Latin rhythms come to Naramata

The four walls of the Naramata Elementary gym are accustomed to 85 kids playing floor hockey or volleyball, but on June 25 a whole new energy and vibe will resonate from the gym, when multi Juno Award-winner Oscar Lopez brings his Nuevo flamenco guitar to the school for a fundraising concert.

Oscar Lopez

The four walls of the Naramata Elementary gym are accustomed to 85 kids playing floor hockey or volleyball, but on June 25 a whole new energy and vibe will resonate from the gym, when multi Juno Award-winner Oscar Lopez brings his Nuevo flamenco guitar to the school for a fundraising concert.

Lopez and his family relocated to Naramata last year, and this marks his first concert in the South Okanagan since the move.

The Latin rhythms and passion for making the guitar soar date from Oscar’s roots in Chile. “I think I was chosen by the guitar,” Oscar said, recalling working dead-end jobs in the mean streets of Santiago during teen years. He started playing professionally at age 17, recorded with a Chilean pop group and then, at 26 years old in 1979, joined his sister in Canada. Since emigrating, he has produced 10 albums.

“This concert in Naramata is going to be a night to remember. It’s about community and having a great time. I really like to surprise people, and I’m playing with some old friends who share that passion for the music,” said Lopez.

Tickets for An intimate evening with Oscar Lopez are $30 in advance or $40 at the door and are available at Cafe Nevermatters, the Naramata General Store or by calling 250-496-4159. Part proceeds go to the Naramata Elementary School Parents Advisory Council.