Fundraising concerts a great success for group

Transfer Beach concerts were well attended, organizers say

Organizers say the 2011 Concerts in the Park series was a resounding success.

“We had an awesome year,” said coordinator Valerie Duckworth.

“Once again the businesses in Ladysmith came through with their sponsorship and it all went really well.”

Despite the abnormal summer weather the area has been experiencing, the sun came out for all but one of the nine performances — though Cynthia Davis and Swing That Thing, who played that evening, entertained a crowd of about 60 people.

“I’d have to say that all of the concerts were very well attended,” Duckworth said. “It was pretty consistent.”

Heading the concert series to a packed amphitheatre at Transfer Beach was Ryan McMahon and the Company Damn. Residents and visitors also enjoyed performances from Trinitude, Stephen Palmer, Sid and Lena, and the Nanaimo Concert Band.

The series is a fundraiser for the Ladysmith Resources Centre Society, to fund community programs which are offered free to the public.

In the coming weeks, Duckworth and her team will be facing the task of selecting next year’s acts from submitted demos.

“I’ve had a lot of people give me their names,” Duckworth said.