The evening starts with Cariboo Idol on the Performance in the Park stage. Cariboo Idol has been running since 2004. It has always been about supporting community events and teamwork. United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo is sponsoring the Cariboo Idol portion of the performance.
The second sure-to-please performance is by Soupbone, a funk powered blues/rock band from Williams Lake. If you took some crazy Texas-style blues guitar, mixed with some smooth Soul and R&B and add a pinch of the funkiest rhythm section this side of Motown, strong vocal performances, great song writing and a bunch of fun -- you get Soupbone. Their current lineup consists of Dean Fulton on keys and lead vocals, Shane Boxeur on bass and vocals, Joel Gyselink with guitar and vocals and Kent Bernadet on drums. The group is putting the finishing touches on a second album slated for release in late 2014. Soupbone is sponsored in part by Evening Sponsors Safeway Canada and PMT Chartered Accountants / Business Advisors LLP.