Musical weekend at St. Andrew’s

Young performers to take the stage in Sidney tonight

Four bands will be taking the stage tonight at St. Andrew’s Church in Sidney (9686 Third St.) to kick off a weekend of great local music.

Bands South Mouthful, Reverie, Estella and The Phyllis Killers will play a show tonight (Friday), followed by Paul O’Brien tomorrow (Saturday) night and an outdoor church service for all on Sunday.

“We’re really excited to be offering this very informal weekend full of music for everyone,” said Rector’s Warden, Jacky Stevens, noting that the musical performances are secular and are open to all.

“The whole point of this is that our church stands idle and empty most of the time and it’s a great space that should be used by the community. Its been standing in Sidney for over 100 years and a lot of young bands out there have a need for somewhere to play. They recognize churches often have great acoustics.”

Stevens continued to say the weekend was originally the idea of Nicola Hestnes, a band member of Reverie who have been playing at the church for some time now.

The band even recorded their first EP in the church and Hestnes and Stevens both wanted to see what other bands they could get involved.

“It’s fantastic for everyone because the groups often make a donation to the church and the space gets used and the proceeds from their ticket sales go directly to them. We love to be able to help promote young people in music,” said Stevens.

Tickets for the four bands on Friday night are available at the door ($10) and doors are at 6 p.m.

Tickets for Paul O’Brien on Saturday night are also available at the door or from the church office in advance by calling 250-656-5322. Doors for that performance open at 6:30 p.m.

Visit standrewssidney.bc.anglican.ca for more information.