Music, song and humour at The Hub

Two acclaimed guitarists are kicking off some on-going community concerts at The Hub in downtown Red Deer.

Two acclaimed guitarists are kicking off some on-going community concerts at The Hub in downtown Red Deer.

Guitarist Steve Fisher, of Calgary, and Bob Evans, of Regina, will present an evening of music, song and humour at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at The Hub, 4936 Ross St.

Evans won the 2003 U.S. National Finger-style Guitar Championship and two of his recordings received Western Canadian Music Awards.

He plays an eclectic mix of contemporary finger-style guitar and traditional roots music.

His warm vocals are sprinkled with a quirky sense of humour and Evans has down-to-earth stage presence.

Fisher has been part of the Alberta folk and roots music scene for more than 20 years, playing with the Hot House Bluegrass Band, the Sheep River Rounders, and Restless Lester.

His 2007 solo album, River, got extensive domestic radio play and was also listed in the Top 10 list of Canadian records played by international folk radio.

The two guitarists will be backed by The June Bugs, a quartet of Calgary women who play bluegrass and gospel music.

Tickets are $15 from 53rd Street Music at 101, 4902 53rd St. or the Parkland Audio and Music Centre at G8 5550 45th St.

Members of the Canadian Tibetan-Himalayan Group will also be selling coffee and sweets at the concert, with proceeds going to an orphanage in Tibet.

For more information, call 403-340-7804.

The guitarists are the first performers in what’s expected to be an ongoing series of concerts at The Hub.

The socio-cultural centre located in the heart of Red Deer is funded by the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Board, but is open to the entire community.

“We welcome all people,” said Twyla Joy, a staffer at The Hub, who noted various musicians will be joining artists and authors for a variety of cultural activities planned for the centre. “We use art and education as a tool for gathering people together.”