Bluegrass on the Grass – July 22, 2016, 7 – 9 pm

3 Great Performances with Canadian Whitewater,
Lowell Friesen, and the duo Grahan Ord and Jessie Padgett from The Trips
Friday, July 22nd – 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)

The Caetani Centre presents “Bluegrass on the Grass” as part of the 2016 Summer Music Series. This special Friday evening performance being held on July 22nd will feature a fantastic sampling of bluegrass music from around the valley and will feature Vernon’s own Lowell Friesen, Graham Ord and Jessie Padgett from Kelowna based Bluegrass band The Trips, and Okanagan/Shuswap based band Canadian Whitewater.  Tickets are $25.00 adults, $20.00 seniors and Caetani members, $15.00 Students/Children. Beer and wine bar will be available on site for this show only. Tickets are available through or by calling 250-549-SHOW.



Full Line-up:

7:00 pm – Lowell Friesen

Canadian contemporary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lowell Friesen combines a tender hearted sensitivity, an edgy simmering angst and a dash of tongue in cheek humour to his brand of modern/folk, alt/country music. Born in Manitoba in a small mennonite farming community Lowell’s first influences ranged from the church choir harmonies he heard on Sundays to the twangy country tunes his father played when no one from the church was around to listen. Moving to British Columbia in his adolescence he then discovered skateboarding and punk rock which inspired him to get his first guitar. Fuelled by the energetic free thinking sub culture of the West Coast, Lowell spent his teens and twenties exploring music, writing and art. From the early 90’s in East Vancouver and a short stint at Emily Carr School of Art, to the contemplative quiet life on the family farm in the Okanagan to the years in the Kootenays discovering bass culture and a love of the written word, Lowell’s passion for self-knowledge and expression churned, always just beneath the surface.

In the spring of 2015 Lowell released the independent self funded 12 song record ‘Home …and Away’ and hit the road. Spanning 3 months and over 50 dates, Lowell travelled coast to coast across Canada delivering his folk fuelled gift to new friends and fans along the way. Returning to the West in the fall and settling into the Okanagan, he immediately began pre production on the next collection of songs inspired by life on the road, the people he met upon it and new lessons learned.

2016 looks like another busy year of touring and writing. Simultaneously promoting ‘Home …and Away’ and gathering the songs for the sophomore CD, Lowell looks forward to spreading the love, the joy and the sorrow of the songs he sings.

7:30 pm – Graham Ord and Jessie Padgett

Jessie and Graham are members of Bluegrass band The Trips based out of Kelowna.

The Trips formed in January 2013 when old friends Jesse Padgett (Banjo) and Graham Ord (Guitar/Mandolin) contacted Shamma Sabir (Fiddle) with the idea of forming a Bluegrass band together. They had all been experienced in the music business for years and the idea of playing together was very exciting. Meeting weekly, they took some familiar tunes they all loved and arranged them for the Banjo, Fiddle and Guitar. After a couple of months of jamming together they asked their good friend Joshua Smith (guitar) to join with the idea that they would all take turns singing, and the three guys would swap around on the bass. Graham found an old doghouse bass in the local paper and Jesse painted a mural on the back and Elvis (the Bass) joined the band.Hailed by many as the ‘Band of the Summer’ in the Okanagan for good reason, The Trips just love to rip it up and have fun with an audience.  They take many familiar tunes along with their own originals and give them their own Alt. Bluegrass treatment and the people just love it.

8:15 pm – Canadian Whitewater

It is indeed a pleasure to introduce ‘Canadian Whitewater’ to fans of Bluegrass and Old-Time music. Chris, Bert, Charlie and Jim, individually and collectively, exhibit a love and respect for this music we call bluegrass that transcends the required tight harmonies and hard-driving instrumentals which are the cornerstone of the musical genre. Oh, don’t get me wrong, they can pick and sing with the best of them, but it is their love of the music that shines through brightly.

You’ll be treated to some delicious vocals with soaring two and three part harmonies (Sitting Alone in the Moonlight) and some rip-roaring, hard-driving fiddle and banjo tunes that will set your toes-a-tappin’ (Hitchhikers Blues, Sled Ridin’). Should you be fortunate enough to catch them ‘live’ at a concert or festival near you, I guarantee that you’ll be royally entertained.

 Funded in part by the Province of British ColumbiaWe gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.

Thanks to Sun FM for their media sponsorship!

  • July 22, 2016 - July 23, 2016
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm



Venue Phone: 250-275-1525

Venue Website:

3401 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, V1T 4L4

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