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Canadian rockers 54-40 to headline Peach Festival

Peter’s Bros. Construction will present 54-40 in Okanagan Lake Park on Friday, Aug. 10 as part of Peach Festival. - Submitted
Peter’s Bros. Construction will present 54-40 in Okanagan Lake Park on Friday, Aug. 10 as part of Peach Festival.
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A band that has been at centre stage in the Canadian music industry for three decades will headline the 2012 Penticton Peach Festival.

Peter’s Bros. Construction will present 54-40 in Okanagan Lake Park on Friday, Aug. 10.

Since their formation in Vancouver in 1981, 54-40 has recorded a dozen top 10 singles and 13 studio albums. Three of those albums attained platinum sales status.

"This will be one of the biggest nights in the history of the Peach Festival," said entertainment director Bill Kolter. "Music fans are used to paying $40 or $50 to see 54-40. Thanks to Peter’s Bros., we can bring in this type of talent and keep the festival free for everyone."

With the singing and songwriting talents of Neil Osborne, 54-40 scored a significant breakthrough with its third album, Show Me, which spawned the hits One Gun and One Day in Your Life. Their long list of hits includes: Baby Ran, Ocean Pearl, Lies To Me, Love You All, She La, Casual Viewin' and Since When.

One of their most recognizable songs, I Go Blind, was covered by Hootie & the Blowfish in the mid-1990s. The song was also used on the first soundtrack for the television series, Friends.

"They have recorded some great songs, but what separates 54-40 from other bands are their live performances. They put on a fantastic show," said Kolter.

The 65th annual Penticton Peach Festival is scheduled Aug. 8 to 12. It was recently announced that legendary Canadian rockers Lighthouse will perform on opening night.

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