Kootenay Savings Music in the Park: Clerel and Blackout Summer

July 21 6:15 to 8:00 pm

Local rock-punk youngsters meet classic soul and vintage R n’ B from Montreal.

Starting off tonight's concert at 6.15 pm, Blackout Summer is made up of 18-year-old vocalist and bass guitarist Rhyan Johnstone, 22-year-old lead guitarist Dakota Pearce and 17-year-old drummer Reid Erickson. They love to cover rock and punk tunes from the 1980s to the early 2000s.

The trio has performed at Castlegar’s Spring Fling, Sunfest and Kootenay Festival and at Nelson’s Thursday Socials. But their biggest show so far has been at the CannaFest pre-party in 2019.

Breakout Montreal-based singer-songwriter Clerel brings his classic soul and vintage R n’ B sound to Music in the Park with his duo. Hailing from French Cameroon and dubbed the next ‘Leon Bridges of Canada’ Clerel already has big fans at the Steven Colbert Show, who featured him in their #AtHome series in 2020. His warm voice captivates and takes your breath away, winning over audiences in seconds.

Clerel released his first beautiful EP of “Songs Under the Guava Tree” in 2019, shortly after uploading his first Youtube video in 2017. He grew up listening to music ranging from church hymns to French chanson. He’s already opened for Mavis Staples at Pop Montreal, appeared on La Voix, and completed a European promo tour in Paris and Brussels.

“If this guy doesn’t explode and become a superstar, I don’t know what’s happening.” - Laurent Saulnier, President, Montreal Jazz Fest, in Montreal Gazette

Music in the Park is held at Trail's Gyro Park every Thursday starting at 6.15 pm, except for the Night Market shows on July 7 and August 4 when the event will run from 5 pm. Come down and feel the buzz again at this fabulous outdoor summer event.

With entrance by donation, Kootenay Savings Music in the Park is the perfect opportunity to bring a lawn chair or a blanket, get outside and listen to live music with friends.

Please remember, No Smoking, No Dogs, and especially No Smoking Dogs!

Admission is by donation - $3 minimum suggested. Or buy a pass for the whole season for just $50.

Music in the Park Shows:
June 16 Boomer / Trail Pipe Band with Scottie School of Highland Dance
June 23 Diamond Willow / Maple Leaf Band
June 30 Sly Violet / Heavyweights Brass Band
July 7 The Night Market: Judy Brown Band / Petunia and the Vipers
July 14 Mountain String Band / Lisa Nicole Band
July 21 Blackout Summer / Clerel
July 28 Baker Street Blues / Apollo Suns
August 4 The Night Market: Holly Hyatt Trio / Jenie Thai* Wednesday Aug 10 TruckVanCar / My Son the Hurricane **
Aug 11 Ruckus / Plan B
Aug 18 The Hillties / Ndidi O
Aug 25 Rumour Mill / The Fugitives
Sept 1 Golden City Fiddlers / Raine Hamilton String Trio
* Night Market event from 5-8.30 pm with food trucks, market and beer and wine garden, in association with Trails Incredible Farmers Market.

**Please note Wednesday show.

For more detail on upcoming acts, please visit our events calendar at This show is made possible thanks to funding from Kootenay Savings, BC Arts Council, BC Touring Council, the Government of Canada, Tourism South Kootenay and Teck Metals Ltd.

Town: Rossland, BC
Venue: Gyro Park, Trail
Address: 1090 Charles Lakes Drive, Trail