June began for the Rembetika Hipsters with a quick trip to the east and west sides of Kootenay Lake. The BC interior is rapidly becoming our favourite place to play! Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Penticton (home of Theo’s, the best Greek restaurant in the country), Slocan, Crawford Bay and Nelson have been the sites of memorable shows and great hospitality.
Friday night, June 1, was cold and rainy in Nelson but we got a rousing welcome from the staff and patrons at the Main St Diner. For the first time since playing Littlefest last summer we got to perform with our former percussionist Ben Johnson, who now calls Riondel in the East Koots home. The retsina flowed, the pastitsio was delicious, the patrons danced with abandon. Many thanks to Nancy and her staff.
Saturday we took the ferry across the lake to Crawford Bay, home of the fabulous music festival known as Starbelly Jam, at which we last performed in summer 2008. The event was a benefit dance at the community hall to fund a hot lunch programme for schoolkids. Farley Cursons was the organizer – his food for the ticketholders was excellent, especially the fasolada. also thanks go out to Allan for sound and Jennifer for keeping us musicians happy. We were joined by belly dancers Ashala, Slava and Sasha and regular dancers – the assembled citizenry of the East Side…a great night all around.