FanJam goes big at Coombs Rodeo Grounds

Family-friendly event slated for the weekend will feature 16 bands from across B.C.

Sixteen bands from all over B.C. will come together for a good cause this weekend, as the fourth annual Double R Barr FanJam in Coombs prepares to put on a weekend of music.

This is the first time the event will be held at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds, previously it’s been held at the home of Double R Barr band members Laura-Lee and her husband Adrian Blake. Last year the event saw 440 people and raised $7,000 for the B.C. Children’s Hospital. This year they hope to at least double that.

“We decided maybe it’s time to harness that energy and take it off-site and go large,” said Adrian in a previous interview. “My motto this year is go large or go home.”

There will be all types of music from country to rock-metal including Coombs’ own Double R Barr, the Masimba Marimba band, Leadfoot, Big Twang Theory and Lost in the Revolution.

This family-friendly event will run this Friday, July 22 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to midnight. 

There will also be a live jam, beverage garden and food vendors.

Admission is $35 for the weekend, children 12 and under are free, and tickets include camping-in-the-rough.

Advance tickets are $30 for the weekend at the Coombs General Store and Oceanside GM in Parksville. 

For more information visit the Facebook page: Double R Barr Annual FanJam 2011.

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