Last act set for park concert series

Gerry Barnum to take the amphitheater stage August 28 for final in concert series

Gerry Barnum will perform with Guy Massey during the last of the Concerts in the Park Series on August 28 at Transfer Beach amphitheater.

Niomi Pearson

The Chronicle

The final act of the Ladysmith Resources Centre’s Concerts in the Park series plays Sunday, Aug. 28.

Seasoned performer Gerry Barnum, with 35 years experience in the music industry, says he will bring his ‘soulful roots/original’ sound to Transfer Beach.

“It’s going to be a really nice end to the summer,” he said. “And it’s one of my favourite performances on the Island because that setting is so gorgeous.”

Barnum will be playing tunes from his fifth CD, released back in June.

“We’re going to have a keyboard player and a percussionist and a bass player might be there, too,” he said.

Barnum got his musical start at a young age and has been pursuing his love of song ever since. In addition to touring across Canada, Barnum spent about 12 years in the Vancouver music scene. He now lives in Parksville and teaches after-school music programs and workshops to supplement his music career.

“It’s been great, it’s sometimes ‘feast or famine’ and that’s why the teaching thing has been great, it pulls the lean times up a bit,” he said.

Barnum also offers music as therapies for rehabilitation and development in physically and mentally challenged individuals.

Accompanying Barnum will be Nanaimo keyboardist Guy Massey, who is involved in a number of musical projects including the band Island Hue.

“I play a little pop, a little bit of jazz, and a little bit of blues,” Massey said.

Massey said he has been a supporter of the Ladysmith Resources Centre for many years.

“I’ve done a little bit of work with them over the years with Concerts in the Park,” he said. “I have a strong belief in what they do and what they stand for in the community.”

Barnum plays the  amphitheater from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free but donations are encouraged and collected at half time.

Music lovers will also want to note that The Tower of Dudes will be playing at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug 30, in Waterwheel Park, Chemainus.

The concert is rain or shine and part of the Cultural Arts Society’s concert series.

Admission by Donation. Gourmet hot dogs, cold drinks, tea, coffee and treats for sale at every show.

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