Enjoy a summer 'slice'
Canby's Slice of Summer concerts are back.
The 2018 season, which begins July 22 at Canby's Wait Park, will feature a trio of musical performers from three different genres – Melody Butchers (classic rock), Thrillride (pop), and Copper Ridge (country). The music runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the park on three Sundays – Sunday, July 22, Sunday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 19.
Vendors will be on hand to offer food and drink around the park.
Slice of Summer had been a permanent part of the Canby summer music scene for more than two decades. The program was discontinued, however, in 2017.
But fans of the series decided to step into the breach. Lisa Leir put out a word for volunteers to bring the series back. A trio of local residents, Connie Ables, Julie Bello and Laura Sattler, came on to help reform the Slice board and with the assistance of the Canby Livability Coalition providing nonprofit status, the march to a return of Slice of Summer began.
The result is the three concerts slated for this summer.
"Our mission is to provide quality musical entertainment for the greater Canby community and Beyond. Unlike previous years where other civic groups had block funding available, the board approaches local businesses with a sponsorship program," said Leir. "In order to meet our mission, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Together, with some businesses providing free services and others donating funds, we have met the initial goal to bring arts and culture to Canby."
July 22 – Melody Butchers:
The Melody Butchers were formed in 2000 by several lifelong friends that had played in various separate band projects through the '80s and '90s before forming this now well-established band which currently plays a wide range of venues across the Pacific Northwest and southwestern United States. The Melody Butchers are a high energy, good time, party band – delivering a mix of hard rock, blues, punk, alternative, disco, pop, rap and everything in-between.
The band is: Brian Rentsch – lead vocals and guitar, Derek Doggett – lead guitar, Mike Taylor – bass and vocals, and Todd Mahan – drums and vocals.
Aug. 5 – Thrillride:
The group describes itself as "just four buddies that love to play a wide variety of retro party tunes and some originals. We dig blowing folk's minds with the game of 'what kind of song is coming next.'" The band lists among its influences as Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, Black Crows, Teddy Pendergrass, Pablo Cruise and more.
The band is Jeff Newman – drums and vocals, Cal Runia – guitar and vocals, Sam Harmon – lead vocals, and Jerry Skol – bass and vocals.
Aug. 19 – Copper Ridge:
This band is an outlaw country band from the Canby area. Forging a group of highly talented and experienced musicians and singers, Copper Ridge has quickly made a name for themselves while proving that the roots of original country music are here to stay. From to-tapping, two-stepping cover songs from Emmylou Harris, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Waylon Jennings, Miranda Lambert and more, to their own CD of originals, the music is based on the style and rhythm that first made country music so popular across the country.
The band is Charmin Gibson – lead singer, acoustic guitar, fiddle and songwriter, Harley Wainscott – lead singer, lead and acoustic guitar, Daisy Brandhorst – backup harmony, percussionist, Dusty Bullart – drummer, and Alex York – bassist.