It began in 1982 when two rather disparate musicians, Van Redecopp and Arne Sahlen, had a vision of providing a venue for local musicians to perform in front of a live audience.
The first Kimberley Home Grown Music coffee house began that year and it has grown to be a staple in Kimberley on wintery Saturday nights.
While the shows are now performed in the Centre 64 theatre rather than in front of patrons sitting at tables sipping coffee, the spirit remains the same — offering a wide variety of musical styles, all presented by home grown talent.
Performers from Kimberley and throughout the valley hit the stage at 8 p.m. at Centre 64. A standard Home Grown presents eight acts, unless there is a last minute cancellation.
The opportunity to perform on stage is given to young and old, the new performer as well as the seasoned. The past 30 years has witnessed many hundreds performers of all ages and styles on its stage.
The philosophy of the Home Grown Music Society has never been to make a lot of money — tickets are still only $7. As long as the gate can cover rent and the occasional upgrade to the sound equipment, it’s all good, says longtime member Carol Fergus.
“All the money raised throughout the years has gone back into the community,” Fergus said. “Many organizations and the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank have benefited from the profits.”
There are plans for a gala Home Grown show reuniting many of the acts who have graced the stage over the years. Details on that will be announced later this season. For now, the first Home Grown show is this Saturday, October 27, 2012. Tickets $7 available at Snowdrift and at the door (if not sold out). Doors open at 7:30 pm show starts at 8:00 pm sharp.
The line up for Saturday’s show features, Pix n’Stix all women Blue Grass band featuring Paige Lennox, Shelagh Gunn, Shawna Plant, Heather Gemmel, Janice Nicli, and Cosima Wells. John Gerlitz; James Neve, Tristan Neve, and Rob Young; Doug Mitchell; Leslie Pink; Dave Carlson and newcomers to the stage Darrin Welch and Liz Dowling round out the evening and MC is Bud Decosse.