Sal and Pancho form 'Rio Samaya'

Rio Samaya concludes Twilight Series

Rio Samaya wraps up the Pioneer Park Twilight Series with their concert Thursday, August 20, from 6:30-8 p.m.

The Pioneer Park Twilight Concert series concludes next Thursday, August 20 with crowd favourites Pancho and Sal.

The couple plays under the band name ‘Rio Samaya’, always together, sometimes with one or more of their grown children and along their travels, they often pick up other band members to join in for a song or a set.

Born in Argentina, Pancho moved to Europe as a young man to play guitar. He traveled throughout Europe, learning different styles of music and writing original compositions. Sal, born in England and raised in Canada, met Pancho in Cuzco, Peru.

With their children grown up, Panco and Sal spend much of their time traveling, seeking out new sounds and styles and playing their music around the world.

“We’re world travelers, and we pick up music from around the world,” says Sal. “We have a variety of repertoires.”

The audience in Agassiz will get to hear musical selections inspired by some of Pancho and Sal’s latest travels including India, Mexico and the Netherlands.

Sal says Agassiz is always a favourite stop for them.

“It’s a beautiful place to play,” says Sal. “We love playing music in an environment like that.”

They play a wide variety of instruments including charango, traverse flutes, bombo drums, accordion and more. And the couple loves it when people feel free in their concerts to get up and dance, to feel happy and uplifted when listening to them.

“We try to be happy and positive in our music,” says Sal.

The Pioneer Park Twilight Concert Series is presented by the District of Kent, sponsored by the Agassiz Harrison Lions Club and the Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce with media sponsorship by the Agassiz Harrison Observer.

Prospera Credit Union will be bringing the popcorn. Bring your lawnchairs or blankets, friends, and a couple bucks to toss in a hat to help offset costs. There will also be a bouncy castle on site for the kids.

The concert will be cancelled if it rains. Tonight from 6:30-8 p.m., come listen to Ricochet Rabbit, a rock music concert in Pioneer Park.