Get ready for the Fanjam

Popular Fanjam event has grown out of its original home and has moved to Coombs Rodeo Grounds

The Coombs Fanjam

The Coombs Fanjam

There have been some last minute adjustments to prices for this weekend’s Fanjam at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds.

Music-lovers can now hear music all weekend for $30, including camping.

Sixteen bands from around B.C. will entertain at the event, and all the proceeds will be going to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“We’re expecting a bunch of people and personally I would really like to set the world on fire with a donation at the end of the event,” said organizer Adrian Blake, “That’s what we’re all striving for.” 

The gates open at noon on Friday, July 22 and live music begins at 5 p.m. with the Masimba Marimba band. 

The next band, Bitter Seed from Mission, B.C., will play at about 6 p.m. followed by a music jam with Wes Weldon and friends. 

Music will go on until about 11:30 p.m on Friday and Saturday music will play all day from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

At this family friendly event there will be a mechanical bull and a velcro wall for people to climb. 

For the adults a beverage garden will open at noon both days. 

There are some great raffle prizes to be had at the event, including a James Taylor autographed guitar, and a DVD signed by Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson. There will be a number of door prizes handed out at the event a couple different food concessions.

This is the fourth year the Blake’s (Adrian and his wife Laura-Lee) and their band Double R Barr have put on the Fanjam, usually held at the Blake’s home. Last year they had over 400 people in attendance and raised $7000 for the BC Children’s Hospital. 

Blake said although sponsorship was hard to come by this year, many bands came forward from word-of-mouth due to last year’s event.

Blake said this is the first year the event will be made public so he’s hoping they can establish themselves, and that the weather holds out.

“I hope we can leave a good enough taste for everybody that next year it’s already on their calendars,” he said.

Tickets for Friday only will be $10 and Saturday only will be $25.

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


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