Lacombe’s Music in the Park Concert Series supports a greater cause

The Music in the Park Concert Series at the LMC is a big hit with residents.

Last night, residents of the city gathered outside the Lacombe Memorial Centre for another evening of Music in the Park. The crowd was entertained by a local jazz band, Curtis Phagoo and Friends, which played unique, never heard-of before compositions throughout the night.

According to saxophonist Lann Lieurance, the band performed not only to regale the audience, but for a more specific purpose: to raise enough awareness to start a cultural centre for fine arts in Lacombe.

“We want a place where kids in particular can come and get involved in the arts,” said Lieurance. “That’s what this is all about.”

Curtis Phagoo and Friends jazz it up for the crowd.
The four-member band formed spontaneously, and they revealed to an appreciative audience that it was the first time that they had all played together. However, each member is remarkably experienced with music. For instance, Lieurance has been playing the saxophone for 56 years.

“Everyone just brings their own individual style to the group,” said band member Josh Rickard. “We take all the sounds and put it in a mixing pot and that’s when the magic happens.”

Local resident Ashleigh Duffy enjoyed the outdoor concert experience.
Local resident Ashleigh Duffy, who attended the outdoor concert, said she was very impressed with the whole atmosphere of the event.

“The music is great,” Duffy said enthusiastically. “I haven’t seen many events like this in the past, so it’s nice to try something new.”

Curtis Phagoo and Friends: (L-R) Lann Lieurance, Josh Rickard, Curtis Phagoo, and Rob Goodwin.
The combination of soothing tunes, warm weather, and cheerful concert goers made for a very pleasant evening. Those who attended were also able to stroll through the outdoor community market, where vendors were selling a variety of items including jewelry, paintings, and lemonade. 

Local artist Mark Oliver demonstrated his technique for onlookers at Lacombe's Community Market.
Music in the Park is a summer concert series hosted by the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre. Every Wednesday evening, the community is invited to come out and enjoy some cool music, enjoy a light supper at Anna Maria’s cafe, and browse through the many and varied offerings at Lacombe’s Community Market.

Coming up next Wednesday, August 20, is the Flat Iron Jazz Band, followed by Country/Pop group Tap 9 on August 27. For more information, visit

- contributed by Theresa Donkor



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