Venables Alive! Local Artist Series
Kristi Neumann is a gifted singer/songwriter who grew up in Montana and also spent much of her musical career in Nashville, Tennessee. Kristi successfully carved out a place for herself in a town that does not forgive mediocrity. Armed with a growing catalog of self-penned tunes, her prowess as a writer, band leader and performer definitely turned heads. Kristi's music is original and provocative. Her songs weave through themes that embrace both a wandering past and an optimistic hope for things to come. With perfect sensibility, her introspective lyrics leave just enough room for well-crafted, pop-friendly hooks. Neumann now resides in Oliver, Bristish Columbia. She has played a variety of venues as a solo artist and has recently joined forces with top notch local musicians Luke Whittall, Greg Reely and Paul Henbury to form The Kristi Neumann Band.
Bianca Berkland is an exceptionally gifted, modern Jazz and Soul singer and pianist, based out of Oliver, BC. With a nostalgic sound compared to the likes of Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones. Her single ‘Black Bird’ was a semi-finalist in the international song-writing competition. She was top 3 in the Gonzo Okanagan Awards for best Jazz Musician and Best Music Video. With imaginative and honest lyrics and unique take on traditional Jazz vocals The music of Bianca Berkland is one of those rare finds we’re all seeking.