Following the success of last year’s sold-out shows, Gateway Theater returns with Songs of Summer on Saturday, August 27.
Taking place just outside the theater in the Gateway Theater Grove, this outdoor space will be a place where the community will gather, celebrate the season and soak up the last days of summer. For the afternoon event, families are invited to a lively performance by DJ Miss Sparklez featuring Rickie Wang, followed by kid-friendly fun and games. On the evening, it’s time for the adults to kick back and enjoy an upbeat Motown set with Krystle Dos Santos and her band.
“We received a lot of positive feedback from last year’s outdoor concerts, so we knew we had to bring Songs of Summer back,” said Barbara Tomasic and Jasmine Chen, Gateway’s artistic direction team. “We’re thrilled to have our community come together again, reflect on the memories they made this summer, and make new ones. And this time, we’ve added a separate family-only afternoon event.”
The fun begins at 2 p.m. (doors 1:15 p.m.) with a live performance by British Columbia-born and raised singer, dancer, and actress, DJ Miss Sparklez, joined by 12-year-old actor, singer, and songwriter years, Rickie Wang! The duo will take the stage to perform fan-favorite jams that will get everyone on their feet doing dance moves. For the rest of the afternoon until 5 p.m. there will be more fun and games led by Gateway Academy’s young leaders, storytelling with professional actor and Gateway Academy instructor, Magda Ochoa , and an art activity with Laara Cerman of the City of Richmond’s Art Truck. The afternoon event is recommended for children ages 5-10 and their parents, but all are welcome.
The evening show at 7:00 p.m. (doors 6:15 p.m.) features an upbeat Motown set performed by local soul, jazz, and R&B singer Krystle Dos Santos and her three-piece band. Audiences will be treated to Krystle’s extraordinary, powerful and rich voice, which has won her two Western Canadian Music Awards. For the perfect summer evening, attendees can enjoy this gentle sunset serenade with a glass of wine or beer from Gateway’s licensed concession.
Participants are encouraged to arrive early to secure a spot with their own blankets and low lawn chairs. The concession will be stocked with light snacks and frozen treats available, and alcoholic beverages will be available for the evening concert. In case of bad weather, Songs of Summer will be moved inside the theater.
Tickets for the afternoon and evening performances are sold separately. Early bird tickets are available through July 31 at gatewaytheatre.com/songs-of-summer.