.
“Ticket sales have been down the last couple of years and since coming back after the pandemic, it's been difficult for arts organizations in general to get their audiences back,” she explained. We would just love to pack the house at the auditorium and we're looking forward to putting on some really good shows this fall, and we really hope that folks come out this year.”
Another change this year is the addition of student pricing. Students will be able to get into the shows for 25 dollars with the presentation of their student I.D.
Tickets can be purchased at Pharmasave, through Eventbrite online, or through Girardin directly at 306-536-0788.
For updates on the third concert, individuals can visit the Blenders Music website HERE or check out their social media.
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