The 7th Annual Grizfest took place on Friday, August 1, Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 with approximately 1500 enthusiasts each day flocking to the festival to catch the live music, excitement, parade and spectacular scenery of Tumbler Ridge.
Friday night started out with the Battle of the Bands being won by Hot Rash from Quesnel, second place winners were Junkyard Carnival from Prince George and third place winners were The Stacks from Fort St. John.
A vocalist competition was added to Friday nights entertainment with Geoff Kennedy from Dawson Creek taking a first place finish, second place winner was Lindsay Pratt from Taylor and taking third place was our hometown girl Jessica Trudeau.
LaPrairie Crane continues year after year to sponsor Grizfest and the Battle of the Bands. This is a great chance for up and coming bands to enter a competition, win cash prizes, recording time and perform on the same stage as the main headliners.
Grizfest attendees took the enjoyment of the music very seriously by coming prepared for the weather. The children enjoyed themselves with face painting, games, train rides and the youth enjoyed paint ball.
Saturdays line up hit the stage with the Battle of the Bands winner followed by Fallen Idols, My Broken Hero and Terry and the Dactyls. Shane Yellowbird was fantastic and the fans loved him. The Road Hammers blasted off the last show of the evening on Saturday night proving once again how great they are while leaving fans with a whetted appetite for Sunday?s line up.
Sunday afternoon started with the winner of the vocalist competition followed by Color in Conflict, Last Day Lost and our home town band Heavy Things. The Headpins drew a crowd of young and old fans alike. The fans were drawn to the old school rock music of this band. The screaming of the fans did not abate through the whole performance.
The evening and festival was capped off by Theory of a Deadman?s performance. The crowd roared their enthusiasm for this band and chanted one more song, one more song when they left the stage. The band came back out on stage and ended the evening with two more songs much to the enjoyment of the crowd. Theory sent fans home tired but rejuvenated by a weekend of fantastic music, friendly people and the fresh mountain air of Tumbler Ridge. All who attended enjoyed a great music weekend.
Stay tuned for Grizfest 2009. www.grizfest.com