For the Johnson Brothers, Brett and Trent, playing in front of a Canada Day audience this Monday is like just playing for family and friends.
The brothers will be the headliner at Maple Ridge's July 1 celebrations in Memorial Peace Park, and Brett said they will be playing about 80 per cent of their own music, with some well-known cover tunes, starting at 3 p.m.
"We make sure we cover songs people instantly know," Brent said, adding that their show will be a "fun, up-tempo country rocking show."
The Johnson Brothers will be releasing their second album this year and, while it isn't officially named, it has been nicknamed "summer sixpack," because it contains six original pieces.
The Johnson Brothers The album will be released exclusively on iTunes later this summer.
When they released their first album, sales of hard copies were slow, and Brent pointed out that album sales aren't where they used to be 10 to 20 years ago.
Brent described their music as upbeat and fun in the contemporary country genre.
Having grown up in Maple Ridge, it feels like they are with family when they perform in their former hometown. But the experience of performing live is also something they enjoy.
"[The best part is] getting up on stage and interacting with the crowd," Brett said, adding live entertainment isn't as popular as it used to be.
Brett said he'll be happy to see people they know that he hasn't seen in a while and be able to play for them.
The Maple Ridge entertainment begins at 10 a.m. with Tequila Cowboy and continues at 10: 40 a.m. with Fabulous Feet and the Bergthorson Academy of Musical Arts.
At 11 a.m., the Roadrunners take to the stage, followed by zumba and the Ridge Meadows Chamber Orchestra. At noon, Tuegent will perform, breaking at 12: 30 p.m. for the official Canada Day ceremony and Centre Stage Dance performance. Tuegent continues its performance at 1: 30 p.m., and then immediately after, the chamber orchestra will be back with the Spirit of the Pacific.
At 2 p.m. the James Thorhaug performs. At 2: 40 p.m. Odeum Theatre and Maple Ridge Dance Circle will be on stage performing leading up to the Johnson Brothers.
Entertainment has been lined up for Pitt Meadows as well with homegrown talent in the mix.
Other hometown bands will be playing on Canada Day including at Pitt Meadows' celebration at Spirit Square.
The day will begin with music from Pitt Meadows own DaniElle, who took second place at the 2013 BC Best Youthink competition. She will also play at 2 p.m.
Then homegrown Penelope Above plays at Spirit Square at 9 a.m. and then again at 1 p.m.
At noon, Michael Mitchell will take to the stage with songs and stories of Canada's heritage.
At 3 p.m., Rising Phoenix performs on the Spirit Square stage, followed by The Burn at 4 p.m.
The entertainment will be interrupted by awarding of prizes for the Athletes In Kind run that takes place first thing in the morning and for the official Canada Day ceremony that takes place at 11 a.m.
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