Next Thursday, August 6, Steve Hillis will be performing at Agassiz Twilight Concert Series at Pioneer Park. The theme of the night is country music, which Hillis has been perfecting for many years.
Hillis will spend the first half of his stage time performing his Garth Brooks tribute, ‘Basically Brooks’. He has performed the tribute all over North America and has spent years refining Brooks’ voice, nuances and mannerisms.
For the latter half of the evening, Hillis will “keep it rolling with other country materials,” he says. Some old classics, some new, plenty of 90s, and any requests from country fans in the crowd.
While the upcoming Pioneer Park event is country-focused, Hillis is a versatile musician who also books gigs for rock, R&B, and easy listening audiences.
Hillis has been playing music all his life, and has been making a living doing so since he graduated high school and started touring in the 80s.
“It’s a teenage hobby that never really ended,” Hillis says, as he returns home to Chilliwack after a two-week tour in Alberta. Hillis has performed all over Western Canada, regularly putting on shows in Lower Mainland venues.
In such a competitive industry, Hillis explains, “you can’t let it get old and stale, you have to keep reinventing yourself.”
To stay fresh, Hillis is learning new music all the time, and consistently expanding the types of performances and venues that he books. Hillis can easily adapt to a “scaled-down” performance of classic hits at a seniors’ home, or a ground-shaking, LED-lit DJ gig at a club.
Hillis is looking forward to the “relaxed, laid back atmosphere in the park” at this event. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and sit back and enjoy the evening.
Hillis performs at Agassiz Twilight Concert Series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Pioneer Park on Thursday, August 6. The event is free to the public, but a hat will be passed around to help offset the costs.
The event will also feature a bouncy castle for kids and complimentary popcorn provided by the Prospera Credit Union.
This Twilight Concert is presented by the Agassiz Harrison Lions Club, The Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce, and the Agassiz Harrison Observer.