This weekend marks the beginning of the second annual International Peace Arch Art Festival, and in addition to the rich collection of artists, chefs and performers from both sides of the border, this year’s festival is putting a much bigger emphasis on music.
With nine unique performers playing music from across three genres all three days of the festival, this year’s music lineup is much bigger than last year.
“It’s gone up quite a bit,” said Bob Knapp, the music coordinator for the festival. “We have more musicians, they’re playing for all three days instead of two, and we have a bigger budget so we can bring in great artists. For music lovers, it’ll be a really great time.”
In addition to his responsibilities as a coordinator, Knapp, owner of Catnap Canvas on Peace Portal Road since 1999, will also be playing in two bands: the blues group Lord Knapp, and local Latin-music favorites Sabrina y Los Reyes.
Friday, June 20 has been designated “Blues Friday,” and will feature performances by Lord Knapp, Jill Newman and Andy Koch and the Badd Dog Blues Society. World Beat Saturday will feature performances by Sabrina y Los Reyes and the J.P. Falcon Band, and Jazz Sunday will feature Mike Bonson, Zoo Patrol, Bilongo Quintet and the Halleck Street Ramblers.
In addition to the lineup of professionals, the community is encouraged to take part in a large public drum circle from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. Guests are invited to bring their own drums and jam with professional musicians and amateurs alike. For more information on the drum circle, contact Bob Knapp at 360/332-3111.
The International Peace Arch Art Festival begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 20 and runs until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. For information on participating artists, food and parking, visit peacearchart.org