The Comox Valley is host to Vancouver Island Music Fest July 9-11 where during the day 5 stages make it possible to hear all of one’s favorite kinds of music from rock to blues to jazz to pop to hip hop and genres from around the world. At night the main stage takes over and the crowd gyrates to the awesome sounds of some of music’s best from both the past and present. In previous years greats such as Taj Mahal, Don McLean, Earl Scruggs, Los Lobos, David Gogo and Bruce Cockburn have wowed the audience. This year’s Music Fest promises to be better than ever.
Roberta Flack, one of the greatest songstresses of our time, is headlining at VIMF 2010. A Grammy Award winner, Ms Flack tells stories through her music like no one else. Her songs continue to bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while she effortlessly moves through a musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz. Ms Flack classically trained on the piano from an early age and received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University. She was singing at the Washington, DC nightclub Mr. Henry’s when discovered by jazz musician Les McCann and was promptly signed to Atlantic. Her many hits include include The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Where Is the Love (a duet with former Howard University classmate Donny Hathaway), Killing Me Softly With His Song, Feel Like Makin’ Love, The Closer I Get to You, Tonight I Celebrate My Love, and Set the Night to Music, Ms. Flack has built a musical legacy. She received a Star on Hollywood’s legendary Walk of Fame in 1999.
You can order on line via the VIMF website where the performers list is updated as they are signed. This event often sells out, so don’t delay, it is one of the best music festivals to be found anywhere. Great accommodations are available from BCs Best B&Bs members who you’ll likely bump into at Music Fest as they take a little time out for toe tapping too.