Hall-of-Famer to headline season finale

Howie James and "oldies" specialist Cliff Marcil headline finale of Concerts in the Park series.

It’s Oldies Night at Ladysmith Concerts in the Park this weekend!

As the concert series hosted by the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association (LRCA) comes to a close for 2013, music fans will be treated to two sets of music that will bring them back in time and will likely bring back some great memories this Sunday (Aug. 25).

Howie James and the Howlettes – Shirley Whitelaw and Cyndia Doell – will perform during the first set. In the second set, Cliff Marcil will share his “oldies but goodies.”

Called “B.C.’s answer to Tony Bennett” by the Globe and Mail, Howie James is a Nanaimo-based entertainer who made his name back in the sixties and seventies by resurrecting the old Quadra Club in Vancouver and defining nightlife at hot spots like The Livingroom and the Coach House, according to his website.

“His smooth vocals and remarkable guitar stylings were a mainstay of Canada’s night clubs and hotel lounges for several decades, garnering him praise from critics and fans alike,” it states.

In 2011, James was inducted into the Northwest American Western Swing Music Hall of Fame.

The music starts at 6 p.m. at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre. Admission is by donation, and volunteers will circulate through the audience during the performance to collect any donation you can offer. Every penny contributed is earmarked to help offset the costs of the LRCA’s programs so that local residents can participate at no cost.

For more information about Concerts in the Park, visit www.lrca.bc.ca/concerts.asp.