Photo: Local musician Christian Vegh returns to play 2018 Strawberry Festival. Photo by Marta’s Lens
2018 Strawberry Festival to Feature Local Performers
Christian Vegh, who was raised in LaSalle, will return to town for only one show this year; Friday, June 8 at the LaSalle 2018 Strawberry Festival!
Vegh has been referred to as a “young guitar prodigy with an old soul”, and the “type of young artist that will shape Canadian music for the next 50 years”. Vegh was awarded the 2016 “Charles McDaniel Award” from the American and Canadian Federation of Musicians. This award is given out every three years to a musician between the ages of 16 and 35 years old. It is awarded for Diversity, Creativity, Innovation and Excellence in Music. Vegh was presented the award and scholarship at the 100th Convention of the American Federation of Musicians in Las Vegas. Vegh was also named the 2016 Biz X magazine Artist of the Year. We will give a hometown welcome to Vegh following the fireworks on Friday night at 10:30 pm.
Also on Friday night at 8:30 pm, the Christie Palazzolo Band will take the stage. Christie’s first EP ‘Alive Today’ is now complete, with her first single and title track ‘Alive Today’ receiving airplay on 31 stations across Canada. Her second single “Out of Time”, is currently being played across Canada, and has landed a top 10 position on Canada’s “Most Active Indies” Chart for two consecutive weeks. Christie is a Windsor-born pop singer/songwriter and continues performing solo gigs at various venues around Windsor, in which she plays and sings cover songs, and her original songs on piano and guitar. She continues to play with her band every weekend, as well as write and record her own songs. Christie is currently working on her second EP in Toronto with producers and songwriters of Sony and Universal Music, set to release this summer. Christie takes pride in writing about her feelings and experiences. Being primarily a pop writer, Christie incorporates a modern rock twist into her songs.
The weekend schedule includes performances by more local artists: Sandwich High School graduate Melissa Megan; dynamic funk rock band, Mrs. Fox; smooth jazz group, Six Degrees; original and cover music by The McCauley/Valentino Duet; alternative folk rock by William Theodore Hawksworth; and 70’s to 90’s rock by No Drama.
The LaSalle Strawberry Festival takes place from Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10 at Gil Maure Park featuring a carnival, fireworks over the Detroit River, parade, entertainment and local strawberries. Admission is $5 per person at the gate (children under 6 and seniors over 65 are free), or weekend passes are $12 per person. Weekend passes will be available for purchase beginning on Monday, May 14 at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex. All persons and bags entering the festival will be subject to security inspection. Approved bags cannot exceed 14 “x 14″ x 6”. Diaper bags and medical bags are permitted. For more information and the full schedule of events, visit online.