I’m writing this a few days in advance, so I’m not even going to hazard a guess at what the weather will be like for today’s free outdoor concert by the Regina Sumphony (sorry, Freudian slip, what with all the rain we’ve had this summer) Symphony Orchestra in Wascana Park.
As in past years, this concert marks the kick-off to the RSO season. Now in their 102nd year, the orchestra under maestro Victor Sawa will take the stage at 5 p.m. Before that, a diverse assortment of local acts will play.
Prog-experimental rockers Intergalactic Virgin (for whom RSO bassist Beth Curry once played) start things off with an 11 a.m. set. At 11:35, Rogari (who I believe are Celtic) play. At 12:10 it’s the Red Shells (pop-rock, I think). The Gene Pool are on at 12:45 p.m. (no clue who they are). Hard Luck & Trouble (country, most likely, judging by their name) are at 1:20 p.m.
Following them at 1:55 p.m. is Saskatchewan Express (who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year). Then at 2:30 p.m. its the Pile of Bones Brass Band (who two weeks ago played the Regina Folk Festival). Sugar Pie play at 3:05 p.m., then at 3:40 p.m. Jeffrey Straker & the Handsome Strangers (who in mid-July played a centennial concert at a west-central Saskatchewan town I lived in for awhile as a kid but which I haven’t visited for over 30 years) do a set before the RSO performance.
I probably won’t be there for all of it, but I plan on checking some of it out. You should too.