Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – August 28, 2017

Wondering what to do tonight?

If you’re in luck there may still be a few seats at Rann Berry’s first performance of a double-header weekend showcase.

The local talented singer and musician is returning his popular, high energy Time Machine to the Kelowna Community Theatre for one show this evening. Rann and his full fledged 10-piece ensemble provide a full evening of music and showmanship designed to take you back to music, dance moves and groves of the 1980’s.

Rann performed the same showpiece performance in June this year to full crowds.

Two dance floors have been added to the show tonight along with other surprises. Comedian Tim Nutt adds a Vegas style showcase feel to the evening.

Saturday night, same time, same place round two of Rann’s reviews.

is  Soul of Motown Revue.

If you love rhythm and blues and soul by the likes of Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Picket, James Brown and numerous other icons of that era then you won’t want to miss this gig.

Rann and his big band of 10 knock this show out of the park. I guarantee a fun night of tunes.

The goal of the showcase is to take music fans back to the Detroit night club scene in the 1970’s.

“We absolutely love this style of music, and the soulful groove and vibe that it creates” says Berry. “Super funky and soulful:”

Special guest vocalist Vicky Nish helps fill the bill for Rann, adding her powerful heartfelt vocals to the show with an engaging Aretha Franklin tribute.

Comedian Nutt will be on hand Saturday night as well.

For further info contact 250-762-5050


Speaking of funky, Tez and I took in Raft –  The Rock Opera promotional event last week at The Frequency Winery & Recording Studio on Gulley Rd.

Wow, what a very cool place.

I suppose it’s natural I’d be easily impressed since the unique and impressive facility is a combination of two of my passions: music and, um, err, experiencing new liquid sensations on my pallet.

Though I prefer a cold beer over wine, Frequency, like a number of local small wineries, offer a tasty array of vino.

Their production is based on the use of sound frequency levels to infuse their wines. The explanation of how they began and their observations of combining music and wine is well worth a visit alone. The wine tasting includes a visual demonstration of various frequencies and their effects.

During Raft’s promotional event members of the cast from Raft performed three songs within the tight sound room. Sounded wonderful and I am interested in what a live of the board cut sounds like.

Regardless, both the sampling of Frequency Wine and the musical skills of Raft were first class.


Further hearty thanks to Urban Bull Dogs and MadKatz Boxing Club, for their recent Fight for Kids night at Rutland Centennial Hall.

We had a great evening and the place was packed and buzzing with energy all evening.

Organizers were thrilled as well saying they raised more than they hoped.

“We raised well beyond our goal we hit $21,695.87. All funds went to UBAKA (urban bulldogs against kid abuse). The show went amazing we completely sold out. The response from everyone was incredible,” organizer Aaron Mckitrick said.

More info soon.

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Charlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, a current Kelowna City Councillor, and a Director on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board. He spent more than 25 years as a full-time newspaper journalist and has a diverse background in public relations, promotions, personal coaching, and strategic planning. A former managing editor, assistant editor, sports editor, entertainment editor, journalist, and photographer, Hodge also co-hosted a variety of radio talk shows and still writes a regular weekly newspaper column titled Hodge Podge, which he has crafted now for 41 years. His biography on Howie Meeker, titled Golly Gee It’s Me is a Canadian bestseller and his second book, Stop It There, Back It Up – 50 Years of the NHL garnered lots of attention from media and hockey fans alike. Charlie is currently working on a third hockey book, as well as a contracted historical/fiction novel. His creative promotional skills and strategic planning have been utilized for many years in the Canadian music industry, provincial, national, and international environmental fields, and municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Charlie is a skilled facilitator, a dynamic motivational speaker, and effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, playing pool, and writing music. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.


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