Guy Bezeau and Island Country kick off Concerts in the Park this Sunday

The Ladysmith Resources Centre Association's Concerts in the Park series starts this Sunday (July 7) at Transfer Beach.

Music lovers can expect an energetic show full of familiar songs Sunday evening at Transfer Beach Park.

Guy Bezeau and Island Country take the outdoor stage at 6 p.m. The five-piece band plays country rock and soft rock.

“We’re hoping that there will be dancing, we’re hoping that they’ll sing along with us, because a lot of the songs are traditional, current, and [there is] really a broad variety of songs that are well known,” said Bezeau. “We just think it’s easy listening.”

Island Country is made up of two guitars, a bass, drums, and a steel guitar, and four of the musicians also provide vocals. Sunday’s show is the first of the summer for the Concerts in the Park series.

This Sunday’s band formed organically over many years. The musicians met one another at different jam sessions on the Island, began playing together, and in time, they just gelled.

Explaining that the members of Island Country are driven simply by a love of music, Bezeau compared being in a band to playing team sports, where people depend on their fellow teammates and feed off one another’s energy.

“We all individually continue to improve ourselves as musicians, but the real payday, or the real exciting part, is getting to be able to do that in public,” he said. “If you’re playing in front of a hometown crown and you’ve got 200 people watching you play, it’s pretty high-energy.”

Guy Bezeau and Island Country play at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre Sunday, July 7, starting at 6 p.m. The family-friendly show is free, though donations to the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association, which organizes the concert series, will be gratefully accepted.

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