River Music Armada coming to Portage la Prairie 0
The Assiniboine River Music Armada will be invading the Omichinski farm on Aug. 8 to offer a night full of excellent music. Chris Meseyton, WIND, and Twin will perform before canoeing on to their next destination. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The 3rd annual River Music Armada will be invading the Central Plains in August for a night full of folk music.
The concert in Portage la Prairie will be taking place on the Omichinski farm on Aug. 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is $20 per person or $15 for teens with all proceeds going to the musicians.
Three bands will be playing 45 minutes sets with local accordion player Chris Meseyton starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by Winnipeg songwriters Wind at 8:00 p.m. and wrapping up with Twin at 9:00 p.m.
Linda Omichinski, who will be hosting the Portage concert on her yard, said her family has been hosting concerts on the yard and in her home for some time.
“We’ve mainly been doing it by invitation only for family, friends, and friends of friends, so we’re expanding out a bit more and opening it to the public but asking them to call us for directions and to be put on the guest list,” said Omichinski.
She says so far the response from the public has been very good.
“It provides a very intimate, informal setting. It gives an opportunity for you to connect with the musician, which is not possible at these big folk festivals and big concerts,” said Omichinski. “You’re just there and you’re not able to talk to the musician or the artist or get that more intimate feel.”
The Portage concert is part of a larger series that will be starting in Brandon over the long weekend. The musicians will be starting their journey in Brandon taking themselves, others and all their gear and instruments canoeing down the Assiniboine River to Winnipeg for the armada’s final concert. In all they will be playing eight shows with various bands playing in different locations.
For the full story see Wednesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.
Wednesday, August 1st - MINNEDOSA - Minnedosa Beach 6pm
TWIN, Wind, Fruity Manitoba Community Orchid
Thursday, August 2nd - BRANDON - Trees Blood Farm 8pm $10 (All night overnight Campout!)
TWIN, Janksta, Mark Norris, Young Pixels, Logan Mckillop, Martin Finnie, Bakuni's Broom
Saturday, August 4th - SPRUCE WOODS PROVINCIAL PARK - Amphitheater 7pm
Monday, August 6th - Fairholme Colony
TWIN, Fairholme Quire
Tuesday, August 7th - LONG PLAIN FIRST NATION - Fire Hall 7pm
Wednesday, August 8th - PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE – 1 mile west of Hoop & Holler
TWIN, Wind, Chris Meseyton
Saturday, August 11th - WINNIPEG - Le Garage Cafe 8pm $10
TWIN, Rob Crooks, Monsieur Coccinel, Field, Wind, Young Pixels
Would you support a folk festival in Portage la Prairie?