Creston musicians and artists of various mediums mourned the closure of the Snoring Sasquatch, which left the community without a public performance venue.
Five years later, a group of musicians got together to look around the community for a building they could perform in regularly. “We wanted to have a place where local musicians, artists and spoken word performers could actually go do what they do,” said Rick Brown director of The Venue Performance and Visual Arts Society. “Last year we found a building in Erickson that was previously a church that provided excellent acoustics in a comfortable coffee house atmosphere. We began renovating the building into a place where music and art could be experimented with and fused together.”
The Venue will also function as a training venue for performers in the Creston Valley. “Musicians and artists can learn the craft of stage performance from seasoned veterans by watching them perform in practice sessions, workshops, and other teaching forums. As the Society’s membership continues to grow, there will be several bands regularly practicing at all different levels of expertise.”
On Saturday, May 25 The Venue is hosting the One Community, Many Stories Festival sponsored by Pyramid Building Supplies from 3-8 pm at Millennium Park. The musical line up features Ukeladies, Macy Wilson, Marybeth Stenhouse, The Bibby Sisters, Just Us, The Deep Dudes, and Jackpot. Highlights of the festival include food vendors, face painting, and local artist vendors.
“There are many stories to be told by musicians, artisans, and performers and yet we are one community. Everyone is invited to enjoy music and art throughout the day in a beautiful outdoor setting with fun things to do for all,” said Brown.
Partial proceeds from the festival will go towards building renovations for The Venue Performance and Visual Arts Centre.
Tickets for the festival can be purchased online at thevenuescreston.simpletix.com. Discount coupons can be picked up at Jimmy’s Pub & Grill and Buffalo Trails Coffee House.
The Venue Performance and Visual Arts Centre is located at 3622 Erickson Road. For more information go to www.thevenuecreston.com