A Christian music festival will take over the Rotary Bandshell in Riverside Park this weekend.
Rise Kamloops is a new event in town being put on by the Pregnancy Care Centre as a fundraiser.
The event will be family-friendly and feature free admission and is the brainchild of Maureen Colledge, the organization’s executive director. It is being produced by Dan Lal, a volunteer at the centre.
“She’s done banquet fundraisers and stuff before and some different concerts, but she had a vision of making it bigger with more of an impact this year,” Lal said.
The music will begin at noon and run until 9 p.m., featuring local acts, including Band of Joy from St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Haven Youth Band, Lighthouse Worship, Bethel Kamloops, BTC North, KAC Worship, Danny Sczebel, Kamloops Performance Company, Chioma Darah and Heather Clark.
“We’ll have different genres of music, everything from bluegrass to more contemporary and some acoustic as well,” Lal said.
Lal said the church-going crowd is “certainly part of [their] target market” but hopes the festival also has broad appeal among those in the downtown area.
“It’s going to be a celebration of life, of music, really,” he said.
Lal said he’s hoping the event will raise a few thousand dollars for the pregnancy care centre, and will include t-shirt and hat sales and a concession stand.
The group will also be asking for donations from the audience.
The event will run from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Rotary Bandshell in Riverside Park.