Cranbrook's 60 Hertz will play at Millennium Park on May 19.

Cranbrook's 60 Hertz will play at Millennium Park on May 19.

60 Hertz, Peanut Butter and Jam playing in Creston’s Millennium Park

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Millennium Park will come to life on Saturday afternoon following the parade, when 60 Hertz and Peanut Butter and Jam take to the stage for a free concert.

The original music of 60 Hertz flows easily from countryish, bluesy ballads to flat out rock ’n’ roll but always with an honest, simple and personal touch. 60 Hertz knows how to captivate their audience by creating and delivering their original music with an engaging and fresh stage presence that is a real treat to experience.

“The name 60 Hertz, although it has nothing to do with age references, certainly sits well on this bunch of ‘old guys’,” said Rod Wilson in the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. “Not only have the band members been musical comrades for many years, their musical instruments have been around for much of that ride. James Neve’s acoustic Larrivee guitar must be one of the earliest instruments made by that premier luthier, Jean Larrivee. Dave Birch’s bass was old when he purchased it back in the ’70s.

“So there you have it — old musicians, old instruments and new technology, all combined with the finest of song writing. The results are performances that continue to sparkle regardless of how many times the band has been out there.”

James Neve (rhymes with Steve) is the songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist, Dave Birch the energetic bass player, Rob Young is the master of the many moods and effects created by his Strat and Marty creates the hammock with his rock solid drumming style and sense of volume and dynamics. Their tight weave of vocal and instrumental lines are evidence of a strong melodic influence ranging from early Beatles and the Band to the Roches and Little Feat.

“This is a rock quartet with polish, panache and originality, probably the tightest and most original group in the East Kootenay,” said Wilson.

60 Hertz will share the stage with Creston’s own Peanut Butter and Jam. Bob Gollan, Julie Groot and Debra Mehrer have played and performed individually with each other at many musical events throughout the valley.  In 2005, they decided to form a small group to perform a wide variety of easy listening songs, featuring lead vocals by Bob and Julie, and, of course, the harmonies.

Chris Dooley has recently joined PB&J on the Bohran (Irish hand drum). PJ&B play in the folk tradition, with influences from all types of music, especially maritime, Celtic and country/folk, but expect the unexpected, including original songs and arrangements.

Bob originally hails from the Annapolis Valley, N.S., and has lived in Wynndel since 1992.  Julie was born and raised right here in the Creston Valley.  Debra was born in Whitehorse and after travelling the country her family settled in the valley in 1969. Chris is originally from Dublin, Ireland, but has been in Canada for many years and has settled in Creston.