Local guys Bob and Brian Sumner (aka the Sumner Brothers) return to the Legion hall at Crescent Beach on Saturday, July 7, this time for a "Summer Soiree" with musical pals Coldwater and the Bootleggers, Paint Your Wagon, The Colebrook Shepherds and Etienne Tremblay. Tickets for the gig are $10 advance and $12 at the door. The fun starts at 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Americana/altcountry-minded Sumners are busy prepping songs for an album they hope to release by summer's end. Stay tuned to thesumnerbrothers.com for more details.
SPARKLING APPLE ROCKS AGAIN
Surrey band Sparkling Apple, busiest on the local scene from the 1970s to the early 1990s, has reunited and is playing a CDrelease show Sunday, July 22 at Pancho's club (10768 King George Blvd., Surrey).
It's an afternoon gig, starting at 2 p.m. - and tickets are all sold, thanks mostly to some fancy Facebook-ing by drummer (and Now employee) Colin "Captain Maniac" Hartridge.
Hardcore Apple, a compilation of songs with a couple new numbers in the mix, serves as a debut album for the party-minded power trio, which features Hartridge, guitarist Art "Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid" Kyllonen and bassist Kevin Stuart Swain.
In fine Sparkling Apple style, the dress code for the July 22 show is "no automatic weapons or inflatable sheep."
The show date coincides with Surrey's big Fusion Festival at Holland Park, not all that far from Pancho's.
"So our competition that afternoon is Los Lobos!" Hartridge raved. "Mind you, our gig is sold out, so their show won't affect us. And truth be told, I don't think Los Lobos will be on stage in the afternoon anyway, will they? I think they'll be doing an evening concert, in which case you guys won't miss a thing!"
COUSINS PLAN CONCERT
Speaking of Facebook, I received a message this week from Surrey-raised Lisa Brokop, now living in Nashville.
"We have some dates coming up in August in the Lower Mainland, including Surrey Arts Centre, and they will be The Jeffersons (myself and my husband Paul) and my cousin Jaclyn Guillou," Brokop told me. "We've never done this before but we're pretty excited about combining jazz and country music."
Stay tuned to this column for show details, or dial the arts centre, 604-501-5566.
STADIUM LOVE FOR METRIC
At the Commodore last Saturday, Toronto-based quartet Metric showed why they're ready to make the leap to stadiums, with big songs, big light show and big love from diehard fans lucky to land "win to get in" tickets for the night.
Two days later, and with little surprise, details emerged of a Metric concert at Rogers Arena on Saturday, Nov. 10, with Stars opening. Tickets (starting at $29.50) go on sale Friday, June 29 at livenation.com, or dial 1-855-985-5000.