Entertainers recruited for afternoon concerts

Local singers, musicians, actors and visual artists are being sought to entertain the crowds during an interactive afternoon concert series in downtown Red Deer. On Wednesdays from 4:15 to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Best Summer Ever events will be happening on the Ross Street Patio. There will be 24 of these twice weekly performances until the end of August.

Local singers, musicians, actors and visual artists are being sought to entertain the crowds during an interactive afternoon concert series in downtown Red Deer.

On Wednesdays from 4:15 to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Best Summer Ever events will be happening on the Ross Street Patio. There will be 24 of these twice weekly performances until the end of August.

Red Deer folk singer Charlie Jacobsen will kick off the series today (Wednesday) with a performance on the Ross Street Patio from 4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jacobsen will follow it up with a lunchtime show on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Veteran’s Park.

The idea is to have local bands, individual musicians, singers or duos entertaining across all musical genres, said Peter McGee, special events programmer for the City of Red Deer.

Theatre or improvisational groups can also put on short performances, and visual artists can do demonstrations or involve the crowd with instruction.

Those who apply for the chance to entertain on the patio must live in Red Deer or Red Deer County.

Artist submissions, including recordings or links to on-line music or theatre sites, are needed by Friday, June 22. They will be judged on originality and quality, as well as audience interaction and engagement.

The submissions can be mailed or dropped off during regular business hours to the Culture Services building at 3827-39th St., Red Deer.

Submission forms can be found at www.reddeer.ca/culture.

Those who apply could also be included in the Red Deer Performing Arts Directory, which helps connect presenters of events and festivals with potential entertainers.

For more information, please call 403-309-4091 or email culturemailbox@reddeer.ca.

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